Mayor’s clean-up campaign sweeps Kuils River

City staff, residents, councillors, neighbourhood watch members and business owners cleaned up parts of Kuils River this week.

Mayoral committee member for urban waste Grant Twigg and ward councillor Wouter de Vos led the Kuils River leg of the mayor’s citywide clean-up campaign on Wednesday morning.

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis launched the campaign last month.

Mr Twigg represented the mayor who was at another clean-up.

The group tackled the Kuils River CBD and an open space behind the Netcare hospital.

“I am so proud of Team Cape Town who are setting the example of what we can do to inspire pride and working together to make progress,” Mr Hill-Lewis said.

If the campaign was consistent, new habits, such as placing litter in bins and not dumping on the side of the road or on open fields, would be created, he said.

The mayor called on adults to teach children about the importance of throwing litter in bins.

Mr De Vos cleaned alongside neighbourhood watch members, private security contractors, expanded public works programme employees, sub-council staff, business owners and residents.

“The people were wonderful today, and what an awesome community to serve. The spirit was overwhelmingly positive,” Mr De Vos said.

Mr Twigg said: “It is clear that we need to intensify our efforts through inclusion to bring about a culture change to stop littering and illegal dumping. If we are to create a sense of civic pride, we need each and every one of you to help us keep our city neat and tidy.”