The George Municipality Cleansing Department supported Sikhula Sonke Cooperation  business by giving them garden tools, masks and gloves to clean illegal dumping sites in Thembalethu recently.  The Sikhula Sonke Cooperation  asked the Municipality to assist them in helping the community of Thembalethu. The group from Sikhula Sonke Cooperation started the operation “eliminate illegal dumping site” to turn the dumping sites into gardens and play parks for children.

The organisation uses some of the materials they find at the dumping sites to upcycle and re-use materials when building benches  and more. The Municipality uses a JCB to remove all the rubble the organisation does not use for recycling.  They have started the first phase of the operation on Friday, 23 August 2019 when the group  cleaned the first dumping site at All Bricks Community Hall, Tabata Street, Thembalethu. The cleaning process and planting of flower gardens and building parks is a work in progress. Attached is a picture of the site as it looked before the cleaning operation and after pictures of the cleaned site. Sikhula Sonke must still put chairs and benches made of plastic containers on the premises. If people have plants or compost they can donate to this worthy cause please email Lunga Pieters at

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21 years ago Herman and his wife Carina, with their 2 daughters moved to George in the beautiful Garden Route region of South Africa. He has a passion for the people of the region and is involved in many humanitarian projects. He is co-owner of the popular Facebook group called Georgiete Staan Saam with a membership of 77 500. He is a connector and an activist for unity and works tirelessly to help all communities in George and the Garden Route to realise that the answer for the political, business and socio-economical problems of the area is to stand together, plan together and working together at a common sustainable goal of alleviating poverty. Herman is the CEO of the Love Garden Route NPC and is one of the founders of the Love George movement. He is the owner and founder of the LoveGeorge News platform and the online radio stations RadioCSA. For 30 years Herman specializes in web development and web design and through his business also offer web-hosting, email-hosting and domain-hosting. As a Pastor he has presented over 40 men's and women's camps where the main focus is to assist and guide Christians in discovering who and whose they are, discovering their true calling and then activate them into their true Prophetic and Apostolic calling.