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Thursday May 10, 2012

Tshwane launches R60m clean-up campaign

A massive R60-million cleaning project has been launched by the Tshwane Metro Council. Executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa addressed a large gathering of beneficiaries and community members during the launch of Operation Vat Alles at Temba Stadium near Hammanskraal.

Ramokgopa urged Tshwane residents to take responsibility for keeping the whole municipal area clean by picking up every piece of paper.

The aim is to engage residents in cleaning prioritised wards in Hammanskraal, Mabopane, Centurion, Mamelodi and the inner city.

The focus will be on cemeteries, shopping centres, open spaces, taxi ranks, sports fields, rivers and other public areas.

The project intends to use 3 000 beneficiaries from the Expanded Public Works Programme.

These beneficiaries are chosen from the poorest of the poor in the communities and they will work as contractors for the next six months.

Ramokgopa added that plans to obtain an additional R60 million to extend the contracts over 12 months are in place.

"We can't hire them (the beneficiaries) for only three months. We need a longer period to fight poverty," he said.

Ramokgopa added that the project seeks to empower community members.

"People mustn't only live on social grants, but must work for their living."

According to the mayor, the beneficiaries must be able to receive an income after every two weeks. This income will serve to "provide some relief " to those in the community.

Some of the beneficiaries at the launch expressed their excitement about the new employment opportunity.

"This will help us pay school fees for our children," said Queen Mudzanani, 28, from Soshanguve.

Monica Sithole, 24, commended the project. "It is exciting to be part of a project that keeps the environment clean," she said.

One of the council's plans is to dispense bursaries to young people. Special preference will be given to the beneficiaries of the Vat Alles operation who have passed their matric year..

Council chief whip Jabu Mabona said: "The city is in good hands. It is (going) in the right direction."

Pretoria News

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