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18 Sep 2023

Durbanites tackle clean-up on Beachwood Mangrove Beach

(Northglen News) Picture: Submitted. Westville residents Luyanda Gcwensa and Nokubonga Mkhize help with the clean-up efforts.

Durbanites united this weekend in an effort to collect thousands of bags of litter from beaches along the coastline, including the Beachwood Mangroves Beach. Several clean-ups across eThekwini, including Blue Lagoon and uMhlanga, showed the need for collective action to keep our beaches clean and our oceans free from litter. The clean-ups were all part of International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of the month every September. The day is about empowering people to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the oceans and our beaches.

At the Beachwood Mangroves Beach, the clean-up efforts were led by the North Durban Honorary Officers with help from several environmental organisations, including Adopt-a-River, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and Oceans Alive. According to Basil Pather, conservation manager at Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve, just under two tonnes of rubbish was collected from a single clean-up on Saturday.

“To see so many young people come out and support the clean-up was a real positive. We had Scouts groups, schools and families lend a hand to clean up. Each of the volunteers who helped out were given data forms which helped us break down and understand the types of items we keep finding on our beaches. The data collections also show how things are changing in terms of litter found on our beaches and in our oceans.

“The North Durban Honorary Officers and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have been involved in conservation for more than 20 years, and this particular beach with the mangroves reserve is incredibly important. It is home to the largest population of mangrove trees in Durban and is vital to flora and fauna. We are so grateful for the support from everyone who showed up and to the organisations who helped make the day a success. We also hope this serves as an eye opener for youngsters on the importance of conservation,” he said.

Chatsworth residents Kesie, Keelin and Sarisha Ramkhelawa help in the clean-up efforts.

New Germany residents Rowan and Robyn van Niekerk hold up their bags with some of the items collected on the day.

Protest Xaba and Philani Ngidi give a thumbs-up to the clean-up efforts.

The Dube family from Glenwood, Lamia, Nathan and Nokukhanya, say it was pleasing seeing so many young people help out.

Asheville residents Kaven, Shayen and Cheran Puckree with Dheshan Naidoo.

Janet Simpkins from Adopt-A-River helps bring back some of the bags of litter from the river mouth.

Lenor Greeves helps drag some of the rubbish from the Beachwood Mangroves Beach.

Northlands Primary School educator Stacey Shutte with her daughters, Calvary and Eden, help with the clean-up efforts.

North Durban Honorary Officer Shaun Sivenanan with Zia Mahomed help track data on the types of rubbish found on the beaches. They were at the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day on the Beachwood Mangroves Beach on Saturday.

Cleansing and Solid Waste staff Sharen Kistnasamy, Thobile Hlophe and Yandisa Capha play their part in collecting litter from Beachwood Mangroves Beach.

Pinetown resident Sean Roux with his son, Jackson, help in the clean-up efforts.

The Smith family, (back) Cheney and George and (front) Abigail-Grace and Caleb.

Durban North family, Steven, Jack and Ellysa Entwistle, were happy to contribute to clean-up efforts on the day.

WESSA members Bongiwe Tsotetsi and Margaret Burger.

North Durban Honorary Officers Basil Pather, Brian High and Terry Goulding.