31 July Southernwood spruced up! July 31, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 As part of Madiba Month, the Metro together with Border Kei Chamber of Business (BKOCB) and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) hosted a massive Call-2-Action clean-up campaign on Thursday 27 July at St Georges Park in Southernwood. Call-2-Action is the initiative by the BKOCB in collaboration with the Metro, MBSA and other businesses based in BCM to enhance the conditions of those living, working and operating in the City. MBSA, DNF Waste and Environmental Services, Buffalo City Metro, and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Development Agency (BCMDA) provided man power to tackle the scourge of waste which covers most parts of the Southernwood area. The cleanup is part of Mandela Month activities to create a conducive environment to live, work, invest, and play in. Being a largely residential area, with some business component, the Southernwood area has been chosen to benefit from this great initiative. Speaking at the clean-up, Buffalo City Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “Well done, we are so proud of you. The area is spotlessly clean. Keep up the good work.” “Our intention is to provide a green, clean and a better life for the citizens of Buffalo City. The clean-up looks at improving the City’s image and attracting investment,” said Pakati. “This has a potential to improve the City’s image and its ability to attract more investment.” BKCOB Executive Director Les Holbrook said,” The public also attend and took part in the cleanup and contributed to the larger picture of a cleaner and greener City.” “The cleanup is focusing on the clearance of illegal dumps, clearance of the drop off / collection points, litter picking / street sweeping and gutter clearance, grass cutting and bush clearance, beautification of open spaces,” said Holbrook. The participants were divided into groups in order to ensure that all the areas are cleaned. During the cleanup, Call-2-Action Service Provider, DNF Waste and Environmental services also educated the public on how to generate income from waste. A resident from Southernwood, Phaphamani Jonas who participated in the cleanup said, “We are pleased to have an initiative like this in our community as it will keep our area neat and healthy.” . Related KWT spruced up The main issues of the residents were the non-pickup of refuse on scheduled days, the over grown grass at the cemetery, the maintenance or the lack there off in municipal buildings especially community halls and the illegal dumping sites. Speaking about the campaign Acting General Manager for Parks and Cemeteries Phumzile Kalazane said the campaign was done due to the unhappiness expressed by residents of Club View about the state of the town’s cleanliness when they met with the mayor in December and also the commitment by the Metro to keep its towns clean. The hotspots were identified as the King Williams’ Town Cemetery, illegal dumping sites in the Club View Main Road and the West Bank Area. “Today we are honouring the promise made by the mayor to the residents to ensure that people get the services they deserve around King William’s Town particularly with grass cutting in Club View and West Bank, the cleaning of King William’s Town cemetery, clearing of illegal dumping sites and the maintenance of municipal buildings,” said Kalazane. “We have combined teams from Zwelitsha and King Williams Town to focus on the identified hotspots in Club View on the first day Jan 11 and picking up litter in the West Bank area on January 12 starting from the Alberton Street which is over polluted and also carry out some bush clearing.” Kalazane added that they will also put up no dumping signs to stop people from dumping litter illegally. “We want to ensure that the general public is informed of the effects of dumping and that they must refrain from dumping.” He also mentioned that the non-collection of refuse on scheduled days contributes to illegal dumping however he said that the department has addressed the challenges. Even though the taxi rank is not part of the campaign Kalazane said they are looking at extending the campaign to accommodate the taxi rank. Keeping the City safe On Thursday 13 July, the City led an operation targeted at hawkers within the Metro who operate within the CBD, leaving the area in an unsafe and untidy space. Areas covered include Terminus Street, Beaconsfield Road, Caxton Street, Gillwell and Union Streets. The law enforcement agencies together with the Metro’s Environmental Health Services confiscated over 500 pallets, more than 150 crates and 65 makeshift tables which were left unattended to in the CBD. On Friday, 14 July, Buffalo City Law Enforcement also targeted illegal liquor operating establishments around the City's CBD area. 11 places of entertainment were visited around Southernwood and central town and 10 were closed for no business licenses. Places closed down and issued R1000 fines are as follows: Natalies Tavern in Union Street; Cindy's Wine and Dine in North Street; Ndosi Tarven in Southernwood; C J Chocolate in Southernwood; Premier Entertainment in Southernwood; KwaPiksi in Douglas Smith and Windyridge, Emlanjeni Tavern in Southernwood; Belgrave Bar Lounge in St Pauls Road; Chunky Charlie Tavern in the CBD and CD's Tavern in Gillwell Road. The only place that was found to be compliant was the Zooming Lounge in Stephenson Street. During these raids, eight unlicensed vehicles were charged at these places. On Saturday, 15 July and early hours of Sunday 16 July, an operation seeking to ensure safety on the roads which was conducted by BCMM Traffic Services, Law Enforcement Services and SAPS, netted 51 drunk drivers in the following areas: 23 people in Mdantsane, 9 in Amalinda, 13 in Devereux Avenue, four in Cambridge, one in Bypass and one in Southernwood. This operation is part of our commitment to servicing our citizens and being a City Hard at Work in ensuring that we ensure a safe and secure environment whilst providing an efficient and responsive service against lawlessness. Call-2-Action programme launched The programme was launched on Monday 5 June at Mercedes Benz Learning Academy in Settlers Way. Call-2-Action is the initiate by the Border Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) in collaboration with the Metro, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and other businesses based in BCM to enhance the conditions of those living, working and operating in the city. Speaking at the Launch, Buffalo City Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “We are a city hard at work therefore it is imperative that we collaborate with business sector so as to ensure that we are indeed a Metro that is clean and green, well governed and innovative so as to ensure more investment into the city.” “This initiative serves as a catalyst for the prosperity of our beautiful city. It is through such engagements that we can collaboratively work together as government and business sector to make Buffalo City the land of plenty, “said Pakati. “Our intention is to provide a better life for the citizens of Buffalo City. The campaign does not only look at improving the city’s image and attracting investment, it also serves as a poverty alleviation tool through the creation of job opportunities for the unemployed youth of the Metro,” he said. “This, we believe, has a potential to improve the city’s image and its ability to attract more investment,”he added. BKCOB Executive Director Les Holbrook said,” The initiative is focusing on the green and clean city, it is mainly aimed at tackling litter and beautifying the four identified pilot areas in the Metro that include Settlers Way, Southernwood, Oxford Street and Western Avenue as well as Quigney.” “Unemployed residents of Buffalo City have been granted opportunities of employment in the four identified pilot areas, they receive stipend every month,” said Holbrook. “The team has already unblocked drains, removed alien vegetation, cut grass and picked up litter in Settlers Way,” he said. One of the residents working on the project Thembisa Koshe from Santa near airport said, “We are very happy about the project, our community is now clean. We are cleaning the area from 8am to 4:30pm every day. Our job helps us to know how important it is to live in a clean environment. ” Another resident working on the project Siyabulela Ncume said, “We are grateful about the project it really made a difference in our lives. We are now employed and living in a healthy environment like other people. We appreciate what we get from the project, it’s better than nothing.” Comments are closed.