Conservationist calls for major clean-up

2018-04-03 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedDaniel Madhachi urges people to ensure they live in a litter-free environment.

PHOTO: suppliedDaniel Madhachi urges people to ensure they live in a litter-free environment.

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PINETOWN Fever reporter Nosipho Mkhize spoke to conservationist Daniel Madhachi to find out more about the Eco Warriors International initiative, as well as the major clean-up to be held in the Highway area towards the end of April.

NM: Who are the Eco Warriors?

DM: Eco-Warriors International (EWI) is a South African initiative committed to supporting existing nature conservation and environmental efforts with funding, while simultaneously creating innovative “out of the box” projects for a sustained and thriving natural ecosystem, the way it was intended.

NM: What is the purpose of the Eco Warriors?

DM: The purpose is to work directly with communities to make sure members and the communities at large get direct benefits from conservation and environment efforts, as well as to create a positive impact for all.

NM: Please tell me about the major clean-up.

DM: We will be spearheading cleaning campaigns in parks, cities, pavements and along the rivers. We are also requesting community groups and schools to partner with us on this day.

Activities will start at 7.30 am and end at 1 pm.

If we want a clean city, we should have an aesthetically attractive environment with well-maintained buildings and beautiful parks. We might also imagine a city that is litter-free, where the water is clean and the air is fresh.

NM: Who encouraged this clean-up and why?

DM: This event was encouraged by Jeffrey Fieldings and myself.

NM: Which areas will be involved in this clean-up?

DM: We will be focusing on the Pinetown, Hillcrest and Kloof areas.

NM: Who can join in this clean-up?

DM: I urge residents to become a part of this campaign and make a difference in the quality of life of our fellow citizens and to participate in the campaign in their respective areas.

Our motto is “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention #cleanupupperhighway”.

NM: What advise do you have for the residents?

DM: We want to send a clear message and teach our children that we want a clean, litter-free city, where waste removal services are effective, bins are not overflowing and waste is not dumped illegally.

A clean city vision requires community involvement and law-abiding citizens with a deep love for their city and environment.

We need to ensure the cleanliness of the city through education, awareness and participation.

For more information on the clean-up campaign, contact Daniel Madhachi at 078 9765 462 or send an e-mail to danielecowarriors@webmail.co.za

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