Keep streets clean and safe

2017-07-25 06:01

A safe and clean Sea Point, where employment is created seven days a week, is the dream behind a local safety and security ­initiative.

The initiative of the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Ratepayers’ Association aims to provide a safe and clean suburb for both residents and visitors.

Through Straatwerk (an organisation that provides employment to street people through street cleaning projects) the initiative employs street people to clean on a daily basis. Straatwerk also offers life skills ­coaching.

The project was rolled out over the last two years along the beachfront areas, with funding secured from local businesses, apartment blocks and homes. Association spokesperson Marco van Embden says around 70% of the homes and businesses in the first section of the initiative’s roll-out have signed up – the fee being R65 per household. The initiative is planned for another six phases to eventually cover the association’s boundaries.

The continued roll-out will only be possible with the support of residents, Van Embden says. “We’re asking the community to take responsibility for something they can change. People from other suburbs pay towards the initiative because they use the beachfront area and as joggers enjoy the improved safety. They appreciate the value in the service that is being offered,” he says.

In the last six months, the initiative’s upliftment programme – through social worker Jantjie Booysens – has seen 84 street people recruited to Straatwerk.

In May this year, Straatwerk provided 43 shifts, with around 520 refuse bags of litter collected. This is an increase from 16 shifts in May last year, which collected 250 bags of­litter.

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