By Innocent Nxumalo
Rural communities say the national clean-up campaign has motivated a hygienic culture that has seen growth points and service centres being kept clean throughout the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
Matabeleland North stakeholders converged in Nyamandlovu this Friday to mark the monthly clean-up day.
Provincial authorities commended rural communities for not looking back on matters of cleanliness despite the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
“It’s quite encouraging to note that cleanliness in rural service centres is improving thanks to a culture motivated by this day initiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. It is evident that rural communities were unfazed by this lockdown,” said Ms Boetsoarelo Mugwagwa, Director in the Minister of Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution Office.
(Before we had this national cleanup day, growth points were giving us problems in terms of solid waste management but of late places like Nyamandlovu, St Luke’s and Jotsholo turnoff are becoming cleanier. We encourage people to come on board and continue embracing this noble initiative,” said Ms Chipo Zuze, Matabeleland North Environment Manager.
Nyamandlovu villagers said the national clean-up day encourages men to participate and share the responsibility of keeping the environment clean.
“It has become our everyday practice to clean spaces we live in; after all it’s for our own good,” said a villager.
Another said, “We are now doing away with this gender constructed idea that the duty of cleaning is the responsibility of women, now men are embracing the fight against dirt.”
Environment management experts also encouraged people to recycle bio-degradable waste.