Cleaning the community

2019-06-27 06:01
Some of children collecting empty bottles and cardboards for recycling during a cleanup campaign. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some of children collecting empty bottles and cardboards for recycling during a cleanup campaign. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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In an effort to educate communities about nature preservation, children from Ramaphosa Informal Settlement in Philippi and Gugulethu had a clean-up campaign in both areas on Friday 21 June.

The campaign took place in Gugulethu on an open space next to Govan Mbeki Road opposite Fezeka Municipality. This area is part of ward 38.

The initiative was spearheaded by Cape Nature and the City’s solid waste Department and Gugulethu Meals and Wheels. More than 70 people aged between 14 to 25 participated in the campaign.

Community conservation manager for Cape Nature Nokuthula Masiba said their aim is to promote recycling and nature conservation in the communities.

“We are doing awareness about the importance of preserving nature. We also educate our communities, particularly youth, about recycling and encouraging them to collect all the recyclable things and keep them. Then the City will come and collect all the bags for Plastics SA,” said Masiba. He added that one of their objectives is to minimise the illegal dumping sites in the communities. Masiba said they are targeting mostly disadvantage communities.

“At the moment we are working with only Makhaza in Khayelitsha and Ramaphosa but we are intending to extend it to Du Noon soon,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of Meals and Wheels, Tankiso Lempe described the campaign as part of their holiday programme.

“We have life skills programmes where part of the subjects we teach is nature conservation. So when we heard that Cape Nature is going to do the clean up in Ramaphosa we asked to join Cape Nature so our learners can implement what they were doing in the class,” said Lempe. They want to expose the children to a working environment.

Akhona Lande (15) from Ramaphosa described the campaign as part of education. “The campaign encourages us to keep the environment clean and stop illegal dumping,” he said.


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