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President Ramaphosa gets hands dirty in NMB as the world commemorates Mandela Day

Published: July 18, 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa joined hundreds of Nelson Mandela Bay residents on Monday, 18 July 2022, to clean the Swartkops River in Veeplaas where tons of waste was cleared as part of the 67 minutes of doing good for International Mandela Day. 
During the clean up, the President led from the front joined by NMBM Executive Mayor, Cllr Eugene Johnson, Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and urged residents to refrain from the crime of illegal dumping as it causes harm to the environment.
The President also expressed his satisfaction at the collaborative effort that is being made in the City to push back dry taps as the City continues to experience severe drought that has already led to intermittent water supply in some parts of the City.
"I am satisfied about work and united efforts that are being made in Nelson Mandela Bay to avoid Day Zero. Let us continue to work together to make sure that the City does not run out of water,” said President Ramaphosa.
Earlier during the day the President visited the Nooitgedagt Water Works site to assess the progress that has been made in the construction of Phase 3 of the project. Before that Minister Mchunu, Premier Oscar Mabuyane and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Eugene Johnson did an oversight work at three borehole infrastructure projects.
Two of those projects, a solar powered borehole project in Walmer Township and another bore hole project at Elizabeth Donkin Hospital. The two projects have been sponsored by Coca-Cola and Gift of the Givers respectively.
The clean up campaign that the President joined today forms part of  the City’s enhanced waste management strategy where the Municipality partners with communities, businesses and other relevant government departments to implement sustainable cleaning projects across the City.

Executive Mayor Johnson said the City welcomed both the water related oversight work and the clean up that the President participated in.
"We are pleased that the President decided to spend his Mandela Day with the community of Nelson Mandela Bay and take part on these two important assignments. This leaves us with much more resolve that our challenges, working together we can overcome,” said Executive Mayor Johnson. 

"We are encouraged to continue with our efforts to fight illegal dumping in our City as the President has also joined us today to remember the good deeds of our icon, Nelson Mandela, whom we are named after as the City. It is only fitting that we roll our sleeves and get our hands dirty to change our City for the better. We are making a clarion call to our residents to reduce their water usage and stop illegal dumping. We are building this City for generations to come, let’s save as much water as we possible can and stop dumping as all this refuse ends up in our rivers and oceans,” she added.

Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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