Mayor setting the example

2016-10-26 06:00
Phatsoana Letino (manager of the Department of Waste and Refuse in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality) and Masetjhaba Mosia-Lakaje (acting executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality) seen here removing corrugated iron used as a toilet by customers at sheeben shacks.

Phatsoana Letino (manager of the Department of Waste and Refuse in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality) and Masetjhaba Mosia-Lakaje (acting executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality) seen here removing corrugated iron used as a toilet by customers at sheeben shacks.

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Phuthaditjhaba. – The Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality believes that a clean environment is essential for healthy living and therefore always strives to have the best and cleanest municipality possible.

In keeping with its mission to achieve this, acting executive mayor Masetjhaba Mosia-Lakaje and the manager of the Department of Waste and Refuse, Phatsoana Letino, recently embarked on a cleaning campaign in Mota Road at the Setsing Business Centre, Phuthaditjhaba.

The two were accompanied by members of the community.

In principle, the idea was to improve the environment and promote public awareness of community cleanliness. This, they believe, could go a long way to fight global warming.

The initiative also seeked to inspire communities to conserve their environment.

During the cleaning campaign it was discovered that some of the residents were contributing to pollution by urinating in public areas and by littering.

Over the years, this has led to the forming of rubbish heaps containing harmful toxins.

Letino devised a mechanism of removing the waste and bad odour emanating from it with black dip.

According to Letino, his department also intends to construct a catch pit and storm water drainage to prevent blockages.

A street vendor, Radebe Samuel, said he was impressed by the initiative taken by the two municipal officials.

“I want to thank the municipality for the good job they are doing in cleaning the streets in the area,” Samuel said.

Pleading with residents and street vendors, Mosia-Lakaje emphasised that individuals needed to be proud of their environment as it was a reflection of their humanity and dignity.

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