MARAPONG — The Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism together with Lephalale Local Municipality’s Department of Waste, held a provincial recycling day at Ditheko Secondary School in Marapong on Thursday 29 September.
The day kicked off with staff and learners from various schools in the area going out into the streets with green bags to collect waste. The purpose of the day was to create awareness that waste should be managed and that littering is against the law and socially unacceptable.
Program director, Mr TJ Masalela said in his opening message that littering has nothing to do with nature, but it has everything to do with people. “We have to decide to stop littering and pick up waste” he said.
Cllr Lesibana Monare from LLM said the term Keep Lephalale Clean also includes Marapong. “A healthy mind and a healthy body also leads to a healthy environment” he said.
Joshua Hlapa, Manager: Waste at LLM, introduced all the guests, such as representatives from LEDET Waterberg District, Ellisras Provincial Hospital, the Department of Environment and Tourism, the Department of Agriculture, the Manager of Lephalale Square and learners and educators from schools in the area. Hlapa said that waste management is a challenge, but that he doesn’t believe anyone wants to live in a dirty environment. He urged the learners and all present to help one another in solving the waste problem in Marapong and surroundings. “Waste management is not a person or an institution, it is a joint programme, therefore this venture today” he said.
“It is important for a school to be a clean and safe environment – keep it as clean as possible. You are the future leaders – that is why we want to teach you about proper waste management. The message is loud and clear – take it home and share it with family and friends – do not litter” Hlapa continued.
Hlapa furthermore said that a negative attitude will lead to negative behaviour and that the waste management can change negative environmental behaviour to proactive positive behaviour.
Some of the learners gave performances that depicted waste management.
After all the speeches and formalities had been completed, the schools received certificates for good waste management – also to encourage them to expand their waste management programmes.