On Friday, Bloemfontein was a hive of activity with municipal workers trimming verges and collecting refuse, and evidence of freshly filled potholes.
Men cleaning Harvey Road in the CBD said they were approached three days ago by municipal officials who offered them a piece job to clean the CBD “for Ramaphosa’s visit”.
One of the men, wearing a neat blue overall and holding a broom which still had a price sticker on it, said: “We started cleaning here on Wednesday, this place was not like this, it was filthy.
“We are not sure why they are doing it last minute, it’s probably so that the president can see that the town is clean. I wish the president could come every three months so that the town can always be clean.”
He said he was looking forward to hearing Ramaphosa's plans for tackling unemployment and crime. “You see, they took us from the streets. We live on the streets begging for piece jobs and this is our third day on the job.”
He declined to say how much they are will be paid for their three days of work.