Crime shouldn’t mean filthiness

2018-11-01 06:01
Nyanga residents are cleaning illegal dumping sites at the corner of Miller and Eisleben Roads in White City. PHOTO: unathi obose

Nyanga residents are cleaning illegal dumping sites at the corner of Miller and Eisleben Roads in White City. PHOTO: unathi obose

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While crime remains on top of their agenda, Nyanga East residents have vowed to create a cleaner environment by targeting and clearing all the ‘dump sites’ and other neglected spots in their area.

On Saturday, residents enthusiastically kicked off a cleaning campaign that will see every street and corner being spotless ahead of end of the year festivities.

The target areas included Black City and White City, with the other areas to be cleaned in the following weeks.

Khaya Mbaswana, a spokesperson for the group, said the decision was made and adopted during a community meeting a few weeks ago.

He said they wanted to identify key challenges for the area.

“We identified crime, filthiness and unemployment as our main challenges,” he said. “But we decided to prioritise (doing away with) filthiness. We believe that no one can think straight staying in a dirty place.”

Mbaswana accused municipal workers of focusing on certain roads and areas. “We are targeting places with illegal dumping,” he said. “City employees don’t collect the rubbish in those places. And the illegal dumping sites make our area stink.”

Councillor Luyanda Nyingwa, came in for praises for providing refuse bags and organising a truck to pick up the rubbish.

Nyingwa said he supports the campaign as it seeks to keep Nyanga clean and put on the map in a positive way.

A meeting was also held on Tuesday where community members were educated about the importance of keeping a clean environment. A resolution was made to engage the City to provide some support with warning signs against illegal dumping, refuse bags and trucks.

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