Durban Road in Nelson Mandela Bay is always lined with filth. Picture: Raahil Sain / ANA

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has embarked on a  campaign to clean up the city by budgeting R40 million for the 2019/20 financial year. 

Forty three co-operatives will be paid as part of its “Clean and Green Programme”.

Municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki said over a period of three years, more than R100 million is expected to be spent on the programme.

“The services rendered by the co-operatives will also assist the Municipality in accessing some areas that are not easily accessible by waste collection vehicles. They will also assist the Municipality with community awareness programmes, in addition to focusing on cleaning up illegal dumping sites and general litter picking on roadside areas.”

Mniki said that each co-operative was expected to employ between 10 to 15 people.

Speaking at the launch of the programme on Monday, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani, said he was very pleased that the majority of the co-operatives appointed were led by women. 

“This initiative is not only focusing on cleaning the City. We are also, for the first time, making a bold statement as this administration that previously disadvantaged people on the ground will benefit, with a particular focus on women.”

Mayoral Committee Member (MMC) for Public Health, Yoliswa Pali, said she would ensure strict political oversight over the programme. 

“Myself, working with the Public Health Standing Committee, we want to make sure than people do the work on the ground. There has to be visible change in our areas. Gone are the days when our people lived in filth that exposes their children to a health hazard," said Pali. 

African News Agency (ANA)