Health experts agree that there are numerous benefits for preserving a clean environment, such as curbing infections and diseases which include cholera and food poisoning. It is for this reason that NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, spoke passionately about hygiene and accountability when he opened the event. “I get appalled by the dirt I see in our cities, towns and communities. Why have our communities turned into waste dumps and why have leaders at all levels largely remained silent?” he asked. Tjivikua further stressed that uncleanliness is a social disease which we have to nip in the bud.
The Marketing and Customer Education Officer in the Solid Waste Management Division at the City of Windhoek, Iiue Kauta, said the cleanliness of the capital has taken a nose-dive, a situation which is unacceptable. Kauta emphasised that Windhoek has always been known as the cleanest city on the continent, but that this is no longer the case. “We have lost this title to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It is therefore, for this reason that we should intensify the clean-up campaigns with just one aim - to claim back our status,” she said.
As part of the campaign, various student clubs cleaned the campus and surrounding areas. The first prize was awarded to the Transport and Logistics Society for working in the most efficient and effective manner. The Environmental Health Society and the Human Resources Management Society secured the second and third places respectively. The event will be held annually with the aim to foster a culture of hygiene on and beyond the campus.