It was a bit of a homecoming for the Speaker of Council, Cllr Vasco da Gama when he joined scores of City of Johannesburg officials at Green Village in Marlboro, Region E, for the monthly A Re Sebetseng clean-up campaign on Saturday morning.
Before moving to Midrand, Cllr Da Gama was a resident of Second Avenue near the Anglican Church in Alexandra.
Out in Region G, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba, was leading an army of Members of the Mayoral Committee and City officials as they made a clean sweep of the Lenasia taxi rank.
“A Re Sebetseng has evolved into a multi-disciplinary affair. So let's check in on some light bulbs and make sure the community of Lenz feels a little safer during these long nights," said Mayor Mashaba atop a crane to check street lights while MMC for Health and Social Development Cllr Mpho Phalatse pruned a tree at the Lenasia Civic Centre.
Joined by the Chief Whip, Cllr Kevin Wax, Cllr Da Gama and Region E officials led by Regional Director Liziwe Makoro tackled the two-storey-high litter inside the Alexandra Cemetery and were joined by a team of volunteers from Setjwetla informal settlement.
“Thank you to the community of Alexandra for joining us at the local cemetery for A Re Sebetseng. Please do join us again on Mandela Day. To all City entities and officials present, it is much appreciated. Your contributions are appreciated," said Cllr Da Gama.
Cllr David Foley and his 15 volunteers had great fun cleaning Lonehill koppie and collected 10 bags of rubbish. There were lots of bags collected in Meadowlands Zone 5 in Region D. In Ward 90, Hurlingham Park, Region B, groups of volunteers picked up litter, cut grass and the JMPD confiscated eight crates of beer.
In Ward 132, Cllr Janine Deppe joined forces with Caxton, Phambili, JMPD and Century Developments and collected 31 bags of rubbish at the Jukskei bridge in Kyalami
Region C Regional Director Mlamleli Belot and CRUM staff working together with residents from Roodepoort CBD also took part in A Re Sebetseng on Saturday, 22 June.