Saldanha Beach Clean Up

At 8:00 Transport started to pick up +/- 150 school children from schools in the area like St Andrews Primary, Diazville Primary, Diazville High School and Lowville Secondary. They were transported to Blue Bay Lodge where the ever friendly and helpful team greeted us with warm coffee and tea in hand. John and Kevin Jones from God Youth Ministries entertained the beach cleaners with music as they started arriving. A total of 200 dedicated individuals registered and started getting ready for the job at hand. We even had a visitor from Swellendam, Lynette Awenand, who volunteered her help as well as a few children from Curro Langebaan who arrived in smaller numbers to also offer their help!

With everyone's tummies full, Suzette Pieterse from the West Coast Biosphere and her team, who also assisted in the clean-up, had an informative talk with the kids about recycling and gave some practical tips on how each family can do recycling at their homes. The general theme for the day was that change starts with each one of us.

In total, more than 600 black bags were removed from the beach and it was absolutely shocking to see how much rope, tyres and fish nets washed up on the beach. It is obvious that it is not only people that live in our town that are responsible for the state of our beaches. We will bring this under the attention of Portnet in the hope that everyone realises their involvement in keeping the beachfront clean. There is still an alarming amount of plastic bags and beer bottles on the beach which comes from the local residents and visitors who visit the beaches on a regular basis.

This beach clean-up was the first of many to come and a project that aims to inform and also educate the community about our environment and our responsibility to make sure it is kept clean and neat. The easiest way to achieve this is to not litter yourself and to make sure that you educate everyone around you to do the same.

The Saldanha Bay Local Tourism Association worked really hard to start this initiative and we believe that the spirit of this initiative will also capture the hearts of everyone in Saldanha and surrounds. It is with great commitment from the committee and the hours they put into this project and especially their time that made this such a big success. We would really like to do big things in our town and we cannot do these projects without the support of businesses and residents. Let's not wait for others to do something positive, let’s take the lead and be the example and let us all stand together to make Saldanha Bay a cleaner and more beautiful place.