Clean-up fever hits Capital

2014-07-17 00:00


SIXTY SEVEN — that’s the magic num-ber of capital clean-up projects in our sights as citizens and city leaders rally to spruce up Pietermaritzburg tomorrow.

With a day to go before volunteers hit the streets to dedicate at least 67 minutes in the Mandela Day Capital Clean-Up tomorrow, The Witness has recorded at least 50 projects planned for across the city — and the number is growing all the time.

The projects will cover suburbs and townships and involve the rich and the poor and the old and the young.

The wave of support continues with e-mails and phone calls pouring in to The Witness newsroom as residents, businesses, churches and organisations continue to join the campaign.

At Wylie Park, Margie Jenkins has designed and put out a poster which invites all users of the space to join in from 10 am to 4 pm to beautify the park.

Locals are being asked to pick up litter, weed a flower bed, prune judiciously or sweep the paths.

Across the way in Scottsville, Wendy Woollam and Kary Smithers have roused their neighbourhood and have got businesses, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, creches and the Lutheran Church involved. They are going to clean up Alan Paton Avenue to Golf Road, Ridge and Shores roads.

These innovative ladies have designed and distributed their own “clean-up,” pamphlet.

They’ve cajoled the businesses in the Nedbank Plaza to join in, leaving 20 bin bags and posters with them.

There are whispers that volunteers could be rewarded with tea, coffee or soup after the bags of litter collected by volunteers have been piled up outside 121 Lymbrook Road for a photograph before being taken away.

Environmentalist Sandile Ndawonde and his Green Network group will be tackling illegal dumping in the low-cost housing area of France.

Chris Neumann has been swept away with clean-up fever and he and his friends plan on cleaning the fields at the bottom of Lamond Place, near Maritzburg College, as a long-term project.

He has been liaising with the municipality getting their support and that of local businesses.

So far Inland Fuel Supplies and Theo’s Trailer Hire and Refuse Removal have offered the use of bakkies, and other heavy-duty clean-up equipment.

Neumann said they plan to kick off the endeavour tomorrow from 12 pm to 4.30 pm and the community living in the surrounding area are welcome to join in.

Witness editor Andrew Trench thanked everyone who responded to the campaign and who have embraced the spirit of Mandela Day with such “energy and goodwill”.

“It shows that the capital city has a community spirit which makes Pietermaritzburg special and a shining example to others,” Trench said.

See page 3 for who’s doing what and where in the Mandela Day Clean-Up and where you can join in.

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