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KOUGA CLEANS UP STREETS WITH GREEN PROJECT

04 March 2021
WASTE MANAGEMENT: Pictured are Senior Forestry Development Officer, Tshaka Akhona, Kouga Waste and Environmental Management Manager, Christa Venter, Director Forestry in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Gwendoline Sgwabe, Chisomo Director, Rufendo Masiya, Provincial manager: EC National Lotteries Commision, Mzikayise Mani, Kouga Municipality Environmental Specialists, Nomvelo Siwela, and Kouga deployed Youth Environment Coordinator, Athenkosi Maqolo.

WASTE MANAGEMENT: Pictured are Senior Forestry Development Officer, Tshaka Akhona, Kouga Waste and Environmental Management Manager, Christa Venter, Director Forestry in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Gwendoline Sgwabe, Chisomo Director, Rufendo Masiya, Provincial manager: EC National Lotteries Commision, Mzikayise Mani, Kouga Municipality Environmental Specialists, Nomvelo Siwela, and Kouga deployed Youth Environment Coordinator, Athenkosi Maqolo.

WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT: The Municipality has stepped up their environmental conservation efforts by launching its first Waste Management and Recycling Programme at KwaNomzamo in Humansdorp on Tuesday, March 2. As part of the project, trees were handed over to Mzingizi Primary School in KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp. Pictured are (from left) Maru CEO, Joyline Josamu, Kouga Waste and Environmental Management Manager, Christa Venter, Principal Fesiwe Sibeko, Director Forestry in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Gwendoline Sgwabe, and Ward 6 Councillor, Lefty Vumazonke.

WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT: The Municipality has stepped up their environmental conservation efforts by launching its first Waste Management and Recycling Programme at KwaNomzamo in Humansdorp on Tuesday, March 2. As part of the project, trees were handed over to Mzingizi Primary School in KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp. Pictured are (from left) Maru CEO, Joyline Josamu, Kouga Waste and Environmental Management Manager, Christa Venter, Principal Fesiwe Sibeko, Director Forestry in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Gwendoline Sgwabe, and Ward 6 Councillor, Lefty Vumazonke.

WASTE MANAGEMENT: As phase one, the programme will initially employ 20 women from three wards to work for three months, getting a stipend from Maru.

WASTE MANAGEMENT: As phase one, the programme will initially employ 20 women from three wards to work for three months, getting a stipend from Maru.

The Municipality has stepped up their environmental conservation efforts by launching its first Waste Management and Recycling Programme at KwaNomzamo in Humansdorp on Tuesday, March 2. They partnered with Maru Ciberconnect, as well as Chisomo Incubation Hub, National Lotteries Commission and the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

“As phase one, the programme will initially employ 20 women from three wards to work for three months, getting a stipend from Maru,” said Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.

“The recruited friends of the environment, who were trained on sustainable waste management and recycling, as well as community-based education and effective communication, will pick up waste (now seen as a valuable resource after the training) within their wards. They will, furthermore, embark on door-to-door education and awareness campaigns with the focus on sustainable waste management and recycling.

“Special recycling bags for the separation of waste at residents’ homes, will also be distributed.”

Kouga Municipality will assist in collecting the recyclables and transport it to an allocated site for further sorting and bailing where possible.

“To determine the effectiveness of the programme, the current amount of waste ending up at the specific landfill site will be monitored and compared monthly to see the impact,” he said.

With assistance from Maru, the participants will sell the recyclables for the sustainability of the programme beyond the three months.

Other activities of the programme include the planting of trees, river and coastal cleaning.

To this end, the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has donated 500 trees that will be planted across the region – of which the first were handed over to Mzingizi Primary School in KwaNomzamo.

“Our children must be able to play under trees, and not on heaps of rubbish,” said Benson.

According to him, the programme ties in with the Municipality’s Keep Kouga Clean and Green campaigns – established to not only keep the environment clean, but also to raise awareness about climate change and how to respond to global warming. It focuses on communities by promoting positive environmental behavior and facilitating the sustainable growth of these communities.

“We need to look after the environment – for ourselves, as well as for generations to come,” said Benson. “We cannot just take from Mother Nature, we also need to give back.”