Mighty Men: Big clean-up almost finished

2009-04-27 00:00

Mopping up in the wake of the massive 200 000-strong Mighty Men evangelical conference in Greytown was well under way yesterday and by today “most traces” of the crowd will have been erased.

Media spokesman Bruce Winship told The Witness yesterday almost 90% of the men who attended the conference left after the final session on Sunday. Traffic jams were “minimal” due to great organisation by the traffic team, he said.

Winship said the planning of which campers arrived and left by different routes, depending on which area their campsite was allocated to, was a huge success and resulted in almost no congestion.

Internal teams handled all major issues such as security, traffic, ushers and food stalls.

“Every logistical need from spraying to dampen dust, showers and collecting rubbish” was catered for.

Winship said regular rubbish collection was carried out on site, but the men had also been asked to take home their own rubbish, and many complied.

“Nevertheless, there is still a good deal of cleaning up to do,” he added.

Winship said organisers were fortunate that the heavy rain and hail that struck Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas on Sunday did not affect Greytown. The rain that did fall was a “blessing in disguise”, he added.

One of the biggest challenges facing the organisers was that of dust. The most common ailments dealt with by medics were dust inhalation and asthma, he said.

Winship said the organisers were well prepared medically for most emergencies, having six doctors, a team of paramedics and a well-equipped medical tent to deal with minor ailments, including sutures and drips.

He added that the collapse of evangelist Angus Buchan on Saturday was largely due to heat and exhaustion and had no lasting effect.

“Almost all that is left now is to take down the music equipment, stage and big screens. We asked the men to stack the 100 000 or so chairs and they are ready to be collected. It’s a case of many hands make light work,” said Winship.

He said that the “close to a million” hay bales are the property of several farmers on whose land the conference was held, and will be used as fodder this winter.

ingrido@witness.co.za

A huge undertaking

-There was 3 000 000 square metres of camp area.

-1 200 tons of grass was cut and baled.

-9 000 round bales produced.

-8 km of underground water pipeline installed.

-330 000 litres of water per hour pumped for showering.

-800 000 W — estimated power usage for sound, lighting and video projection. — source: Mighty Men official website, www.mmc09.co.za

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