IN a fight to maintain cleanliness in their area, Dambuza residents have come together and initiated a clean-up campaign.Called “Operation Khuculula”, the initiative was launched last Thursday and saw residents come together to collect rubbish, fix potholes and clean out all storm water drains on Dambuza Main Road.Ward Councillor Mntuza Mkhize said the aim of the campaign is not only to maintain the upkeep of the area, but to also encourage residents to become involved with cleaning up their areas and the city as a whole.“Our community must know the importance of cleanliness in our areas. As a community we need to come together if we want to overcome challenges like this. We can’t always rely on government or the municipality to keep our areas clean,” he said.Mkhize said a day each month will be dedicated to cleaning the Dambuza area.“We hope other areas can adopt this clean-up campaign as well so that we can keep Pietermaritzburg clean in its entirety. It is in our hands and we need to work together. We all know of the challenges the municipality sometimes faces with regards to collecting refuse. So if we as a community have programmes like this we will not have to worry much about who is going to collect litter when the municipal trucks don’t show up.”Mkhize said one of the other challenges residents are faced with in the area is illegal dumping, but with this campaign he hopes the problem will be eradicated.