Residents cleaning up downtown Mookgophong. Photo supplied

Clean-up amidst strike action


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AfriForum in Mookgophong embarked on a two-day clean-up operation on Wednesday, 6 December. 

The initiative was in collaboration with Solidarity Helping Hand, and was aimed at cleaning up the town, while municipal workers were on a wage strike.

 “The workers embarked on a strike which lasted more than two weeks, and the town was covered in (uncollected) garbage. If the municipality doesn’t deliver services, the community will roll up their sleeves and do it themselves,” said Phillip van Staden, AfriForum Mookgophong branch chairperson.  

 According to AfriForum’s District Coordinator for Limpopo, Jaco Grobbelaar, the initiative was a perfect example of how a community could make a difference. 

“This is a community that will not stand by while the town goes into decline, but we will rather make a positive difference where the municipality fails to perform its duties,” he said.   

 Grobbelaar said the local AfriForum leadership received threats, apparently from some of the striking workers. 

“We received threats that the truck used to remove the garbage will be burnt down, but we won’t allow violent threats to deter us from doing the right thing. The community of Mookgophong is entitled to clean surroundings,” he said.

Meanwhile a decision is yet to be made on the town’s landfill site 

In a statement issued previously, Grobbelaar said all landfill sites in the province which scored less than 80% would have to be brought up to standard, and that municipalities should take responsibility for waste management. 

6 months ago       13 December 2017