Western Cape – Youngsters from Sivile Primary School in Khayelitsha and Xolani Primary School in Gugulethu were eager to play their part in this year’s 42nd Earth Day celebrations and they did so by picking up waste on Strandfontein Beach on Saturday 21 April 2012.
The City of Cape Town’s WasteWise project in conjunction with Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), the local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products in the Western and Northern Cape, worked together to recognise Earth Day this year by hosting the beach clean-up on Strandfontein Beach.
The Earth Day 2012 campaign, which took place on 22 April 2012, was designed to provide people with the opportunity to unite their voices in a call for a sustainable future and direct them towards quantifiable outcomes.
In honour of Earth Day, learners from Sivile Primary (Khayelitsha) and Xolani Primary (Gugulethu) participated in a beach clean-up project on Saturday 21 April 2012 – the day before Earth Day – on Strandfontein Beach, which is situated on the False Bay coastline. This beach is well known for having the biggest tidal swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere.
The beach clean-up project formed part of PenBev’s “Live for a Difference” campaign, where caring for the environment is one of the many focus areas.
Stuart McLeod, Managing Director of PenBev said, “We are very happy to be collaborating with the City of Cape Town and teaching the learners about the importance of looking after the earth. It is important that the youth play a role in keeping our environment clean and by participating in initiatives such as Earth Day, they are doing just that.”
Learners from across the Peninsula have been actively involved in cleaning up beaches in Cape Town since 2004. These clean-ups have been made possible by PenBev, who provide transport, health and safety equipment as well as refreshments at each of the clean-ups.
For more information on PenBev’s beach clean-ups contact PenBev 021 936 5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za.
For more information about the City of Cape Town’s projects visit: www capetown.gov.za
For more information about Earth Day – visit: www.earthday.org