#Are­se­bet­seng

A num­ber of lucky par­tic­i­pants of the cleanup will stand a chance to win free tick­ets to the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val Man­dela 100.

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The cam­paign will in­clude ed­u­cat­ing Global Cit­i­zens about re­duc­ing plas­tic us­age and en­cour­age re­cy­cling waste.

The part­ner­ship will aim to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment, de­crease the use of plas­tic and em­brace a healthy life­style, among its many ob­jec­tives.

Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Her­man Mashaba ex­plained that the part­ner­ship be­tween the City and Global Cit­i­zen was an ex­ten­sion of the City’s now pop­u­lar A Re Se­bet­seng cam­paign, which is a monthly ini­tia­tive that en­cour­ages staff and the broader Jo­han­nes­burg com­mu­nity to give their time in ser­vice.

A Re Se­bet­seng, mean­ing “let’s work”, en­cour­ages Jo­han­nes­burg res­i­dents to come out in their num­bers through vol­un­teerism, and work to­gether to turn Jo­han­nes­burg into a City where res­i­dents can live, work and play in a healthy en­v­i­ron- ment.

The cam­paign will in­clude ed­u­cat­ing Global Cit­i­zens about re­duc­ing plas­tic us­age and en­cour­age re­cy­cling waste.

Said Mashaba: “Jo­han­nes­burg is the coun­try’s fastest-grow­ing Metropoli­tan area and it is ex­pected to be­come a megac­ity - with a pop­u­la­tion in ex­cess of 10 mil­lion peo­ple - within the next 15 years. In a City of this size, it is es­sen­tial that res­i­dents and the ad­min­is­tra­tion work to­gether to main­tain the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment. That is why we started A Re Se­bet­seng – to en­cour­age res­i­dents to be part of cre­at­ing the kind of City that ev­ery­one would like to live in.”

Global Cit­i­zen CEO Hugh Evans put his full weight be­hind the ini­tia­tive.

He said: “Global Cit­i­zen is so happy to be bring­ing Man­dela 100 to Jo­han­nes­burg, work­ing with the City to pro­mote ac­tivism within the com­mu­nity. Ef­forts like A Re Se­bet­seng pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for each of us to take ac­tions which pro­mote a healthy planet and en­vi­ron­ment, a key part of the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.”

Ac­cord­ing to its mis­sion state­ment, Global Cit­i­zen aims to build the largest move­ment of peo­ple tak­ing ac­tion to end ex­treme poverty by 2030.The part­ner­ship be­tween the City of Jo­han­nes­burg and Global Cit­i­zen will kick off on Satur­day 15th of Septem­ber 2018, on World Clean Up Day. The City will pro­vide bags and gloves to all par­tic­i­pants, which can be col­lected at City walk-in cen­tres, de­pots, clin­ics and li­braries.

A num­ber of lucky par­tic­i­pants of the cleanup will stand a chance to win free tick­ets to the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val Man­dela 100. Fans of mu­sic can look for­ward to per­for­mances by a num­ber of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stars in­clud­ing Cassper Ny­ovest, D’banj, Femi Kuti, Sho Mad­jozi as well as Bey­oncé and JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Phar­rell Wil­liams, Chris Martin and Usher, among oth­ers.

The fes­ti­val is be­ing spon­sored by recog­nis­able brands in­clud­ing John­son & John­son, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Ned­bank, Vo­da­com as well as the City of Jo­han­nes­burg will part­ner with Global Cit­i­zen on a City-wide cleanup cam­paign in Septem­ber.

The fes­ti­val is be­ing spon­sored by recog­nis­able brands in­clud­ing John­son & John­son, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Ned­bank, Vo­da­com as well as the House of Man­dela and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion Goal­keep­ers.

The fes­ti­val will be held on De­cem­ber 2 at FNB Sta­dium.

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