RUNDU, NOV. 18 – Rundu is home to 90,000 people and the youth in that area have pointed out that the demand for waste collection services in that town has reached urgency.
This was according to Anselm Marungu, Regional Chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Youth Forum during a clean-up campaign on Sunday. Marungu believes that the situation will continue to escalate if no crucial and radical intervention is provided as demand will continue to be driven by population growth, privatization and business creation.
“This is a big threat to our investors and will ultimately affect our local economy. There is a decline in the number of tourists that are visiting Rundu because of its condition. As the youth we can’t just sit and watch, but we need to take up the challenge to volunteer our time and energy to clean our town.”
It is for this reason that the Kavango East Regional Youth Forum resolved to have a monthly clean – up campaign to meet the town council half way. The the next clean-up will be in December and currently, focus is directed toward the CBD, with an eventual aim to identify more hotspots to be cleaned.
He issued a challenge to residents in order to prevent the decay of their town and environment.
“This is a challenge to all residents and we need to come up with initiatives to keep our town clean. The blame games will not pick up the bottle that we threw yesterday. I am therefore calling on all residence of our great Kavango East region, both youth and senior to join hands and clean our environments wherever we find ourselves, not only Rundu Town but everywhere we find ourselves.”
Marungu added that while the waste is a health hazard, it could provide solutions such as employment.
“While these waste is a health hazard, we want to make use of it to create employment for the youth. We are calling on investors that have the capacity to venture into a waste recycling business to partner with us and create employment for our people,” said Marungu. – firstname.lastname@example.org