On Wednesday, 28 of November, The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) in association with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and several civil society organisations will be leading community members, business owners and stakeholders in cleaning up the Port Elizabeth Central area between 09:00 – 14:00.
The aim of this initiative is to inform the public and Central operating businesses about the importance of a clean, healthy environment. There is lack of awareness regarding key waste management issues such as waste collection times, the by-laws and how to report illegal dumping. Hence, this operation is crucial in enforcing waste management by-laws and addressing illegal dumping.
In public perception surveys conducted in 2006 and 2011, approximately 55% of respondents viewed the NMBM’s waste management service positively. The NMBM is working towards increasing this to 70% by 2019 through improved service delivery and generating awareness amongst its residents.
The public is invited to come join hands in keeping the Bay clean. Participants will be provided with refuse bags and gloves as well as refreshments next to the pyramid-shaped monument at the Donkin Reserve. The NMBM Waste Management truck will be available to collect the refuse bags. The Metro police will be there for safety and will be busy conducting patrols around the area during the clean-up.
Other stakeholders that will be present include Healing Hands Foundation, NMBM Environmental Health, Ward 5 councillor, the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA), the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO), Humewood South African Police Services, and Central Clinic.
Editor: The Central SRA is well on it’s way to gaining the required number of consents for formation – visit http://centralsra.co.za to find out more (and pay someone else to clean up!)
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