Tidying up the City of Choice

2019-03-13 06:01
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDAfter strikes which left plenty of waste to stand uncollected on the streets, government workers as well as volunteers took to the streets of the Northern areas to embark on a clean-up campaign.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDAfter strikes which left plenty of waste to stand uncollected on the streets, government workers as well as volunteers took to the streets of the Northern areas to embark on a clean-up campaign.

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GOVERNMENT workers and political party volunteers/members were out in their numbers last week as they embarked on a clean-up campaign throughout the northern areas of Pietermaritzburg, this following an influx of complaints about service delivery recently.

Volunteers and workers with cleaning equipment could be seen by motorists in areas such as Raise­thorpe, Woodlands and Northdale as they picked up dirt, cut unkempt grass fields, and swept the dirt-filled streets.

The clean-up campaign, which started on Thursday with up to 50 workers involved, carried over onto Friday with almost 100 people embarking on the clean-up in the main areas such as Derby Place, Protea Grounds, and Northdale Stadium.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said that their intent with the clean-up campaign was to highlight the importance of having a cleaner community and to ensure that locals are educated on the negative effects of illegal dumping on themselves and their community.

General manager for community services Boniwe Zulu, who was present and part of the clean-up, said that she was keen on meeting with business owners in the area so that they could raise their concerns and thoughts with her so that she could find a solution to keep their areas clean and move forward towards ensuring a cleaner community for all.

“This is the second time that we have been here since the beginning of the year. We want to know the problems being faced by our owners and locals so that we can work together so that we can eradicate this problem of dumping and maintain a cleaner environment for us all,” said Zulu.

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