Dozens join hands in clean-up op­er­a­tion

Cape Argus - - METRO - SUKAINA ISH­MAIL & SISONKE MLAMLA SISONKE MLAMLA

HUN­DREDS of vol­un­teers took part in a clean-up cam­paign at Lans­downe sta­tion af­ter com­plaints about lit­ter and va­grants mak­ing the area their home.

The group that cleaned up the sta­tion were vol­un­teers from the World Mis­sion So­ci­ety Church of God, which con­ducts vol­un­teer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude so­cial wel­fare and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ward 60 coun­cil­lor Mark Klein­schmidt ex­plained that va­grants and res­i­dents would dump their lit­ter at the sta­tion all the time.

He said the vicin­ity had be­come an eye­sore and un­hy­gienic, and it in­creased the like­li­hood of the spread of dis­eases.

“Hope­fully, this clean-up will kick­start the clean­ing of the area and Metro­rail ur­gently needs to re­pair the fence at the sta­tion,” Klein­schmidt said.

Les­ley Da­mons, from the World Mis­sion So­ci­ety Church of God, said: “The state of a com­mu­nity can af­fect the mind­sets of the peo­ple. Every­one de­serves to live in a place that they can be proud of.

“If peo­ple in a com­mu­nity come to­gether and take care of their neigh­bour­hood, there can be a big change. It starts at home.

“When we ed­u­cate a fam­ily or com­mu­nity to take pride in their com­mu­ni­ties and homes, they would think twice about lit­ter­ing in the streets.

“If we ed­u­cate them on how much the city spends on clean­ing up il­le­gal dump­ing then they can re­alise that the money could be used for the peo­ple.”

Lesedi Mok­gautsi, a UCT stu­dent who is a mem­ber of Save the Earth from A to Z, said the mis­sion was to make South Africa a bet­ter place.

“We carry out ac­tiv­i­ties un­der four main di­vi­sions ti­tled SAVE, which stands for so­cial ser­vices, aware­ness-rais­ing, vic­tim re­lief and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

“Our mis­sion is to im­prove the wel­fare of the global com­mu­nity,” Mok­gautsi said.

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL ac­tivists vol­un­teers and com­mu­ni­ties pitch in to col­lect rub­bish in Lans­downe |

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