Ward 37 kids clean up for future parks

2017-04-12 06:00
< After the hard work, refreshment was offered in the form of juice and vetkoek. Here, Coreen Finnis (blue shirt), chairperson of the DA Youth in Ward 37, makes sure everyone gets their share.

< After the hard work, refreshment was offered in the form of juice and vetkoek. Here, Coreen Finnis (blue shirt), chairperson of the DA Youth in Ward 37, makes sure everyone gets their share.

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WHILE other children might be lazing around during the school holidays, children in the Bethelsdorp area are using their free time to clean areas which would become parks for them to play in.

An initiative by the DA Youth in Ward 37, which includes Extension 28, 31-36 and Kleinskool, to engage children in a holiday clean-up campaign ensures that not only are the children kept occupied, but the area is also left spotless.

Ward 37 Councillor Neville Higgins explained that this campaign formed part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s War on Waste campaign, but also serves to keep the children off the streets in an area where gangsterism is rife.

“We are focusing on several different areas in the ward, and we have primary and middle high school learners involved in the programme. The children take part in this with pride and of course they enjoy the lunch and juice provided for them,” Higgins said.

He added that the areas cleaned by the children would be utilised to build a total of seven recreational parks within the next financial year.
“The kids are cleaning up areas that would eventually become parks for them, so this clean-up campaign is for their own benefit. This is a very exciting prospect for them.”

Higgins added that the ward has exciting Youth Month programmes planned for the children in June.

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