Clean-up success

2018-04-03 06:01
The group of volunteers ready to clean the streets of Kensington.

The group of volunteers ready to clean the streets of Kensington.

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The Kensington Factreton Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (KFRRA) lauded members of the community involved in a successful clean-up campaign on Human Rights Day, Wednesday 21 March.

“Immense gratitude goes to all income-earning volunteers, patrons, donors and sustainability partners and officials for making our association’s Human Rights Day litter-picking and illegal dumping clean-up and public awareness campaign a huge success,” says Leslie Swartz, KFRRA’s acting chairperson.

The project involved 11 volunteers who picked up litter and swept the area clean before attending to dumping.

Swartz says education remains a key component in the association’s proactive endeavours for sustainability. “It is always important to get young people involved as they are the ones who will inherit and be the beneficiaries of today’s culture tomorrow. By getting them more involved, it helps to get them to protect what they have invested in today,” says Swartz.

He explains that all clean-ups are income-earning opportunities where sustainability partners and patrons play a significant role in affording the volunteers some economic prosperity. Jobseekers are mainly part of the proactivity supported by the committee members. The block covered stretched from Factreton Avenue to Acre Road between 11th and 13th avenues, including the public amenities.

Swartz expressed excitement at “noticeable improvements since the establishment of the ratepayers’ illegal dumping committee in 2012 even though clean-ups began as late as November 2011”.

Swartz states that a satellite drop-off facility should be up and running by mid-May. He hopes all utility services would have been completed by then.

Head of the Solid Waste Cleansing Department, Xolisile Mama, thanked the participants for their “sterling work and cooperation”. “Without community involvement we will not succeed in dealing with waste management challenges. The volunteers were positive and very helpful. They want to have a cleaner environment.”

The idea was to keep the area clean and send a message out to others not to litter in the area.

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