CBD residents begin clean-up initiative

2017-10-11 06:02
Residents clean up on the corner of Burger and Chapel streets.PHOTO:supplied

Residents clean up on the corner of Burger and Chapel streets.PHOTO:supplied

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RESIDENTS who live in a block of flats in Chapel and Burger streets have taken a proactive approach to cleaning up the area.

After seeing one bag of litter dumped illegally on the street corner, one man, Sam Groves, decided to initiate a clean up.

The Maritzburg Fever also recently ran a story on how people can play a role in keeping the city clean. The initiative started with Groves who lives in flat in Chapel Street. He created a Facebook page looking for volunteers to clean up the illegal dumping and soon found a team of about 20 people, ready to take action and eliminate the eyesore.

Groves told Maritzburg Fever that the community needs to take responsibility. Beside being filthy, the area has become a hot spot for crime because people walk past here when going to the Duzi.

“We can’t live like this and dispose rubbish just anywhere... there is still a lot be done, but I am glad we have started cleaning up. People must stop complaining and start working.”

Groves said since starting the clean up, many are inspired by it and are helping.

“Even the Msunduzi Mayor, Councillor Themba Njilo visited and applauded us for the good initiative we have started. We now have EPWD workers helping us by cutting down trees.

“We can see the positive change now and hope that more people from all over help us improve the city. This place is safe now - people can walk from here to the Duzi.”

Groves said the team will be cleaning their neighbourhood every two months and encourages those, who live in the CBD and business people in the CBD, to join the campaign and clean up their neighbourhoods.

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