On Saturday 17, September 2022, The City’s Deputy Mayor, Alderman Eddie Andrews, together with the Junior City Council members were among the volunteers collecting waste at the Lagoon Beach area, south of the Milnerton Lagoon, and at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club, to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day.
International Coastal Clean-up Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September every year. It is a voluntary event that has seen many Capetonians head to the beaches across the city to remove debris, and rubbish from shorelines, waterways and the oceans.
‘Cape Town’s 307 kilometre coastline has more than 70 beaches, tidal pools, rocky and sandy shores, coastal dunes, estuaries and more. It was amazing to see so many Capetonians including learners, students and visitors getting down to the business of collecting waste in the different places across the city, doing their bit. We all have a responsibility to protect and preserve the environment, the City cannot do it alone. Thus, I want to thank all of those who have participated today.
‘Last year the clean-up event was a huge success. We saw a significant turnout of volunteers who spent many energetic hours collecting tons of waste and the difference was visible. This year, I believe that the number of volunteers has almost doubled – more people on the ground means more waste collected. Not only is this a clean-up, but it also creates awareness and education about the harmful effects of waste on the environment and helps people adopt good habits for when they next visit the beaches.
‘We are committed to making a difference in the environment. All our joint efforts must be supported with ongoing action every day of the year. I want to commend everyone that took the time and came out today, it was a magical experience,’ said Alderman Andrews.
The City encourages the volunteers to please post pictures on their social media platforms and tag the City, using the hashtag – #SpringCleanCT.
Source: City Of Cape Town