On 29-30 August 2020, the Muvhango community in Bophelong (a township near Vanderbijlpark, south of Gauteng) cleaned up a catchpit in their area, led by a young man named Moshe Ngidi* (not his real name). He resides in extension 9 of Muvhango, Bophelong and owns a car wash in the community. Moshe said he knows how people suffer when it rains. When the catchpit is blocked, the roads flood which affects flow of traffic. That’s when he came up with the programme to clean the catchpit.
Moshe’s aim is to unite the communities of Ext 9 and Ext 14 so that they can protect and watch over the catchpit as they are the ones who previously turned the catchpit into a dumping side. Moshe’s message is simple; let’s keep our environment clean and safe.
The community is also rebuilding a house that was burned down by an electrical fire. One of the shebeen owners in the area generously donated 15 bags of cement as well as food for the community to eat while they are cleaning and rebuilding.
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