The KDF is increasingly concerned about poor waste management in Karoo towns, and widespread littering. This is not only an eyesore but also endangers livestock and creates sanitary problems. Promoting tourism is almost impossible if towns are a mess.
On 21 November 2022, Prof Johann Kirsten, the Chair of KDF, joined forces with commercial and emergent farmers in Carnarvon, to clean up the entrances of the town. This was a massive project. Assisted by Mr Dirk Sacco, of the Karoo Lamb Consortium, about 40 workers assisted in collecting the litter. The Kareeberg Municipality provided a truck to help with the removal of the bag, as well as plastic bags. The local Spar contributed a pair of gloves for everyone. Mr Sacco managed the registration of very participant and it was all orderly done.
There were about 7 teams of about 5-7 per team. Prof Kirsten is now engaging the farmers and golfers to assist with the final process.
In doing this task one realises the systemic failure of many local municipalities, and also the lack of environmental awareness amongst ordinary people.
The project received great appreciation from the farmers and the businesses in Carnarvon for KDF’s contribution. The municipality was also very supportive, which lays a good basis for future collaboration.