DURBAN BEACH GETS CLEANED
By: Cassandra Zungu and Thobele Nzama
The Durban Beach Clean-Up organisation hosted a clean up at Durban’s New Beach on Saturday.
It was led by an emotional Natalie Gorven, who was tearful while thanking the volunteers for giving what she considers the most precious thing – their time. “This is something that is close to my heart, these are tears of joy, I promise,” she said.
Gorven and founder Ingrid Butcher started the organisation in June 2011 and continue to clean up beaches based in Durban once a month. Gorven said that without volunteers the organisation would not have been on going and as a result, they will be broadening their horizons to not just Durban-based beaches but throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Present at the clean up were a total of 18 volunteers and among them was Miss Earth South Africa finalist, Julia Gramkow, representing KZN who and is also a charity work enthusiasts. “For the past 6 months I have been working with community clothing projects, revamping and repainting people’s homes,” she said. Not being limited to Durban only she has also been to Pietermaritzburg for charity work. “In Sweet Waters, PMB, I have helped plant 2000 vegetable seeds,” she added.
The organisation ensures that the work it does favours the environment and it boasts about having Wasteman as their sponsor, who collects waste and recycles it. The waste from the clean up totaled 79kg that included a few chicken bones, plastic and glass found on the sand which proves to be harmful to those barefooted.
The cleanup is conducted once a month and the organisation appeals to anyone who would like to donate their time and effort.
Durban Beach Clean-up aims at educating people about pollution and the importance of the ocean. Their movement can be followed on Facebook at Durban Beach Clean-up.