Cheetah conservation leads joint clean-up

27 Jul 2015 12:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – A joint operation by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and 101 children from Otjiwarongo successfully cleaned alongside the D2440 gravel road leading to the CCF centre east of this town on Friday.
The CCF centre is situated 45 kilometres from Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
CCF Executive Director, Dr Laurie Marker said in a media statement issued on Monday the gravel road which passes between the Otjiwarongo Military Base and Otjiwarongo dumpsite was filthy before the cleaning exercise.
Plastic bags, papers and carton boxes could be seen on the sides of the D2440 road.
The centre keeps and maintains over 30 live cheetahs and ecosystems around the centre, and is an internationally recognised research and education centre frequented by global professionals and tourists.
It attracts over 8 500 visitors annually, Marker noted.
She said the main purpose of the clean-up was to raise public awareness around Otjiwarongo about environment pollution, recycling of waste materials and engage the interested community members in a regular environment protection campaign.
During the clean-up session, over 400 big black plastic bags were filled with trash which was then formally dumped into a dumpsite pit.
The CCF management acknowledged the participation of learners from the Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School; Donatus Primary and Donatus Senior Secondary achools; Spes Bona Primary School; and Paresis Senior Secondary School.
The main sponsor of the exercise was Rent-A-Drum.Other sponsors were Otjiwarongo Town Council, Medikor Pharmacy, Badenhorst Pharmacy, FabuPharm and Vermona Supermarket all from Otjiwarongo.