Student volunteers transform Southernwood.

The East London students from ELMI have recently taken matters in to their own hands, and are cleaning up Southernwood. The college’s students asked their fellow students to volunteer their time & energy to clean up the streets, because they are over-flowing with used condoms, abortion posters, dead animals, nappies, rotting food, maggots and more.


PCG, “Pick Up, Clean Up, Green Up” is an anti-litter campaign the the students have started and with this they are transforming the town.

ELMI SRC challenged other colleges in the area to assist with the clean up, but unfortunately they did not take up the challenge. The Downtown Christian Centre sent a few representatives to help with the mass clean up.


The students started the clean-up in a big way, they stormed through the streets of East London in their clean up gear, and cleared the streets of all the grime & litter.

“In the space of two hours, the ELMI students had collected 60 bags of rubbish, the campaign hopes to create awareness & action, and implies that if we act together, cleaning one block at a time, we can build together a cleaner & greener environment.” ELMI registrar of operations & programme co-ordinator Lisa van Wyk said.

ELMI has taken initiative and are challenging local business owners & institutions to take responsibility for the cleanliness of the areas that they reside or work in. If everyone wants to live in a beautiful city, then everyone needs to get involved and make it happen. The ELMI students have shown that, when everyone puts their hands & their heads together, they can make a difference!

“The state of the Buffalo City streets is appalling and needs immediate intervention & action. We can no longer sit back & complain about service delivery, this is our city, lets take it back.” 

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