On the 17th August 2019, the #AreSebetseng campaign hit the ground of Cosmo City Ext 6. It’s a monthly Citywide cleaning campaign. A re sebetseng meaning “Lets work”. The campaign strives to encourage all Johannesburg residents to take care of the environment and seeks to promote a culture of reducing reusing and recycling waste to ensure that Joburg becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa.
Leader of Executive Business in the City of Johannesburg Funzela Ngobeni, MMC Leah Knot, PR Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku and Chairperson of the EFF in ward 100 Jameson Ramotswana were also participating in cleaning the area with members of the community in Cosmo City.
This campaign takes place on the third Saturday of every month. Leader of Executive Business Funzela encouraged community members to stop illegal dumping and find a sustainable way to maintain cleanliness in the area. PR Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku whose also a member of the Ward Committee in Cosmo City said traders must not dump outside their shops, while Jameson Ramotswana he is committed to working closely with the ward 100 Cllr Mapula Mosito to take this initiative forward to make sure that the community lives in a clean environment.
One community member George Tshishonga also joined the the crowd and said “I’m pleading with MMC Leah Knott to verify the ownership of the vacant land at Corner Siera Leone and Porto Novo in Ext 6 Cosmo City as people are using the land as a dumping site” he added that portion of the land is owned by City park.
MMC Leah Knott daughter also joined in the A Re Sebetseng in Cosmo City, the daughter of the MMC Leah Knott said she loves the work her mom does for the City and community members should at all times keep the area clean.
A Re Sebetseng is in line with the City’s bylaws and it also aims to address issues of littering, illegal dumping, overloading of bins and dilapidation of open spaces that usually results in the manifestation of pest.
A Re Sebetseng it’s the responsibility of all Cllrs, City departments and regional offices to drive the programme.
#Adolph Mokonyama reporting for TownshipNews
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