Drpw Joins The Good Green Deeds Campaign
The DRPW-officials joined officials of fellow provincial departments as they worked tirelessly in the blazing sun to clean the Diamond City. There was no mercy for littered glass bottles, plastic containers, old tyres and garden rubble. About 3000 volunteers including government officials were part of this cleaning campaign. Workers of the Community Works Programme and Expanded Public Works Programme joined hands to clean eight waste hotspots in Kimberley. On this day the department has seen it fit to assist Sol Plaatje Municipality and repaired potholes in St. George Street in Colville, although this is a municipal and not a provincial function.
This initiative ran parallel to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s launch of the national Good Green Deeds environmental awareness programme in Mdantsane, East London in the Eastern Cape Province on Friday. This launch marked the start of a monthly programme to encourage citizens to keep their surroundings clean.
In responding to the President’s call, Premier Silvia Lucas led the province in the #GoodGreenDeed Campaign the Premier was accompanied by MEC of the Environmental Affairs and Nature Conservation, Ms. Pauline Williams, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Derek Hanekom and the Sol Plaatje Municipal Mayor, Mr. Patrick Mabilo in cleaning the town.
The Good Green Deeds programme is a ground-breaking environmental awareness programme that seeks to mobilise all sectors in South Africa to become more environmentally conscious. Littering, illegal dumping, pollution and other harmful activities have ill effects on the natural environment as well as the quality of life and health of communities.
The focus of the programme is to promote sustainable waste management practices such as recycling. It also aims to galvanize the society at large to change their behaviour towards the environment and learn to prevent, and reduce waste and pollution by cleaning up their own communities. All these efforts are geared towards the attainment of the Constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to the health and wellbeing of citizens.