The students are part of ASEZ, a global group whose goal is to “Save the Earth, from A to Z and to deliver the heart-warming love of a mother” said member Kusile Kewana.
ASEZ aims to clean 40 000km of surface, which amounts to the circumference of the Earth.
PR Councillor Ursula Barends joined the day’s activities and said: “I know illegal dumping is a big problem in this area, so I am ready to get my hands dirty.”
The city’s Solid Waste Management is working with the organisation and donated the necessary waste transportation and equipment, such as tools and disposable bags, said Xolani Ngqakayi, a Solid Waste official.
To ensure their safety, Mogamat Titus, also a Solid Waste official, divided the larger group into smaller groups and allocated a leader to each.
He also gave them safety tips and allocated them secure routes to clean up.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are new goals established by the UN that are focused on developing countries, especially those in need.
The SDG covers a range of issues, such as poverty, climate change, health and world peace.
It consists of 17 categories, and the aim is to achieve the goals for each category by the end of 2030.