Uitenhage and Despatch, two of the towns that form part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, will be focused on during the implementation of a pilot project attempting to curb illegal dumping. This crucial project is themed Love Where You Live.
Launched by Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan on Tuesday (8 December) intensive cleaning of illegal dumping sites started in KwaNobuhle and will continue over the next three months in areas such as Rosedale, Kwalanga and Despatch.
Joined by the Member of the Mayoral Committee tasked with Public Health, Cllr Joy Seale, Dr Danny Jordaan highlighted the benefits of a clean city on the local economy, the tourism sector and the overall benefit of having an attractive city.
“We want to see people live in a clean Kwanobuhle, Uitenhage and Despatch. We must reclaim our areas and the awards as the cleanest city in the country. We have a Mayoral Office here in Uitenhage and we must strengthen that office. Next year you will have more services delivered from the Mayoral Office in Uitenhage. You must know that if you want to go to the Mayoral Office, the Mayor will be here in Uitenhage,” Mayor Jordaan said.
Trucks will be deployed in the targeted areas coupled with an education campaign to highlight the consequences of illegal dumping and to inform communities how they can assist the municipality to deal with this unsavoury practice.
To show that Mayor Jordaan and his team practiced what they preached, the clean-up of a dump site in Zinto Street, Khayelitsha followed the launch at the Jeff Masemola Hall.
The Love Where You Live clean-up campaign will branch out to Port Elizabeth areas next year with the Northern Areas, Motherwell, Walmer/Gqebera, KwaZakhele, Soweto-on-Sea and Zwide identified as potential focus areas.
Municipal leadership encourages residents to report illegal dumping as fines of up to R2000 can be issued when offenders are identified when reported.
For further information regarding anti-littering specifically in Uitenhage and Despatch the public is welcome to contact Waste Management at 041 994 1137 or Environmental Health at 041 994 1296 during office hours.