Busi­ness­man sparks off Gonu­bie Beach clean-up

Daily Dispatch - - News - By MAMELA GOWA

CON­CERNED res­i­dents from Gonu­bie have taken it upon them­selves to clean up their for­mer Blue Flag beach which has been in a state of ne­glect over the past months.

Res­i­dent, Mar­ius Bezuiden­hout, who owns a gar­den ser­vice com­pany, ini­ti­ated the Gonu­bie cleanup last week. On Fri­day he and five of his em­ploy­ees took to the beach area, cut the grass and re­moved sand from the park­ing lot.

Bezuiden­hout said he was as­sisted by other con­cerned res­i­dents who do­nated out­door clean­ing equip­ment. “I wrote on Face­book that I was think­ing of do­ing this ini­tia­tive. A lot of peo­ple said they wished me luck but said un­for­tu­nately they could not join me.

“Busi­ness­man Mar­tin Harmse was kind enough to give us his fron­tend loader. We started at 9am and we were there the whole day,” Bezuiden­hout said adding that Gonu­bie res­i­dents were sick and tired of wait­ing for help “that was not com­ing from BCM”.

“We ask and ask and ask but noth­ing hap­pens and no one is do­ing any­thing. At the end of the day we live in Gonu­bie and if BCM is not in­ter­ested in serv­ing us, we might as well do things our­selves.

“That is our com­mu­nity and we love it.

“As we were stand­ing there after all the sand re­moval an­other busi­ness­man stopped his car and asked what we were do­ing and helped us when I told him we ac­tu­ally needed a TLB [trac­tor-loader-back­hoe] to load back the sand to the ocean,” said Bezuiden­hout ,adding that the TLB fin­ished off-load­ing the sand after 8pm.

BCM spokesman Sibu­siso Cindi said coun­cil of­fi­cials were not aware of the clean-up ini­tia­tive.

“The re­moval of the sand re­quires au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the depart­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs be­fore any sand is re­moved,” Cindi said. —

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FOR GOOD CAUSE: Res­i­dents have taken it upon them­selves to clean up Gonu­bie Beach

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