Resident launches DIY campaign to clean up capital

2010-04-30 00:00

A LOCAL resident felt he could not risk bringing Msunduzi into disrepute in the eyes of tourists during the Fifa World Cup.

So concerned is Justin Hemming about the piles of uncollected garbage on the streets that he decided to launch On The Verge campaign with the aim of cleaning up the capital before soccer fever takes off.

Hemming told The Witness of his “frustration at seeing a lot of things not happening” in the municipality .

He added: “While many organisations, companies and the odd government institution have pulled out all the stops to ensure that South Africa is ready, the unfortunate residents of Msunduzi Municipality (among others) are going through PMS — pitiful municipality syndrome.

“While it’s good to note that the provincial ministers have eventually awoken from their slumber to this diabolical mess of a council, and heads are apparently starting to roll, we are a mere 42 days before the start of the biggest event this country will ever witness.”

Hemming’s campaign aims at encouraging all municipal residents to participate because, “based on [the municipality’s] recent performance, 40 days will probably ensure that five street-light bulbs are changed and a few bins are emptied.

“So if we can’t rely on the buffoons we pay our rates to, let’s show some pride in this place we call home, and let’s do it ourselves!”

The campaign aims to get individual residents to dedicate half-an-hour every week each Friday until June 9.

“Starting [today], let’s sacrifice our lunch hour in support of our country, kitted in our Friday-best Bafana Bafana shirts, and get On The Verge of your office, home, or country road, with black bags, brooms and latex gloves,” Hemming said.

“We can’t score the goals for Bafana Bafana, but if each individual makes the effort to clean out their gutters, cut the grass and empty the bins ‘on their verge’, we can each contribute to making our streets, suburbs, towns and cities look beautiful just in time for the big event.”

For more information about the campagain, contact Hemming at

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