More join in to plot clean-up strategies for Mandela Day

2014-07-15 00:00

MANDELA Day Capital Clean-Up campaigners want to change the legacy from city of shame to a proud City of Choice.

The campaign has captured the imagination of the Pietermaritzburg public, with a whole lot more people getting involved in Friday’s events.

• Businesses in Winston Road responded to a call by their neighbour Victor Pillay, who owns Nu-Print. They call their campaign “Keep Winston Road Clean” and yesterday afternoon eight businesses in the street held a meeting to plot their clean-up strategy. Starting with Mandela Day, they are going to clean their verges and gutters.

Each business is to donate a tree to plant in front of their premises and there are more long-term plans to make the street a safe environment.

For Pillay and his neighbours, the clean-up campaign is already having positive results; it is getting neighbours to bond over a common cause — a clean, safe environment.

• The KZN Inland Cricket Union will clean up the western sector of Alexandra Park.

• Law firm Austen Smith, based at 191 Pietermaritz Street, will be cleaning Pietermaritz Street and side roads on Friday from 11 am.

• The Dusi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) that will be cleaning three river hotspots on Mandela Day — watch this space for details.

• Councillors Vic Winterbach (ward 36) and Naleni Atwaru (ward 33) have joined forces to run a co-ordinated clean-up campaign on Mandela Day.

They will be covering the block between New England Road and Alan Paton Avenue and King Edward and Connaught Road. This includes the area from outside the casino to the Scottsville Mall. The clean-up will start at 9 am and end at 10.07 am.

Residents in the area are urged to join in. Take along black plastic bags and plastic gloves if possible, but if you don’t have these they will be provided. The clean-up crew will meet at the old Scottsville Bowling Club opposite the casino at 9 am.

If you have sent an e-mail about your Mandela Day clean-up endeavour and it has not yet appeared, please e-mail a reminder. The campaign has received such an overwhelmingly positive response that some initiatives may have been inadvertently left out.

If you haven’t yet notified us of what you are doing, please let us know.

COUNTDOWN: Three days to go.

Given the response to the initiative, it is going to be impossible for The Witness team to go out and get photographs and stories of all that will be going on in the city on clean-up day. We will also be doing our bit in our own neighbourhood in Willowton Road.

Please e-mail us details of your initiatives, sending before and after photos of the place you’ve cleaned up if possible.

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