Men lead Msun­duza Clean Up the World cam­paign

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

Nguwe Likusasa Letfu (NLL) this past week­end in­tro­duced a game changer as they brought men to­gether to ‘man up’ for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Groups of men from all over Swazi­land came to­gether to do some­thing mean­ing­ful as they cleaned the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions un­der Mba­bane East Con­stituency.

Con­verg­ing at the Msun­duza Mar­ket Re­cy­cling Cen­tre yes­ter­day morn­ing from 7am, sev­eral groups went dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions as they in­vited their sex to be lead­ers in en­sur­ing that the en­vi­ron­ment is well taken in care of for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

NLL is an or­gan­i­sa­tion pur­posed to teach­ing com­mu­ni­ties about the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able liv­ing through mak­ing ev­ery­one aware about re­duc­ing their car­bon foot-print and they held the first event yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Ex­plain­ing the pur­pose of the event which sup­ported Mba­bane City Coun­cil’s Clean Up the World, global NLL Project Co­or­di­na­tor Gce­bile Ndlovu said their fo­cus was the youth who are the fu­ture of the coun­try. She said in their quest to en­sure that they will grow to find a sem­blance of beauty that their par­ents grew up with, they had seen it fit to rope in men to lead the cam­paign as men are tra­di­tion­ally the lead­ers in so­ci­ety.

“The best way to get the youth in­volved is to put ex­em­plary men in their sight as lead­ers who will ac­tively take part in tak­ing care of their en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. She said teach­ing the youth was well and good, but good ex­am­ples went even fur­ther in etch­ing the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ndlovu said by tak­ing is­sues of the en­vi­ron­ment to a sim­pler level, this will en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions un­der­stand the part they play.

In yes­ter­day’s drive, com­mu­nity mem­bers came to­gether with stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Swazi­land (UNISWA) Ge­og­ra­phy, En­vi­ron­ment Sci­ence and Plan­ning So­ci­ety (UNIGEPS) as well as com­mu­nity po­lice who were led by Nene Dvuba.

He said they had cleaned up areas such as Gob­holo, Mncitsini, Mdul­wini, Ma­cobol­wane, Cor­po­ra­tion as well as Mco­zini. “The fo­cus is not just to clean up, but to em­pha­sise on re­cy­cling as well,” said Dvuba.

He said they were teach­ing young peo­ple from the area that in clean­ing up their area re­spon­si­bly, they could make some money as well in that they could sell se­lected rub­bish to re­cy­cling com­pa­nies.

He thanked the Mba­bane Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for help­ing NLL choose their area as it was in­un­dated by garbage which makes it un­sightly. Sum­maris­ing the hap­pen­ings of the day, NLL Di­rec­tor Ng­wane Nx­u­malo said the event was a suc­cess. He thanked the Swazi­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­thor­ity and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, pool team Sikhatsi Car Wash as well as the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their con­tri­bu­tion to the event.

He said the three teams were led by com­mu­nity lead­ers who took the men around the area.

Nx­u­malo com­mended men who came with their fam­i­lies to the cam­paign say­ing they were ex­em­pli­fy­ing the way things should be, men tak­ing the lead. Recog­nis­ing SEA act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Gcina Dladla’s pres­ence, he said it was heart-warm­ing to note how even though he was leader in his or­gan­i­sa­tion, he took part in the clean-up as well.

He as­sured that this was not a once off event as they in­tend to re­turn to the com­mu­nity and teach peo­ple about the en­vi­ron­ment and how to con­serve it.

“If a per­son cleans up his home­stead and sur­round­ing area, the whole com­mu­nity will re­main clean,” he said, adding that clean­li­ness could not be once off as they hope to re­turn to a clean commu-

Swazis will from the end of this month have so much more to choose from as Kwese TV is set to be launched lo­cally. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sourced from Zim­bab­wean bil­lion­aire Strive Masiyiwa’s of­fi­cial Face­book page, the launch will see set-top boxes used to beam chan­nels from the satel­lite broad­caster sold of­fi­cially in the coun­try by sev­eral re­tail­ers as well as MTN Swazi­land. When asked about the part­ners hi p wit h Kwese TV, MTN Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Man­ager Mandla Luphondvo said he was un­able to get the ex­act de­tails but there were dis­cus­sions around such a part­ner­ship.

Kwese TV is a satel­lite and broadc a s t i ng net work owned by Masiyiwa’sE­conet Wire­less Zimbabwe, un­der Econet Me­dia. It is ac­cessed through sub­scrip­tion and of­fers one pre­mium bou­quet of over 60 chan­nels which in­clude Kwese Sports which shows se­lected Saturday English Premier League games as well as the Span­ish La Liga.

The satel­lite broad­caster has over 60 chan­nels in its bou­quet that in­cludes: kids chan­nels, movies, series, mu­sic, sport, fac­tual chan­nels, re­al­ity chan­nels and re­li­gious chan­nels.

This past Thurs­day, Masiyiwa fur­ther an­nounced a new of­fer­ing by the satel­lite broad­caster, “My team thought about all the things you need, and the an­swer is our new ser­vice, Kwesé Play which we launched to­day in part­ner­ship with Net­flix, the gi­ant US In­ter­net stream­ing en­ter­tain­ment com­pany”. He said, for now, Net­flix would be avail­able in South Africa and later rolled out to the rest of the con­ti­nent. In a Face­book post, he said, “I've writ­ten here be­fore about iden­ti­fy­ing a hu­man need and then work­ing to solve it with your own en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion. Some­times you may also iden­tify a "hu­man want," for ex­am­ple, to have more choice, con­ve­nience, speed, bet­ter prices, and a greater se­lec­tion of in­spir­ing, in­ter­est­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ways to spend your time.”

Ex­plain­ing how it will work, he said tra­di­tional sub­scrip­tion ser­vice re­lies on a de­coder con­nected to a satel­lite dish, “The chal­lenge of satel­lite tech­nol­ogy is that it's in­flex­i­ble and rigid, lim­it­ing the things you can do. It's ac­tu­ally quite an old tech­nol­ogy.”

He said it was in this re­gard that Kwesé Play used the most ad­vanced de­coder in the world (an In­ter­net "stream­ing box") con­nected by fi­bre op­tic ca­ble.

“The high speed fi­bre (in­ter­net) con­nec­tion al­lows us to pro­vide the most in­tel­li­gent TV ser­vice pos­si­ble,” he said adding how it was one used mostly in the United States of Amer­ica

“Our stream­ing box is the one used mostly in the US. It's a called Roku, and is only avail­able in Africa from Kwesé Play and its dis­trib­u­tors,” he wrote.

He said Net­flix was pro­vided through what is called an in­ter­net ‘stream­ing app’ which al­lows one to open and search for thou­sands of movies. “This video on de­mand ser­vice means you can ac­cess the con­tent as and when you wish to watch,” he said.

He said the part­ner­ship with Net­flix cov­ers the whole of sub Sa­ha­ran Africa and when it rolls out, sub­scribers will not need a credit card and for­eign ex­change, “You can pay your Net­flix sub­scrip­tion with your coun­try's own cur­rency.”

A Mba­bane City Coun­cil em­ployee show­ing clean­ers how seper­ate re­cy­clable waste from reg­u­lar waste. to

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