On Wednesday, 3 May, gr. 8 and 9 learners from Mkhondo House, collected litter on the football field in August Westhoff Street.
Many complaints have been made regarding litter and pollution in our community. Even though many expressed the desire to have this problem addressed, few were willing to step up and take action. On 23 March 2011, then Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, launched the Bill of Responsibilities campaign.
This campaign states that South African citizens have responsibilities that correspond with every right given in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Responsibilities, which can be found at www.gov.za, states: “My responsibility in ensuring the right to live in a safe environment.
This right assumes the responsibility to: – promote sustainable development, and the conservation and preservation of the natural environment – protect animal and plantlife, as well as the responsibility to prevent pollution, to not litter, and to assure that our homes, schools, streets, and other public places, are kept neat and tidy – in the context of climate change, we are also obliged to ensure we do not waste scarce resources like water and electricity.”
Even though everyone does have the right to a clean town that is free of littering and pollution, this right can not be demanded if the responsibility to help keep the town clean, is not accepted.
Community members are encouraged to engage in positive conversations with all parties to work together and find viable solutions to the problems faced by all. Thank you to the learners from Mkhondo House, who were willing to help clean our town. They plan to do this every second week from now on. Thank you to Schubert Smith who provided transportation and Irene Brussow for the gloves and black bags that were provided.