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Seen here:  Proud Johannesburg residents do their part in keeping Jozi clean at the ‘Joburg City Clean-Up’ in 2017 in the build up to the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN. 

Photo Credit:  Kyle Cestari

Cape Town – A group of proud Capetonians will take to the streets of the Mother City this coming Saturday (19 May) as part of a ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’ expedition that is aimed at getting the streets ready for the 4th annual Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, a ‘proudly Cape Town’ celebration.

“We were overwhelmed by the support received at the ‘City Clean-Up’ in Johannesburg (Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN) and Durban (Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN) in 2017, and look forward to hosting our first ‘City Clean-Up’ in Cape Town,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “We are excited to partner with PETCO and Averda, two specialists in the field of waste management.  Under their guidance waste will be collected, sorted and disposed of in the correct manner.  The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN highlights and celebrates the splendour of Cape Town.  The ‘City Clean-Up’ is one more way in which we would like to make a difference.”

PETCO is South Africa’s national industry body that is accountable for managing the PET plastic industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

According to Janine Basson, PETCO Stakeholder Relations Manager, PETCO’s mission is to grow the collection and recycling of PET plastic, after consumer use.  “PETCO is thrilled to be involved with the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN.   Plastic touches us all, whether directly or indirectly.  It is imperative that we come together to be part of true sustainability when the opportunity, such as the ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’ presents itself. We believe that 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.”

“PET bottles are not ‘single-use’ bottles and are not trash,” continues Basson.  “When they are recycled, they are made into new bottles for water or beverages or other useful products such as polyester fibre for duvets and pillows, jeans, t-shirts and re-usable shopping bags.  PETCO is sponsoring the bags and gloves for the ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’. We are also sponsoring spot prizes:  t-shirts and caps made from recycled plastic bottles.  The t-shirts are manufactured in Cape Town and are made from two thirds recycled plastic bottles, blended with cotton.”

Interesting Fact:  It takes approximately seven bottles to make one t-shirt.  The following video explains the process CLICK HERE

Averda is a leading international waste management company that manages waste in cities, industries, offices and homes across three continents.

According to Francois de Clercq, Averda General Manager Wester Cape, the organisation is perfectly placed to assist with the collection, transportation, sorting and recycling or responsible disposal of waste materials.  “Through the ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’ we hope to educate thousands of residents across Cape Town about the impact of litter on our communities and the environment, while empowering people to make a difference by keeping their city clean. Our vision is to create a cleaner world and better lives.  Waste will be sorted removing plastic, cardboard, paper, metal, wood and glass for recycling.  Wherever possible, we try to minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill. This is particularly important in Cape Town where there is a shortage of landfill space.”

Interesting Fact:  A number of products are made from recycled materials. Aluminium cans are recycled to make car bodies and parts, plastic can be recycled to make new bottles, bags and garden furniture.  Paper or cardboard can be recycled to make new paper products without needing to cut down trees.

The ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’ is open to all willing participants and will start in front of the Cape Town City Hall at 07:30 (until 10:30) on Saturday, 19 May 2018.  Each participant will receive a pair of gloves and a plastic bag from PETCO.


Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: Bree Street (Cape Town, CBD)
Entry Fee: Standard Entry:  R170 (licensed) / R205 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Entry:  R850 (licensed) / R885 (unlicensed)

Charity SupportWhen entering online, runners can choose to support either or both the Absa Cape Town ONERUN Charities:  Die Burger Kersfonds and The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA.

Facebook: Ctown12 / CapeofGoodHopeSPCA / @DBKersfonds

Twitter: @CTown12

Instagram: CapeTown_12 / CapeSPCA

Hashtag:  #CT12Run

Website:  www.thecapetown12.com

The Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN forms part of the “Absa Run Your City Series” that includes the Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN (taking place on Monday, 24 September 2018 / Heritage Day) and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (taking place on Sunday, 14 October 2018).

Runners taking part in all three events will be rewarded with an unrivalled event experience, a Absa Run Your City Series Performance T-shirt and medal on completion of the third race, the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, where a special hospitality area awaits.

CLICK HERE to watch the Absa Run Your City Series Teaser Video.

For further information please visit www.runyourcityseries.com  For more information on the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN visit www.thecapetown12.com or email entries@thecapetown12.com

About the Absa Run Your City Series:

Absa is proud to bring you the Absa Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the Absa Cape Town 12 ONERUN, Absa Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the Absa Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.

Absa’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.


ISSUED BY:                                            Newsport Media

ON BEHALF OF:                                  Absa Run Your City Series a Stillwater Sports Initiative