Keep Mkhondo Clean Campaign – So often the Mkhondo Municipality is blamed, often quite deservedly, for services that are in some way not what they should be, but often the culprits are the residents who just don’t care.
On 15 August 2014, the Mkhondo Municipality launched a “Clean and Maintain My Town” programme and lovely projects flowed from the initiative, one of them the cleaning of the town’s dam below the Taxi rank. Sadly, this could not be maintained as residents, shopkeepers, hawkers and more just keep on polluting the dam. Washing cars and taxis at the edge of the dam, emptying buckets from businesses and homes in the dam or nearby areas, absence of ablution for street vendors and so forth – all of these just have a snowball effect on the pollution in and out of the dam.
Grassy pavements are still littered by lunch hour “picnickers” and by passersby. Motorists and truck drivers often can be seen dropping their lunch left overs in the street. Sometimes even chicken bones, bottles and plastic or polistyrene containers are simply chucked out of the vehicles’ windows. These are all, once again, carried into our precious water when it rains. Many businesses in the CBD are just as guilty. Shops and salons are kept impeccably clean, but soapy, grimy buckets of water and waste paper baskets are simply emptied into the streets, even the main street! It is furthermore, no pleasure to go for a walk in any residential area nearby the spruit running through town.
Yes, the grass and weeds in and around the spruit need serious cutting and trimming and even removing, but really, how can we blame the Municipality if we are the culprits littering wherever we go? The spruit is still littered and polluted in every possible way. People of Mkhondo, let’s all do our bit. Only once each and every one in Mkhondo takes care of his/her own rubbish and trash, we can start blaming the municipality, if the area is still dirty. A very successful discussion has been had with Mr Dube of the Solid Waste Department of the Mkhondo Municipality and things are already happening. The cooperation of all businesses and residents are, however, urgently needed. Always keep the area around your business, home and personal surroundings clean before pointing fingers to others. We have the privilege of living in one of the most beautiful areas in our country. Let us strive to keep it that way.