Many hands make light work

2016-07-26 06:00
The field in Jukskei Street has been a site targeted by illegal dumpers for years.

The field in Jukskei Street has been a site targeted by illegal dumpers for years.

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A group of community volunteers went the extra mile for their Mandela Day initiatives.

On Monday 18 July, 12 volunteers from the Beacon Valley Subforum and street committees joined forces for two hours to clean two fields hit heavily by illegal dumping.

Subforum assistant secretary Lynn Groenewald co-ordinated the event held from 10:00 to 12:00.

And although they volunteer much of their time to the community through safety structures, Groenewald says they wanted to lead by example.

“This is a different form of giving back. We wanted to open the community’s eyes to see that a few hands can make a difference and that one person can make a difference. We don’t need to wait for the police or the councillors to do something – we can make a difference and solve a problem,” she says.

The volunteers cleaned an open land on Jukskei Street and another in Atletiek Street.

Groenewald says they hope to inspire the community to take ownership and curb the dumping.

“We asked the residents to help us and only one did,” she says.

The Jukskei Street park has been a site for severe dumping for several years.

Groenewald says they have a few members cleaning the park often.

“The volunteers clean the park and then the next day they say people are dumping again,” she says.

The volunteers have found personal documents among the filth and the dumping has been reported to authorities for intervention. “We are hoping to have a gardening project started here or maybe have it turned into a park,” says Groenewald.

They collected 14 bags of dirt in their two hours spent cleaning.

“We want people to stop dumping because it isn’t only dirty – it is also a health hazard,” she says.

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