Second national clean-up campaign held at Rundu

The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Bernadette Maria Jagger on Saturday launched the national cleaning campaign at Rundu.

Speaking at the event held at the Rundu Stadium Jagger said the national cleaning campaign is an initiative which was started last year by President Hage Geingob.

The first national clean-up campaign was held in Windhoek last year.

Just as last year today, we are coming together as Namibians from all spheres of life and in all regions to unite under one common goal, that is to make Namibia clean, she said.

Rundu the deputy minister said is a vibrant economic town and a tourist center hence it needs to be kept clean from waste management and littering.

This she added will help attract business and tourist to the region lead to the improved quality of life of the town's residents.

The cleaning campaign which is coordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism is being held under the theme 'Namibia Healthy and Clean.'

Jagger urged all regional councils and local authority councils to continue with regular clean-up activities.

Let this not be a once-off activity. Local authorities in other countries have earmarked the last Saturday every month to do their cleaning. I think we can copy from them, she stressed.

The minister further stated all regions should also have a specific day in a month when cleaning of the environment and the towns should take place.

She called on Namibians to be innovative and adopt regular clean-up activity.

The bulk of the waste generated in the country she pointed out ends up in illegal dumpsites which is a serious concern to human life.

The ministry of environment and tourism the deputy minister further said is committed to enhancing education and awareness regarding proper waste management and control.

However each of us has a role to play in changing our attitudes and mind-sets towards the littering of our environment, Jagger highlighted.

Source: Namibia Press Agency