Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Youth Group Starts Litter Cleanup Program in Johannesburg

A group of Johannesburg youth is embarking on a citywide cleanup project to sweep the streets of litter. The group says the problem is too big for the city to handle alone.

The group of about 700 young volunteers, organised by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, has embarked on a massive clean-up campaign under the banner “New Vision for 2010.”

They want to ensure that Johannesburg, and its surrounds are spotless during the biggest sporting event to be held in this country.

The spokeswoman for the group, Nametso Mofokeng, said the volunteers were hoping that soccer lovers and tourists would be greeted by a ‘ ‘clean and fresh host city”.

‘‘Litter is a big problem in the city centre and young people are eager to make a difference,” said Mofokeng.

‘‘The city [council] is trying its best to clean up, but the problem is too big. That is why we are coming on board.”

She said the project wanted to recruit more than a thousand people, plus the homeless and hawkers.

Big Joburg clean-up for 2010
The Times
May 11, 2009