UKZN ‘principled’ student group picks up campus litter

2013-10-18 00:00

DESPITE the cold and wet weather yesterday, a group of determined students spent the morning cleaning up the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

The Principled African Student Organisation (Paso) piloted their cleaning up campaign this week in an effort to make students more respectful of their environment.

The 70 members of the organisation spent their free time between classes picking up litter all over the campus.

Paso is an organisation dedicated to bringing students from different countries and backgrounds together to share knowledge and ideas. They noticed how careless the students had become regarding their litter and decided on a cleaning up campaign “for ubuntu, respect and keeping the environment clean”.

Chairperson of Paso Mfanafuthi Miya said: “We are encouraging people to take care of their space, to make sure it is clean. We just leave our litter around; we throw things on the floor or leave things in lecture halls. We should be throwing it in the bin.”

The students are also honouring former president Nelson Mandela with this campaign. “People do things like this for Nelson Mandela Day, but we should be doing it every day. If a person cleans up a space when they are done, they are respecting themselves, me and the environment. It is a part of ubuntu and respect,” said Innocent Razano, SRC member and secretary for Paso.

The cleaning up campaign has encouraged students to get involved and has impressed faculty members. The organisation has been invited to address first year classes about the campaign and the importance of keeping the campus clean.

Although the campaign is only happening at the Pietermaritzburg campus, Paso are hoping it will spread to the Durban campus too.

They have also impressed custodial services, who have provided them with gloves and black bags for the campaign.

Senior co-ordinator of custodial services Zamantuli Mbhele told The Witness: “I hope this campaign grows. We all have a responsibility to take care of our environment. We make sure our homes are clean, why can’t we do it here too? This is our campus, our environment. We should make it look decent for ourselves. I can never thank Paso enough for coming up with this brilliant campaign.”

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