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​​Hundreds of Johannesburg residents defied Joburg’s extremely hot weather and joined the City’s Speaker of Council, Vasco da Gama and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development Councillor Leah Knott to clean the Manie Mulder Adventure Centre in Roodepoort as part of A Re Sebetseng clean-up campaign on Saturday, 19 October 2019.

The City and its stakeholders took the opportunity to educate residents about the importance of conservation of biodiversity. 

MMC Knott said the country and the world is facing climate change crisis, which is the reason the City’s is educating Joburg residents about the importance of conservation of biodiversity.

“Manie Mulder Adventure Centre has different birds, trees and a waterfall. It’s our responsibility as residents to make sure that we preserve them for future generation,” she said.

Keenan Buts, resident of Roodekrans Ridge, said his experience of growing up on a farm made him to join the A Re Sebetseng campaign. “I don’t enjoy city life. Maybe that’s because I grew up on a farm. I visit this adventure centre often to hike, that’s why when I heard about the A Re Sebetseng campaign to come clean, I answered. As young people we must actively show that we care about our environment,” the 24-year-old said.

Residents all over the City participated in various cleaning activities. In Region A, 35 volunteers filled up 45 refuse bags with rubbish along the Jukskei River. In Meadowlands, Soweto, residents cleaned up Heckdroodt Circle. About 60 refuse bags were collected at Len Rutter Park in Florida. In Roodepoort, participants were entertained by drum majorettes drill and taught rumba dance before being split into groups to clean up the mountains of Roodekrans Ridge.

A Re Sebetseng is a monthly city-wide cleaning campaign. It strives to encourage all of Johannesburg residents to take care of the environment and promote a culture of reducing, re-using and recycling waste to ensure that Johannesburg becomes one of the cleanest city in Africa.

Joburg residents are urged to visit www.joburg.org.za/Campaigns to check out when and where the next clean-up campaign will be.

Written by Takalani Sioga