Soshanguve residents woke up to a clean Aubrey Matlala Street on Saturday thanks to the Tswelopele cleanup initiative.
City mayor Solly Msimanga had led a group of volunteers in a clean up earlier in the morning.
Tswelopele is a joint initiative of the city, business and community aimed at keeping the environment clean.
It is taken to a different location in the city on the first Saturday of the month.
City spokesperson, Lebogang Masooa said the aim was to motivate ordinary citizens to make an effort to keep Pretoria clean “revitalise the inner city core and the various township precincts”.
“The city has dedicated the first Saturday of each month to encourage citizens and businesses to roll up their sleeves and join us in keeping the city clean.”
Local internet café owner, Hlalala Ngoveni said the mayor’s presence had encouraged him to join the clean-up.
“Msimanga left his office to come and clean with us today. That motivated me to also close my café for the day and focus on cleaning our street. I am proud to be part of this initiative,” Said Ngoveni.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students also braved the morning cold to join the clean-up.
Language practice student Magoro Lehlokoa said the litter along the campus had forced him to use alternative routes to class.
“I had to use a different street when I came to attend classes because the smell of the waste was too much to bear. That is why I joined the clean-up today and I am happy with the results.”
Masooa extended her gratitude to the various sponsors of the initiative.
“The city is overjoyed to have earned the support of stakeholders such as Capital City Business Chamber, Standard Bank, Waste Group and Plastics SA, Theron’s Meat products on previous clean-ups. We will continue working with different businesses each month to ensure we all play a part,” she said.
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