Comrades clean-up completed

2011-05-26 00:00

DESPITE cold and rainy weather, the Msunduzi Municipality and Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) carried out their clean-up of the route runners will take through the city.

Starting at Harry Gwala Stadium early on Tuesday morning, CMA staff, members of the New Era Youth Organisation and Youth of Choice and officials of the Msunduzi waste management department rolled up their sleeves to remove all the litter from the route.

They were joined by a group of children from St Nicholas School and removed stray refuse along the 10 km to Polly Shorts in Mkondeni.

The initiative is part of a build-up campaign that the CMA undertakes every year, said Gary Boshoff, CMA general manager.

With the runners finishing in Pietermaritzburg this year, the CMA decided to join an initiative of the municipality – the Picture Perfect Pietermaritzburg (P3) campaign.

A joint project with The Witness and the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, the P3 campaign aims to get companies to adopt specific areas to clean and improve.

“In order to make the city better, we all need to stand up and make it better,” said Boshoff, who hopes the actions of the CMA will inspire Pietermaritzburg residents to work towards making a difference in their community.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said, “We are grateful that the CMA is making a contribution to the cleaning up of the city.

“It is the responsibility of everyone who lives in Pietermaritzburg to clean the city.”

He appealed to all businesses and community members to become involved in the drive.

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