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MCC, hawkers partner to clean Maseru city

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Aug. 10, 2019 2 min read

MASERU - Nine months into a partnership that was signed between the Maseru City Council (MCC), street vendors and taxi operators to clean up the main bus stop areas as part of efforts to promote sustainable and resilient cities, MCC public relations manager is content with the pact.

'Makatleho Mosala said the partnership was proceeding so well that every vendor had a small box near their stall for customers to dispose of their garbage. Mrs Mosala said some taxis had stickers warning passengers not to eat while on board as they always leave their mess behind. She was however, still concerned about people who litter on the streets saying they had therefore started using all communication strategies to ensure that every Mosotho understood the importance of keeping both the city streets and the bus stop area clean.

In addition, she showed that there were some challenges which they were addressing, such as shop owners within the bus stop area who have created illegal dumping sites next to their businesses. “Such shop owners are supposed to pay for garbage removal but they seem reluctant to do so, hence they leave heaps and heaps of garbage outside their businesses,” she said. Through the partnership, she said both the street vendors and taxi operators through their respective associations had replaced leased contractors that the council used to engage in the past for garbage removal.

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“This has at the same time created employment for some street vendors and taxi marshals who are engaged to remove the garbage,” Mrs Mosala also showed. The chairperson of Khathang Tema Baits’okoli, Ts'olo Lebitsa had also complained about people who litter in the streets, arguing that it tarnished the image of the city and impacted negatively on their businesses. Mr Lebitsa said the bulk of shoppers were reluctant to buy their products because they believed they were unclean and unsafe to consume.

He said although they were working hand in hand with MCC to restore order, they however still encountered major challenges of slow development of their small businesses. “If this sector is to register positive profits this year, there is need for concerted efforts to keep Maseru and other parts of the country clean,” he said. According to reports, worldwide in 2015, estimated 108 000 people have died as a result of unintentional poisoning from garbage. hat figure represents 1.5 deaths per 100 000 people, about 33 percent decrease since 2000.


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