Dedicating 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela and to ensure a clean environment, the Universal Greening Organisation (UGO) in partnership with the Department of Social Development (DSD), Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Thulamela Local Municipality and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) spent their time cleaning Thohoyandou taxi and bus ranks on 19 July 2017.

The taxi drivers also joined them in making Thohoyandou a neat place. This year’s theme was dedicated to fighting poverty and to eradicate the outbreak of protests in the country.

UGO will continue to ensure a clean environment- Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni.

UGO Executive Chairperson, Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni, said that their role is to facilitate youth programme that serves the interests of communities. “Cleaning campaigns is one of the programmes of interest wherein we identify polluted areas and engage in cleaning campaigns with youth from different communities,” he added.

He further said that the cleaning campaign was aimed at raising awareness in the public spots educating the people about the importance of clean environment. “We want to change people’s way of thinking regarding clean environment. Our people should look after the environment. It is important to keep places that we use everyday such as bus and taxi ranks clean,” he added.

Fhedzisani Nevhutanda acknowledged the people who came in numbers to honour Madiba memory.

DSD Community Development Practitioner, Fhedzisani Nevhutanda, said: “We decided to clean those ranks so that we can set an example to people who visit Thohoyandou town. “We want them to adopt this initiative so that they can clean their areas where they come from.”

Mosima Mphidi set an example to her colleagues by cleaning the environment.

“I am setting example to my other colleagues so that they can be involved in ensuring that the environment is clean and conserved for future generations. We are creating awareness to our communities to ensure that they manage waste correctly,” said LEDET Assistant Director, Mosima Mphidi.

Stakeholders of the participating organisations making a successful cleaning campaign to celebrate Mandela Day.

Other participating members proudly cleaning Thohoyandou town.

Participating stakeholders posing for a photo after a long day of cleaning Thohoyandou town.

Lindelani Maraganedzha, UGO Executive Project Manager, proudly taking part in the cleaning campaign.

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Department of Communications and Marketing
University of Venda
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Tel: 015 962 8525
Date: 25 July 2017

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