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If you have not joined in on cleaning the town, worry not, you still have a few more days to volunteer.

If you have not joined in on cleaning the town, worry not, you still have a few more days to volunteer.

As part of the National Clean-Up and Recycle SA week, the Potchefstroom Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with CleanUp Together, J.B. Marks and Deswalner Recycling, started cleaning the town on Monday, 12 September, aiming to pick up 3,000 bags of litter until Saturday,17 September.

The opening ceremony took place at the Potchefstroom Monument in Paryslaan on Monday. Community members who wished to volunteer were welcome to collect free garbage bags. “The response from the community is overwhelmingly positive! We are honoured to serve a community willing to take action and get involved to help clean our beautiful city.
Thank you to every organisation, business and individual participating in the #ProPotch Clean-Up & Recycle week!,” chairperson of the Potchefstroom Chamber of Commerce, Juanita Smit, said.

By the end of Tuesday, 13 September, the town managed to fill 850 bags.
Smit says although things are going well, their biggest challenge is educating and inspiring the community to take responsibility for cleaning up after themselves. “We need to stand together for a better future and to create a better future. Clean-up and recycling should not only be a once-off initiative but a sustainable practice,” she said.

All businesses, organisations, families, and community members have been invited to take hands and help clean the town. “We are passionately #ProPotch and believe our community can make a massive difference in Potchefstroom by standing together to create a more aesthetically pleasing city,” Smit added.

Deswalner Recycling is responsible for recycling all the litter collected during the clean-up week. A separate bag for recyclable litter is also provided, so you can sort it while you clean up.

All community members are encouraged to clean up the areas where they work, live and play by collecting the litter and ensuring that it gets recycled. If you are keen to assist, the remaining areas for the week are;
Thursday: Potch Industria, Ikageng, Vyfhoek, Dam area.
Friday: Parys Avenue robot to Govan Mbeki Avenue.
Saturday: Trim Park and Govan Mbeki Avenue.

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