Not even the hot weather could discourage Pilgrims informal settlement residents in Isipingo to participate in the cleanup campaign which was held in the area recently. Armed with slashes, rakes, brooms and plastic bags, the Pilgrims residents cleared the informal settlement, Sayan and Persadh roads.
The eThekwini Municipality’s South Durban Basin Area Based Management Communications Manager, Sifiso Xulu said ‘the commitment displayed by community members needs to be commended. Xulu said the Pilgrims cleanup campaign forms part of a series of campaigns that have been planned to create a safer, cleaner and greener South Durban Basin. He said the next step is to focus on areas such as Wentworth, Merebank, Clairwood, Bluff and Jacobs. Xulu said this campaign is aimed at encouraging people to commit to taking care of the environment and the long term solution is to educate residents in the area on how to avoid dirt and filthiness.
DSW Education Officer, Ngenzeni Duma said ‘we all have a responsibility to ensure that we keep our environment clean. She said the most important thing to do is to educate our communities about the dangers that could be caused by dirt. In order to sustain the cleanup campaign we need to change our behaviours and stop littering with the hope that someone else is going to sort-out our problem’, added Duma.
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