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The audit report of the 2018 International
Coastal Clean-Up day was recently released
by Plastics SA and the outcome was
devastating. The results showed that broken-
down plastic pieces, foam pieces, cigarette
butts, bottle caps, food wrappers (such as
chip packets and sweet wrappers), glass
pieces, beverage bottles, straws and lolly
sticks continue to be the biggest pollutants
on our country’s beaches.
Cleaning up our coasts
South Africa’s 2,500km coastline was tackled
by 19,563 volunteers who collected 241,
items on Saturday, 15 September 2018. The
clean-up operation didn’t end there and was
extended throughout September when 50,
refuse bags were distributed, and 10,800 pairs
of gloves, 80 plastic buckets and 85 garden
rakes were provided for the clean-up.
“The main cause of litter on our beaches
and in the marine environment is irresponsible
Several animals were electrocuted in the
Kruger National Park when an Eskom pylon
collapsed during a heavy storm. When Eskom
engineers neared the site to repair the pylon,
they discovered a dead white rhino, giraffe,
lion and two hyenas.
It seems that the predators were killed when
they tried to feed on the giraffe and rhino.
The rhino and giraffe were electrocuted by
an exposed live wire from the toppled pylon.
human behaviour. The improper disposal
of waste and a lack of waste management
infrastructure are the two biggest issues that
need to be addressed and corrected,” says
John Kieser, sustainability manager of Plastics
SA and Western Cape ICC coordinator of
this annual event. He added that the increase
in the amount of disposable diapers found
illegally dumped (especially around informal
settlements) was another area of concern.
Photo: Jackie Wernberg Photography