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NMBM, WESSA joined by residents during International Coastal Clean-up Day campaign

Published: September 17, 2022

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality joined forces with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) on Saturday, 17 September 2022, during a clean-up of beaches as part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day.
 
Leading from the front, Public Health Portfolio Head, Cllr Thsonono Buyeye said the day also coincided with the National Recycling Day, sharing the same message of taking care of the environment to preserve the sea life and environment for future generations to enjoy.
 
WESSA and NMBM teams were joined by concerned residents including pupils who value the City’s coastal offerings.
 
MMC Buyeye said: "We value these kinds of initiatives by our stakeholders and they assist the Municipality in its efforts to keep the City clean and healthy. Different teams joined with a common goal, which is to keep our environment in a good state. We are happy to know that we have made a difference today as the programme was targeting the area from Ngqura to Gamtoos.”
 
"We certainly want to see more of such campaigns. It fits in perfectly with our bigger programme; the Cleaning and Greening campaign which we started earlier this year. But we can not do it alone, that is why we always welcome such campaigns because the environment is everybody’s business and it is only when we join forces that we can see sustainable solutions.”
 
Organiser Tess Kotze said it was important to clear the rubbish on the beaches to ensure that community members were safe.
 
"We are all working together to tidy up the beaches. If you come down to the beach you don’t want to stand on rubbish. If we let the plastic and everything else go into the sea, we are killing our sea creatures. I don’t want to eat a fish that is full of plastic so we must make sure that we keep the environment clean,” Kotze said.
 
Taking part in the initiative, Chris Allen brought his family with and said it was important to teach his children the values of making a difference in the community they live in.

MMC Buyeye encouraged NMB residents to play their part where they live by separating waste in their homes and taking part in recycling projects to preserve much needed space in the City’s landfill sites.

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Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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