Plato gets hands dirty

2019-05-07 06:01
Senior Superintendent Zukiswa Mjekula with mayor Dan Ploto at the clean-up.PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Senior Superintendent Zukiswa Mjekula with mayor Dan Ploto at the clean-up.PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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A clean-up operation for two dirty spots, in Mitchell’s Plain, last Friday was a success and those involved were proud and happy with the state of the cleaned areas.

The clean-up was headed by mayor Dan Plato, who was joined by ward councillors, staff members from the City of Cape Town, residents, law enforcement officials and neighbourhood watch groups.

Plato put on his protective gloves and embarked on the clean-up, together with all the different members who joined him, on the campaign.

They were also joined by Zukiswa Mjekula, a senior superintendent in the cleaning department from the City.

Their first targeted spot was an open field opposite Lentegeur Train Station where they picked up a range of objects including papers, plastics and empty bottles. They then proceeded to a playing park in Tafelsig.

“This is to reach out to each and every community in the Cape Flats. The idea is to create cleaner environments – some of our areas are dirty,” Plato said.

They also intend to educate the residents about healthy environments.

He promised to return to Mitchell’s Plain for more clean-up operations but explained that they had a roster that they used as a guide. He also urged residents to work with them.

When asked about criminals who regularly rob people that clean the area, Plato said: “It is difficult because I cannot stay in one area forever but I am glad the neighbourhood and law enforcement officials are also here and visible.”

Mjekula said that she was delighted to be joining the mayor in spreading the message of cleanliness in the community.

“(Today) is all about healthy environment for the people to minimise health issues that are caused by pollution,” she expressed.

She also applauded Plato for coming to the people and showing them the ropes as far as cleaning is concerned.

Also present was Raphael Martin who is the sub-council manager for ward 78.

He lambasted the residents, claiming that they were the ones dumping waste and said that the operation was to encourage them to keep their areas clean and safe.

“People must learn to take ownership because they live here and not the mayor or the municipality. They must work hand in glove with the City,” encouraged Martin.

Ward 78 councillor Sheval Arendse gave the City and its team a pat on the back for the good job.

He appealed to the residents to look after the environment because their children are the ones playing on the fields.

Goawa Timm, ward councillor for ward 76 said: “I am pretty sure if we look after our environment, our community will be a better place to live in.”

She called on residents to stop dumping saying the City loses millions of rands through it. –

She said that money could be used for other things that would still benefit the community.

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