Let’s all pitch in to clean

2014-07-14 00:00

THE countdown to the Nelson Mandela Day clean-up campaign has begun and, with just four days to go, The Witness has had an overwhelming response to its “Clean the Capital City” challenge.

Njabulo Togane, chairperson of the non-profit organisation Source of Hope Youth Foundation, based in Eastwood, wrote: “I saw the initiative that you are starting by keeping our city clean, which is important.

“We have also decided to dedicate our 67 minutes to cleaning a surrounding area, Cinderella Park, on July 18. We are also committing to keep our community clean as the youth of Ward 34.”

Johara Khan says that her grandfather sweeps and collects the dirt on both sides of the road in William Street every Sunday morning.

“He puts the dirt in plastic bags with the sole intention of making our environment a better place. On Mandela Day my brother and I will be assisting my grandfather by sweeping our street and enforcing our own cleaning initiative. Let every day be a Mandela Day, whereby community members can participate in their own activities and programmes!” writes Khan.

Jay Jagwanth says, “Excellent views and ideas to clean up the city. The proposal that we do this as an ongoing initiative creates a very strong sense of active citizenry. Schoolgoing youth in my neighbourhood want to clean up a vacant open space in Granadilla Crescent to be used as a soccer field. The municipality has already cut the grass. The field will be used for sport, for I maintain that a child in sport is a child out of court! We however need goalposts! Spread the word. I can be contacted at 084 586 1234 for collection.”

Farouk Ally appeals to all residents of Epworth and Scottsville to join him in The Witness challenge to clean up the capital city. He said that picking up leaves and dirt in the neighbourhood streets and cutting the verges can contribute to this task. He has also asked school pupils on holiday to join.

“Bin bags may be used for the clean-up to be picked up by the municipality on our refuse days. I look forward to all our residents joining this campaign to bringing back the beauty of our city. To all our road users in the area, please assist by not disposing of your dirt from your motor vehicles’ windows,” Ally earnestly requested.

Mary Manig suggests that truck operators educate their drivers to keep a small refuse bag in the cab. She recently saw litter being thrown out from the same truck on three different occasions. She suggests the city set up a phone number where litterbugs can be reported. The licence plate number can be given and the firm traced. For repeat offenders she suggests a name and shame column in the newspaper.

These are just some of the ideas and initiatives coming through. During the course of the week we will be reporting on many more. Don’t forget: if you want to publicise your Clean the Capital City endeavour, e-mail newsed@witness.co.za or nalini@witness.co.za

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