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    Dozens heed the call to clean Tshwane’s CBD

    Mon, Jun 4, 2018

    Dozens of volunteers clad in overalls and hand gloves braved the chilly Saturday morning of 2 June 2018 to join the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, and his executive for a clean-up of filth and grime bedevilling the inner city.


    The clean-up campaign, under the banner of Tswelopele – moving forward – is a joint initiative of the City of Tshwane and business aimed at giving the capital city a facelift so as to attract tourists and investors to the largest metro on the continent.


    The operation, launched by Msimanga on Saturday morning at Tshwane House – the head office of the City – was attended by volunteers from all walks of life, including MMCs, Councillors, CEOs, students from the Tshwane University of Technology, UN Environment, Miss Earth South Africa, Plastics SA, Capital City Business Chamber and big business such as Standard Bank, Absa, Old Mutual, AVBOB, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and The Waste Group.


    As part of the clean-up, Msimanga interacted with drug addicts at Brown Street and encouraged them to get help in order to quit the habit. He made a call to the drug abuse Hopeline team to come and assist those who were willing to be helped. He also spoke to shop owners in Lilian Ngoyi Street who are doing business illegally to make them aware of the City’s by-laws and the consequences of contravening them.


    “As shop owners and taxi operators, please work with us to keep the inner city clean by firstly observing by-laws. This is our city, let’s all strive to keep it as clean as Kigali in Rwanda. I implore you to be part of the solution and make our environment clean and pristine,” Msimanga said.


    The clean-up was divided among groups who cleaned Lilian Ngoyi Street between Boom and Justice Mohamed Street, Madiba Street between Kgosi Mampuru and Hamilton Street, Francis Baard Street between Nelson Mandela Drive and Sophie de Bruyn Street, Pretorius Street between Nana Sita to Madiba Street, Paul Kruger Street between Bosman and Lilian Ngoyi Street, and Visagie Street between Es’kia Mphahlele and Nelson Mandela Drive. The back part of the Bloed Street taxi rank was also cleaned during the operation.


    “The City aims to dedicate the first Saturday of each month to encourage residents to roll up their sleeves and join the campaign to keep our environment clean. The City’s management wishes to extend its appreciation to private stakeholders and volunteers who played a role in ensuring the success of this campaign. We aim to continue to work with different businesses each month to ensure that we all play our part,” Msimanga added.

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