Langa community takes to the streets

2018-07-19 06:01
Langa residents, young and old, including Shoprite staff, took to the streets for a clean-up operation on Saturday. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Langa residents, young and old, including Shoprite staff, took to the streets for a clean-up operation on Saturday. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Langa residents and staffers, from a retail giant group, spent 67 minutes of their time on Saturday in honour of former president Nelson Mandela by doing community work in the area.

The residents, in Ward 51, embarked on a clean up campaign to celebrate the international icon’s 100th birthday.

The retail group said the intention was to keep the environment clean.

Lunga Schoeman said the campaign was a great initiative to educate the community about the importance of keeping the environment spruce.

He said the event was a continental drive in memory of Madiba.

According to the spokesperson Shoprite, the campaign started on Saturday and will culminate on Wednesday, Madiba’s birthday (yesterday).

“It is happening all over Africa, in 11 countries, with 500 events, for over 6000 people who have registered to participate in these events.

“We urge and encourage communities to lead this campaign and clean their areas. If they see any illegal dumping site in their area, they can go to a nearby Shoprite and present their proposal, then we will provide them with cleaning equipment,” said Schoeman­.

They would then recycle the material.

“As a group, we care about the people and our customers. And by getting involved in such initiatives, we show them that we care about the beauty of our environment.

“And we believe this is not a one day thing. It is the beginning of a movement for active citizens. We want to see it beyond 18 July,” he said.

Schoeman said each shop has to give back to the community.

“In Langa we are supporting Siyabulela and Mokone primary schools with food gardens­.

“We encourage people who want to be supported by our shops to visit us in our Head Office in Brackenfell,” he added.

Thokozile Kondlo (20), a resident among many who participated in the campaign, described Nelson Mandela as her role model.

“The reason I joined in the campaign is because I want to show that I care about the environment. I want to follow in Tata Madiba’s footsteps and do the right thing ... Projects like this show us the importance of the environment,” she said.

Ward 51 councillor Nomtha Dilima of said the campaign creates unity among the community­.

Urging Shoprite to invest more in the communities in which they do business, Dilima said: “If a family is struggling to buy a child’s uniform, or a family has lost their house to fire, Shoprite must intervene and assist. They must be involved in whatever is happening in our communities because we support it (Shoprite),” she said.

Dilima said the cleanup campaign resonates with State President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign of Thuma Mina which encourages people to be hands on in their communities­.


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