East London - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday appealed to South Africans to adopt and cultivate a culture of cleanliness and to stop littering but to recycle waste.
"It's largely us adults who litter, and that must come to a stop. We must get children, our children to teach us to stop. Soon after I learnt my lesson, from my children, I stopped, and I pick up litter wherever I find it. My security detail often gets worried about me when they see me wanting to pick up litter in the street," said Ramaphosa at the East London International Convention Centre.
"That's the orientation that we must now have. We want to raise the level of consciousnesses amongst us, that we must want to live in a clean country. We must live in clean cities, a clean environment."
Ramaphosa said every time he visits Rwanda, he is always inspired by the cleanliness of the cities, particularly the capital Kigali.
Earlier, Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane led several activists on a clean-up campaign, picking up litter at the Eastern Beach, Ebuhlanti in East London.