South Africa: The Mayor of Sundays River Valley Municipality, Cllr Simphiwe Rune, has officially launched the “Clean SRV” Campaign in Kirkwood today.
The Campaign, which will be done in partnership with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, is aimed at ensuring that communities take ownership of their streets by discouraging littering and mobilising to clear illegal dumping sites and greening activities.
This will be achieved through the provision of tools of the trade (litter picking sticks, rakes and brooms, recyclables and residual refuse bags, and personal protective equipment such as work suits, t-shirts, boots, masks and gloves.
Over 100 young people from different wards in the Valley have been chosen to be participants in this programme and will receive a monthly stipend for a period of six months.
Speaking during the launch, Mayor Rune said everyone should work towards promoting SRVM to be a destination of choice for tourists and investors.
“We will do this through working together and ensuring that our towns are clean and green,” he said.
He encouraged them to work with dedication and passion for improving the Valley and not sleep the whole day under tree shades as most participants have done in the past, which has resulted in government cleaning programs being called “Cambalala”, which translates to “laying down and doing nothing.”