The first phase of a clean-up project by AfriForum’s Standerton branch recently kicked off with a clean-up of the town’s cemetery.
This phase – which entailed the mowing of the lawn – was taken care off by a local contractor. The plan is now to clean up between graves.
“The Lombaard Street Cemetery desperately needs attention as it borders the main street and has become a sore eye to the community. The Lekwa Municipality no longer does any maintenance. It is important to AfriForum to enhance and maintain our communities’ environments, however. We therefore decided to do it ourselves,” explains Hillel Coetzer, AfriForum’s Regional Coordinator for Mpumalanga West.
“We plan on dividing the cemetery into blocks, with signs to indicate who is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of each specific area. We want to encourage the public and local businesses to become part of this project,” says Leon Enslin, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Standerton branch.
“We have to stand together as a community to keep our town neat and clean. Towns that deteriorate leads to communities losing income and investors as people move to other towns – something we cannot afford in our town. However, together we can make a difference,” Coetzer adds.
Members of the public who wants to join the project can contact him at 072 947 2100.
AfriForum wants to thank every organisation who are involved with community projects in the town – security as well as maintenance – for their time and trouble.
Support AfriForum’s clean-up projects in Standerton and in other areas within the Lekwa Municipality’s borders by sending an SMS with “Skoonmaak” to 45350 (R1).