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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.