Why can't you throw that paper in the bin?

My Dear Fellow South Africans

What have we become? I look around and see filth, I see degradation, I see rubbish everywhere, paper, plastic, bottles, excrement, bits of concrete … as I drive down the road I see another taxi driver throwing an empty packet out the window and I feel the anger rising inside me and the need to go ask him why? Why did he have to throw it out the window, why not just use it as a rubbish bag in his taxi and then throw the full packet in the bin?

I drive past squatter camps and see children playing in the piles of rubbish that have collected on the sides and I wonder how can a person live like that? Where is their pride? Do they not understand that that pile of rubbish just makes their situation worse? Why can’t they collectively come together as a community and clean it up? We are so quick to jump on the strike band wagon, which really does nothing for anyone, but no-one seems to give a damn about the filth they’re living in?

So often I see my fellow South Africans just drop rubbish on the ground right where they are standing; what would it take to walk a few metres to the dustbin, or to put the paper in your pocket until you get to a dustbin?  

Why can you not just throw the rubbish in a bin? Is it a culture thing? Were you not brought up to throw rubbish away? How can you live amongst that filth – have you no pride?

Was it like this during the apartheid era, what did the homelands look like back then? Was there rubbish strewn everywhere, or did you actually take the time to clean up? Is it a new generation thing who believe they are entitled to not have keep things neat and tidy?

Or is it like my abrupt friend said to me the other day, “Why should we do anything when people from Denmark or Canada or some other first world country will come clean up?” 

Linda Du Plessis 2014/08/04 08:24:44 PM
Was thinking just that driving down Beyers Naude Drive today. Papers lying around - tyres being burnt on the side walk - squaller all over -
Ian Harrison 2014/08/04 08:35:18 PM
It's even prevalent among school children. Are they no longer taught about the environment?
Irukandji 2014/08/04 08:37:17 PM
It's the pee pool, I tell you! It's the pee pool! It's in their jeans to live in filth. It's their nesting material.
FatherChristmasConscience 2014/08/04 09:50:56 PM
I cultivate, a very popular in first world countries, custom of using public transport and own feet to move from one point to another, and I've noticed that rubbish on the ground is caused by the lack of the bins. Usually, places with the bins standing around are clean. It is true in first and third world countries, equally. On a personal note - author, like plenty of whities in this country, confuses aesthetics with ethics - clean and neat equals Good.
Nobby Poltice 2014/08/05 04:16:47 AM
South Africans are filthy pigs. And many whites are no better: tossing rubbish out of their cars, sneaking around the suburbs at night to dump rubbish, building rubble and garden refuse in the parks and pavements. One answer is to place a deposit on all packaging - 50c on every cool drink or milk bottle, can, plastic bag, cardboard box and newspaper. Then watch how quickly it will be picked up and redeemed.
Goeie Donner 2014/08/05 05:49:42 AM
Because it provides jobs to those who are employed to pick it up. I was told this by a black dude after cr@pping all over him for throwing his rubbish on the ground. Facepalm
Lanfear 2014/08/05 07:14:45 AM
It took the "Zap in a Zibi blik" campaign in the 1980s to get some (not even all) of the whities to stop littering, stop throwing garbage out their car windows, and so forth. And still today I see them throwing their empty tins and chocolate wrappers out of the car windows. We need another country-wide campaign like that. Hopefully that might help, a little.
No Ohno 2014/08/05 08:04:14 AM
Quite a few black people explained this to me. They say they throw everything on the ground, as that creates jobs for jobless people that that then has to pick it up. If they don't litter, then those people won't have jobs. So, it is all due to care that your fellow brother can have a job to. So, I guess if we start littering more, then all 24 million jobless people can have a job picking up litter, employment problem solved.
Dan Dadog947 2014/08/05 09:23:56 AM
What gets me going is when I see smokers throwing their stompies out of their vehicles. I wish they fine these boytjies R5,000 per stompieā€¦