Cleanliness is next to healthy environment and part of heritage

2015-10-01 06:00

Residents from NY 91 spend the whole of heritage day cleaning up their area on Thursday 24.

Residents from NY 91 spend the whole of heritage day cleaning up their area on Thursday 24.

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While many communities celebrated Heritage Day in song, dance and food, residents in NY 91 in Gugulethu dedicated the day to cleaning the environment.

The young, the old and the in-betweeners brought along a broom and spade to play their part in the clean up.

According to the local street committee chairperson, Phumzile Nywagi, the community decided to make a difference for themselves.

“As the Phaphamani Street Committee we held a general meeting where it was decided that we needed to initiate such a campaign. We deduced that since we are under the Klipfontein sub-district, we must make a mark and try to keep our area clean,” said Nywagi.

He said that they wanted residents to learn that everyone is responsible and be aware that littering is prohibited.

“We want to make a difference in our community, letting youth to take part and to combat gangsterism, substance abuse as well as unemployment that affects our youth on daily basis. We are planning to do more cleaning by involving everyone,” he said.

Nywagi said that the eager residents even made contributions towards the clean up campaign.

“We pleaded for a R2 donation from every household for catering and refreshments.”

Nywagi said the local councillor donated a little and waste bags,.

He added that the Phaphamani Street Committee made a call to residents to stop littering and said that this was not a once off event.

“Going forward, we are planning on hosting such events every month.

We are also looking at cleaning our local sports facility as it needs to be upgraded as well, we are therefore seeking help from our municipality.

We want the residents to be responsible for cleaning their environment as well as keeping it that way.

However this can be an expensive exercise and we would like to appeal for donations to help with future operations,” he said.

Nywagi has also pleaded with anyone concerned about cleanliness in the area and who wants to donate to their efforts to contact him on at:

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