Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) and Bobcat Equipment South Africa, both part of the Goscor Group, were proud sponsors and partners to Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s (WESSA’s) Big Treasure Beach Clean-Up in KwaZulu-Natal from 5 to 8 June. The event coincided with the UN World Environment Day and World Ocean Day.
Over 1 300 people assisted with the beach clean-up, while GCE and Bobcat used their specialised machinery to collect over 1.5 t of waste material. Bobcat in particular supported this initiative by supplying a Bobcat T870 track loader with skeleton bucket to assist with the collection of bulk waste such as logs, stumps, and other larger waste objects.
“The T870 model was selected for its superb traction capabilities in soft sand, due to it being a tracked machine, and also because it has a very low ground footprint, and hence a minimal impact on the beach and marine life,” Bobcat GM Brian Rachman explains.
GCE, on the other hand, supplied a GM1ze litter picker from Green Machines International GmbH. “This compact machine not only saves time thanks to its powerful battery, but is also easy to operate, and enhances hygiene, safety, and environmental awareness,” GCE GM Greg Venter comments.
Earlier this year when Independent Environmental Activist Natania Botha informed Goscor Group Marketing Communications Manager Debby Marx that WESSA was planning a clean-up of Treasure Beach, Marx immediately set about getting GCE and Bobcat onboard.
This was an ideal opportunity in terms of the Group’s corporate social responsibility, and its commitment to environmental stewardship in South Africa. “The Goscor Group recognises that the pollution of South Africa’s beaches, and subsequent contamination of the oceans, is a serious issue that cannot be ignored. Therefore we felt it necessary to contribute to this important cause,” Marx comments.
The project is an integral part of WESSA’s role as a leader in implementing both the Sustainable Development Goals and Education for Sustainable Development initiative within the greater South Durban area.
“Due to the major issue of plastic pollution both on, and around, these beaches, we felt that it was our responsibility to mobilise community, government, and corporate entities within the area to become active citizens, and engage in environmental protection and improvement initiatives,” Botha highlights.
GCE Branch Manager Wesley Bodmer remarks that his team was grateful to assist and participate in the general upkeep and cleanliness of the beach area. “Initiatives such as these are vital in keeping our beaches clean, and saving our sea life. It also promotes the use of our beaches which, in turn, promotes tourism and stimulates the local economy,” he concludes.