A Re Sebetseng kicks off with large turnout

CLEANUP: A troop rallies in the south to clean up the area.

The A Re Sebetseng clean-up programme, spearheaded by mayor Herman Mashaba, kicked off in full force on January 20.

Various organisations, including the city’s beauty queens, took to the streets of Johannesburg with plastic bags in hand, all with one mission.

The clean-up operation, which is usually on the third Saturday of the month saw community members, ward councillors, Pickitup members, and Miss Teen South Africa contestants come together with one purpose.

Clean-ups were in Ward 56 Rosettenville at Oberholzer Park, Ward 124 in Kenilworth at Berwyn Park and Ward 54 in Evans Park.

TEAMWORK: City ward councillors, city officials, Pikitup and Ms Teen second princess partnered to clean up the city.

DA Ward 56 councillor Michael Crichton said Saturday was another successful clean-up campaign.

He said Pikitup officials came with cleaning material in support of the project.

“I am extremely pleased to see the number of residents that have come to support and embrace this campaign.“It is important for us to create a culture of cleanliness within our city and to educate people about the dangers of polluting,” he said.

Crichton said he looked forward to seeing even more residents participating in the upcoming clean-up on February 17.

Managing director of Pikitup Lungile Dhlamini said it is important to make the campaign a way of life.

BEAUTY WITH A CAUSE: Miss Earth 2017 Irini Moutzouris and Miss Teen second princess Britney Meistre.

“There needs to be pride in the cleanliness of places.

“It is a mindset, a way of life and cleanliness all around is and will always be a common good.”

Dhlamini said it was important for residents to take charge and be responsible for their own areas.

PIKITUP: Miss Teen Joburg second princess Britney Meistre lends a hand.

He mentioned that it was an attitude change that was needed and not a sense of entitlement.

“‘What can I do to improve our area?’ is a mindset many of us need to adopt,” he said.

DA PR councillor Tyrell Meyers said residents came on board to tackle the issue of rubbish at the corner of Church and Van Hulsteyn Streets.

KEEP IT CLEAN: Miss Earth 2017 Irini Moutzouris and Lehlogonolo Choloane get their hands dirty during cleanup ops.

“The park which is situated there is fast becoming a popular attraction for public drinking and noise, much to the anger of residents.

“We had a great turn out with about 30 volunteers joining us on the day.

MUSIC: Patience Makhendlana, Nozipho Bhengu, Shirley du Plessis, Nelisa Sepamla, Ralph Chame, Amanda Ninja and Brian Barker.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to all those who participated in the clean-up, including the children that also took a pro-active approach.”

Newly appointed MMC for Region F councillor Reuben Masango and the director for Region F, Irene Mafune, as well as Miss Teen Joburg and Miss Earth winners, among various others also came to the various parks to be part of the clean-up.

CLEAN: Miss Teen 1st princess Marisa Lee Joyce.

Ward 57 councillor Faeeza Chame also facilitated a clean-up in Forest Road in Larochelle.

She also urged community members to come help out.

SWEEP: Community member lends a hand in cleaning his community.

BAGS: Miss Teen Joburg queen Odgah Mokgwadi was also helping out.

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Gopolang Chawane

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