People of Mangaung urged to go green

2018-02-14 06:01

Tshegofatso Leeuw, director of the Mangaung Civic Front:

Greening and love for our townships is a must.

Every ward in the Mangaung township has become a semi-dumping site by the look of things. Every inhabitant seems to not understand the importance of taking care of their surroundings.

It is sad to always hear that in townships – even with 51 dustbins in a row – it would just be empty ornaments. Most inhabitants, after renovating their houses, would rather throw the waste at soccer fields.

We already have a municipality that is struggling to collect garbage on time – this, among other challenges, is a reason for the failure in attracting reputable investors.

Investors continuously seek safe havens for their investments. Investing millions of rands in an environment in which people hate cleanliness would deter their ambitions.

Truth be told, township economy goes together with green economy and crime-fighting initiatives.

We are a young metropolitan municipality with lots of challenges. It can only be us – the residents of Mangaung – who should take the initiative to green our city and also love it.

We need to position our townships as green zones. “Greening” our townships by throwing waste all over and emptying our dustbins wherever we want, is not the answer.

Education to prevent this must be done, starting with parents. Furthermore, schools must punish any sloppiness and littering attitudes.

Township community policing forums (CPFs) must incorporate city greening initiatives and ward councillors must never stop preaching greening to our townships.

Churches must have green teaching placards while taxi drivers should be encouraged to show off “Greening Mangaung” stickers.

Big businesses operating in townships must have greening township initiatives.

We must change our mindset. Our way of thinking around environment issues must change.

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