Unemployed youth clean up Grootfontein

14 Jun 2015 12:10pm
GROOTFONTEIN, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – A group of 20 unemployed youth on Friday successfully completed a week-long de-bushing and cleaning activity around Grootfontein.
The group’s chairperson, Egidius Hambarera told Nampa in an interview here on the same day that they started to clean their town on Monday.
He said about 20 jobless young people established the Grootfontein Environment Youth Club in December 2014.
“We felt it necessary to start this group because we were all doing nothing. At least now we are volunteers, busy cleaning our own town and de-bushing it so that investors can come here and do business to create jobs for many of us,” said Hambarera.
Their first de-bushing and cleaning activity around the town started in February this year.
Hambarera thanked the municipality of Grootfontein for accepting their idea and making use of their cleaning services.
On his part, the municipality’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Lukas Salomo praised the Grootfontein Environment Youth Club for volunteering their services free of charge.
He said their town is cleaner now than before the de-bushing and cleaning campaign began at the beginning of this year.
The PRO said the municipality has so far equipped the youth club with axes, rakes and other cleaning implements used to de-bush and clean the town.
“We are happy with their services and there are plans already to sponsor them with protective gear such as overalls (clothing), gloves, gumboots and respiratory protectors, amongst others, for them to execute their work safely,” he said.
Salomo urged all unemployed youth at the town to join the group, saying it is a good thing to do for the Grootfontein community.
He then called on businesspeople in and around Grootfontein to support the club with resources to grow.