Byline: Kelebogile Masemola

15 July 2022

A homeless shelter in Akasia is asking residents to join them as they clean up a local illegal dumping site.

The residents of Life-Changing Projects Homeless Shelter in Akasia, Pretoria North will put on their gloves and clean the dumping site on Mandela Day, and they are inviting the residents of Tshwane to join the initiative on 18 May 2022 (Mandela Day).

According to Life-Changing Projects project manager, Tebogo Mpufane, the illegal dumpsite began as a small patch but has now gotten something huge.

“One can smell the rot when the wind blows,” Mpufane said.

This will be the organisation’s first international Nelson Mandela Day 67 minutes of community service.

“In the midst of all these illnesses and the Covid-19 pandemic, when the wind blows towards the centre, which is a couple metres away, one can smell the rot, especially in summer, and it is full of mosquitoes.

Excluding the obvious reasons of children roaming around there, it makes the environment dirty and the area very untidy.

To add to this, the dumping is near the Tshwane University of Technology residents,” he said.

He added that as the world reflected on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, they gave thanks for his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity and to humanitarian causes.

“We will celebrate this day (18 July) by cleaning up a local illegal dumping site in our community,” he added.

They anticipated that the initiative will give the formerly homeless men in their care an opportunity to show appreciation to the earth while keeping their environment clean.

To make this clean-up a success, the non-profit organisation needs the help of the community and businesses in the area.

The project kicks off at 09:00 on July 18 at 18 Iris Street, 3rd Avenue Heatherdale, Akasia.

For more information on how you can join hands with Life-Changing Projects to make a difference, contact Tebogo Sehlwane on 082 364 4215.