Residents get hands dirty for a good cause

2018-05-29 06:00
Some of the residents that took part in the first “Clean My Street and Area Drive – Keep Southfield Clean” campaign.

Some of the residents that took part in the first “Clean My Street and Area Drive – Keep Southfield Clean” campaign.

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Residents of Southfield joined hands to clean up their community on Saturday 19 May.

This was in response to a clean-up campaign called “Clean My Street and Area Drive – Keep Southfield Clean” established by the newly founded Southfield Eye, a non-profit organisation aimed at empowering and bringing neighbours together for the betterment of the community.

The clean-up was led by the founders, Amber Bezuidenhoudt, Gregori Bezuidenhoudt, Dayle Hector and Glen Kannemeyer.

“We collectively agreed that this could be a great way to get to know your neighbour and it really paid off. It was good to see the entire streets out and about cleaning and chatting. This means we have accomplished the first step to growing relationships. We are hopeful to have much more on our next clean-up,” Amber says.

She says about 80% of residents, young and old, participated. They picked up litter, removed weeds and swept the pavements.

Residents communicate via social media platforms and Amber says they are currently standing at 700 members, which gives them hope that the NPO will grow and achieve even more.

Amber says their community is one of the areas in Cape Town that is affected by illegal dumping.

“We are concerned about the amount of illegal dumping taking place. We also find that the lack of bins on lamp posts within our streets adds to the problem as people then just drop the chocolate wrapper, cooldrink tin and chip packet on the ground after use.

“Cleaning is not a glamorous event but if we as a community start taking pride in just the appearance of the front of our house, and so does your neighbour and the next, soon it will not have to be an event but a habit. It takes off slowly but with perseverance it will pay off for the betterment of your community,” Amber says.

She advises those interested in joining their upcoming clean-ups to join their Southfield Eye Facebook page and ask to be added to their WhatsApp group.

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