Business urged to partner council and invest in a clean city

Businesses operating in the capital should invest into the cleanliness of their operating environments, says Harare Mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni.

Addressing delegates at a clean up campaign organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in partnership with the City of Harare and other co-operating partners including Environment Management Authority, Environment Africa and Africa Lotto among others as a build up towards the hosting of the 2014 Harare International Carnival, Manyenyeni said it is the responsibility of businesses to compliment council efforts to promote a clean city.

“Community involvement is important and as law abiding citizens, it is our role to reverse the current sorry state of our city so that it reverts to its sunshine city status,” he said.

Manyenyeni said it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the city was free from waste and litter to promote tourism. "We want a situation where businesses take care of their immediate environment, They should clean their frontage," he said.

"Our duty is to ensure that the anti littering by laws are enforced, but businesses should also compliment us to make everything better."

Launched under the theme “Celebrating a cleaner environment”, the campaign is part of the broad medium to long term strategy by ZTA, Harare City Council and their cooperating partners to take advantage of the forthcoming carnival to promote and embrace long lasting solutions to littering through the promotion of sustainable waste management practices.

Reported the ZTA: “The campaign is a reminder to the city residents on the importance of making their localities clean.

“It is meant to curb vices such as littering and dumping of waste on the city’s streets, open spaces, bus terminus and tax ranks and residential suburbs.

"It intends to bring on board everyone concerned including ordinary residents, local communities, civil society, shop owners and vendors on sustainable waste management practices and making sure that the environment that they live in is clean.”

Said ZTA board Chairperson, Mara Hativagone: “The provision of bins, regular collection of waste, education awareness, stiff penalties for people that litter the streets and enforcement of the city’s by laws provides for the solution to the current menace.”

Hativagone called on corporate organisations to partner city council and the ZTA in advocating for a clean Harare.

“Partnerships and more collaborative arrangements are critical in ensuring sustainable waste management and the cleanliness upkeep of the environments in the medium to long term,” said Hativagone.

Added Eva Sande, the general manager for Africa Lotto: “We are part of this initiative because we recognise the importance of a clean environment.

“Contrary to popular belief that our business contributes a lot to the litter in the city, we are part of the anti littering campaign because we have put bins in the city and at bus stops. We are saying no to littering and it is our hope that Zimbabweans recognise that a clean city contributes to a healthy nation.”

The ZTA and City of Harare is targeting the Harare central business district and Mbare Musika during the campaign and the initiative will be carried out before, during and after the carnival slated for April 16 to 25, 2014.

The campaign is targeting residential suburbs and shopping centres where members of the public will also be encouraged to embrace sustainable waste management practices and curb haphazard littering of waste through both electronic and print media.

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