Volunteers to sweep area clean

2016-06-28 06:00

A group of Statice Heights residents have taken it upon themselves to uplift and better their immediate surroundings.

Amina Rajap, a community worker, says that the project to clean the streets and beautify the area began around three weeks ago.

The project, which uses volunteers from the area, serves a purpose more than simply clearing Statice Heights.

“This is also to bring unity to the community amidst of all the bad things happening here, like the drugs and children becoming little gangsters,” says Rajap.

She says the initial response has been favourable, but that there are still stumbling blocks. “We started with 16 and now we have 23 people who are part of the project. There are people in our community who are coming in to break down the project that we are trying to keep together,” she adds.

She says that other residents are under the notion that those who choose to volunteer for the project will never earn an income for what they do, thus discouraging any more community members from joining the upliftment project. “We are volunteering and now they are telling the people that they are going to be volunteers forever, but with this volunteering we know that there are opportunities, because if we bring their names forward, hopefully they will then form part of some other paid project (in the future). So that is the one reason why we started this, because of the high level of unemployment.”

Other than the cleaning project, Rajap says the other volunteers started planting a herbal garden in one of the streets in Statice Heights.

“We are preparing the field in Basil Crescent. We do not just only plant the herbs. The people sometimes do not know how to use the herbs. We want to use the one side of the wall, where we can put the names on of the herbs and (their uses) so that people do not waste it.”

Rajap says that she does not see a limit to what the project can achieve.

“On the other side of Statice Heights, because we have a soccer team and we are starting a netball team soon, they want to utilise a piece of land and convert it into a soccer practice field, a netball field and possibly a cricket field.”

The project has recieved support from ward councillor Suzette Little, the neighbourhood watch, a ladies’ group called the Women’s Circle as well as students from the University of Cape Town.

Rajab states that anyone from the community is welcome to join the project and that they should approach her directly instead of relying on second-hand information.

“The people from Statice Heights who do not know anything, are welcome to contact me or they are welcome to come to my house. When people are misinformed, then they become dangerous.”

V For more information about the project or to join contact Amina Ajab on 079 264 5293.

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