Volunteers clean park

2016-03-23 06:00
VOLUNTEERS of the Soul Heights Enterprise, who cleaned the Lang Street Park on Human Rights Day, asked for permission to adopt the park.

VOLUNTEERS of the Soul Heights Enterprise, who cleaned the Lang Street Park on Human Rights Day, asked for permission to adopt the park.

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WHILE partygoers and socialites enjoyed braaivleis, sipped cold beers from their cooler boxes and played loud music in Lang Street Park, volunteers of the Soul Heights Enterprise non-governmental organisation (NGO) were busy cleaning up the mess and empty bottles left from the previous night’s party Z right next to the partygoers.

The partygoers were not bothered by the good deed that was done by this group of young people whose main aim was to restore the park to a clean and beautiful condition.

Lang Street Park, opposite Color Block in Hulana Street, is well known as the “chill zone” in Kimberley.

It is the second year in a row that the youth of the Soul Heights Enterprise, who live in the surrounding area, made the attempt to clean the park on Monday (21/03), which was Human Rights Day.

Their objective, according to their co-ordinator, Mohau Baxashe, is to put more into revitalising and beautifying the environment that surrounds them.

Baxashe told Express Northern Cape about their ongoing concern and unhappiness regarding the abuse of the Lang Street Park by partygoers who just littered and left empty bottles and rubbish lying around.

He also added that members of the same community also used the park as a dumping site.

“We want to celebrate special days like these in a clean environment where our children can play freely and away from any possible harm.

“Therefore we approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality, after we had cleaned the park in 2015, and asked for permission to adopt this park,” said Baxashe.

He said they would hopefully get a response soon as the talks had already started in October last year. The aim is also to involve the whole community to participate in looking after the park.

Pointing to a little boy swinging on a handmade rope, Baxashe said: “These are the dangers we are talking about. That child is being denied the right to play in a safe environment Z by his own community.

“What if he gets cut by those rotten piles or falls when that rope breaks? We want to plant grass, fix these swings, fence the park with a locking gate and build toilets with a storeroom.

“It can be protected by a caretaker on a permanent basis.”

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