iLembe schools participate in Simply Clean campaign

2015-06-17 06:00

SCHOOLS from KwaDukuza, Ndwedwe, Maphumulo and Mandeni Municipalities will participate in an essay writing and an “Artifacts from Waste” competition, under the auspices of the Simply Clean Environmental Awareness Campaign, which draws to a close at a special event at KwaDukuza Multi-Purpose Centre in Glenhills on Wednesday, 24 June. The campaign forms a localised part of the National Department of Environmental Affairs KZN Youth Jobs in Waste Programme.

Pat Reddy of the Department of Environmental Affairs said that the National Youth Jobs in Waste Programme was one of government’s strategies mentioned in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address this year. He said that the broad objectives of the campaign were to enhance the knowledge of good waste management principles within communities, enhance the appreciation of the impacts of bad waste management practises, highlight the possible socio-economic development opportunities in waste management and give guidance on good waste management practices.

The National Waste Management Strategy sets a target of 80% of schools to be implementing waste awareness programmes, such as recycling projects by 2016. The target for 2016 for local awareness campaigns is for 80% of municipalities to be running campaigns about waste and littering. Ultimately, awareness and recognition programmes around waste should result in visibly cleaner towns and cities, a reduction in illegal dumping, and the successful implementation of separation of waste at source.

Thus far four KZN district municipalities (Ugu, Amajuba, UMkhanyakude and iLembe) benefitted from Simply Clean, a waste management campaign which aims to promote proper waste management and highlight the impacts of the three Rs - reduce, re-use and recycle. The competition will produce interesting viewpoints by pupils on proper waste management and innovative creations using recyclable material.

A website has been created to give impetus to the campaign – www.simply clean.org.za. The website provides information on various events within the district municipalities, details of the schools that are participating, pictures of events held and serves generally to facilitate the continuing educational and awareness elements of the campaign. - Supplied.

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