ABI award top recycling school

By Drum Digital
21 November 2013

Six-year-old Nyeleti Mashaba was one of 10 national winners in the annual Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) Primary Schools Recycling Awards, held in Johannesburg recently.

Nyeleti, from Boikgantsho Primary School in Mamelodi East in Gauteng proudly showed off her prize – a brand-new laptop – and told DRUM  she was “so happy” to have won it.

ABI, the soft drink division of South African Breweries (SAB), is the leading soft drink business in the SABMiller group, launched the campaign in 2012.

This year 240 schools from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State participated.

Together they collected 255 tonnes of waste for recycling, twice as much as last year.

When the recycling soldiers collected plastic bottles and cans, they took the material to ABI depot where it was recycled - making new bottles and cans.

“I am so humbled to stand in front of these heroes,” said Tshidi Ramogase, ABI Corporate Affairs Director. “This is one job I would do for free.”

FF Rebeiro Primary School, Mamelodi West won the overall prize of R50 000, and runner-up was Boikgantsho Primary School, Mamelodi East won R30 000. Third-place went to Lourdes Primary School in Diepkloof, Soweto, they walked away with R20 000.

What Nyeleti has done proves that it’s never too early to save the planet.

-By Tsakane Ndlovu

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