MARAPONG — On Thursday 27 June, the Limpopo Provincial Government led the Limpopo Good Green Deeds programme in Marapong.
The Good Green Deeds programme follows a launch in March 2019 by President Cyril Ramaphosa to mobilise all sectors of the country to become more environmentally conscious and to promote behavioural change towards littering, illegal dumping, waste in general and anything that might lead to air pollution.
Delegations were divided into four groups to do clean-ups in Thulare Park, opposite Marapong Complex, Marapong Cemetery (under powerline) and Extension 4.
According to the provincial government, the programme also encourages South Africans to take up the responsibility of ensuring that their environment is clean, green and habitable.
Furthermore, the message focused on waste management, posing health and environmental risks within communities.
The Acting Premier, Nkakareng Rakgoale, who is the MEC for Social Development, said after delivering her speech that Marapong was chosen as an example, because the community has already started on its own to deal with issues of littering and cleaning the environment.
“We want to support the community of Marapong to continue with what they have started and encourage other Wards to learn from them.
“The community has voluntarily started this initiative without any incentive. We will be happy to see the programme move to all other municipalities in the province, and before we do that, we must acknowledge that the Wards within our communities are where littering starts.”
Rakgoale said the communities must be educated on the dangers of littering and not taking care of the environment.
She said that cleaning campaigns should not be temporary but ongoing practices within communities and that the government faces a serious challenge regarding the littering of disposable nappies, which cannot be recycled.
“As a government, we need to take the matter forward, either in engaging with the producers of disposable nappies or understand how to deal with them after usage,” she concluded.