Christmas came early this year for the uMhlanga UIP, with the gift of a Haaga manual walk-behind sweeper donated by BLTWORLD. See a video of the sweeper in action!

“We believe the UIP plays such a critical role in keeping our coastal town of uMhlanga Rocks clean, and the attention to detail they pay to public space has a massive on uMhlanga Rocks as a whole, so we hope the Haaga 477 sweeper will help in their efforts,” said Ken Mouritzen, managing director, BLTWORLD, local distributors for German engineered Haaga sweepers.

These robust sweepers, with advanced turbo disc brush technology, have a fine dirt brush at the back of the unit for sweeping twice in one step, collecting even the finest debris. The intelligent airflow design of these high-power sweepers ensures efficient dust control. The air containing dust is cleaned within the machine and returned to the sweeping cycle, which means that operators do not need to stand behind the machine in a cloud of dust.

Course or fine waste –including sand, paper and beverage cans – is picked up easily and is not driven over or pushed in front of the sweeper. These machines also collect wet foliage, which is normally a difficult operation. “Haaga walk-behind sweepers have been designed for easy operation and quick and efficient cleaning, and being low-maintenance and lightweight, and requiring no electricity, they are perfect for cleaning public open spaces,” said Mr. Mouritzen.

For UIP cleaner Sanele Ngcanga who has been working on the promenade since early 2016, this sweeper will significantly improve the daily task of keeping cleaning the promenade. “The machine has brushes on both sides, so we will be able to save time and the fact that it can pick up stones and sand is great too,” he said.

According to Dewet Geldenhuys, precinct manager for the uMhlanga UIP, the cleaning team of 15 permanent staff has collected approximately 42 500 bags of litter in the area so far this year, with the Festive Season set to require heightened cleaning services. “With crowds already arriving in uMhlanga for the busy holiday season, there is increased demand on our cleaning service, so the donation of this sweeper could not have come at a better time for us,” said Geldenhuys.

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