eThekwini rolls out ‘Clean my City’ drive

2013-10-14 00:00

THE eThekwini municipality has encouraged local businesses and citizens to make Durban the continent’s most caring and livable city by 2030. This after it rolled out what it dubbed a massive “Clean my City” clean-up campaign and made a first stop at the Bayhead natural heritage site on the Bluff last week.

The reserve covers an area of 20 hectares and functions as a critical habitat for a variety of aquatic birds. The clean-up sought to promote the conservation of natural resources, and highlight the ecological and economic importance of the mangrove swamps and coastal grassland. The city is tasked with ensuring that extra cleaning teams are sent into the litter-prone areas in the CBD on Thursdays and Fridays within the next two years.

Speaking for the city, Tozi Mthethwa said this project formed part of spreading their greening agenda.

Mthethwa said they were targeting derelict buildings in which incidents of rape, drugs and crimes took place, and on removing homeless children from the streets. “We are calling on our social stakeholders to best integrate street kids into our communities and make them economically active,” she said. She added that the operation would not only be confined to the inner city. “We are hoping to replicate it in nearby places such as Cler­mont, KwaMashu and Clairwood.”

Ward 32 councillor William Zenzile said the initiative will create awareness about cleanliness and people will gradually curb bad littering habits. He added if people changed their mindset, the city would not be cheated of its treasures such as the Bayhead natural heritage site. “This is a perfect place to escape stress and daily demands. Our tourism will also expand,” he said.

Zama Mncwabe, spokesperson for Transnet, which is partnering with the municipality on the project, said it was their responsibility to clean as ports were the hub of the economy.

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