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    A campaign focusing on improving service delivery in communities ‘Mayoral Cleaning Campaign’ is up and running and fixing things in Qwa Qwa. The Executive Mayor of Maluti a Phofung (MAP) Gilbert Mokotso, together with Madam Speaker Cllr Malewatle Nthedi, Members of Mayoral Committee (MMC’s), Councillors and community members from various political parties, on Friday 20th July 2018 launched a monthly clean-up volunteer campaign at the centre of the busy Setsing plaza, to encourage a healthy lifestyle that entail a clean and clear environment within MAP.

    The largest component of the campaign will focus on cleaning the municipality, to place it amongst the best in Thabo Mofutsanyana District which the residents can be proud to call home, and also to unite them regardless of their political belongings to work together with the Executive Mayor and MAP employees in ensuring that MAP becomes unpolluted. Madam Speaker says she supports the Executive Mayor’s efforts of tidying MAP starting from Setsing by removing all prohibited dumping areas “Kaho thakgolwa ha letsholo lena la Majoro, masepala otlo etsa bonnete ba hore o sebedisana mmoho le baahi le basebetsi ba MAP ho boela o etsa hore masepala wa rona hlweke bakeng sa bohle” She also applauded the Executive Mayor for helping the community clean up Setsing plaza. The Executive Mayor pointed in an interview that municipality has limited working resource and urge the people who has motor vehicles to assist during the cleaning campaign “we have borrowed road infrastructure vehicle from province to assist us in ensuring that our areas are kept clean, the campaign itself will strive to encourage residents to take better care of the environment by promoting a culture of reducing, re-using and recycling waste in ensuring that municipality becomes one of the cleanest municipalities in the province. And I’m encouraged to see so many of our residents coming out in their numbers to help transform MAP into a clean municipality we can all be proud of.”

    Throughout the day, the Executive Mayor had an opportunity to traverse the Setsing shopping centre, the inner side of the taxi rank. He also went to adopt the primary school of Makeneng where he was invited to witness children celebrating Mandela month through arts and culture. Although some residents reportedly experienced setbacks in participating in the clean-up because some ward councillors did not take part in the organisation of the event; Mapane Rammota of Phuthaditjhaba is an EFF volunteer, and he has this to say “our fellow comrade must not argue about cleaning, they must come to the party and help the mayor to ensure that these unhygienic areas and streets that we walk on becomes clean. We’ve got to assist him because he cannot do it alone. We’re letting our people down in terms of land pollution as we all stay here in MAP.”

    The Executive Mayor stated his intention to host clean-up events monthly, on the Friday’s of every month. “We all have a responsibility to keep our environment clean and our collective ability to bring change to the municipality cannot be over- estimated. By all of us working together to clean our municipality” he concluded by showing his appreciation to all residents who took part in the cleaning activities throughout the day saying “we cannot solely rely on the services of our employees only to keep the municipality clean, every effort counts.”

    By: Masilo Malakwane