The town of Graskop is one of the tourism focal points in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM). It is a gateway to world-renowned natural attractions such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels, majestic waterfalls, and picture-perfect landscapes.
In preparing to receive visitors who will be flocking to the town during the Easter Holidays, the Service Delivery Committee of the town comprising of the TCLM, Graskop Business Chamber, and various community stakeholders have decided to embark on a two-day cleaning campaign aimed at making the town attractive and hospitable to tourists. The campaign will entail the cutting of overgrown grass, removing weeds on streets and pavements, and the clearing of litter throughout the central business district, as well as at the entrances and exits of the town.
The organisers of the campaign are TCLM’s Graskop Unit Manager James Motankisi, Marvin Pillay of the Business Chamber and Hettie Ligthelm of Nature Conservation.
The campaign was held on 23 and 24 March 2021. The committee has so far managed to confirm the participation of 80 volunteers out of the 250 that is anticipated. “More volunteers were needed to be able to cover larger spaces given the limited time available to successfully run the campaign. We, therefore, had to appeal to the Graskop community to come out in their numbers in support of the initiative”, said James Motankisi.
“On behalf of Thaba Chweu Municipality, I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to Mr Mavin Pillay, Hon Councillor Shongwe and Graskop Community.
Very importantly, Mr Pillay also donated the cement used to repair our main intersection at Kafuneer to ensure that our holidaymakers enjoy the safe roads. That is also acknowledged and appreciated.
Hon Councillor Shongwe thank you for leading at the forefront during the last two days since you were physically and passionately involved in the cleaning campaign.
I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to the following Businesses and organizations: The Graskop Waffle Hut, The Lift Co, Graskop Ratepayers, Panorama Chalets, Harries Pancakes, Build It Graskop, Garden Shed, Gourmet Shack, Graskop Municipality, Graskop Traffic, Graskop Firefighters and all volunteers and persons involved in the clean-up.
It was such a pleasure and humbling experience to clean the sidewalks of our town and cut overgrown grass. We will most definitely look at doing this monthly. I urge you all to partake in the clean-up and we are going to start a members club that you can join. A club that can bring all community members together to experience fun days to clean up our town and enjoy fun events together,” Motanski said.
“You have demonstrated huge love for our little Graskop. You went out of your way to participate in this initiative aimed at promoting a clean environment. These two days will go a long way in the history of Graskop as residents decided to put aside their differences and join hands towards one common goal of promoting a cleaner environment,” James Motanski concluded.
All images from the Graskop Community Outreach WhatsApp Group.