Pupils told to keep habitat tidy
Country has adopted entire month of June to heighten awareness of environmental issues through various initiatives
AREAS under the Tswaing local municipality face huge challenges of waste management and the government now targets schools to spread information on the need for a clean environment.
South Africa has adopted the entire month of June to heighten awareness of environmental issues through various initiatives.
Officials from the North West rural, environment and agricultural development (Read) department have been deployed in the area to teach pupils how they can preserve the environment, starting at their schools.
The campaign seems to be yielding positive results as some of the pupils have vowed to sensitise their parents about illegal waste dumping.
One of the areas where the campaign has reached is Agisanang location in Sannieshof. The area has one of the biggest waste management challenges that has become a threat to plants and animals. This year’s campaign promotes the reuse and recycling of plastic pollution.
Read spokesperson Emelda Setlhako said: “The theme urges the governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic products.”
She said eradicating plastic pollution begins with small, individual consumer actions such as avoiding single-use plastic products and recycling existing plastic products wherever possible.
Schools visited so far include Lebogang Primary, Tumisang Primary and Naledi Primary all in Ottosdal.
The team has also been to JS Masisi Primary, Lillian Lehetla Secondary, Phatsima Secondary, Manamolela Primary all in Atamelang, Goerge Madoda Primary in Delareyville and Refethuto Primary and Agisanang Primary in Sannieshof.
After the workshop, pupils expressed interest in changing the profile of their communities. Lerato Leroux, 14, a Grade 7 pupil at Reatlegile Primary School in Matshelapad said: “I will share with my friends and parents what I have learned from the workshop especially about the importance of re-using plastics and recycling thereof.
“I wish that the people of Delareyville stop littering and start protecting the environment,” she said.
Koketso Kgothatso, a Grade 3 pupil at Manamolela Primary School said: “The information we got made me aware that people in general take environmental issues for granted.”
The workshops will continue with the programme taking it to other schools even beyond the month of June.
Apart from school workshops, the department will lead community engagements in Agisanang township today.
It will also clean dumping sites and sell recyclable material on Tuesday next week and hold a mass cleaning campaign the following day with the main event on Friday at Agisanang stadium.
MEC Manketse Tlhape is expected to join the masses in promoting awareness of the importance of preserving biodiversity and encouraging change in attitude in order to save the world.
SPREADING THE WORD: Provincial officials have been deployed to teach pupils on how best to preserve the environment.