Umvoti community learn ‘It’s KHULA to clean up!’

The clean-up crew hard at work

aQuellé, together with KwaSizabantu Mission and community members embarked on an innovative clean-up initiative in the Umvoti area in KwaZulu-Natal last Saturday..

About 500 people, including local councillors from Umvoti and Maphumulo participated in the exercise which formed part of an “It’s KHULA to share” campaign aimed at introducing a new drink, Khula, to the community.

The clean-up was initially planned to take place on National Clean-Up Day, on September 18 but was postponed due to local IEC registration that weekend.

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Various areas were targeted along the R74, including KwamXhosa, Silverstream, and Kranskop. The aQuelle Khula teams were supported by various government departments, municipalities, SAPS, and many volunteers from the local communities.

Radio Khwezi, the local community radio station, joined the initiative by providing live broadcasting from the clean-up sites as well as education and awareness leading up to the event.

An early registration and Covid screening started the day off. After cleaning equipment was allocated, teams set off to make a difference.

“It was encouraging to see so many people coming together to make a positive contribution and impact in their area,” said Gladson Songelwa, of aQuellé.

Refuse being loaded up for removal

The SAPS Kranskop communications officer, Sergeant Ndwandwe, thanked community members who joined in the clean-up.

“We are so grateful to be part of this wonderful initiative. We encourage our community to keep up the important task of looking after our environment. A big up to the aQuelle Clean-Up campaign,” he said.

Helpers were kept refreshed throughout the day with Khula soft drinks and natural spring water. The day was concluded with a hot takeaway meal and ice-cream provided by KwaSizabantu Mission.

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