- A graduate has taken matters into his own hands after conditions in his community began to deteriorate
- He identified an illegal dumpsite and cleaned the area up by himself
- He is a shining example to the rest of us and shows that we can make our communities better places with a little bit of effort
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A graduate who goes by the handle @Blonx_sa has taken to social media to raise awareness around the issue of illegal dumping due to poor service delivery.
He gathered a large amount of waste up into black refuse bags all by himself to show that it is possible to take pride in your community.
"Due to the inconsistent waste removal in Maritzburg over the last couple of months, a lot of mini dumping sites have been popping up all over my community. It’s such a sad sight."
YEN.com.gh learned that the community had begun to deteriorate in recent years and he felt that he had to do something.
"Thank you all so much for the love, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve been watching a lot of things deteriorate around my community, overgrown bushes, burst pipes, potholes everywhere, litter, unchanged street lights. It’s such a frustrating and helpless feeling, I felt I had to something."
He posted an image of waste that had been dumped alongside an image of him behind a mountain of refuse bags.
"I had to do something."
Social media users applauded him for his courageous efforts:
@kettyZuma: "Pietermaritzburg needs more people like you, so many areas look like this, you have just ignited a flame."
@jabjuice: "Follow this with community education, educate others to not do dumping. You reminded me when I also used to clean up dumping spots, a few weeks later they would dump there. Some believed I was getting money from the municipality but it was all care for the place that I live in."
@khutso000: "Well done chief but whoever was voted there has a responsibility to keep the place clean, our tax money is being spent on their salaries & resources to keep the place clean. If they doing a bad job the community must vote someone different, if you guys do not then deserve the filth"
@Wehma2N: "If all of us would do this. If we all remember how we were raised and how much dignity we have. Ekasi might be disadvantaged but it's not less than anywhere. We can make it better than anything. Mfethu I want to connect with you and do work maufikekhaya."
Meanwhile, the leader of the popular Ghanaian pallbearing group that has gone viral around the world has granted an interview with the very first journalist that made them famous.
In a video sighted by YEN.com.gh, the BBC journalist narrates how he discovered and interviewed the dancing pallbearers only for them to become a world sensation after years.
The two men had a conversation at the Osu Cemetery whilst they sat tombs apart in accordance with strict social distancing protocols.
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