THOUSANDS of Namibians in towns across the country took to the streets on Saturday morning to participate in the 2019 National Clean Up Campaign.
In doing so they joined a global movement of millions of people from 158 countries in making a tangible difference in their immediate environment. Besides cleaning up participants were also informed about personal hygiene to prevent the spread of Hepatitis E in Namibia. The virus has been spreading through Namibia at a steady pace for the past year and half.
Driven by the Ministries of Environment and Tourism and Health and Social Services the National Clean Up campaign staretd earlier on Saturday with local authorities and Regional Councils motivating resident to live healthier.
In this regard the Governor of the Oshana Region, Elia Irimari called on the community members of Oshana Region to ensure that they keep their environment clean to attract investors.
Irimari spoke at Opoto at the start of Saturday’s activities
According to Irimari, cleaning is very important as it attracts tourists, which can lead to community development.
“Cleanliness is important as it enhance a sense of belonging, a sense of respecting yourself, your area and community,” said Irimari.
He added that cleaning the environment sharpen minds and attract a lot of goodwill.
At the start of the campaign in Otjiwarongo, the Governor of the Otjozondjupa Region Otto Ipinge urged residents in the region and especially the local authorities to regard the National Clean Up Campaign as an eye opener.
He further encouraged people to commence capacity building initiatives for their staff members and create opportunities for the communities in their area.
Ipinge called on all residents to be environmental ambassadors within their communities, stating the anti-litter campaign is a war that they all have to win by holding hands and pull in the same direction.
“We should be guided by our moral responsibilities to protect the natural environment and our surroundings in which we as a community live.”
At the coast schools, public and private institutions along with the Namibian Police and members of the Namibian Defence Force pitched in to clean the major towns.
Further into the Erongo Region the residents of the various towns went out to pick up rubbish that collected in public spaces.
Mariental, Keetmanshoop and other southern towns also participated in the national campaign with learners from various schools and residents from the different neighbourhoods uniting in the fight against rubbish polluting their towns.
In Katima Mulilo residents were joined by members of the Namibian Defence Force in their effort to clean up the town in the far north east of Namibia.
The National Clean Up Campaign was first launched by President Hage Geingob in May 2018 and with the help of the various ministries has now grown into an annual event that slots in with the commemoration of World Clean Up Day on 21 September. The day originated in Estonia in 2008.
Reporting by Maria David, Marthina Mutanga and Niël Terblanché Photos: Courtesy of the various regional and local authorities as well as own.