Campaign cleans Africa

2018-07-11 06:01

The Shoprite Group announced it will embark on Africa’s biggest environmental clean-up campaign across nine countries from Saturday (14/07) to Wednesday (18/07).

The group hopes to involve over 6 000 people in nine countries to participate in almost 500 events to remove waste in communities.

The cleaning campaign coincides with the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy notable with hisbirthday on 18 July.

It would have been his 100th birthday.The former statesman would h celebrate 100 if still alive.

The retail entity hopes to launch a movement of citizens who act for change by cleaning and maintaining public areas through the clean-up drive.

“Plastic waste is putting the environment under considerable pressure. The equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is being dumped into our oceans every minute,” said Stefan Gouws, divisional manager.

“Furthermore, South Africa risks running out of landfill space over the next couple of years. Recycling is therefore central to this initiative and clean-up organisers are encouraged to partner with local recyclers or waste pickers to ensure that most of what is collected, gets recycled.

“With this focus, the retailer aims to highlight the business opportunities made available through the recycling of paper, glass, plastic and other material.”

Bloemfontein has been the focal point of the group’s campaign in the Free State, following a series of projects to clean up the city’s CBD since March this year.

Anybody can join via the website, which the group developed in partnership with Brownie Points, a volunteerism organisation.

The digital platform enables users to create their own clean-up projects or join an existing one in their area.

It also contains information about the nearest recycler or waste management company.


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