Project Shine 2016 edition launched at Swakopmund
The 2016 edition of Project Shine that cleans up the roads and beaches around Swakopmund, was launched last week. This year marks the ninth year for this environmental project supported by private sector companies operating in Swakopmund, and by the municipality.
The project is a partnership between the Swakopmund Municipal Council, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), Bannerman Resources, First National Bank (FNB Namibia) and Plastic Packaging.
Project Shine comprises of two components, a clean-up campaign and an awareness campaign. The clean-up campaign is conducted on the main road from Swakopmund to Arandis. In previous years, it has been extended to the beaches, from Swakopmund to Henties Bay, the Swakop River estuary and sections of the desert east of Swakopmund.
The awareness campaign educates the community on waste management and the risk of littering along the roads and open spaces. It also highlights the importance of recycling the combined waste of all the residents of Swakopmund by the municipality.
Project coordinator, Paulina Engelbrecht: “This project promotes cleanliness, recycling and contributes to the social uplift of Swakopmund. It has become a remarkable environmental activity which has been embraced and strongly supported by the community.”
Renel Sass, NBL Depot Manager – Logistics said “We are proud to be associated to this initiative as it supports a clean and safe environment, something NBL is very passionate about.
Through looking after our environment, we contribute to the health and safety of our people, which strongly supports our group purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’ for all Namibians.”
Speaking at the launch, Swakopmund Mayor, Her Worship Paulina Nashilundo said “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping our environment clean. However, such efforts will not succeed without the contribution from each and every one of us to make a positive change.
It is therefore a joy to see that the project engaging local communities, schools and the youth.”
“Namibian citizens we all have a responsibility to the cleanliness of our environment. My gratitude goes out to the organizations and individuals that are already making a difference. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed,” she added.