Pupils to help tidy last leg of Comrades

2011-05-25 00:00

IN attempt to make Pietermaritzburg look beautiful to local and international tourists visiting the city for the Comrades Marathon, the organisers of the race will be conducting a clean-up campaign from 9 am today.

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) will join Youth of Choice, New Era Youth Organisation, St Nicholas School and Msunduzi Municipality in cleaning the last four kilometres of the race route.

CMA marketing co-ordinator Thami Vilakazi said about 100 people will take part in the clean-up.

“It is known that Pietermaritzburg is a dirty city,” he said. “We want our visitors to talk about the cleanliness of Pietermaritzburg, not the dirtiness,”

The clean-up will start at Alexandra Road just outside Harry Gwala Stadium, move to Jesmond and Washington roads and end at Polly Shorts in Mkondeni, where refreshments will be served.

Vilakazi said, “Because the roads will be busy with traffic we chose to work with a smaller number of people. There are going to be between 70 and 100 of them.

“Twenty-five of them will be pupils from St Nicholas School, another 25 are from Youth of Choice, 35 from New Era Youth Organisation and 25 to 35 from Msunduzi Municipality.

“There are not going to be many of us because we are busy preparing for the marathon; there will be 10 from our staff,” Vilakazi added.

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