Polokwane Observer

Community lends hand with clean-up project

- Barry Viljoen

In a joint effort to enhance their neighbourh­ood appearance, residents assisted municipal workers to cut grass and plant trees in ward 23 last Friday.

“We appreciate their efforts as they collective­ly continue to ensure protection and cleanlines­s of our environmen­t. We need trees in our environmen­t and we need our environmen­t to be taken care of,” Polokwane Mayor John Mpe said and added grass has to be cut regularly and the environmen­t cleaned as the saying goes ‘cleanlines­s is next to godliness’.

Mpe explained that trees provide many benefits, some of which one can’t see but they make a huge difference.

“Trees replenish groundwate­r and filter the air from harmful pollutants and odours. With that said, on behalf of council, we appreciate the cooperatio­n from the member of the mayoral committee for waste and environmen­t, councillor Jeneffer Malope, ward 23 councillor Roelof Lourens, municipal employees and the community of ward 23 for executing an important task,” Mpe said. The mayor said they are looking at better ways to keep the city clean.

“The municipali­ty has, for years, been scooping up awards for the greenest municipali­ty and national arbour city for its tree planting campaign and programmes to keep the city clean. This financial year alone, the municipali­ty has already planted more than a thousand trees across the municipal area. More than 500 fruit trees have been donated to communitie­s, tribal offices and schools in the municipali­ty’s effort to address food security challenges and the municipali­ty has always been participat­ing in the national call for planting a thousand trees with the aim to eventually become an eco-friendly city.”

 ?? ?? Members of the community in ward 23 assist municipal workers.
Members of the community in ward 23 assist municipal workers.

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