'When we pollute the environment, we are infringing on our very own rights'

The Environmental Affairs Department says while a lot of municipalities have been facing difficulties in terms of meeting basic challenges in terms of meeting basic services in terms of waste management, South Africans should be environmentally conscious.

The department recently launched an initiative which aims to change behaviours around littering, illegal dumping and waste in general.

The initial stage of the Good Green Deeds programme launched on 8 March focuses on the removal of litter and eradication of illegal dumping across South Africa.

Department of Environmental Affairs spokesperson Albie Modise shares more on the project and what sparked the initiative.

We take our cue from our constitution. In effect, when we pollute the environment we are infringing on our very own rights because our right is to a clean environment.

Albie Modise, Spokesperson - Department of Environmental Affairs

It is a multi-layered initiative; we talking to ordinary South Africans and local government. We realise the role that local government has to play in ensuring that as we roll out the programme at the level of waste collection. We continue to play our part.

Albie Modise, Spokesperson - Department of Environmental Affairs

Click on the link below to hear more from Modise...


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