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Highway littering goes out of hand in Matebeleland South

by Staff reporter
12 Jun 2024 at 01:38hrs | Views
The government has expressed concern over the issue of highway littering in Matebeleland South province, emphasizing the need for urgent action to address the problem and ensure community cleanliness.

Minister of State for Matebeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Dr Evelyn Ndlovu, highlighted the dangers posed by roadside litter, including obstruction to drivers' visibility and increased risk of accidents. She has engaged relevant authorities to clear bushes along roadsides and address littering.

Dr Ndlovu stressed the importance of community involvement in waste collection and recycling, emphasizing the potential for waste management to create income opportunities. She called on stakeholders, including the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and local authorities, to develop strategies for regular litter collection and recycling. The minister also urged private sector participation in waste management efforts.

Responding to President Mnangagwa's call for environmental cleanliness, stakeholders have been urged to adopt regular cleaning practices.

EMA Matebeleland South provincial manager, Mr Descent Ndlovu, highlighted the prevalence of littering in business centers and illegal mining areas, emphasizing the need for waste management plans and collection mechanisms by local authorities. He also mentioned plans to establish waste collection centers along highways for effective waste sorting and disposal.

Source - The Chronicle