On Saturday 20 September 2014 Sibuya Game Reserve participated in the Kariega River Clean up by transporting all chosen participants from the SST schools programme and Ikamvalesizwe Rotary Interact group and the 5 adult volunteers up river.
With 21 full bags of rubbish weighing 80 kg and totalling 1124 items cleared from the river banks of the Kariega River, the clean-up hosted by the Environmental Conservation Group (ESG) was a huge success.
The ESG based in Kenton-on-Sea includes the Sustainable Seas Trust, Ndlambe Municipality Environmental Office, Bushmans Kariega Estuary Care Forum, WESSA, the Kariega Project, the Rotary conservation Wing and other conservation activists based in the area.
Before the River Clean commenced all partakers were briefed on the importance of river clean-ups and coastal and estuary care.
The following items found their way to the official dumpsite: 26 paper bags, 225 plastic bags, 245 plastic beverage bottles, 97 glass beverage bottles, 23 beverage cans, 75 bottle caps/lids, 20 items of clothing/shoes, 31 items such as cups, plates, and cutlery.
After the long and tiring; yet effective; hard day’s work Kenton Rotary hosted a pleasant lunch braai which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
A river bank clean-up is so appropriate and of great importance as marine debris does not necessarily come from the ocean, but is dumped further inland and washed down rivers into the oceans.
Statistics from the 1999 ICC showed that 59 % of debris collected was from land sources. Each year there is a vast increase in the number of marine animals injured or entangled in marine debris.
Senior Environmental Conservationist at Ndalmbe Municipality, William Bode, believes that this should definitely become an annual event, as not only did the children do a brilliant job in cleaning up the estuary/river, but it was a great experience for them which he is sure most of them will treasure for a very long time.
Thanks again to everyone for making it such a huge success.
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