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Taking out the rubbish! Gondwana's successful clean-up campaign

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Volunteers and school-children partook in a waste collection movement in the field around the Hakusembe River Lodge.

640 School children and 60 volunteers came together to partake in a waste collection movement on the 600 ha land around the Hakusembe River Lodge. At the end of a morning of cleaning eight massive bags of rubbish had been collected. The waste collection movement took place on 17 June 2016, and was organised by Gondwana together with the local Sikondo-community near Rundu.

“Even with the huge amount of rubbish removed from the village, there is still a lot to be done in terms of cleaning up the village. We’ve only just scratched the surface,” says Gondwana’s Environmental Officer Quintin Hartung. “But still, it was a worth-while exercise, and we will do follow up cleaning campaigns and continue to educate the community and school kids on the importance of a clean environment.”

After this waste collection movement the children from the Ru-Rumwe Primary School and all the volunteers were given a snack prepared by the Hakusembe River Lodge staff. Furthermore, four recycling bins each have been set up at the school and under the tree where the community hold their meetings.

The waste collection initiative forms part of the Gondwana Hakusembe Community Development Programme, which was launched in 2014. This Gondwana project aims to improve on the living conditions of the Sikondo community. After the clean-up a meeting took place to discuss the long term goals for the programme. This meeting was attended by Gondwana’s Financial Director Jaco Visser, Quintin Hartung, Sikondo-headman Alfons Kavera and other representatives of the community. Thanks to the cooperation and a well-set framework amongst these groups, a borehole has been drilled in Sikondo and has given the community access to clean drinking water. Other projects include the installation of a water pump, as well as maintenance and expansions for the Ru-Rumwe Primary School, the removal of non-native plants from the village and the planting of vegetable gardens.

The Hakusembe Community Development Programme forms part of the Gondwana Collection’s social engagement. The Lodge group maintains close contact with the communities around the lodges, as most of our employees come from these communities and shall continue to work towards improving their living conditions.

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