Rail reserve clean up by unemployed and beggars

2016-06-07 06:00
Photo: supplied Members of the Phuma Okhoneni Garden Project: Loyanda Gwala, Thembinkosi Mkize, Siyabonga Buthulezi, Thabo Loyi, Lembethe Thabane, Siyand Mkhize, Lawrence Mkhize, Fortune Mchunu and chairman of the organisation Thabane Nzimande.

Photo: supplied Members of the Phuma Okhoneni Garden Project: Loyanda Gwala, Thembinkosi Mkize, Siyabonga Buthulezi, Thabo Loyi, Lembethe Thabane, Siyand Mkhize, Lawrence Mkhize, Fortune Mchunu and chairman of the organisation Thabane Nzimande.

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THE Phuma Okhoneni Garden Project, [POGP], now three years old, aims to find a project that will encourage beggars develop a sense of worth by earning a living as a result of their own initiative instead of standing on street corners asking for money.

A recycling buy-back centre has been mooted as well as a garden project which organisers hope will lead to self-sustainability.

Marge Mitchell, treasurer of the organisation, said: “It is with such huge thanks to those who have contacted the organisation and donated to it. This is appreciated more than you know.

“Another clean up of the rail reserve was done by eight beggars and unemployed people. The litter on the rail reserve is horrifying. What can be done to stop this abuse of the beautiful open space in our midst that can be enjoyed by tourists, cyclists and walkers with their dogs?” she said.

People who have joined this initiative are those who have no family, have been unable to find employment and resort to begging as a means of putting food in the table.

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