There were smiles all round when Transvaal Gold Mining Estates (TGME) delivered a donation of some much-needed gardening equipment to the local office of the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport on October 29th.
Recently, TGME approached the town manager of Pilgrim’s Rest, Pretty Makhubedu, for a list of what was needed to assist towards beautifying the town. In expressing her appreciation for the donation, Makhubedu also commented on how quickly the goods on their list were delivered.
As Pilgrim’s Rest is a heritage site the DPWRT is responsible for the services normally provided by municipalities. This includes keeping the public spaces and gardens neat and clean. The donation included wheelbarrows, slashers, rakes, brooms, picks, shovels and spades. Also personal protective equipment for the staff in the form of gumboots and gloves.
For its next project, TGME plans to donate waste bins with their logo and a sticker encouraging people to keep the town clean by disposing of their rubbish responsibly. They had previously donated similar bins and black bags to the Sabie PRIDE project.
The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency is currently funding another project in town. It consists of repairing a wall and establishing a garden on the island in Uptown where the street splits between the Information Centre and the Royal Hotel. The DPWRT is also renovating and upgrading the guest houses which it manages – Drostdy and District Six. Makhubedu explained that the aim was to work towards official grading for these accommodation establishments.
“With the increased positivity which Pilgrim’s Rest is currently receiving, our principals are seeing that there is a need to uplift the town. Many people are coming on board now,” said Makhubedu. “Unfortunately, the budget is not enough for everything that we want to do, but I think this is the start of a beautiful thing.”