President Park clean-up initiative continues to tackle litter in the neighbourhood

Reshma Somaroo said she's proud that they are still going strong and have picked up over 1 000 bags of litter from our streets since July 1.

Since its inception, the Clean Up President Park initiative has made big strides in the community as it continues to tackle litter issues and illegal dumping.

To date, the initiative has grown in leaps and bounds with more than 1 000 refuse bags of litter being filled.
It’s been two months since the initiative was first started by concerned residents who realised a huge spike in litter.

President Park community members fill up refuse bags along Fouché Street. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

On July 1, they started targeting streets and commenced on Fouché Street in President Park where they filled about 400 refuse bags with litter and 10 loads of building rubble were removed by tipper trucks. Other targeted roads included Swart Drive, and Brand, Republic and West roads.

In September, the concerned residents hit the streets where they filled up nearly 200 refuse bags on Brand Road.

Organiser and member of the President Park Residents Association Reshma Somaroo said it had been two months of incredible teamwork.
“And we are still going strong with our bi-weekly community clean-ups. I’m proud to share that we have picked up over 1 000 bags of litter from our streets. A thousand thanks to the team of volunteers who spare the three-hour of their time every second Saturday – thank you,” added Somaroo.

President Park residents get their hands dirty helping to load building rubble onto a TLB. Photo: Sphiwe Masilela

Somaroo also thanked volunteers from New Life Centre in the suburb for their continued support since the inception of the initiative.

“To those who diligently continue to clean up their streets without pomp and fanfare every week, you are appreciated and celebrated. Your dedication is making a real difference in our neighborhood and we will continue to build momentum and help this beautiful valley look her best.”

She urged community members to bring positive vibes and make the upcoming clean-up on September 16 a success.

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