Instead of sitting in air-conditioned offices drinking cool beverages, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services Cllr Mpho Moerane and Pikitup Chief Operations Officer Chris Dyani rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty this week.
The two led from the front when City of Johannesburg entities and departments came out in full force on Monday, 14 September 2020, as part of the #KleenaJoburgReloaded campaign in Ivory Park, Midrand.
They distributed dust bins, helped pick up litter, cut grass, clear illegal dumping sites, provide infrastructure maintenance, provide maintenance of streetlights, cutting and pruning of trees, providing education and awareness as well as by-law enforcement. The Speaker of City, Cllr Nonceba Molwele was also up to challenge as she sent Covid 19 messages.
The #KleenaJoburg campaign started in December 2019 and has grown, resulting in it being renamed #KleenaJoburgReloaded campaign. This is because initially the campaign, focused on only cleaning the City. However, other service delivery issues such dealing with illegal connections, repairing leaking water and sewer pipes, cutting of grass and trees, and a host of other service delivery issues in the City.
MMC Moerane announced the start of the 240 litter bins rollout project in Ivory Park. These bins replace the old 85ltr bins, which hampered efficient service delivery. Pikitup has undertaken to distribute about 35 000 bins in the area.
In the last reporting period, Pikitup said it has cleared 4 649 illegal dumping spots at a cost of millions of rands and at the expense of efficient service delivery, of the total 1 060 illegal dumping spots were in Ivory Park and surrounding areas.
“We appeal to residents to use the bins for waste disposal purposes only, we cannot ensure the cleanliness of the City without your contribution both through adopting responsible waste management practices and by also changing behavior in the manner in which we treat waste. Let us adopt and participate in programmes such as the separation at source and by also increasing our recycling efforts,” said MMC Moerane.
He added that the City’s landfill sites are diminishing at a fast rate. “The sooner we ensure that minimum waste is disposed at landfill sites, the more lifespan we are going to inject to their lifespan. Failure to adopt and participate in recycling efforts will have devastating consequences on our environment as evidenced by phenomena such as global warning. It will also have adverse effects on our financial wellbeing,” he said.
Ward councillors were urged to appeal to households near newly cleared dumping sites to report lawbreakers and assist in the cleaning process.
MMC Moerane thanked those participating in the clean-up for observing Covid-19 protocol guidelines to curb the spread of the virus.