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It’s time to spring clean Sandton this September and make our world a happier place
13 September 2018

In a fourfold call to action this September, Sandton Central’s businesses, residents, charities and civic organisations are being called on to protect our green heritage and act to improve our environment.

World Clean-up Day takes place this Saturday, 15 September, and so does Spruit Day, the community organised event to clean up the Braamfontein Spruit. In the build-up to World Clean-up Day, the City of Johannesburg’s A Re Sebetseng Sandton Clean-up takes place on Friday and Saturday, 14 and 15 September. What is more, it is also Arbour Month 2018, themed ‘Forests and sustainable cities’.

As part of World Clean-up Day, millions of volunteers in a 150-country network will unite to clean the world in a single day. It’s the biggest civic action in human history.

Spruit Day is timed to coincide with World Clean-up Day to give volunteers of all ages the opportunity to help towards the upkeep of the longest stream in city by picking up litter, clearing invasive and overgrown plants or being part of running the event, which is held in association with the City of Joburg. The stream runs through several neighbourhoods, impacting many communities.

The City of Johannesburg’s A Re Sebetseng clean-up campaign has similar goals to World Clean-up Day. It’s all about communities working together to make things better. Sandton Central takes part in the clean-up almost every month and in the last five months alone its hard-working heroes, the ‘Men in Red’, have removed 750 kilograms of litter from its streets.

“The benefits a clean city go well beyond having an aesthetically appealing environment,” says Elaine Jack, City Improvement District (CID) Manager of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD).

By cleaning our city, we save lives and cut crime. Diseases spread by waste pollution are claiming human lives all around the world, and cleaner neighbourhoods discourage criminal activity. Waste-free landscapes are good for people, birdlife, aquatic life and tourism.

Everyone can get involved in the Sandton Clean-Up on Friday and Saturday, 14 and 15 September. Simply visit the link for ‘council information’ and scroll down to the ‘downloads’ section where you will find the A Re Sebetseng registration and commitment forms. Complete the forms and return them to Elaine Jack at

To be part of the mass clean up on Spruit Day on Saturday, 15 September, by volunteering time, finances or services towards the upkeep of the Braamfontein Spruit stream, contact Robyn Bynters at or Gail Jelley at or message the organisers from its Facebook Page.


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