Mayor launches clean-up drive

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JOBURG Mayor Her­man Mashaba, to­gether with com­mu­nity lead­ers and var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, were to­day due to launch a monthly clean-up vol­un­teer cam­paign at the Yeoville Recre­ation Cen­tre, to en­cour­age the re­duc­tion of grime and lit­ter in Joburg.

The cam­paign will seek to unite res­i­dents within the city to work to­gether with gov­ern­ment and skilled stake­hold­ers in en­sur­ing the city be­comes clean.

The city ini­ti­ated in­creased ser­vices with Pik­itup, which is prov­ing suc­cess­ful, said spokesper­son Siyanda Makhubo. “The largest com­po­nent of this cam­paign will fo­cus on clean­ing the city, to po­si­tion it as a job-cre­at­ing in­vest­ment and a city which its res­i­dents can be proud to call home.”

The cam­paign will also strive to en­cour­age res­i­dents to take bet­ter care of the en­vi­ron­ment by pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of re­duc­ing, re-us­ing and re­cy­cling waste in en­sur­ing that Joburg be­comes one of the clean­est cities in Africa.

“Through the launch of this cam­paign, the city will lead the way in en­sur­ing that it be­comes a widely em­braced ini­tia­tive through en­gage­ment with res­i­dents.”

This clean-up comes af­ter Mashaba has been ac­tively in­volved with mak­ing the city a safer space to live in.

Ear­lier this month, the city con­ducted ex­ten­sive land au­dits of the in­ner city to iden­tify and pri­ori­tise hi­jacked build­ings that could be con­verted into rental stock.

Mashaba said these build­ings would be made avail­able to the pri­vate sec­tor for de­vel­op­ment, with the city of­fer­ing in­cen­tives to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of res­i­den­tial rental. This formed part of a new plan launched by the city to re­claim the in­ner city.

Mashaba re­vealed a list of 85 build­ings that have been hi­jacked and said the city would be gun­ning for the il­le­gal own­ers and oc­cu­pants.

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