Why throw waste into the river?
Animals not only have to endure surviving through little dry patches of green grass, but have to drink dirty water, stinking sometimes, contaminated with waste products. Have we not faced enough droughts already? Why do we throw waste into the river?
For over so many years, if not centuries, our fore fathers survived through agriculture, cultivating so they can be able to feed their families. Most of them still own cattle, goats and sheep’s. These are the animals we know they are traded for consuming at some times or for paying lobola (bride price) sake.
However, the current state is not quite friendly for breeding such native animals, especially for later consumption. Our rivers have suddenly turned into “dumping sites” for disposable nappies, tissues, condoms, and all sorts of trash and when you ask you’re told there is no any other place to throw trash.
Before some of us had running water, we depended mostly on the same rivers we throwing trash at today for drinking, bathing and washing dishes. Then today it puzzle me to know what will happen if we were to run water everywhere in the country when we are not taking care of those rivers. If rain does not come are we going to back and live on the same contaminated water we don’t care about? I guess not, but then what options do animals have, non they have to drink dirty water.
Well they don’t speak right, they won’t voice out their problems that is why we don’t really care how they feel when drinking dirty water right? But believe me it doesn’t have a huge, negative impact on their health, and ironically enough, because of ignorance, when we’re told that there’s a ceremony at our neighbours’, and they have slaughtered a cow, we are the first ones to celebrate that animal that has been drinking dirty water from the river.
Environmental affairs departments have a crucial role to play. Firstly, our people need awareness campaigns. They need to be educated about waterborne diseases and other indirect health risks involved! Also, the local municipality should see the need for alternative dumping sites. In rural areas such as Ga Motibidi where I come from, we don’t have waste management services; therefore such campaigns won’t bear fruits without a concrete solution.
Today I challenge each one of us to start digging pit-holes in their yards and use it as a dumping site and avoid diseases that we come across every day because of our recklessness; it doesn’t start with the government only we can also help in creating a friendly environment ourselves in our homes.