Residents, Unite for cleanliness

2017-04-27 06:02
Members of Africa Unite embarked on a clean-up campaign and also educated residents about serving water, in Europe, next to Gugulethu, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Members of Africa Unite embarked on a clean-up campaign and also educated residents about serving water, in Europe, next to Gugulethu, on Thursday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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frica Unite, an organisation that fights for human rights and social cohesion, conducted a water and sanitation clean-up in the Europe informal settlement area last Thursday.

And their good deeds were lauded by residents who took part in the cleaning and health campaign.

Wonke Mapeyi, Africa Unite senior facilitator and peer educator, said the aim of the event was to make a positive impact on the way things are done in the area which will help prevent diseases and drain blockages during winter rains.

“We felt that there is a need to educate resident about the importance of keeping their area clean. We have found plastics, nappies and other things that cause drain-blockages and flooding when it rains.

Children are vulnerable to catching diseases as a result of filthiness. We also taught them water saving tips,” Mapeyi said.

Mapeyi also said they are planning to roll-out the campaign to other informal settlements in future.

The event was also attended by Mcumane Hlazo, deputy director for sanitation services for the Department of Water and Sanitation and his team.

Hlazo said they saw the need to be part of the event as it aimed at addressing the challenges of water scarcity in the province.

“The dam levels are very low in the province. So we are happy to see communities driving a campaign to save water.

They are also doing a clean-up campaign which we are also driving, so we said we cannot miss such an opportunity.

Children below the age of five are the most vulnerable when it comes to catching sicknesses.

We say they must stop littering, which is a health hazard.

The mess causes drain blockages, flies and mosquitoes. Water conservation is important,” Hlazo said.

He also said they are planning to partner with Africa Unite in the upcoming sanitation week on 15 to 19 May, where they will be doing door-to-door raising awareness about sanitation in different areas.

Siyabulela Mavuka, deputy chairperson for the area committee, praised Africa Unite for the initiative and said it showed “Ubuntu.”

“We are happy to see that there are people who still think of the wellbeing of other people. It shows Ubuntu. Informal settlements get sidelined most of the time.

There are complains that residents in informal settlements waste water, so this is going to help teach them in that regard.

We are also preaching on residents here to dispose their waste at designated points for that. This will play a positive role in keeping this area clean,” Mavuka said.

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