Woodlands is now a bit cleaner, thanks to the roll-out of a city-wide ‘Keep Cape Town Clean’ campaign. Mayor Dan Plato visited Woodlands and Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East on Friday 1 November, along with the City’s solid waste staff to clean sites affected by illegal dumping and encourage the public to help keep their communities clean. Woodlands residents told People’s Post they were happy to see the fields cleaned, but said they did not anticipate it would be clean for very long.“This place has been a mess for months. It gets cleaned one day and the next it is filthy again,” says Latiefa Jacobs. Gairoeneesa Williams says people must look after their spaces. “They can’t be dumping and then complain that the area looks dirty,” she says.Residents say while they hope the area will stay clean, there are many more dump sites in the area and surrounds.The residents are calling for the land to be developed for parking and playgrounds. This, they say will curb unwanted dumping and encourage ownership.The campaign was launched in March after Plato adjusted his budget to make provision for projects after he took over as mayor.Plato says the initiative has had a meaningful impact in communities across the metropole. The initiative has also encouraged residents and organisations to host their own cleaning initiatives. “Being of service to our communities is what the City of Cape Town is about and shows how our officials and staff are working hard to ensure we deliver efficient services. Through this campaign I am able to interact with communities and demonstrate the importance of being involved in helping to clean their neighbourhoods. I am glad to see that the importance of this message continues to spread and will lead to a sustained change in the way residents dispose of their refuse,” says Plato in a statement.“In the January adjustment budget, I allocated an additional R115 million to help tackle grime and we now need to keep the momentum of the successes so far going. Our staff in Solid Waste Management carry out weekly refuse removal, but our ultimate goal is to get communities to do their part too.”Plato was also joined by Joan Woodman, councillor for ward 75. The city encourages residents to report illegal dumping. “Illegal dumping is harmful and against the law. Vehicles used in illegal dumping can be confiscated and a release fee of nearly R16 000 will be charged, over-and-above the fines issued for dumping,” says Plato.To report illegal dumping, call 0860 103 089.