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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.