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The Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up is organised by Clean City South Africa and its partners to raise public awareness about climate change, promote zero tolerance on littering, illegal dumping, and packaging pollution in a safe and secure event for all the participants. The clean-up event is inspired through the call by Nelson Mandela in 2009, to celebrate his birthday by working in communities. Clean City SA endeavors to protect the environment from waste pollution, this event will also focus on the landfill sites and its impact on climate change.

The purpose of the Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up is to “Take Action” by cleaning up an estimated 5.5km of Claim Street and its surrounding blocks in Hillbrow, between Willie Street to the North to Hancock Street to the South, and Quartz Street to the West and Banket Street to the East.

Security personnel will be stationed at each block to ensure the safety and security of all participants on Claim Street, Hillbrow and surrounding blocks during clean-up, and at Constitution Hill for the Park and Ride and the Main Event.

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Clean-up start: 10:00

Clean-up finish: 13:00

Main event & prize giving: Constitution Hill at 14:00

Date: Monday, 18 July 2022

Registration closes: 24 June 2022

Park and ride:  Constitution Hill

Start time for the first group of participating organisations: 10:00

Start time for the second group of participating organisations: 11:00

Spaces available: Limited to 32 participating organisations

Covid-19: Outdoor event which adheres to all Covid-19 protocols

Block capacity: Maximum of up to 20 participants allowed

Blocks: Information will be provided to participating organisations after the closing date

Pre-event briefing: Constitution Hill, Thursday 14 July 2022 at 14:00

Fees: R24,950.00 is levied per block

Post event: Installation of two-bin stations, date to be announced post the main event

Clean-up supplies

Each participating organisation will be issued with the following for its participants:

  • Industrial brooms
  • Rakes
  • Sanitisers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable masks
  • Recyclables and non-recyclables refuse bags
  • Bottled water
  • Dust pans
  • Post clean-up report template
Goals for the event
  • To bring together participating organisations from all sectors and industries, their employees, partners, and role players from the packaging raw materials extraction, producers, distributers, retail, and recycling sector.
  • To fundraise towards the expansion of the Clean City SA Community Adopt A Street Volunteers Network to other towns and cities.
  • To install several two-bin stations (recyclables/non-recyclables) along Claim Street and the surrounding blocks in Hillbrow, as the post Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up legacy project.
  • To encourage participating organisations to be innovative in their efforts to meet the key objectives of the Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up.
Why Mandela Day clean-up?

Mandela Day is about inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, build a global movement for good.

Nelson Mandela was a symbol for Justice, Equality and Dignity.

Hillbrow presents an opportunity to demonstrate what Nelson Mandela stood for.

Justice – Section 24 of the Constitution

A right to an environment that is not harmful to health and well-being, and to have the environment protected.


Inclusiveness of all stakeholders in Hillbrow.


Recognition of role players in waste management as an integral part of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover Efforts

Why Hillbrow?

Clean City SA operates one of its locations in Hillbrow, has contributed and witnessed impact on the reduction of waste pollution.

Hillbrow is one of the densest Johannesburg’s inner-city suburbs.

Hillbrow provides a sanctuary for the poor, displaced and marginalised people, from within and outside that are looking for economic opportunities.

The suburb has over an estimated 75,000 people living in over 200 buildings.

Despite its rich history and existed of over 120 years, Hillbrow has been affected by:

  • urban decay;
  • litter and illegal dumping;
Why Constitution Hill?

Constitution Hill is the home of the Constitutional Court, it also has the historical museum that tells the story of  South Africa’s journey to democracy. The Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up seeks to highlight section 24 of the Constitution of South Africa which provides that everyone has a right to an environment that is not detrimental to his or her health and well-being.

Participants will have the opportunity on the day, to tour some of the prison museums, one which, the Old Fort prison where Nelson Mandela was also imprisoned. Constitution Hill has safe parking, where the Park and Ride to Claim Street in Hillbrow and from Claim Street back to Constitution Hill will be provided. The pre-event briefing on Thursday, 14 July 2022, and the main event and prize giving on Monday, 18 July 2022, will be held at Constitution Hill.

Mechanics and logistics

Included in the registration fees is pre-event invitation, event day invitation, park and ride, security personnel, clean-up material supplies and equipment, Post-Clean-up Report template and a contribution towards the extension of the Adopt A Street Community Volunteers Network to other towns and cities, and the two bin-stations (recyclables and non-recyclables) that will be installed along Claim Street and the surrounding blocks, as a sustainable and legacy from the Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up to the suburb.


The allocation of times for the participating organisations will be made according to the blocks available within the designated portion of Claim Street. This is to ensure that the Mandela Day 2022 Hillbrow Clean-up is conducted effectively and efficiently within the parameters of time and blocks allocated to each participating organisation.


Every participating organisation will receive a certificate of appreciation and participation.

The main event will include the following categories of winners:

  • An organisation that had the most innovative effort in meeting the objectives of the First Annual Mandela Clean-up Day.
  • An organisation that had the best branding setup on the day.
  • An organisation with the highest number of participants.
  • An organisation that collected the highest number of refuse bags
  • An organisation that collected the highest number of recyclables refuse bags
  • An organisation that had the highest number of likes over the days leading up to the event, inclusive of the day of the event until 2pm on:
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram