Local campaign attracts attention across country

2015-09-16 06:00

CITIES across the country have asked for assistance as they want to adopt the “Take Back Our City” campaign model, said cluster board general secretary Pastor Timothy Hendricks.

According to Hendricks, who is one of the “Take Back Our City” campaign organisers, while attending a recent conference with council speaker Maria Hermans they were approached by leaders of different cities who were impressed with their model.

“It was a wonderful feeling to hear the speaker tell the conference that we have started with the campaign and after the conference we were approached by different people asking us to come and assist them in their cities as they have their own cities to take back.

“It was that wonderful feeling when you get hot under your cheeks to see that we started taking back the city,” said Hendricks.

Hendricks was speaking during a press conference last week for the campaign in which Mayor Danny Jordaan announced the second phase of the campaign.

Jordaan said their second phase of taking back the city was to work towards a cleaner metro. “The second thing we said we have to take the city away from is the dirt, and we have bought seven trucks with four already on the road,” said Jordaan.

Jordaan said they have also progressed from clearing the streets once every fortnight to once a week.

“Those trucks you have already seen clearing up and when the seven trucks together with other trucks are operational we will have seen a cleaner city,” said Jordaan.

However, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa disagreed during his visit to the Metro.

During his visit toVeeplaas on Sunday, Holomisa said he had taken photos with his tablet and he would post these on his Twitter and Facebook page to show the problems of dirt and poverty in the city’s townships

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