Volunteers will be braving the cold this Saturday to clean up Ward 10 and 97 in Mamelodi as part of the Tswelopele initiative.
Special focus will be on the Alaska informal settlement and the Adendale Spruit.
Heading the volunteers in Mamelodi for the clean-up is the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, with MMCs, councillors, management and officials of the City of Tshwane, businesses, officials of the Department of Water and Sanitation and community members.
The Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation will pay special attention to cleaning up the Adendale Spruit as part of its annual clean-up of our fresh water ecosystems. Their National Clear Rivers Campaign reminds South Africans that:
- Water does not come from a tap – the water we need for growth and jobs comes from healthy rivers.
- Healthy rivers support a healthy nation.
- Climate change is the new normal – drought was declared a national disaster in South Africa and three provinces (the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape) were adversely affected.
Residents are requested to join the City of Tshwane on Saturday from 07:30 to 10:00 for the clean-up in the Mamelodi area. Volunteers will meet at the Lusaka Sports Ground next to Impedulo Primary School on the corner of Mashishi and Kgaudi Tseke Street.
The clean-up, under the banner of Tswelopele – "moving forward" – is a joint initiative of the City of Tshwane and businesses aimed at cleaning and keeping Tshwane clean.
"We want to encourage individuals to take control of their environment and be part of the solution to ensure that Tshwane is clean. Ultimately a clean city starts with each and every person living and working in Tshwane. If we all change our attitude and stop littering and dumping we will create a better and healthier environment," says Msimanga.
Meanwhile businesses and organisations will continue to clean the inner city on Saturdays. Volunteers are requested to assemble at Tshwane House at 08:00. For more information go to http://www.ccbc.co.za/projects/tswelopele-project.