South African citizens and Madiba Youth Organisation gathered to clean a alongsite road from Ludlow to Saville A villages which comprises of more than 20 KM on Tuesday, 17, 2018 as part of the Madiba Day as Nelson Mandela cared deeply about the environment .The intention was to keep the area of Manyeleti to Acornhoek beautiful, ensuring environmental sustainability, promoting environmental awareness and encourage residents to be proactive in cleaning their areas as its part of the tourism. After cleaning up the litter in the area the community was educated about the importance of preserving our environment and the importance of maintaining a clean and a healthy environment. Adam Sibuyi, the Founder and Managing Director of Madiba Youth Organisation spearheaded the campaign under the theme “BeTheLegacy”.
The Madiba Youth Organisation run the Campaign in partnership with #ACTFORCHANGE, Kruger To Canyon and Djuma Private Game Reserves and other environmental organisations.
The members collected refuse from the vicinity to roads and put it into plastic bags. And clearing illegal waste dumps which are usually heaped at streets.
“We ask Bushbuckridge residents to act and motivate others to join us in our attempt to keep our area superb.
“It’s important that we, as society, clean the environment because litter is everywhere. We need to encourage others to join us in participating in clean-up campaigns and I was impressed to see the youth participating in the clean up,” said Sibuyi.
Cosatu Nxumalo, from Kruger to Canyon (K2C) Biosphere Region was part of the event and he said “This Clean Up will build environmental stewardship and teach communities the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling to decrease the amount of waste we produce. They will also learn that litter in the environment can impact air, water, soil, and wildlife.”
Hlayisani Siwelane, one of the resident added that restoring community pride, tourism, wildlife habitats, promoting local trade and engaging communities in long term environmental initiatives was part of the initiative as it was drive by Mandela passion for nature.
“Everyone must take responsibility. We can’t have a vibrant and clean environment if people don’t participate in cleaning the area,” she added.