People in the townships need education on keeping their environment clean…As a Sowetan, born and bred, it breaks my heart to see how little we care about our environment at the expense of “tidying our yards”. It’s sad. Since the Democratic Alliance took over, with Herman Mashaba at the helm, truth must be told, the townships and dare I say the city, are a bit cleaner. Mashaba’s team have gone on a drive to clean the city and the surrounding townships. Waste in open sites is regularly removed. Whenever there’s a problem with Pikitup, citizens are notified and sometimes encouraged to go dump rubbish in these sites. However, I have been disappointed at the lack of continuity by citizens in the townships, even after waste has been removed, some citizens continue dumping there.As township dwellers, are we blind to the benefits of a clean environment? Especially for our children? I wonder…In some of these empty spaces, kids making their way walk through the sites are exposed to health hazards. In some instances our kids make gruesome discoveries because of the now rubbish site, enabling criminals to dump the evidence of their criminality. We constantly compare how those in the leafy suburbs are being well serviced, with clean streets, empty sites and parks and forget that those in those suburbs do not go dump waste in the unauthorized sites. As a Sowetan, I think we are doing ourselves a disservice. How do we demand clean streets and parks if we don’t protect them? We complain about the number of rats, yet we are feeding them. Do we need education on this? Can our councillors drive the message about keeping our environment clean? At the end of the day, we suffer the consequences of an untidy environment and our children are vulnerable to this.