The real story behind A Re Sebetseng

In 1994 whilst South Africa was celebrating its emergence as a Rainbow Nation, a few thousand kilometres up the east coast of Africa in Rwanda nearly one million people were killed over a 100 day period in one of the bloodiest genocides in recent history. 

Twenty years later Kigali is now one of the cleanest cities of the world and its people live in relative peace in no small part brought about by the operation  Umuganda. Umuganda  can be translated as ‘coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome’.In traditional Rwandan culture,  members of the community would call upon their family, friends and neighbours to help them complete a difficult task. To this day, once a month all Rwandans work together to clean their cities and by working together they have created a sense of purpose and togetherness amongst their people.

Inspired by Mayor Herman Mashaba launched A Re Sebetseng, a monthly city-wide cleaning campaign, which means “let’s work.” The campaign strives to encourage all of Johannesburg’s residents to take care of the environment; and seeks to promote a culture of reducing, re-using, and recycling our waste to ensure that Johannesburg becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa.

The campaign takes place on the third Saturday of every month and line with the City’s by-laws, aims also to address issues of littering, illegal dumping, overloading of bins, and dilapidation of open spaces that usually results in the manifestation of pests.
Plastic bags and gloves are distributed at walk-in centres, clinics, libraries, and participating businesses. Filled bags are collected by Pikitup. 

In the HGC our monthly A Re Sebetseng cleanups on the Spruit and Hurlingham Park bring parents, children, residents and the homeless together to clean up our beautiful green spaces. If the horrors of genocide can be assuaged through community co-operation, what better way to fly the flag of our Rainbow Nation.


Important Contacts

HGC Committee:
Flying Squad: 10 111
Randburg SAPS vehicles: 071 675 7115 / 6
Ambulance: City: 011 375 5911
ER24: 084 124
Netcare 911: 082 911
Randburg Police: 011 449 9115 / 9110 / 9117 10111 for an emergency
Joburg Metro Police: ​011 375 5911
Joburg call centre: 0860-JOBURG
Includes City Parks and Pikitup
See Community Info --> Overview section for a full list of numbers
Water Issues: Joburg Water

011 375 5555
Electricity Issues: http://​ ​and click "Fault Reporting" or on mobile
Road Issues: ​
Environmental Contraventions: 011 587 4232 1st point of contact for any issues arising from the Health Act (noise, restaurants, unsanitary backyards etc)
Pollution: 011 226 8328
Revenue Queries: ​011 375 5555
Traffic Signs and Markings: Jurie Swart JRA - Assistant Manager, Traffic Signs and Markings section for Region B
Region B Contacts and Information:
Building regulations: 011 407 6111
Eskom: 086 003 7566