Dolphin Coast residents driving along the M4 freeway near Westbrook may have noticed that the area seems a lot cleaner than usual. This is thanks to Siyabonga Dladla, who tirelessly cleans the area on most days of the week.
Siyabonga is a homeless man that lives in the coastal area along the road. He used to collect cans and bottles to recycle and make some money to survive, until he recently met Grant and Kathrine Laatz (owners of local business Laatz Electrical) who approached him and offered him a job to keep the road clean and litter-free.
Siyabonga was ecstatic and jumped at the employment opportunity. Every morning Grant drops off rubbish bags for the day and Siyabonga goes about his business of picking up litter and filling those bags for collection in the afternoon- with a smile and enthusiasm!
This initiative by Laatz Electrical comes after the team did a road clean up for Mandela Day in the same vicinity and were astounded by the amount of litter strewn along the road. They also felt they needed to do something more to make a difference in the community other than just a mere sixty minutes once a year, so the idea to create employment while helping the environment was born.
Should you see Siyabonga while driving along the route, please show your support with a hoot and a wave.