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22 South Africa beaches benefit from Vodacom clean up


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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 November, 2006 : - - For the second year running Vodacom is ensuring that pristine beaches await holidaymakers with the Vodacom National Beach Clean Up campaign which starts on 15 December 2006 and runs until 8 January 2007. Twenty two selected beaches throughout KwaZulu-Natal and the Western, Southern and Eastern Cape will each be cleaned daily over a 23 day period.  

This initiative creates employment over the festive season for more than 220 previously unemployed individuals who will take pride in maintaining a spotless, attractive and welcoming playground for all beachgoers to enjoy.

Due to the popularity of beaches as holiday destinations over the festive season local municipalities battle with the amount of litter generated by visitors. Vodacom is stepping in to work hand in hand with these municipalities to keep South Africa’s beaches as clean as possible. 

This huge project will have a multitude of positive spin offs in the long term as workers will be educated about the benefits of litter prevention; locals will be encouraged to follow suit and maintain the clean beaches.  

Last year’s project saw the removal of 47,000 bags of waste from the South African coastline over the festive season. The Western Cape cleaners collected an impressive amount of 22, 500 bags with the Eastern and Southern Cape coming in at 14, 500; Kwa Zulu Natal cleaners amassed 11, 500 packets of waste.  

Vodacom is augmenting the efforts of municipalities to create a noticeable impact on the environment and to create awareness about how waste can be potentially deadly with an adverse effect on the ecosystem.  

Vodacom’s involvement with the clean up efforts is in recognition that litter has a negative impact on marine and bird life that either choke or get tangled in waste. In addition, the risks posed by the litter to human life, especially children, can never be underestimated. 

The Vodacom National Beach Clean Up project will take place from 08h00 to 17h00 daily and clean-up staff will be easily identifiable attired in Vodacom branded t-shirts and caps. A supervisor appointed for each beach will ensure that the area is left clean and spotless before moving their team onto the next beach.  

The list of Selected Beaches for clean-up, per region, is as follows:

Western Cape Beaches:
Hermanus – Grotto Beach
Camps Bay Beach
Clifton 3rd/4th Beach
Hout Bay

Eastern and Southern Cape Beaches:
Boggoms Baai
Santos/Bakke – Mossel Bay
Hartenbos – Mossel Bay
Eastern Beach – East London
Kings Beach – Port Elizabeth
Dolphin/Main Beach – Jeffries Bay
Beacon Isle Beach – Plettenberg Bay

Kwa Zulu Natal Beaches:
Richards bay
Umgeni River Banks / Blue Lagoon
St Mikes

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Olivia Jones

Environment - Surfersvillage


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