MMALETSWAI — On the 19th July 2019, Mmaletswai village, which is about 70 km from Lephalale, conducted a village-wide clean-up campaign. The campaign saw over 500 residents across the age spectrum sweating to make their environment clean. “The initiative is the first of many to come as an effort to get our rural village to play a fundamental role in environmental management,” remarked Traditional Leader (Kgosana) Mr Moses Nku.
Over the years there has been an increase in environmental awareness’s and legislative framework such as National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 and not so much on the implementation plan and execution thereof to combat environmental degradation in all its forms.
Rural areas face numerous environmental challenges such as pollution through dumping and littering, burning, a lack of open markets for rural areas to sell their waste; shortage of commercial environmental recycling projects; increasingly diminishing grazing land due to pollution; inadequate waste volumes geared for recycling initiatives; and many more.
However, all must take a firm stance against environmental degradation to safeguard sustainable developments. “It is vital that those small businesses, wherever they operate, formulate formal structures in which their contributions to environmental issues could be recognised,” said Mr Gabriel Motsatsi, a local businessman and entrepreneur. The support and guidance of Lephalale Local Municipality through Mr Joshua Hlapa’s Waste Management Office is highly sought and appreciated.
Mmaletswai Traditional Authority extends gratitude to Oasis Water for sponsoring the event with water, and the community at large for their participation.