Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning and Urban Management Councillor Ros Greeff marshalled her troops rolled up her sleeves and led by example during an integrated clean-up campaign along Kliprivier Road, between Rifle Range and Turf Club Street, in Turffontein, at the weekend.
The campaign, carried out in partnership with the South of Joburg Business and Tourism organisation and other stakeholders, was largely aimed at providing residents with environmental health education and encouraging them to refrain from littering and dumping waste illegally.
Other municipality-owned entities that took part in the campaign included the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo and Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), as well as Region F’s Environment and Infrastructure Service Delivery Department. They were joined by the South African Police Service and Gauteng Department of Social Development, as well as volunteers from Thaba Ya Batswana Hotel and Resort and private security companies such as SOS.
One of the areas identified for inspection was Nola Court, an overcrowded block of flats in Turffontein West. This followed numerous reports of sewer blockages, leaking water pipes, littering and illegal dumping of waste.
An Environmental Health Department team went from door to door, issuing written notices and creating awareness among residents on problems associated with littering and illegal dumping.
Many of the residents cooperated with members of the team, while others refused to open their doors to them.
Employees of Pikitup, the City’s waste management entity, were also on hand to remove garbage piling up alongside the walls of the block of flats. They provided residents with refuse bags. They also conducted a bin audit and found that there were not enough bins in some places.
However, residents complained that Pikitup had removed some of the skip bins allocated for the area without explanation and demanded they be returned. They also claimed that refuse collections were not carried out regularly, hence the piling up of rubbish.
Councillor Greeff described the campaign as a success and thanked all those who took part for their efforts.