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MEC encourages city pupils to keep their environment clean

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NC dept will assist the school in establishing a food garden

MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Land Reform and Rural Development, Mase Manopole, emphasised the importance of pupils keeping their environment clean during a visit to Tshirileco Senior Secondary School. She also handed over tracksuits, sanitary towels and laboratory equipment. Picture: Supplied

THE NORTHERN Cape MEC for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Land Reform and Rural Development, Mase Manopole, emphasised the importance of pupils keeping their environment clean during a visit to Tshirileco Senior Secondary School in Kimberley on Tuesday.

Department spokesperson Zandisile Luphahla said that Manopole also donated school tracksuits to matric pupils as well as sanitary towels and laboratory equipment to the school.

“The school was adopted by the department last year, and so far it has been assisted with the trimming of grass as well as awareness creation on environmental management and greening of the school,” said Luphahla.

“The MEC further encouraged the learners to be environmentally conscious and ensure that their community is free of litter. She stated that charity begins at home. If we are able to keep our homes and surroundings clean, then it will be easier for us to keep our school clean. We need to take charge of our environment,” said Luphahla.

He added that the department will also assist the school in establishing a food garden. “The food garden will assist in the school nutrition programme by providing fresh vegetables.

“The eco-school programme is another initiative from which the school will benefit because the programme is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities, as well as supporting education for sustainable development in our school curriculum. We will be assisting the school to enrol in the programme so that they get to benefit from it.”

Luphahla said Manopole urged community members and the school governing body (SGB) to preserve the legacy of the school.

“The school has produced a lot of great community builders and respected leaders in our society, who have contributed immensely in shaping the future of our country and in particular our Province,” said Luphahla.