Masvingo Scrubs Up, Happy October National Clean-up Day 2023
The City of Masvingo joined the rest of the nation in creating clean and healthy spaces on Friday the 6th of October 2023 at Chesvingo Business Centre by cleaning storm drains, sweeping and picking up stray bits of litter.
The cleaning efforts are part of the national clean-up campaign, which has seen the nation declaring zero tolerance to litter and setting aside the first Friday of every month as a national clean-up day.
The exercise brought together various stakeholders and was graced by the Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable T. Moyo, Her Worship the Mayor of the City of Masvingo Cllr Shantiel Yeukai Chiwara, City of Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa, among others.
National Clean-Up Day is held monthly and promotes country-scale organized and individual clean-up events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean and prevent the spread of diseases.
Clean up campaigns raise awareness about the scale of the litter problem and get the community thinking about changing their behaviour. Clean up actions are also an effective way to bring communities together and by enhancing social bonds, make people more appreciative of their common environment.
The exercise attracted more than 200 volunteers from the uniformed forces, business community, government departments, the community and churches.
The event was coordinated by the Department of Health Services in collaboration with Environmental Management Agency.
The National Clean Up Day introduced the Tailored CleanUp program for businesses, institutions and cities. The program is available to any participating business, educational institution, and government entity or non-profit. Companies like Byword Motors and Jadecon Construction also joined the City Council in the clean-up exercise.
The event ended with the Honourable Chadzamira, Honourable Moyo, Mayor Chiwara, Eng. Mukaratirwa and Mrs Chingwara planting trees.