Stu­dents clean up streets to solve pol­lu­tion prob­lem

Cape Argus - - METRO - Staff Re­porter

ABOUT 100 stu­dents set an ex­am­ple for their peers when they held a clean-up drive on Cale­don Street in Dis­trict Six at the week­end.

The stu­dents be­long to ASEZ, an in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teer group that con­sists of Church of God univer­sity stu­dents from 175 coun­tries.

ASEZ ad­min­is­tra­tor Nokukhanya Ndlovu said: “We think that univer­sity stu­dents who are heroes of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions need to go for­ward to solve the pol­lu­tion prob­lem we face and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. Our mem­bers are not only on their cam­pus or in their city, they do vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties all over the world. Our pur­pose is to present a clean and safe en­vi­ron­ment for the peo­ple of the world”.

The stu­dents cleaned up the area by pick­ing up trash, pulling weeds and sweep­ing the streets.

“At the end we col­lected 140 plas­tic bags of trash. ASEZ will con­tin­u­ally look af­ter the street and will be sup­ported by the City of Cape Town, which will give refuse bags, masks, brooms and other clean­ing ma­te­ri­als.”

Mayco mem­ber for in­for­mal set­tle­ments, wa­ter and waste ser­vices and energy Xanthea Lim­berg, who joined the vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity on Sun­day, said she was grate­ful to be part of the event.

“You are truly a shin­ing em­blem and I want to com­mend your col­lec­tive ac­tion to bring about a mean­ing­ful change in your com­mu­nity, it’s truly in­spir­ing. Your role, con­tri­bu­tion and energy in­spires other young peo­ple to play an ac­tive role in mak­ing our so­ci­ety a bet­ter one,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to a mem­ber, Nkanyezi Mdatyulwa, ASEZ means “save the Earth from A to Z”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has since Jan­uary this year held clean-up cam­paigns around UCT, CPUT and UWC cam­puses.

“ASEZ ac­tiv­i­ties have spread through­out the world, so that we even re­ceived the gold medal from the Green Ap­ple In­ter­na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Awards. The US also presented us with the Golden En­vi­ron­men­tal Award… The peo­ple say the ac­tiv­i­ties of ASEZ have be­come a good ex­am­ple for teenagers and the chil­dren who are our fu­ture,” said Mdatyulwa.

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STU­DENTS from ASEZ set an ex­am­ple for oth­ers by hold­ing a clean-up drive on Cale­don Street in Dis­trict Six at the week­end. |

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