BEACH clean-ups were held around the world this week and more specifically this past weekend in South Africa. Many folk braced the wind on Saturday to participate, but we were fortunately blessed with ideal conditions on Sunday.
The local chapter of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) is co-ordinated by the NMB metro with Stan Kenny representing it. The entire local coastline was divided up into manageable stretches between schools, businesses, environmental organisations, 4x4 clubs and other community interest groups.
The Bushy Park Farm community cleared from Kini Bay to the Silvic reserve. It was the most comprehensive cleanup to date and although it was not most the most rubbish ever collected, we left the coastline in the cleanest state since the inception of these annual clean-ups more than 15 years ago. A large area of this coastline is inaccessible to vehicles and the removal of the collected rubbish is a challenge. A huge vote of thanks to John Huddlestone for providing a helicopter to lift the collected piles off the beach and to Nick Coetzee for co-sponsoring the cost of the helicopter.
We also wish to thank all of the volunteers around the Eastern Cape and more specifically the folk that assisted here at Bushy Park on Sunday for their involvement. I hope you all enjoy the sense of satisfaction of a job well done in leaving the coastal environment in a whole lot better shape than we found it in on Sunday morning.
We estimate having removed about 3.5 tons of waste along a 5km stretch.
Puffer Hartzenberg, Port Elizabeth