In a display of commitment to environmental sustainability, 180 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employees and their families devoted their Saturday morning to cleaning the Gqeberha coastline. The beach clean-up, conducted in collaboration with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), was part of VWSA’s Show of Hands volunteer event held on Saturday, November 11.
The semi-annual Show of Hands initiative challenged volunteers to clear a 2.2-kilometer stretch of beach along Marine Drive, from Pollock Beach to Flat Rocks. Over a span of two hours, participants collected 100 bags of litter, excluding bulkier items like old tires, metal pipes, and planks. The collected waste was meticulously sorted and recycled as appropriate.
WESSA played a crucial role in the initiative, offering expertise on waste collection and identifying areas that would have the greatest impact on sustainability. Additionally, WESSA provided environmental education to young attendees, imparting knowledge on how to be more environmentally conscious. VWSA’s support for WESSA extends beyond this event, including funding for transporting learners from various schools to the Marine Week program in October, along with past contributions to WESSA’s Eco Schools initiative.
VWSA, recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability, has earned international recognition for its efforts. The company recently received both the Lean & Green Management Award and the SJM Flex Environmental Award from Exporters Eastern Cape. These accolades highlight VWSA’s dedication to environmental responsibility.
Nonkqubela Maliza, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs at VWSA, expressed gratitude to the passionate volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to make a positive impact over the weekend. The collective effort showcased the shared commitment of VWSA employees to environmental causes.