JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 15:Eco Rangers with MMC EISD, Matshidiso Mfikoe and Amanda Nair (Pikitup Managing Director) during the Johannesburg Waste Summit on May 15, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Lee Warren)
Power: He has power over recyclable materials.
Personality: Recyclo is the group-leader and has those traits. He is responsible, protective and organised. If you need a good plan, he’s your man. He is the head of the group.
Power: Super agility and strength. He uses his power to navigate his way swiftly through urban settings, and stop litterbugs in their tracks.
Personality: Litter-X is quick-witted and cool. But when it comes to litter he becomes very serious. Whether it’s big companies practicing illegal dumping, or one man throwing a can into the street, Litter-X will take them down and teach them a lesson they’ll never forget. He is the muscle of the group.
Power: Lynx can talk to animals and ask them to do her bidding.
Personality: Being a wild child, Lynx can be very cheeky and open-minded.
She’s a hot-headed young lady and she’s not afraid to speak her mind, whether to animals, friends, or enemies. She is the soul of the group.
Power: Sky can control all vegetation. By making more trees grow from the earth she is helping to reduce the carbon footprint, thereby clearing the air of smog. This connection to air also helps her fly.
Personality: Sky is the sweet, rooted one in the group. She really cares about the planet. She may be soft-spoken, but she knows how to get her point across. She is the heart of the group.
Activities undertaken to ensure the success of the programme 2011:
2011: Character and concept development and testing
2011: Schools selection
2011/12: Department of Education (GDE): endorsement and facilitation
2012: Development, production and packaging of Pikitup curriculum and grade specific content aligned to the CAPS system with GDE approval
2012: Support collateral design and production
2012: Campaign introduction and registration of 200 participating schools
2013: Visit and activate 200 mixed LSM City of Joburg primary schools
2013: Curriculum commenced – April 2013
2013: Official Launch of Eco Rangers – Joburg Waste Summit 2013 – 5 May 2013
2013: Follow up and support to 200 schools by the Pikitup school liaison officer
2013: Collection of “Pitch In and Pikitup” competition entries 2013: Curriculum closure for 2013 School Year
2014: Judging and winner selection of “Pitch In and Pikitup” competition
Feedback from schools
“Thankıng the crew for sharıng thıs ımportant ınformation, we need to spread the message to all chıldren.” Mrs Morton | Crown Chrıstian School
“It was ınformatıve, very vısual, ıt captured learners’ attentıon.” Mrs Matlala | EP Bauman Prımary
“The programme was very good because they learn lots of things about their environment. I think you can visit the school every year to remind learners about their environment.” Mrs Nokuzola Ngcobo | Khandubuhle Primary
“The programme was super the learners benefitted a lot as a result the school premises will be kept clean.”Mr Siphiwe Sibeko | Empumalanga Primary
“We would like to do recycling of different materials, e.g. cans, plastic, paper and glass – can you supply us with recycling bins?” Ms Miriam Mabeba | Molaetsa Primary
“Must be reinforced in class and learners need constant reminders about their pledge made, and may we please have a copy of the pledge?”
Mrs M Glade | Discovery Primary
“Everything was excellent. It would be good to visit the school more often.” Ms L. Dethako | Madiba Primary
“Maybe bit more information about decaying waste that could be incorporated into compost heaps at schools and at home.” Mrs G Clemistson | Robin Hills Primary
“Thank you for this great programme and presenting it with so much enthusiasm.” Carmen Greyling | Laerskool Witfield
“Involve the whole school ın the programme, please provıde us wıth bıns for the classrooms.” Mr M Holland | Kensıngton Laerskool
“Pikitup must make regular and visits and see if there is an improvement in learner attitudes towards the environment.” Mr R.c Vergie | T.c. Esterhuizen Primary
“We are requesting for recycling bins and dust bins. We would like to have a person who’ll be responsible for collecting our bottles, tins, and plastic containers.” L Mahlangu | Ikwezi Primary