‘The key to a cleaner environment is in our hands’

Some of the participants in the Sasko cleanup campaign.

POLAR explorer, environmental leader and public speaker, Robert Swan, said, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

The Vryheid businesswoman, who initiated and led a cleanup campaign in the Sasko area last week, agrees that “The key to a cleaner planet is in our hands.”

The woman, who asked not to be named, motivated 15 children, who reside in Sasko, to join her in gathering all the rubbish lying around in the area into bin bags that she supplied.

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When they were done, about 100 bags of rubbish were neatly piled for collection by AbaQulusi municipality’s refuse department.

“I drive past that area nearly every day and the rubbish lying everywhere bothered me. I thought to myself that there was no point in complaining. If someone didn’t actually do something about it, nothing would ever get done, so I decided to make an effort and see if I could clean up the environment a bit,” said the businesswoman.

“Fifteen children in the area agreed to help me and I used the opportunity to educate them about the importance of taking care of the environment before we began actually picking up the rubbish. I gave each child who participated a small food parcel to take home when we were done. Residents in the area were so grateful for the effort we put in. This will be an ongoing project to ensure that the area remains clean.”

The businesswoman thanks the children who participated and the municipality for collecting the rubbish bags.

“Where there is a will, there is always a way. I believe that the community of Vryheid can work together to make this town a better place to live in,” concluded the businesswoman.

Estella Naicker

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