16 December 2015 - Aurecon Cares together with Aurecon’s Cape Town Limelight Committee (a company wide initiative set up to support Aurecon’s emerging professionals), joined forces last year with iKhaya le Langa to clean up the streets of Langa, historically the oldest township in the Western Cape province.
The initiative was in preparation for the Open Streets Social Innovation Festival, a citizen-driven initiative which showcases pioneering solutions for social challenges faced by South Africans on a daily basis.
iKhaya le Langa (“the house of sun”) is a non-profit company (NPC) based in Langa. It aims to bring about change through socio-economic development by establishing the township as a tourist attraction and local business hub to drive the community towards being cleaner, safer and greener.
Volunteers teamed up to clean the streets of the Langa Quarter, which comprises 13 streets, 500 homes and approximately 7 000 people. Aurecon sponsored brooms, rubbish pickers and safety gloves for the event. Marli Geldenhuys, Limelight Cape Town Chairperson, briefed volunteers on the objectives and also provided health and safety guidelines for the clean-up initiative before commencing with the work.
Marli commented, "We were impressed by this creative sustainable development initiative and are interested in forming a long-term partnership with iKhaya le Langa. The organisation is promoting job creation and community development, together with support for the development of small and medium size enterprises in the area."
Aurecon Cares and Limelight are proud to be contributors to this worthy initiative that focuses on rejuvenating one of South Africa’s most vibrant communities. We look forward to the continued growth and success of iKhaya le Langa’s projects.