The Shoprite Group has partnered with the South African Department of Water and Sanitation to host river cleanups on World Cleanup Day (21 September 2019) and everyone’s invited to join in.
The Group was the first among the retailers to host regular community cleanups, and will again mobilise its employees as well as communities, this time to help keep our rivers clean. South Africa is a water-scarce country and rivers are not only invaluable sources of drinking water for both humans and animals, they are also essential for irrigation in the farming sector.
- Lunga Schoeman, the Group’s CSI manager
The Shoprite Group staged Africa’s biggest cleanup last year in which 6000 people in 11 African countries participated in more than 500 cleanup events taking place over five days.
The retailer followed that up by again mobilising volunteers inside and outside of its business to be part of various community cleanups on World Cleanup Day 2018. Since then regular cleanups have become common place for its staff and customers, the latest taking place on Mandela Day 2019 when stores partnered with their communities to remove waste from their neighbourhoods.
Volunteers interested in joining the emerging movement can register for existing cleanups or organise their own on www.actforchange.africa - a digital platform the Group developed in partnership with volunteerism organisation Brownie Points.
- Lunga Schoeman
Recycling is a top priority for the retailer, who in its operations has a zero waste-to-landfill approach. Partnerships with waste management companies are therefore a key component of its cleanups.
- Lunga Shoeman