Campaign to clean Jukskei River kicks off

Friday, March 20, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - A Litter Free Campaign is underway at the Jukskei River in Alexandra, as part of the city's ongoing efforts to clean and protect its environment.

The campaign aims to create awareness and educate communities about the challenges of littering as well as the importance of better environment management.

The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in partnership with City of Johannesburg and the Extended Public Works Programme have engaged people in the area to help clean the river.

More than 30 people from the township were employed under the Extended Public Work Programme (EPWP) to help clean the river.

The campaign, which is rotating in all six municipalities within the province, was first launched by Gauteng MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, Khabisi Mosunkutu in Sedibeng District Municipality last month.

It then moved to Westrand and Tshwane in the same month, while the campaign was launched in Metsweding and Ekurhuleni in March.

Ekurhuleni Metro Executive Mayor, Lentheng Mekgwe and MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu will hand-over the campaign torch to City of Joburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo on Friday.

Handing over the torch signifies a week of intensive Litter Free programmes in the respective municipality.