On Saturday, 23 April 2016, WeCare held a beach clean-up at Zinkwazi Beach together with the local farm school, Bongimfundo Primary School. The beach clean-up was held as an Earth Day initiative to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution.
The day started with a beach safety briefing given by the KwaDukuza Municipality lifeguards, followed by the beach clean-up. Once the clean-up had finished and the children had dropped off all the bags of rubbish collected, Jasper Pons from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife gave a talk on the importance of keeping the ocean and beaches litter free, as prevention is an important part of stopping plastic pollution. The lifeguards then demonstrated the different types of sea rescue techniques used and afterwards played a variety of beach games with the children.
The day ended off with the prize giving for the best picture drawn showing the difference between looking after the environment and not looking after the environment. The pictures were judged according to the different age groups of the children, and the winner in each age group received a certificate and a prize.
On Friday, 6 May 2016, WeCare NPC together with Sims Recycling Solutions and e-Compliance, had the launch and demonstration of their community based e-waste concept for South Africa. The guest of honour, the Honourable Mrs. Barbara Thompson, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, together with other industry stakeholders and invited guests had the opportunity to view this exciting e-waste conceptual demonstration first-hand, from fully-compliant recycling and job creation to a container collection site and a rural school all forming part of the WeCare Programme.