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​To ensure that Kleenup Jozi campaign does not turn into a losing battle, the City of Johannesburg has appealed to hawkers and shopkeepers in the inner city to discourage members of the public from littering soon after clean-ups.

“Minutes after our teams have cleaned up an area, some residents would start dumping at the newly cleared spot, undoing our hard work,” said Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment, Infrastructure Services Councillor Mpho Moerane after a successful clean-up around Wanderers Street on Saturday, 11 January 2020.

MMC Moerane was joined by the department of Public Safety, which included Emergency Management Services (EMS), the Joburg Metro Police (JMPD), Fire Safety, Pier and Communication units in the clean-up campaign to revitalise the inner city.

Employees from other City-owned entities included the Joburg Roads Agency, City Power, Pikitup, Planning and Social Development departments and the South African Police Service rolled up their sleeves and picked up litter, cleared dumping sites and sensitised businesses around the area on environmental health.

On the eve of the clean-up campaign, 10 January 2020, EMS’s Pier educators, Public Safety communication, JMPD (Outreach) and PIKITUP Communication went out in the streets of Joburg on an awareness drive to hawkers, business owners, motorists and public at large to educate them on the City’s by-laws. Fire Safety, together with JMPD, inspected several buildings and some were fined as they were not complying with the by-laws.

“It was a successful exercise that has led to arrests, confiscation of illegal goods and issuing of fines to those who do not adhere to the by-laws. The Public Safety Department is determined to continue with this campaign until there is change. Our objective is to live in a safety and clean City,” said Acting Divisional Chief Synock Matobako.

Written by Nomasonto Manyehlisa