Mayor spruces up streets of Khayelitsha

The community members after joining Mayor Dan Plato to help keep their neighbourhoods clean.

A clean-up campaign by the City of Cape Town and Mayor Dan Plato came to Site B, Khayelitsha, on Friday May 10.

The campaign, which went to Lwandle and Khayelitsha on the same day, was launched just over two months ago and has seen organisations and community members joining in to help keep the neighbourhoods of Cape Town clean.

In the City of Cape Town’s January Adjustments Budget, an allocation of R115 million was made available to help tackle grime.

The mayor said the campaign in Khayelitsha was the fifth stop on his official campaign against grime, which is aimed at educating members of the public about keeping communities clean and reporting illegal dumping to enhance the work that is done by the City’s solid waste department.

He said members of staff from his department do their best to keep areas clean with regular refuse removal and other cleansing services but residents must be responsible for not littering.

“The cleanliness of neighbourhood public spaces means that children have a space to play and enjoy without their health being harmed. The scourge of illegal dumping and littering must be stopped. Illegal dumping is also against the law. Vehicles that are used in illegal dumping may be confiscated and a release fee of nearly R16 000 will be charged, over and above the fines that are issued for dumping,” he said.

He urged people to report illegal dumping. However, some residents in Bathembu Street were angry that their ward councillor had not informed them that the clean-up would take place.