Byline: Kelebogile Masemola

07 July 2022

The City of Tshwane has partnered with community members in Olievenhoutbosch in aims of helping maintain and sustain the local environment. 

The community of Olievenhoutbosch has suffered tremendously over the years due to the dreadful littering and constant illegal dumping. 

The DA Tshwane Caucus is proud of the work that has been done by the Mayoral Committee Member for Environmental Health, Katlego Mathebe, to eradicate illegal dumping and environmental damage.

“These interventions include a workshop with a host of volunteer groups on the topic of environmental and waste management,” said DA PR Councillor in Olievenhoutbosch, Sean Cox in a statement.

In the training the city supplied the residents with important information on how to help protect and sustain the environment as well methods of making sure that illegal dumping and littering in the area are decreased through education on the damaging effects it has on the environment. 

The workshop promoted in highlighting the way forward for the region by initiated ideas such as adopt a spot, which is a way and means for local community members and businesses to help sustain and maintain their local environment in and around them. 

“It is integral to the DA’s solution for South Africa that government and communities should play an integral part in finding solutions and this has been brought to life with these local residents stepping forward to champion the environmental issues and challenges that their communities face,” said Councillor Cox.

The workshop and training provided to the local community is a step in the right direction in making sure that community members and local businesses take responsibility and pride in the areas that they live and work in.  

“We as the Democratic Alliance believe that Citizens should be empowered to be active and informed in environmental decision-making and to understand the individual roles that they can play as responsible and ethical players in the economy, most particularly regarding consumer choices and waste minimisation,” he said.