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Community joins hands to clean up eyesores in parts of city

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The community of Ward 22 in Polokwane ignored bad weather conditions last Saturday in order to participate in their second clean-up campaign driven by the Ward 22 municipal committee.
Residents, learners from Laerskool Ivypark and members of the Agapé Christian Church joined ward committee members in clearing the ward of refuse. DA Ward Councillor and Chairperson of the Ward 22 committee, Mariette Pretorius, said at least 80 people took part.
Ward 22 consists of Ivy Park, Ivydale, part of the city centre, the lower parts of Flora Park and Extension 34. To see the exact area go to www.streetdir.co.za/ZA/Limpopo/Capricorn-District-Municipality/Polokwane-Local-Municipality/Polokwane-Ward-22/
Pretorius said the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness among the community not to litter. “This way, instead of frantically ridding the city of refuse, the municipality can concentrate on other matters such as developing parks and tarring roads, for example,” she explained.
Speaking to Polokwane Observer as they collected refuse on the side of the road in Extension 34, residents Derrick Moloto and Matladi Thobejane said they feel it is every resident’s responsibility to ensure that their neighbourhood is free from refuse. “If we don’t make sure of this, who will?” questioned Moloto.
Pretorius expressed the ward committee’s gratitude to everyone who participated and/or contributed.
“We are now challenging other wards, schools, churches and businesses in Polokwane to come to the party and see if they can beat us. Ward 22 is fast becoming a clean and neat neighbourhood. Can you make a difference to your neighbourhood?” Pretorius challenged.
To become involved or for further information, contact Pretorius on 082 200 5227.

Story and photos: KAREN VENTER
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Matladi Thobejane and Derrick Moloto, residents of Extension 34, say it is every resident’s responsibility to ensure that their neighbourhood is free from refuse.

Learners from Laerskool Ivypark, which is situated in Ward 22, are having enormous fun while picking up refuse in Ivy Park.