WARD 18 residents through the Borrowdale Ratepayers and Residents Association (BRRA) joined hands with SPAR, Clean and Green Zimbabwe to clean up Helensvale Shopping Centre as part of this month’s National Clean-Up Day held every first Friday of the month.
Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
SPAR provided bin bags, gloves and water for the participants in the clean-up of the shopping area.
Helensvale shops, which many shoppers were now avoiding because of the litter found everywhere, is now looking better after the clean-up.
Businesses at the shopping centre have been urged not to wait for the clean-up days but to ensure their premises and surroundings are kept clean all the time.
BRRA executive committee member Mrs Pat Townsend gave a detailed breakdown of how the clean-up went and the lessons drawn from it.
“The Helensvale shops clean-up went extremely well with people from all sectors of the community pulling together to help. There was an excellent turnout. A total of 188 bags of garbage were collected in all.
“We had nine gardeners there cutting grass and tidying up. We have urged tenants and vendors in the area to keep it clean moving forward,” said Mrs Townsend.
Part of the BRRA executive participated in the clean-up as well as Ward 18 district officer Ms Tendayi Mapfumo and Ward 18 Councillor Ian Makone.
Helensvale shopping centre houses a number of shop owners and the owner of the section which houses the SPAR supermarket Ms Duduzile Chandiwana recently said they aware of the challenges at the shopping centre and were in the process of arranging a meeting so they can deal with the cleanliness issues once and for all.