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GROOT BRAKRIVIER BEWAREA

VIER MANDELADAG

deur Willie Gericke Die Groot Brakrivier Bewarea (GBB) het flink gereageer op Scott Thomson se voorstel om op Mandela Dag ons verbintenis en toewyding tot omgewingsbewaring te toon. Die rivieroewer oorkant die polisiestasie en omliggende areas is van ‘n kant af skoongemaak van alle rommel wat nie net die oewer ontsier nie, maar ook die rivier besoedel. Om Scott aan te haal: “During the annual Great Brak River bird count we took up our positions along the grassy banks of a well-known fishing spot on the river opposite the police station and beyond. Surveying the area with the intention of bird-spotting, it dawned on me that as a community and more specifically as a Conservancy we have an immense problem. I found myself amongst the sheer quantity of rubbish that was present in the thicker vegetation. I knew then we had a problem, little did I know that I was looking at merely the tip of a man-made iceberg or more pointedly, a rubbish berg. If close to ten years in a wheelchair has taught me anything it is that problems are not generally solved by complaining and that solutions are not always easy. On Mandela Day I was ready with black bags and rubber gloves to hand out to whoever arrived. With a team of ten made up of Conservancy committee members, members of the community, an American and a German we were ready for just about anything. The plan was simple: start opposite the police station and work our way along the bank. In the thicker vegetation we found glass bottles, plastic, papers, fishing gut, shoes, clothing, braai grids, surgical syringes, tins - you name it we found it. We even found a toaster. At the end of the campaign, a total of 37 black bags filled with rubbish was squeezed into a bakkie and driven to the dump for processing. Although a lot was achieved there is still more to be done until we are completely litter free. No one said it would be easy but at least for now the problem has become a project and there is a solution in sight”. Scott se inisiatief het ‘n groot verskil aan ons omgewing gemaak. Die probleem sal egter nie opgelos word totdat almal besef dat besoedeling en rommelstorting uiteindelik tot ons as aardbewoners se ondergang sal lei nie. Die langdurige oplossing is en bly opvoeding, nie optel nie. Bewarea groete

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