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14 Mar 2018

All Joburgers: Why you need to support A Re Sebetseng clean-up on 17 Mar

When the City of Johannesburg launched its monthly city-wide volunteer cleaning campaign A Re Sebetseng on 14 August 2016, it was with the intent of turning Johannesburg into a city that attracts investment and ensures residents live, work and play in a healthy environment. 

A clean-up in Diepsloot with residents and supporters, led by Mayor Mashaba.

Mayor Herman Mashaba says the City of Joburg pioneered the A Re Sebetseng initiative after a delegation visited the City of Kigali in Rwanda, which is known as the “cleanest city in Africa.”  

He explains that following the visit, they had to design the blueprint of how to host a monthly volunteer cleaning campaign across 135 wards in a cost-effective manner; how to easily provide the requisite cleaning materials to residents; how to ensure all refuse collected would be removed in a timely manner following the clean-ups; and how to get residents and all City-employees involved. 

“It is also imperative that people remember that A Re Sebetseng is a campaign for all,” he says. “We try to keep it depoliticised, so that all our councillors and residents, no matter their political affiliation, can freely work together to achieve a common goal – that of turning Johannesburg into a clean and economically appealing city.” 

This was Mayor Herman Mashaba’s objective and he says the ANC in Johannesburg are holding similar clean-ups in the City, one of which is taking place this past weekend. 

Joburg inner city residents who stepped up and got involved at a recent clean-up.

“Whispers of President Cyril Ramaphosa also considering getting involved in such regular clean-ups across all municipalities in South Africa, fills me with hope,” he says. “The City of Johannesburg is ready to share all it has learnt in order to take this initiative to new heights.” 

Since the inception of A Re Sebetseng, approximately 10 000 residents have participated in cleaning campaigns across the City. 

There are pledges of support for A Re Sebetseng from the following organisations: Coca Cola; Total; Adcock Ingram; Miss Earth SA; the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO); the Security Agency of South Africa (SASA); Eyakho Environmental Forum; Greater Johannesburg Environmental Forum; Okuhle Waste Management ; University of Johannesburg (UJ); Remade; Metal and Papers; Plastics SA; Petco; Polyco; Petco; Traffic Net; Phambili Services; Averda SA; Carrus; Joburg CID Forum; Kobus Otto & Ass; Delta Bec; Tedcor; Enviroserv; Mojanation; Mpact; Interwaste; Avis Fleet; TFM Industries; Waohost; The Waste Group; Boitumelong; The Waste Group Projects. 

Rosebank College has pledged to clean the Braamfontein area for the next year, between October 2017 and October 2018.

McDonald’s and Rosebank College also respectively signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pikitup. McDonald’s has pledged to support the campaign between October 2017 and February 2018, with the possibility for further renewal. Rosebank College has pledged to clean the Braamfontein area for the next year, between October 2017 and October 2018. 

Mashaba says during the past seven months, he has led clean-ups in Alexandra, Linden, the inner city, Oberholzer Park, Noordwyk, Diepsloot, Fourways, Paulshof, Malibongwe Drive, Northriding, Florida Lake, Naledi Ext 2, Kaalfontein Ext 6, the Jozi Business Hub and Kliptown Primary School. 

“I truly believe that A Re Sebetseng has the potential to change the face of Johannesburg and inspire the nation,” he says. 

Dumping is a criminal offence, report offenders:

Joburg Metro Police -  082 467 9493
Joburg Connect - 011 375 5555/5951
Email - info@pikitup.co.za

How to get involved:

Call - 087 357 1126
Email - aresebetseng@pikitup.co.za
Visit the A Re Sebetseng website.

The City provides bags and gloves to all participants at walk-in centres, depots, clinics and libraries.

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