War on Waste declared

2017-04-05 06:04
The War on Waste campaign officially kicked off with the NMBM Waste Department cleaning this illegal dumping site in KwaZakhele. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

The War on Waste campaign officially kicked off with the NMBM Waste Department cleaning this illegal dumping site in KwaZakhele. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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NELSON Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) used to be an award winner for being the cleanest city in the country, and the city needs to reclaim the title again.

These were the sentiments of Executive Mayor Athol Trollip at the official launch of the Metro’s War on Waste campaign in KwaZakhele last week.

The NMBM has in the past received the Cleanest Metro in South Africa Award twice and Blue Flag Status has been awarded to the majority of its beaches. Blue Flag Status is an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.

It is the wish of Mayor Trollip to once again scoop the Cleanest Metro title and he has, therefore, pledged his full support of the War on Waste campaign.

Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani, who also heads the Public Health Portfolio, shared the mayor’s views and sent out a strong message at the launch.

“I am a passionate champion for a clean Nelson Mandela Bay and this campaign that we are launching is very close to my heart,” Bobani said.

“The state of our city is unacceptable. Have you noticed the dirt and mess? Heaps of rubble, plastic and litter are scattered along our residential streets, in open plots, in the back-yards of homes, outside businesses and often right next to wheelie bins and drop-off sites. We can just look around and see the mess.”

Bobani further said that every resident in the city deserved to live in a clean environment.

“Never adopt the mindset that littering and dumping are normal and that nothing can be done about it. Far from it! It is in fact a criminal offence and should not be practised, accepted or condoned by anyone.”

The War on Waste campaign is described as the NMBM’s biggest clean-up campaign in its history and will comprise sending out cleansing units for waste removal and litter picking, the cleaning of waste hotspot areas, visiting residential areas to create awareness, ensuring that residents have access to wheelie bins and enforcing bylaws on illegal dumping.

“We will help you to get rid of your unwanted waste, whether in your own backyard or in your community or open areas. But then the municipality’s deal with residents is that they may not recommit the offence of littering or dumping. With your help, we will transform Nelson Mandela Bay into a clean, safe and hygienic place! Let’s make it safe for our kids to play outside. Let’s be proud of and take care of our communities,” Bobani said.

He concluded by appealing to everyone in Nelson Mandela Bay to be a part of the campaign.

“Please participate and join us in this campaign, in this war on waste. Whether you are a gogo, a teacher, a student, a pensioner, a housewife, or a builder – your participation is important and will make a difference. How can you participate? Either stop illegal dumping yourself, discourage family or community members from littering and dumping, or report offenders. Refuse and litter belong in black bags or in wheelie bins – nowhere else.”

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