Straatwerk gets rain gear for winter work

The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof CID (GP/OKCID) donated 20 rain suits to non-profit Straatwerk, which employs impoverished people in street-cleaning jobs.

GP/OKCID CEO Mark Truss says improving and maintaining the district can only be done through collaborations with local businesses and NPOs.

“Our mission is clear, we aim to be the City of Cape Town’s leading supplementary service provider for nurturing a safe, clean, attractive and accessible business and residential environment in which to live, work, and play,” said Mr Truss.

William Marera, who is responsible for Dignity Management at Straatwerk, said the donation of rain jackets was appreciated.

“They will go a long way in helping our team during this winter season,” he said.

Straatwerk use the services of 150 people who clean the streets, remove graffiti and clear storm water drains among other services, to keep the areas clean.

“We rotate the services of the people that work for Straatwerk, so they don’t work in the same area or do the same things. The people that work for us do it voluntarily and we see it as a rehabilitation centre that helps people earn money,” said Hannes Van der Merwe, manager: Ophelp Projekte at Straatwerk.

The GP/OKCID supplies Straatwerk with equipment and they in-turn provide a team that assists the CID with cleaning services.

“We are thankful for the assistance from the CID and for the donation of the rain suits which will come in handy,” said Mr Van der Merwe.