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Senekal residents embark on cleaning campaign

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Lucky Nkuyane

20 April 2021

OFM News


Phefumlela Bam

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Towns Action Network

South Africa

This media article describes how residents of Senekal, a town situated on the eastern part of the Free State province went from protesting (which emanated from the killing of a young farmer which fuelled racial tensions) to coming together for a street cleaning campaign.

The Free State province has been battling to provide the most basic services to its community which is providing and maintaining the public infrastructure. In 2020, residents of Senekal near Bethlehem realised that sitting and folding their arms was not going to fix their issues nor will taking to the streets and breaking stuff fix the issues the municipality has been struggling to fix. Instead, they stood together and embarked on a cleaning campaign by fixing their town on their own. This was their biggest cleaning campaign so far and farmers even donated cleaning tools.

This media article proves that it is possible for a community to come together even at the toughest of times and collaborate in the spirit of 'if we want to see change, let us be the change' and also not waiting for the municipality when you can see things are tough. 



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