Willowfountain: local schools join premier in blitz on litter

2009-12-01 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and his wife May rolled up their sleeves and cleaned up part of the Willowfountain River yesterday morning in a bid to encourage children and the community to care for their environment.

The river clean-up initiative was organised by the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the Spousal Office within the Premier’s Office.

First lady May Mkhize said cleaning up the river, which supplies Willowfountain, Imbali and surrounding areas with water, is an initiative aimed at encouraging community to appreciate a clean environment and keep it clean.

“This project will serve to teach the children about the environment and to teach them to care for it.”

She said the children had learned a valuable lesson during the cleaning up. “When they were pulling all the rubbish out of the water they did not appreciate all that they were pulling out. So they have learned the importance of keeping their environment clean.”

The first lady said they pulled tons of rubbish from the water, and she was shocked at the kind of dirt they had found.

She said the initiative is not a one-off project, but a sustainable one that will encourage the community to clean up the environment and use it for their benefit.

Bandile Mkhize, chief executive officer of Ezemvelo, echoed her sentiments.

He said that to ensure that the dumping in the river does not continue, they will provide the community with rubbish bins.

“We will negotiate with all the business people and the municipality to provide us with rubbish bins that will be put in the community so that when we tell the community to stop dumping in the river, there is an alternative,” Mkhize added.

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