Plastics SA awarding the annual Caroline Reid Awards for Clean-Up Champions of the Year.
Submission Date : 2022-04-12
Above: Dalu Cele (left) from Clean City SA with Kabelo Phakoe(right), Sustainability Manager, Plastics SA.
Johannesburg, 11 April 2022. Plastics SA used National Water Week (20-26 March 2022) to recognize the commitment and dedication of our country's water warriors by awarding the annual Caroline Reid Awards for Clean-Up Champions of the Year.
"We launched the Caroline Reid Award in 2019 in memory of a fearless and passionate conservation warrior who was also a very dear friend of the industry. Caroline sadly passed away in 2018 after a tragic accident, but we wanted to ensure her memory and passion live on with these awards that recognise and reward greatness by an individual in the field of inland, waterways and marine and coastal clean-ups," explains Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics SA. Douw commended the many unsung heroes in communities around South Africa who protect the environment and make a difference in the quality of community life.
Above: Nicholas Sundiro who leads Izame Zabantu Nature Helpers received the Caroline Reid Award.
"Keeping South Africa clean from litter in peri-urban and nature preservation areas greatly depends on the actions of volunteers. Each one of this year’s winners made a tremendous difference in their respective areas. Awards were handed out to organisations and individuals around the country in recognition of their tireless effort to create awareness of the plight of many of our waterways and oceans that are being affected by litter originating inland, and to help protect the natural environment," he said.
Recipients of the 2022 Caroline Reid Awards were:
Above: Members of Izame Zabantu Nature Helpers
"We would like to thank Plastics SA for this recognition as we continue to carry on the legacy of Caroline Reid. The work we do is very much in collaboration with a number of partner organisation. We hope that our efforts to restore and clean riverways will helps to create improved natural spaces for people to connect with nature and the planet and improve their quality of life", said Green Corridors' Coastal and Waste Management Projects officer Musawenkosi Shange and Green Corridors’ litter boom co-ordinator Siphiwe Rakgabale after receiving their award.
Plastics SA thanked every volunteer, sponsor, organisation and individual who works to remove visible litter from the environment. "Eco-warriors make a tangible difference and create much-needed awareness about the importance of keeping litter out of our waterways," Douw concluded.