Residents embark on city cleaning

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Harare residents in conjunction with local organisations and churches have embarked on a massive clean-up campaign to assist the capital regain its sunshine status.
The city council has provided the necessary service vehicles and equipment including three refuse trucks, a front-end loader and a tractor for the exercise.
Residents have teamed up with organisations such as the Zimbabwe Democratic Development Trust and local companies such as Battery World, Innscor, Spar, DHL and National Foods to carry out the exercise.
Recently, residents in Hatcliffe, together with senior council officials took part in a similar clean-up campaign.
Hatcliffe, like many suburbs had gone for more than 10 years without refuse collection raising fears of a health hazard.
“The area had gone for a decade with no refuse collection. Residents had a habit of dumping garbage near their houses which was a health hazard,” said a resident who took part in the campaign.
The ‘Clean up Harare Campaign’ has identified areas that need urgent attention.
City spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said the initiative was welcome and hoped it would help the city restore its sunshine status. Gwindi said: “It has to be everyone’s responsibility to make Harare clean and anyone who participates to arrest litter and garbage is most welcome.”
Areas that have been targeted by the campaign include Sunningdale, Tafara, Mabvuku, parts of Borrowdale and Newlands but Gwindi said it would be broadened to include the whole city.
Ten rotary clubs in Harare have also been involved in the project.
Recently, churches inclduing the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) embarked on a cleanup campaign in Belvedere.
Harare recently acquired 20 refuse collection trucks.
Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda said the council would concentrate on among other things refuse collection and maintaining hygiene in the city.
Masunda said refuse collection was one of the issues top on the city’s agenda.