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Durban was buzzing with activity on Sunday, 01 October 2017 when proud residents took to the streets as part of a ‘City Clean-Up’ drive in the build up to what is sure to become one of Durban’s prized events, the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

“We are proud to partner with Stillwater Sports, the organisers of the ‘Run Your City’ series,” says Blake Dyason, ‘Joburg and Durban City Clean-Up’ pioneer.  “Our ‘City Clean-Up’ drive started in Joburg in September at the ABSA Joburg 10K CITYRUN before heading to Durban in October.  Durban has the potential to be a tourism hub that hosts copious amounts of international events.  The ‘clean-up’ started on the Promenade, next to the Bike and Bean Coffee Shop.  We were pleasantly surprised by the support received from the KZN running community, local businesses and residents.”

“Our partner, PETCO (South Africa’s national industry body accountable for managing the PET plastic industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility) provided the bags and gloves that were used by the volunteers,” continued Dyason.  “Our other partner, Planet Care, collected and will sort the litter.  Now that the clean-up is done, we look forward to participating in the inaugural ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN this coming Sunday.  I believe that the best way to see a city is on foot and that’s exactly what the event is doing, allowing residents to ‘explore their city’ in a safe environment.”

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 proud to support the ‘Durban City Clean-Up’,” says Basson.  “We believe that ‘clean-ups’ have a significant role to play in shifting South Africa away from a ‘take-make-dispose’ system.  Consumers must realize that they have the power to demand that their products are sustainably produced.  This really does drive industry action in a big way.”

“We have engaged in radical CBD ‘Clean-Ups’ in the last three weeks,” says Zakhi Mkhize, Durban Inner City Programme Manager.  “We went out every day with key departments and Inner City UIP from 10:00am– 14:00pm from Sunday, 17 September.  We have now scaled down the clean-up operation to target Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We were excited to join the Private ‘Durban City Clean-Up’ on Sunday as it’s important for Government and Citizens to work together to make our city clean.”

The ‘Durban City Clean-Up’ saw the clearing of 99 bags of waste from the streets of Durban.


Date: Sunday, 8 October 2017
Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Masabalala Yengwa Street, in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium
Finish Venue: Beachfront Precinct adjacent to Moses Mabhida Stadium

The ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN is proudly hosted by KZN Athletics.

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For more information on the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN email entries@durban10k.com or visit www.durban10k.com

About the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN sponsorship:

ABSA Business is proud to be the title sponsor of the ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. This 10km road running race seeks to bring experienced and novice runners from the city of Durban and surrounds together, through the common goal of road-running, recreation, sports and fun. This sponsorship forms part of our ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on a healthy lifestyle, family involvement and impact the communities they operate in positively. It allows us to engage with our clients and the broader community through the memorable experience created by the event. At the core of our strategy is to also support an event like this that contributes towards the rejuvenation, cleaning and revival of the city-center.  As a proudly South African bank, we are proud to be part of a run that celebrates everything about the city of Durban and its diverse cultures.


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ON BEHALF OF:                                   ABSA Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN a Stillwater Sports Event