Mayor James Nxumalo Is Cleaning Up The Streets of Durban And Encourages You To Do The Same!
This Monday morning don’t be surprised to see our honorable Mayor, James Nxumalo in his orange DSW (Durban Solid Waste) uniform sweeping the streets. It is not a late Halloween attempt, but rather the mayor leading the change to a cleaner city by example. Not a common sight by mayors across the world, it is great to know that our mayor takes such pride in the city he serves.
His “lead by example way” forms a part of his two-pronged “Clean My City” campaign which was launched in March this year. After a Monday morning meeting with other staff members, including City Manager, S’bu Sithole with the city’s Cleaning and Solid Waste department, Mayor Nxumalo and Mr. Sithole put on their orange overalls and join the cleaners on the street.
Leading the anti litter campaign by example, the mayor also takes this time to chat to taxi drivers, hawkers and others urging them to help clean up and keep the city tidy. Residents also join the mayor in his clean ups, taking pride in their surrounding areas. That is what it is about for the mayor. He says, “It’s all about personal pride. People keep their homes clean – they must keep the places where they work clean as well.”
His efforts have made a huge difference in motivating people. Noticeable improvements in some of the dirtiest areas in Durban, such as Warwick Avenue has been greatly improved. Installations of extra rubbish bins and skips has helped people clean up.
Long Term Vision
Durban collects 1.8 million tons of rubbish a year! The city provides 100% solid waste removal service to industry, residential homes and informal settlements. But the dirty streets are not just caused by litter. Urbanization plays a huge role in the poor conditions of many areas. Street-children and vagrants without any place to live also contribute to the eyesore and dangerous reputation of many areas.
To deal with this the mayor has listen to their plight of failing to find jobs in the city and turning to crime and drugs to survive. “They told me that they needed help to get out of their situation,” Mayor Nxumalo said. He has since sent many of these vagrants and street-children looking for help to one of two rehab centers. The aim is to help reunite and reintegrate them back into their families. There has been great success with this as Albert Park, (commonly known as whoonga park) is a cleaner place.
The mayor is looking at how the law can assist with cleaning up the city. Blatant disregard for city by-laws has called for reviews on fines for things like littering and illegal dumping. Urging residents to re-examine their own behavior, he says there is no excuse for dropping litter to the ground.
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