Mbonisweni Primary cleans up

2016-05-05 06:00
Photo: supplied eThekwini Municipality staff get together with Mbonisweni pupils, parents and teachers to clean up their school.

Photo: supplied eThekwini Municipality staff get together with Mbonisweni pupils, parents and teachers to clean up their school.

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PASSIONATE pupils and staff at Mbonisweni Primary School in Hambanathi, Tongaat launched a new campaign on Monday, 23 April that seeks to create a cleaner environment at their school.

More than 100 community members, including parents, teachers, civil society groups and pupils came together to partake in a massive clean-up programme aimed at promoting a healthy, cleaner and safer learning environment.

Mthokozisi Mdakane, education officer at Durban Solid Waste (DSW), said the programme was the culmination of weeks of preparation and organisation.

“All relevant stakeholders such as the community, government departments at municipal and provincial level, former students, the school’s management team as well as the business community were involved in the planning of this grand affair,” said Mdakane.

“This is only the beginning; we as DSW have a lot of programmes in the pipeline that will be rolled out in the different areas of our communities”, she added.

The ‘Clean & Maintain My School’ campaign was born out of eThekwini Municipality’s brainchild initiative - ‘Clean & Maintain My City’, which is a programme championed by eThekwini mayor, James Nxumalo.

This programme coincides with the municipality’s vision of making eThekwini a caring and liveable city by 2030.

Mbonisweni Primary School’s alumni also played a crucial role in the execution of this programme by giving back to their alma mater. This was done to ensure that the planning for the day’s activities came to greater fruition.

Mdakane said the municipality wants to encourage the community of Hambanathi, its surrounding areas as well as the greater metropolitan area of eThekwini, to support this campaign and initiate clean-ups either at their homes or churches.

School principal, Ziphiwo Mahlobo expressed her happiness with the programme and pledged the school’s full support to its aims.

“We are extremely happy that the municipality and DSW have identified our school as a venue to launch this wonderful campaign. We hope that our pupils will take heed of the valuable environmental lessons that the many officials have imparted in them,” said Mahlobo.

“Working together with the community, we are confident that we will transform our school into a unique centre of excellence that will produce a great calibre of students,” she added.

The activities for the day included a clean-up that saw many pupils and their parents participate in, while songs, dance and other forms of educational entertainment were among some of the other items for the day.

The day ended with a keynote address by KZN Member of Provincial Legislature (MPL), Lindiwe Bebee, who discussed the importance of community involvement in meeting government halfway where development is concerned.

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