Johannesburg – The City of Joburg recently launched a campaign to clean the streets, in an operation called KleenaJoburg.
Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo said the operation aims to transform the inner-city into a clean and safe environment, and also to ensure by-law enforcement in the inner city.
“We are trying to change people’s attitude towards waste and littering because a dirty environment creates health problems. Keeping Joburg clean is a collective responsibility that all the city’s stakeholders must take responsibility for,” Makhubo said.
Having started in December last year, a second clean-up drive was conducted early this month, where a huge amount of illegally dumped waste was collected.
Makhubo called on residents to look after their environment. “We’ve started a campaign to get our city clean. But it’s not just about Pikitup cleaning up. We are trying to change people’s attitude towards waste, towards littering, towards illegal dumping, because if you dump, the health hazard comes back to you,” he said.
He also pleaded with informal traders to clean up their surroundings. He added that the clean-up campaign will gain momentum this year.
In the operation the mayor, Environment and Infrastructure Services MMC Mpho Moerane, Public Safety MMC Mally Mokoena, Speaker of Council Nonceba Molwele and over 100 community members gathered at Joubert Park to engage in the campaign. City entities which included Pikitup, JMPD, Joburg Water and Joburg Roads Agency also took part in the clean-up operation in Rissik, Claim and Wolmarans streets.
Community members have been urged to report illegal dumping through 082 779 1361, and to avoid littering themselves.