The residents of Langa joined the City of Cape Town in cleaning up their community.Mayor Dan Plato visited the area as part of his clean-up campaign called “Keep Cape Town Clean” which started in March.The residents were given gloves, refuse bags and masks to cover their noses and mouths for safety reasons.A resident Asuthi Ntesoni said they have been living in filth for a long time and that it is their own doing because they do not have dust bins so people just dump rubbish anywhere.She said rubbish is not their only problem. They also have burst sewerage pipes, adding an unbearable stench to the area. “The sewage runs in front of our houses. We can’t even open our doors during the day and our children are sick as a result of it,” she said. However, she said she is happy that the mayor joined them in cleaning the area and hopes it will stay clean.Another resident Sisanda Poni said it is a good thing that Plato came to see for himself how dirty their area is.Poni said she hopes that it will not be the last time the mayor visits them because she knows the area will be dirty again.Plato said he is glad to see that the importance of the message to keep the communities clean continues to spread and that it will lead to a sustained change in the way residents dispose of their refuse.“I hope communities which have been cleaned through this campaign understand the value and take pride in keeping their neighbourhoods neat and tidy,” he said.He said he allocated an additional R1150 million to help tackle the grime and they need to keep the momentum of the success so far.Plato added that the staff in the department of solid waste management carry out weekly refuse removal but their goal is to get communities to do their part too.The City said vehicles used in illegal dumping can be confiscated and a release fee of nearly R16 000 will be charged and to report illegal dumping you can call 0860 103 089.