Concerned residents of Kilnerpark took matters into their own hands and cleaned up illegal dumpsites in their neighbourhood at the weekend.
“We filled about a trailer full of rubbish,” resident Siva Sivakumar told Rekord.
The residents also helped municipal workers to pick up litter and cut grass.
“Everyone’s contribution added to the success of the event. Credit goes to everyone who participated,” said Sivakumar.
“We also did this last month and this time around we could already see a major improvement since the last time,” he said, expressing hope that their clean-up effort would become a monthly effort.
“The positive impact of community initiatives like these override any possible negative aspects,” said DA ward councillor Roelof Fourie.
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“From the messages on the WhatsApp group, I found out there was also assistance and involvement of officials from the city, specifically from the depot in Môregloed,” he said.
He thanked them for supporting the community.
“It is unfortunately true that there will never be enough money to do all the things we want to do as far as municipal services are concerned,” said Fourie.
“It is also true that the new political leadership in the metro must work very hard to change the way services and money are managed.”
Fourie said if other community groups in his ward wanted to organise similar operations in their areas, they should contact him.
Rekord previously reported that Fourie and Rita Aucamp, ward councillor in the east, were planning a new clean-up concept.
Fourie says the idea behind the concept, My City Hour, was to get every resident to jump in and help clean up.
“It costs a worker about R25 to work per hour. If every resident gave only one hour a month of their time, we’ll save that amount every month.”
Fourie hopes to launch this new concept towards the end of the year.
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