Councillors team up for clean-up operation

The clean-up campaign was held in Overport on Saturday.

Local DA councillors teamed up with municipal officials to tackle a number of issues in the Overport area. One of which  was a clean-up operation held on Saturday which involved six departments.

The successful Overport Rescue Operation saw ward 25 councillor and ward 31 councillor, Hassan Haniff and Christopher Pappas, get their hands dirty in an attempt to keep the community clean.

Emanating from an interdepartmental meeting held in February, the initiative was driven by the two councillors to uplift the Overport area which has been neglected over the years. The operation involved officials from the Metro Police, Electricity Department, DSW, Parks Department, the Building Inspectorate, and the Health Department.

“We are extremely grateful for the professionalism and hard work shown by the municipal officials. We had a vision to bring the departments together to work as a collective to ensure effective and efficient service delivery,” said Cllr Pappas.

Cllr Haniff explained that the Overport area is spread over two wards and that it was not an uncommon thing for the councillors of the two areas to work together. “We are working towards the same vision of a safe and clean area that we can all be proud of,” said Cllr Haniff.

The councillors said that they would like the interdepartmental interventions to happen once a month, using the combined efforts to tackle problem areas and issues.  The councillors urged residents to keep the area clean and to  reduce the huge amount of illegal dumping that occurs in the area.  “Dumping is costing the city R200 million a year. This money could be spent in much better ways,” said Cllr Pappas.

Zola Phoswa

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