MUNICIPALITY CONDUCTS CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN
Written by: Shanice Pillay and Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu
The eThekwini Municipality with the office of the Mayor Zandile Gumede has launched a clean-up campaign to create awareness about keeping the city clean.
The Municipality teamed up with the Parks and Recreation Department and Durban Solid Waste (DSW) to help ensure the City’s streets are kept clean.
Raymond Rampersad, who is the head of Cleaning and Solid Waste at DSW, said the aim of the initiative was to keep the city of Durban clean while attracting more investors.
“The initiative of today was to start this cleaning campaign for the city, to make our people proud of a clean city. We want to encourage communities, visitors and business people to keep our city clean, if this is done there will more investors and tourists coming in our city,” said Rampersad.
This was the official launch of the campaign, and will be conducted quarterly. Employees from the municipality will be located around the city to promote the campaign.
“Our main purpose is to remind the people to create awareness that they must always keep their city clean. They must not litter as we know that eThekwini is the tourist attraction city. So what we are doing today is to spring clean eThekwini so that the people could see how it used to be,” said Nana Ndlovu, DSW Education and Waste Minimization manager.
June is also known as World Environmental Month (WEM) which coincides with WEM’s theme of connecting people to nature.
DSW workers rejoiced in songs while carrying out their cleaning duties and spreading the word of cleanliness to people in town.
Nompumelelo Mngomezulu, a worker from the municipality, said, “As workers this campaign will assist us with job creation because the work we do here is important.”
The campaign will be promoted until the end of the year.
*Caption: Workers rejoicing in their clean up.