The Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) held a Shutdown Cleaning Campaign on Thursday, 16 January 2020, together with different stakeholders and members of the community to clean up parts of the city.
The campaign was led by Executive Member Cllr. Olly Mlamleli in partnership with MEC Thembeni Nxangisa, MEC Sam Mashinini and the private sector.
In an interview with Mlamleli she highlighted the importance of keeping the city clean, especially after it had been cleaned by the municipality. “I came with my spade and we are working. This is not a once off and on Tuesday we will be joined by businesses and banks and working together with Bfn businessman Freddy Kenny who will bring 27 trucks. We are really trying to manage overtime expenses. We are looking at the cleanliness of the city, which has deteriorated,” Mlamleli said.
According to Municipality Spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, the programme has long started but after engaging with the community the municipality has realised that there is a group of community members who are concerned about the filthiness. “They have joined the team of the executive mayor and we came up with the Shutdown Cleaning Campaign. There are also other activities that will be taking place, for example the deeds for green, etc. which is an ongoing programme,” said Khedama.
FS MEC for the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini, who was part of the cleaning team in the Batho location, told Bloemfontein Courant that they have taken a resolution as the executive of the Free State that they must go to all the municipalities and assist them in cleaning the areas, like the townships among others. “The reason why we are doing this is because it contributes positively to the health of the people. Number two, once the area is clean, it attracts investments and number three is that our children must be able to grow better in a healthy and good environment.
The cleaning process is not only done in the Free State, in fact, the president wants us to embark on a cleaning campaign in our areas. I am not only dirtying my hands here, I am part of the community to make sure that at least as a leader I show that a good thing is being done,” said Mashinini.
PIERCE VAN HEERDEN