REHOBOTH, 19 MAY – The Mariental Rural Constituency Councillor, Simon Dukeleni said the clean-up campaign in his constituency held on Thursday and Friday was successful with approximately 500 people taking part.
The campaign, held under the banner “Road to Rehoboth” was in Stampriet on Thursday and in Hoachanas on Friday and is a precursor to the nationwide clean-up campaign slated for 25 May.
President Hage Geingob called for a national mass clean-up campaign earlier this year and announced the 25 May 2018 as the official date.
Dukeleni on Friday said the people in his constituency made sure to heed Geingob’s call.
“I must applaud the constituents for a job well done during the two days. I can say we have been successful although we still need to go back to Stampriet in June as there are still heaps of rubbish piled up in the informal settlement,” Dukeleni noted.
He said they are in consultation with City of Windhoek (CoW) for big machinery to be availed for the clean-up during June.
He said a clean environment promotes a healthy nation and can unlock investors.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday after the clean-up, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Lucia Witbooi said she was impressed with how the residents of Hoachanas united to clean their settlement.
“I loved the way the people came out in numbers to clean their settlement. By cleaning their area the people showed that they have dignity. A clean area and a clean person receives respect from everyone and I am happy that I was part of the historical day where young and old irrespective of their affiliation joined hands in promoting a healthy nation,” Witbooi said.
Approximately 350 people were part of the clean-up in Hoachanas.
The Hardap clean-up campaign kicked off in Maltahöhe and has so far also covered Gibeon, Kriess, Gochas, Aranos, Stampriet and Hoachanas and will be followed by campains of this nature in Mariental on Monday, Kalkrand on Wednesday before the national clean-up campaign at Rehoboth on Friday.