OTJIWARONGO, 25 MAY – Nearly 1 000 people turned up for the national clean-up campaign at Otjiwarongo on Friday.
The event started just after 07h00 and was completed by 13h00.
A huge crowd, including members of the Namibian Defence Force and Namibian Police Force, gathered at the DRC Soccer Field with cleaning equipment. They divided themselves into 18 groups of 55 participants each.
Several areas were then identified and groups allocated to these areas in the presence of Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge.
Ipinge was part of the group that cleaned the streets of the DRC and old Ombili informal settlements.
In DRC, some skips in designated refuse areas were found to be empty, while trash was strewn all over the ground.
“We need to educate our people about hygiene. I think we need to hold a serious rally against this kind of littering in our informal settlements,” Ipinge said.
Many participants whom Nampa spoke to were happy with the number of people who turned up.
Annetjie Siyaya said she was aware of 171 learners from Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School (SSS), Paresis and Donatus SSS who were taking part.
“This is so amazing, we are all happy to be out here cleaning our town,” she said.
Her group cleaned the north section of town and proceeded further north-east along the gravel road to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) premises, collecting plastic bags, boxes and tins.
Anthia Nekundi said it was exciting for her to participate in the campaign.
Beatrice Paulus said she joined the clean-up in response to calls by national leaders on various media platforms for people to join in.
“It feels good to see our environment clean. This effort should not stop here,” she said.
Elwina Vries urged Namibians to continue cleaning their surroundings, because she said no one will do it for them.