Cleanliness is next to godliness - Makhura

Gauteng Premier promises weekly visits to clean ELM.

GAUTENG Premier, the Honourable David Makhura, will be in Emfuleni Local Municipality every week for a sustainable cleaning campaign.

Makhura made this announcement during the provincial launch of the Good Green Deeds cleaning campaign at the Sharpeville community hall on Friday, 08 March 2019.

“Every Thursday, I will be here in Emfuleni Local Municipality, working with the Executive Mayor, Reverend Gift Moerane in cleaning campaigns,” he said
Councillor Moerane and Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Uhuru Moiloa joined the premier in launching the provincial leg of the national campaign aimed at cleaning South Africa.

Good Green Deeds is a groundbreaking environmental awareness campaign to promote environmentally-conscious practice in communities across South Africa. The cleaning campaign next heads to Tshepiso, Boipatong, Bophelong, Sebokeng and Evaton.

Earlier in the day, Premier Makhura, Mayor Moerane, hundreds of government officials and workers and residents of Sharpeville all joined hands in cleaning five hot-spots – clearing dumping sites to remove heaps of waste piling in public spaces.

Speaking at the launch, Makhura said the historical township of Sharpeville was dirty and the roads were bad with potholes everywhere.

“Infrastructure has collapsed in Sharpeville and after cleaning the five hot-spots, we don’t want to come back to find there has been illegal dumping again,” he said. 

Premier Makhura challenged residents of Sharpeville and the entire municipality to turn dumping sites into community parks and food gardens manned by cooperatives formed by community members.

“Our children must have football fields where they would be able to go and play,” said the Premier.

Makhura also announced the provincial government will be buying 20 000 dustbins for the residents of Emfuleni, with the first batch of 1 500 arriving in a week. 

To help improve waste collection, Premier Makhura also announced the provincial government will help the municipality to buy waste skip-bins, which will be placed in communities and collected by municipal waste trucks once full.

“We will have to mobilize communities and government workers to clean our country. We must work to make our country what we want it to be but local communities must be involved in all government campaigns to improve service delivery,” he said.

The Gauteng Premier also announced the continuation of a pothole-patching program in the municipality.

“We will also be paying attention to the roads and this is a program we started in this municipality last year with our Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, but following recent heavy rains, the roads have again deteriorated, causing a great inconvenience to all road users,” said Makhura.

Gauteng Premier David MakhuraGauteng Premier David Makhura addresses residents at the Sharpeville Community Hall during the launch of the Good Green Deeds cleaning campaign.

By Wandisile Kunene
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