Tshwane Environment and Agriculture Management Department partnered with Olievenhoutbosch communal during the environmental education and waste management workshop. The community has been suffering from dreadful conditions due to illegal dumping, littering, encroachment and illegal land occupation.
Katlego Mathebe, MMC for Environment and Agriculture Management said that the workshop highlighted ongoing efforts and information on preventing and reporting illegal dumping. Other matters of discussion include the range of waste collection services available in the city, separation of waste at source and recycling, as well as agricultural sustenance programmes for those wishing to establish small-scale community greens in suitably zoned areas.
Throughout the workshop, City of Tshwane administrators delivered information on programmes such as Adopt-a-Spot. Adopt-a-Spot permits individuals, businesses or community groups to clean and maintain public open spaces. Residents have come forward to work and share the responsibility to keep their community clean. The cooperation was to reinforce the relationship between the City of Tshwane and Olievenhoutbosch community of protecting the environment and preserving it for future generations.
“We are moving towards engaging with and encouraging many communities to take responsibility for keeping their localities clean. We hope to extend and reach out to more communities and informal settlements”, Mathebe said.