Have some respect for our public spaces

Posted by Laura Grant on October 13, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

This is a picture of Germiston Lake, a public recreation area east of Johannesburg. It was taken at about 4pm on Sunday. It could be a lovely place to spend a weekend afternoon. But nowadays it’s not the kind of place you want to take your children. The ground around the children’s playground is littered with shards of broken glass. And despite the fact that there is a dustbin just a few metres from where this party sat, they just upped and left their beer bottles and dirty paper plates lying on the ground. It’s really sad to see people treat public spaces in this way. There are so few of them in Johannesburg as it is.

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2 Responses to “Have some respect for our public spaces”

  1. Steve
    October 13th, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

    Yeah, and while we are at it, can’t something be done about the quad bikes and motor cycles that frequent our parks?

  2. abraxas
    October 14th, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    Sadly this is the norm, and germiton lake is one of the better examples.
    Aside from the council that is not doing it’s duty, it’s the mentality of the users that is most at fault.
    Quads and bikes aren’t THE problem, because in all fairness, where else do they go, aside from “far away from you”.
    It’s the “ok, i’m done now, someone else will clean up my mess” … it’s killing jo’burg. There are surprisingly many parks and open areas in jhb, and they are all as filthy as he next.

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