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Recycled School Desks Brings Hope to Pupils in Kwazulu Natal

By Ashok Ramsarup :: The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has rallied support to provide recycle school desks to two disadvantaged primary schools in South Africa.

Eighty recycled school desks were donated to Mzimba Primary School in Edendale in the capital, Pietermaritzburg and to the Addington Primary School in Durban.

CMA Corporate Social Investment and Charities Convenor Mqondisi Ngcobo said it was an important gesture to encourage the youth to continue with their education programme.

Ngcobo said:  “The initiative is part of the ongoing #GoGreen campaign incorporating a waste management and anti-littering movement that was initiated nearly three years ago when the CMA teamed up with local conservation NGO, Wildlands, in an effort to reduce its waste footprint and benefit local schools and communities.

“The use of plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and we are encouraging our youth to understand that that plastic is contributing to greenhouse gas emission that is affecting our health,” he commented.

Ngcobo made it abundantly clear that the plastic recycling initiative was centred around race day with a thorough route clean-up where plastic was collected and sorted by Wildlands for recycling purposes.

The water and energy drink sachets that were used to hydrate Comrades runners were extruded into plastic boards which then manufactured into durable school desks.

 CMA said the aim of the athletic body was to distribute 400 desks to schools in KwaZulu-Natal.

 Ngcobo said: “Our responsibility rests with each and every one of us to recycle, repair, re-use and do the best to keep our planet safe. We are proud to be associated with the #GoGreen Campaign and of our long-standing relationship with Wildlands as one of our Official Charities.”

 “This initiative is highly significant in that it addresses the major need to recycle our waste and benefit local schools in a tangible way with durable and much-needed school desks,” he added.

Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa 🇿🇦

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