Celebs pitch in to clean up
Ordinary residents will be joined by several Joburg celebrities, wearing gloves and carrying refuse bags, all volunteering in Pikitup’s drive to clean up the city.
A NUMBER of celebrities will join Joburg residents to clean public spaces and illegal dumping sites during the daylong Clean-up Day on Saturday, 17 September.
The day is aimed at encouraging residents to volunteer their time in cleaning the city; it also educates them about preservation of the environment. This year, the day – an annual event – also coincides with Clean-up Week on the international environmental calendar.
On the day, Pikitup will set up 33 collection points across the city. Refuse bags and gloves will be given to people, who are invited to join Pikitup at the collection points. They will then be asked to help clean identified areas, or they can register spots that they have identified for cleaning on the Pikitup website.
Local celebrities volunteering their time include hip-hop singers Kuli Chana and Lebo “Shugasmakx” Mothibe, as well as TV and radio presenter Penny Lebyane. They have spoken about their love for Joburg and say they are ready to make a difference.
“As a person who believes in a clean household, I equally enjoy driving and walking in a clean city,” says Shugasmakx. “It’s good for our health, kids playing in the parks, property value and business. They say cleanliness is next to godliness and I believe that.”
Lebyane adds: “I am a proud South African and the environment is part of my heritage. I am part of the Pikitup Clean City Campaign because l believe it’s my responsibility as a Jozi girl to do my part and to encourage others to do so. It’s my city and it’s my responsibility to keep it clean.”
Chana says it’s not “fresh” to live in an unclean city. “People should make it their responsibility to dispose of the waste in their house, institution or business establishment in an eco-friendly manner. Let us all make an effort and pitch in.”
In a statement released by Pikitup’s acting managing director, Lawrence Boya, citizens were urged to take responsibility for keeping Joburg clean. “If all Johannesburg residents and businesses put their refuse where it belongs, they could save the city up to R60-million a year.
“I urge all city residents to join hands with Pikitup to keep Joburg clean. We cannot chase every bit of waste in the city and with continuous illegal dumping, we are fighting an unwinnable war,” said Boya.
Now in its third year, the Pikitup Clean-up Day is run in partnership with Johannesburg City Parks and the Johannesburg metro police department. Each of these entities has a significant role to play.
Metro police has dedicated 43 officers who are responsible for enforcing by-laws, including issuing of fines to those found dumping refuse illegally. Doing its part on the day, City Parks will rehabilitate public areas that have previously been neglected by beautifying them. This will include planting trees.
To join the team, call 011 375 5555 or visit the Pikitup website www.pikitup.co.za.