Juju residents clean own streets

2015-06-18 06:00

Area 6 resident Happy Anthony gets help from the young during the clean-up initiative in Gugulethu.

Area 6 resident Happy Anthony gets help from the young during the clean-up initiative in Gugulethu.

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Some residents at Gugulethu’s Area 6 are determined to keep their vicinity free of dirt following a clean-up campaign recently.

Residents in this part of Gugulethu had been part of riotous scenes regarding grievance of a local development but now they are cleaning up their environment.

The cleanup campaign was the brain-child of resident Mxolisi August who said that he was unhappy about the dirty streets in the area.

“The area was a mess especially the alley that connects NY 108 and NY110. The alley was used as a dumping ground and it was very filthy and I knew that it was the community that had to take a stand,” said August.

He decided to approach community leaders and residents to initiate the campaign.

“Some of the residents were reluctant but those that welcomed the idea were very happy and excited about the initiative,” he added.

On the day of the clean up residents of all ages took the streets with brooms, rakes and plastic bags.

“We were also fortunate to receive so donations from local business people were are Mr Ali and Mr Solomons. The donated food and drinks from the participants and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” he told City Vision.

Community leader Thembisa Ndzunga said that this initiative came at the right time.

“As you may have been aware there have been some occurrences were residents were involved in protest action. We are very happy now that young people were involved in something positive,” she said.

Ndzunga said that they hoped that the initiative can continue so that eventually they can be able to clean up other areas.

“In this first one were fortunate that the councillor Mr Mzwakhe Nqavashe supported the initiative and the councillor came to collect all the rubbish after the clean up,” she said

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