WINDHOEK, 15 MAY – The official countdown to the national clean-up campaign scheduled for 25 May will commence on Wednesday.
This was announced during a meeting between President Hage Geingob and private sector stakeholders on the campaign at State House on Tuesday.
Geingob will officially start off the nationwide clean-up campaign in the Greenwell Matongo residential area, where he will also participate in the cleaning of the area on 25 May.
Private sector stakeholders include Plastic Packaging Namibia (PPN), Rent-a-Drum, Gondwana Collections, Coca-Cola and the Recycle Namibia Forum.
The stakeholders will provide refuse bags, including separate bags for recyclable refuse.
“The companies’ aim with this initiative is to adapt a culture of turning littering into recycling,” said PPN Managing Director, Jaco Venter.
Venter also announced that the company will be setting up a first of its kind mobile recycling plant.
“We are therefore requesting for the president to suggest the first appropriate centre at which a prototype will be created,” Venter added.
The clean-up campaign will coincide with Africa Day, towards which Geingob urged for cleanliness to be adopted as an African culture.
Geingob further commended the different governors’ enthusiasm on the campaign.
More than N.dollars 200 000 has so far been pledged towards the campaign. A bank account was opened for volunteers to deposit whatever amounts they can in order to assist in the purchase of necessities such as refreshments, gloves and masks.