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100 illegal dumpsites converted into parks and food gardens
​One of the many illegal dumpsites in the INK area that
has been converted into a park. Pictured is DSW
Assistant Education Offi cers, Dumisani Ndlovu and
Sandile Myende and a community volunteer Mdu Ndaba.
IN an effort to spruce up their respective wards, councillors in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) have rolled up their sleeves and converted about 100 illegal dumpsite into parks and food gardens.

The clean-up initiative, which was held in partnership with community volunteers, nongovernment organisations and various Municipal departments was in response to Mayor Zandile Gumede’s clarion call for councillor to lead by example and revamp their area. Coordinator of the INK Councillors’ Forum Sduduzo Khuzwayo said the clean-up aims to reignite the spirit of civil pride.

Khuzwayo said government cannot single-handedly address all societal concerns without the assistance of residents. "When we realised that our spaces were not clean, especially in townships, where there was a lot of litter and dirt, we decided to act." Khuzwayo said the primary objective of the clean-up was to also educate residents about being environmentally conscious. “We realised some of these illegal dumpsites were near people’s homes. We want to make these places green so that we can attract tourists.” He said many of the sites were a health hazards. “In some instances during our cleaning campaign we found medical waste.

By cleaning these areas, we want to create a safe environment for our children.” Durban Cleansing and Solid Waste (DSW) Education Office Sandile Myende applauded the councillors for the initiative, saying their leadership and enthusiasm has made their work easier. “These councillors are with us every step on the way during these clean-up.” Myende called on INK residents to protect the environment and to respect their spaces. “Let’s plant trees, and beautify our environment. By doing this we will have the same parks as those in the suburbs where kids can play safely.”

Meanwhile, as part of Clean-Up Month activities, DSW will embark on several clean-up campaigns during September. These campaigns are aimed at creating awareness and educating the public on proper waste management practices. DSW has urged residents assist in the fight against illegal dumping by reporting any suspicious activities and illegal dumpers. Suspicious incidents can be reported report to 031 3118804 or DSWCustomer. ServiceLine@durban.gov.za or the Ombudsperson on 080 020 2020.
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