THE Jabu Ndlovu Foundation, the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) and the Ward 19 councillor, Caiphas Ndawonde, took the initiative and got involved in a clean-up campaign that improved people’s lives.
The campaign took place last Friday at the Imbali sports field in Unit 1 that had been turned into an illegal dump site.
The area was chosen after the community pointed out that littering had been going on for years there.
Speaking on behalf of the foundation, Luhle Ndlovu-Mbanjwa said the area had become a serious health hazard.
“This is supposed to be a recreational area for the youth, instead it’s been turned into an illegal dump site.
“It’s important for us to raise awareness about keeping the environment clean, which is why we said let us go to the community and clean the area so they can see how important it is to have a clean environment.”
Ndlovu said they started a programme to teach people how to preserve the environment.
Ndawonde said in his area illegal dumping sites have mushroomed.
“We are very concerned with all the illegal dumping sites we have in this ward.
“You find piles of rubbish on every corner, from bottles to disposable nappies and it’s especially dangerous because children play everywhere and this poses a health threat.”
Ndawonde said the culprits are residents who dump their waste just anywhere instead of disposing of it in designated garbage containers.
“We have plans for developing this area further so it can be used by the community.
“We want to revive sporting activities for the youth in the ward.”
The area that was cleaned up will be fenced with multicoloured tyres to ensure that dumping does not continue.