Men lead Msunduza Clean Up the World campaign
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-
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A Mbabane City Council employee showing cleaners how seperate recyclable waste from regular waste. to