A re sebetseng initiative roars into life in Cosmo City
“The idea is to make the local community clean, as well as the entire city at large,” said the MMC for Finance Funzi Ngobeni, speaking during the A re sebetseng programme held in Cosmo City on 17 August 2019.
A Re Sebetseng is a monthly city-wide cleaning campaign, which means “let’s work.” The campaign strives to encourage all of Johannesburg’s residents to take care of the environment
It seeks to promote a culture of reducing, re-using, and recycling waste to ensure that Johannesburg becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa.
Ward committee and community members joined the MMC in extension 6 to clean the community
Illegal dumping is one of the issues which needs to be addressed, said MMC Ngobeni.
“We were invited by the Ward Councillor Mapula Mosito to deal with issues like littering, illegal dumping and overloading bins, which have affected the community in a bad way,” he added.
Government alone will not be able to deal with the environmental issues, he said. “All those things which affect the community environment need a partnership between government and the residents. We need to build a culture of cleanliness to make sure that people do not do illegal dumping.”
The MMC said that it is important to learn clean living from other countries. “Rwanda is one of the cleanest countries in Africa because they dwell much in clean up campaigns like A re sebetseng. I think the executive Mayor has done well to introduce such a progressive programme to promote good environment. I would like to encourage people to take advantage of this campaign to make our city clean.”
The campaign takes place on the third Saturday of every month and line with the City’s by-laws, and also addresses issues of littering, illegal dumping, overloading bins, and allowing open spaces to decay, multiplying pests. The campaign is facilitated by Pikitup, but it is the responsibility of all Councillors, city departments, and regional offices to drive the programme.