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Gondwana’s environmental officer, Quintin Hartung, with Gunhild Voigts. She is the driving force behind the ‘Cactus Clean Up’ campaign.

When you see workers removing cacti from riverbeds in Windhoek or undeveloped, open land, know that they are providing an invaluable service. The workers are part of the voluntary ‘Cactus Clean Up’ campaign, which is now supported by the Gondwana Collection. 

Cacti are not indigenous plants; their natural habitat is found on the American Continent. That is why they do not have natural enemies in Namibia, and why they are not threatened by any diseases. Since they are optimally adapted to dry climates, they survive long drought periods whereas our own plants have to start from seeds. Since the start of the rainy season cacti are growing at an incredible rate. It is unbelievable how fast they form thickets and displace our indigenous plants. Our aloes, maeruas and stapelias are under threat.

The ‘Cactus Clean Up’ campaign is organized by volunteers who work closely with the Botanical Society of Namibia and the Lions Club Windhoek Alte Feste. They collect donations to pay workers to remove the cacti. Gondwana supports the campaign by financing a worker for half a year.

In the nature parks and gardens of our Gondwana properties, cacti are also consistently eliminated to create space for native plants and to preserve the natural Namibian landscape. 

If you are interested in supporting the ‘Cactus Clean Up’ campaign, either by yourself or through donation, please contact Gunhild Voigts or transfer your donation to the following account:

CACTUS CLEAN UP

Bank Windhoek, Kudu Branch 482172
Account 8005224758

Please send your proof of payment to hille.schwarting(at)gmail.com

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