Casino lends a hand to coastline clean-up project

13 March 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201913908

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A team of 30 employees from Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom joined environmental activist, Stefan Graunke in cleaning-up La Lucia Beach recently.

This was one of at least 50 beaches that Graunke will clean-up as part of his Coastal Ghost Coastline Clean-up Project to clean beaches from Richards Bay on the East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to Port Nolloth on the West Coast.

His journey started in Richards Bay on 21 February and will see him traverse about 2780km along South Africa’s coastline. Given that fuel will be one of the biggest expenses on this journey, Sibaya also sponsored a full tank for Graunke’s Land Rover.

“Sibaya is pleased to get behind this initiative. Marine and river pollution is threatening the health and sustainability of our environment. It has a direct impact on indigenous plants, wildlife, birds and marine life,” said Solomon Khumalo: SHE Manager: Sibaya.

Casino lends a hand to coastline clean-up project
Vincent Munian; Sibaya IT Manager, Stephan Graunke and his border Collies with Lance Marillier; Sibaya Security Manager at La Lucia beach

“We try to organize beach clean-ups on a regular basis as we feel it is important to take an active role in removing litter and pollutants from our beaches. This campaign is part of a broader initiative which will hopefully inspire people in the communities it passes through to be more conscious about cleaning-up and conserving the environment as well.”

Graunke, 26, from Fourways in Gauteng is a passionate nature man and wildlife photographer. He founded www.gocapture.co.za and is the leader of Travelling in a Pack. He also spent time travelling in Europe to raise awareness of animal abandonments due to relocations.

“I was shocked at the condition of the wildlife and oceans around Europe. Coming back to this beautifully diverse and wild country of ours, I wanted to save my country as much as I can. This is the birth of Coastal Ghost Clean-up Project,” Graunke said.

It started as a trip he would do alone, but a Facebook follower wrote an article about the project on www.goodthingsguy.com and from there it burgeoned.

“We will be road tripping and stopping off at as many beaches as possible. We will meet locals and supporters and together we will be taking long romantic walks, watching the sunrise and making a difference. My goal is to clean. The more hands, the more rubbish we can collect, and cleaner our beaches will be.”

He is doing it on a shoestring budget of R15 000 that he has saved and with the help of his family. His mom will sponsor the first three tanks of petrol and his sister will be buying two tyres for his temperamental Land Rover.

“It is not money that makes something like this possible but trust and love. We are depending on our supporters to help us find places to camp or get hosts along the way to help us out. We appreciate the help of Sibaya’s volunteers this Friday,” Graunke said.

Follow the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoastalGhostProject.

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