Sun International’s Sun City resort, has partnered with the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Tribal Authority, and the Moses Kotane Local Municipality to help ensure that communities surrounding the resort are safe and clean.
The Safe and Clean City Campaign was also implemented with the assistance of Eskom; the South African Police Service; several departments including Health, Correctional Services, Social Development, Environmental Affairs, and Forestry and Fisheries. Other entities that took part in this initiative included the South African Social Security Agency and the Council of Traditional Leaders.
The Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Traditional Community comprises about 350,000 people living in the greater Pilanesburg area, close to Sun City, while Sun City is one of the major sources of income for the Moses Kotane Local Municipality.
Khumo Magano, Socio-Economic Development, Community and Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Sun City, explained that the resort provided learning material as well as community lectures/presentations on Safety, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development matters.
“We were also proud to provide waste pick-up accessories, as well as refreshments during the campaign launch and transport where necessary.”
The Safe and Clean City campaign is a collaboration between corporates (within Sun City’s critical zone of influence), government and civil society organisations with the primary intention of promoting Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) good practices, which will ultimately contribute towards enhancing service-delivery to neighbouring communities.
“As a result of this project, we saw several benefits,” said Magano. Among these were the improvement of SHE infrastructure in communities, cleanliness in communities, enhanced knowledge and awareness, road safety promotion, and cooperation between government, civil society, and corporates.
“Pleasingly, we also saw SHE Clubs in schools being started, as well as the creation of fresh produce gardens in some schools,” concluded Magano.