Today, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba, is pleased to officially launch the City of Johannesburg’s partnership with Global Citizen for A Re Sebetseng clean-up campaigns.
The partnership was announced last month, which bolsters efforts by the City to improve the environment, cut plastic use, and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
With Global Citizen’s mission to build the largest movement of people taking action to end extreme poverty by 2030, it is only fitting that we combine our efforts towards this objective. Good progress has been made in this regard. So far, over 300 000 tonnes of waste has been collected since the launch in 2017. A Re Sebetseng (meaning “let’s work”in Sesotho) is a monthly call to action that encourages City employees and residents to come out in their numbers through volunteerism, and work together to turn Johannesburg into a City where residents can live, work and play in a healthy environment. This campaign will include educating Global Citizens about reducing plastic usage and encourage recycling waste. This campaign will kick off on Saturday 15th of September 2018, it coincides with World Clean Up Day. With the support of Mayor Mashaba, councillors, City departments and regional offices, Johannesburg residents are encouraged to unite with the rest of the world for one goal – a cleaner world. The City will provide bags and gloves to all participants which can be collected at City walk-in centres, depots, clinics and libraries. Some lucky participants of the cleanup will stand a chance to win general and VIP tickets to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100. Clean-up activations will take place across all seven regions of the City (Region A to G) between September and November. These are the first selected locations the Mayor Mashaba will visit on the day:
Region A: Jukskei River between Beverly Agricultural Holding & Glenferness, Lonehill
Region B: Cnr Main Road & Cnr Millar Street, Sophiatown
Region D: Elias Motsoledi & Phera Street, Mofolo South
Winners will be announced at the end of each activation across the above-mentioned regions. The major partners for the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 are Presenting and The Motsepe Foundation. Other major partners include: House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Nedbank, Vodacom, Big Concerts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries and Associate Partners, HP and Microsoft. The event is taking place at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, on the 2nd of December 2018 and will be headlined by Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrel Williams and Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid. About A Re Sebetseng A Re Sebetseng, which means “let’s work”, is a monthly City-wide cleaning campaign, which encourages all Johannesburg residents to take care of the environment; and seeks to promote a culture of reducing, re-using, and recycling waste to ensure that Johannesburg becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa. About Global Citizen Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges. On the platform Global Citizens can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty by 2030, because of the collective actions of Global Citizens across the world. Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world’s biggest challenges. To date, the actions by our global community have resulted in 120 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $25 billion that will directly impact the lives of 656 million people. Cllr Herman Mashaba Executive Mayor City of Johannesburg