Photo: Learners and community members arriving with their entry fee for the day, waste.
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has gone a step further in tackling environmental issues faced by communities. On Saturday, 02 June 2018 the company hosted a sports knockout tournament (Netball and Soccer) aimed at commemorating World Environment Day - celebrated annually on 05 June. The tournament took place at Dan Radebe Primary School in Duduza as part of the CCBSA’s Schools Recycling Programme.
In attendance was ward Councillor Thabo Patrick Motaung responsible for ward 98 which covers both Duduza and Kwa-Thema, representatives from the Ekurhuleni Emergency Services, and the South African Police Services.
Guest speaker Cllr. Motaung said “This is a fantastic initiative, we need to raise awareness around the need for environmental conservation and encourage children and surrounding communities to do something positive for the environment”.
A total number of eight schools involved in the CCBSA School Recycling Programme from Duduza and Kwa-Thema locked horns for the winner takes all ultimate prize – five recycling jumbo bags full of PET (plastic bottles). Also, as part of involving community members in Duduza and Kwa-Thema, the entrance fee for both community members and school children was five or more PET bottles (SIGUBU).
CCBSA CSI Specialist Unathi Mbanya said, “The Company strongly believes in public and private partnerships, such initiatives help in encouraging communities to be proud of their living spaces”.
The kick-off for both netball and soccer started at 10:00 am with Dan Radebe vs James Nkosi Primary Schools, Iphahamiseng vs Mmuso Primary Schools followed by Thembalikazulu vs Duduza Primary School then finally Thakgalang vs Kangezile Primary Schools.
Dan Radebe Primary School from Duduza emerged as the winners of the soccer knockout challenge and James Nkosi clinched the netball challenge. The waste prize will be split equally between the two schools.
CCBSA will conduct similar campaigns with different municipalities throughout the months of May, June and July.