Making a cleaner city

2014-07-03 00:00

FED up with seeing her street littered with papers strewn around by passing pedestrians and motorists, a 73-year-old pensioner has decided to roll up her sleeves and clean up the road herself.

The energetic Nakkie Mornet, who lives in Taunton Road, Wembley, feels that people are too proud to clean up around where they live.

“I was very thrilled to see The Witness article about the city’s Clean up Campaign that was written by the editor, Andrew Trench,” said Mornet.

She said she started cleaning up along Taunton Road years ago because of pedestrians leaving litter there.

“People don’t use the bin, they just throw rubbish anywhere and I refuse to lower my standards by living in a filthy street when I can clean it myself,” said Mornet.

Mornet believes in the philosophy that, “We all have to clean our surroundings in order to live in a clean environment”.

She says if residents and businesses alike would clean their home and business areas, the city would not be in such a mess.

“I have lived in this house for 41 years. When we first moved here from Johannesburg, it was clean back then. It hurts a lot of us old people to see what it has become because we know what it once looked like,” she said.

Mornet said it is important that everybody does their bit to clean up because the municipality cannot be expected to do everything.

“Some people have the mentality that if they litter, they are creating jobs but that is the wrong attitude,” Mornet said.

She said what the city needs is active citizens who will confront city officials until things are done.

“People must report things until they get done because council officials cannot be everywhere, so residents need to inform them of things that need to be fixed,” she said.

Mornet said it works for her because she is persistent.

She said if her neighbours litter, she confronts them when required.

“I guess it is because I was a teacher at Voortrekker High School for years before retiring in 1997 so I confront people when necessary,” she said.

She is so energetic that she even goes around the city with her camera to take pictures of things that need to be fixed.

“I am passionate about the city and even though I have a busy schedule with my eight grandchildren, I still make time to clean my streets,” said Mornet.

She said: “We need to stop the attitude of accepting everything that comes our way because if we live like that, we might as well die.”

Mornet said she looks after her own garden and does her housework because she does not like to be dependent on other people — and that is what keeps her fit.

She believes that council should educate people about cleanliness and the campaign must also be done at schools.

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