Kurland Village Clean-up
As part of the yearly International Coastal Clean-up activities, the Kurland Village Clean-up project has been established. Following successful beach and river cleanups in the Nature’s Valley and Plettenberg Bay area over the previous years, the NVTrust along with its partners initiated the first Kurland clean-up in 2008 and repeated it successfully in 2009. In 2009 more than 250 learners and community members, using refuse bags and gloves supplied by the Plastic Federation of South Africa, very enthusiastically participated to collect approximately 10 cubic meters of waste in Kurland Village and a tributary of the Buffels river that run through it. Building on the success of the Kurland clean-up programme, the NVT and its partners introduced the clean-up programme to the communities of Covie and Coldstream in 2010. With the support of the NVT, Coldstream Primary’s Eco Club took charge of the Coldstream clean-up programmes and the Crags Eco Club took charge of the Covie community clean-ups in 2010 and 2011. The NVT is pleased to report that the amount of waste collected during the Kurland Village Clean-up since 2011, has been noticeably less than the amount of waste collected in the previous years.
The clean-up and greening projects were again very successful in 2012, 2013 and 2014.