MEC launches clean-up campaign

2019-04-03 06:01
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaCogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba Njilo at the launch of the Good Green Deeds campaign.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaCogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba Njilo at the launch of the Good Green Deeds campaign.

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THE MEC for COOPERATIVE Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, launched the provincial clean-up campaign “Good Green Deeds” on Friday.

The campaign was officially launched in Chase Valley in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call on all South Africans to take charge and clean up their environment.

Dube-Ncube also unveiled newly purchased yellow plant equipment, which included graders, honeysuckers and water tanks, that the municipalities will be able to use to better service their communities.

Dube-Ncube was accompanied by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and her deputy Barbara Thomson.

The MEC said that the campaign will take place in the whole of KZN but they started by identifying the hot spot areas first.

“We started this campaign in Msunduzi because we have identified that the issue of cleanliness is stubborn in this municipality.

“We have identified the hot spot areas and we are going to go there and intervene. We want to deal with this problem of cleanliness,” she said.

Dube-Ncube further said they will also target open spaces in townships and turn them into parks.

“We have a lot of open spaces in the townships that people have been using as illegal dumping grounds. We want to clean those places and re-claim them,” she said.

The new equipment will help in cleaning drains, filling potholes and re-building infrastructure in all of the municipalities in KZN.

Dube-Ncube said the equipment will not only help with keeping the city clean, but it will also help municipalities save millions of rands that they used to have to pay in order to rent plant equipment as the equipment will be made freely available for use by the municipalities.

The MEC added that a lot of municipalities have spent millions of rands renting water tankers for the areas that have water problems.

“We are tired of spending millions of rands renting equipment. We want to cut down on some municipalities who spend a lot of money renting things like water tanks.

“The municipality can now use that money for renting to buy their own equipment or divert it to something else,” she said.

Mokonyane said they came to Msunduzi Municipality first because it is a a very strategic municipality in the country and it has a huge potential. However, the municipality has been unable to instil cleanliness, due to the municipality’s internal challenges which she did not mention, and they are now developing a programme that will ensure that the environment is being taken care of.

“We are here in Msunduzi because it is one of those challenged municipalities but also a very important city in the map of the South African government.

“This programme is about the long-term — this strategy of Good Green Deeds will last us up to 2030,” she said.

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