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Seen here:  Members of the Joburg Community helping to keep the streets of Joburg clean.  Photo Credit:  Kyle Cestari

Johannesburg –A group of just over 180 proud residents took to the streets of Joburg on Sunday, 17 September 2017 as part of a ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’ in the prelude to the 2nd annual Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.

“We were overwhelmed by the support that the ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’ received today,” says Blake Dyason,  ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’ pioneer.  “Our cities have so much history and opportunity.  We’re proud to team up with the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on what was our first Joburg clean-up.  Through sports, arts and culture we are able to entice residents to the inner city both to enjoy its rich heritage and drive business.  In order to do this, we need to keep our cities clean and safe.”

“The ‘Clean Up’ started and finished at Newtown Park, which is 500m away from the Mary Fitzgerald Square, the finish venue of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K,” continues Dyason.  “Volunteers were given gloves and bags before being let loose to walk the streets, have fun and explore their city.  Our partner Waste Plan, an on-site waste management company, collected the litter.  Our other partners, PETCO (South Africa’s national industry body accountable for managing the PET plastic industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility) and Extrupet (the largest and most advanced recycler of PET bottle materials on the African continent) not only provided the bags and gloves, but committed to sponsoring a number of school desks, made from recycled plastic, to the CITYKIDZ Pre and Primary School.”

According to Janine Basson, PETCO Stakeholder and Relations Manager, PETCO’s mission is to grow the collection and recycling of PET plastic, after consumer use.  “PETCO is thrilled to support the ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’. We believe clean-ups have an important role to play in shifting South Africa away from a ‘take-make-dispose’ system to a circular economy by ensuring that valuable resources, such as PET plastic bottles, are diverted from landfill and collected for recycling. In the case of the ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’, PETCO sponsored bags and gloves.  Together with Extrupet we will also donate school desks made out of recycled plastic to a local school.  Each desk, made from discarded bottle labels and caps, is approximately 65kg and seats two students.”

Says Chandru Wadhwani, Managing Director of Extrupet and PETCO Board Director, “We believe that these types of initiatives allow us to move off the side-lines and into the thick of consumer and civic responsibility. Plastic touches us all, whether directly or indirectly, and it is imperative that we come together to be part of true sustainability when the opportunity (such as this clean-up) presents itself.”

The ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’ saw the clearing of 150 bags of waste from the streets of Johannesburg.  The bags were collected by Waste Plan for sorting and processing, after which 10 school desks will be manufactured by PETCO.


Iconic landmarks to look out for on the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K route will include:  the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Absa Bank City, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University, Neighbourgoods Market and Ellis Park Stadium to mention just a few.

Date: Sunday, 24 September 2017 (Heritage Day)
Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Absa Bank City Johannesburg
Finish Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square Newtown

Each entrant will receive a magnificent Event Performance T-shirt.

Charity SupportWhen entering online, runners can choose to support either or all three of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K Charities:  the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Johannesburg SPCA and/or the Reach For A Dream Foundation.

Like our Facebook page:  The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation / Johannesburg SPCA / The Reach For A Dream Foundation /    Joburg-10K

Follow us on Twitter:  @JoburgHeritage / @JhbSPCA / @joburg10K / @ReachForADream

Official hashtag:  #J10krun

For more information on the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K email entries@joburg10k.com or visit www.joburg10k.com

About the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K sponsorship:

Absa Business is proud to be the title sponsor of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K.  This sponsorship forms part of our ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on a healthy lifestyle and family involvement. Road running is an inclusive sport that allows us to engage with a larger audience and support a sporting disciplines that advance our commitment to building, enduring and rewarding relationships with communities we are a part of.

We believe in supporting a race that encourages people to run and know their city; a race that strives to re-invent how people perceive and experience the city centre. The Absa Bank City buildings are well-known and iconic buildings in the Johannesburg CBD and the precinct was recently revamped in 2015 with three lifestyle concepts of Work, Eat & Play in mind. For many years it has been viewed as traditional banking headquarters; however the revamp has positively changed the experience of the precinct.

Sponsoring the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K is aligned to our belief in the importance of rejuvenating and reviving the city centre so it remains relevant and an important part of Johannesburg’s Heritage.


ISSUED BY:                                            Newsport Media

ON BEHALF OF:                                    Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K a Stillwater Sports Event