A Re Sebetseng — meaning “let’s work” — has been trending on Saturday morning in South Africa, as hundreds of members of the public turned up to help clean up their streets.
The City of Johannesburg, in partnership with Global Citizen, called on citizens to help tidy up their environment by picking up litter, painting road markings, and planting trees — and they definitely answered.
By 10 a.m., the City of Joburg tweeted that 8,000 bags of litter had already been collected, with hours of the cleanup still left to go.
Residents were also joined by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and by TV personality and Global Citizen advocate K Naomi for the cleanup, which is all about promoting a culture of reducing, re-using, and recycling to ensure a cleaner city for all.
“The next few hours is not about winning tickets, it’s not about cleaning the city, it’s actually about what we can do for our city, and our neighbourhood,” Mashaba told residents ahead of the cleanup.
“Let’s really go out there, and actually demonstrate to the world, because this is a global initiative… for the 7 billion people of the world to take care of their environment,” he continued. “Because when our environment is clean we feel good about ourselves … So let us go out there and do our best.”
Everyone who participated in the day was also entered into a draw, giving them the chance to earn tickets to Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, and coming to Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on 2 December.
Here our some of our favourite tweets from the cleanup that capture the energy, the enthusiasm, and the amazing work being done by people all over the city!
Great to see our moving boards out and about today.— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) November 17, 2018
They have educational messaging on them.
If you see one, be sure to stop them and have a read. #AReSebetseng@GlblCtzn@NonnysZApic.twitter.com/KgiiX2QnR0
@CityofJoburgZA@HermanMashaba@GlblCtzn#Aresebetseng@Dikela_T@mszamazungu@Lebo_MTG done for the day 5 bag on my tag better have my ticket had such a great time. I really respect pple who do this job it's so had and hot pic.twitter.com/gEN94MetWP— Kiara (@kanyiTP) November 17, 2018
Region G Regional Director, Cllr Rafferty and Cllr Netnouw leading the community by example😍— Mpho (@mphophalatse1) November 17, 2018
Changing our communities, one person at a time!!👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽#AReSebetseng@CityofJoburgZA@HermanMashaba@GlblCtznpic.twitter.com/zoROyOdIsv
#BetheGeneration that cares about the environment join #Aresebetseng clean-up campaign in partnership with @GlblCtzn@GlblCtznImpact make a difference and stand a chance to win #GlobalCitizenFestivalSA tickets ^LL pic.twitter.com/HGwXRBMtdN— City of Joburg - Group Corporate & Shared Services (@JoburgGCSS) November 17, 2018
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola Africa, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and associate partners HP and Microsoft.