Zuma reiterates support for drive

2014-07-15 00:00

CLEAN-UP campaigners were given encouragement by President Jacob Zuma yesterday, with the president calling on South Africans to demonstrate their love for the country by cleaning their surroundings, together.

It was Zuma who suggested that the legacy of Nelson Mandela would be commemorated through a massive “Operation Clean-Up for Madiba” this year.

“In this way, we will be promoting working together to build our beautiful country, which is what Madiba taught us. Secondly, we will also be demonstrating our collective commitment to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment and communities,” Zuma said.

He called on the public and private sectors to reflect on how they dispose of waste, and urged municipalities to use the campaign to discuss improving refuse removal services in under-serviced communities.

He asked schoolchildren not to be litterbugs and to keep their schools clean.

Zuma said the operation would build on existing government programmes to improve the environment and help promote the country’s growing green economy.

The president will be rolling up his sleeves and cleaning up in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape in the vicinity of the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology. He will also be involved in other activities in the area before opening the Mvezo Komkhulu Museum.

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