Children and their mothers were delighted with the items they chose from the Swop Shop at Die Kop informal settlement near Stanford in return for the bags of recycling they brought with them.

 

The opening day at the Die Kop Swop Shop in Stanford was a resounding success. Johan van Taak from the Overberg Municipality Waste Management Dept gave a good presentation to the children and adults, translated into isiXhosa by Nokuthula Radebe, the Vuka Presenter. He showed the children items that are made from various recyclable products, which was of interest to the team of volunteers as well.

Johan van Taak of Overberg Municipality shows children at Die Kop swop shop how recycled plastic coke bottles are made into a form which is then blown up to create a new coke bottle. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Johan van Taak of Overberg Municipality shows children at Die Kop swop shop how recycled plastic bottles are melted into a form which is turned into a new 2l bottle. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Between 40 and 50 children plus adults brought bags of tins, bottles and plastic that they had collected from their surrounds.

Enthusiastic new recyclers at Die Kop Swop Shop in Stanford. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Enthusiastic new recyclers at Die Kop Swop Shop in Stanford. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

The refuse truck arrived in good time and loaded up the bags of recyclable items collected. Everyone seemed well pleased by their exchanges of clothing, shoes, kitchenware, blanket and school items such as pencils, crayons, exercise books and rulers.

Children happy with the tiems they had 'bought' at the shop swop at Die Kop in Stanford through their recycling efforts. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Children happy with the items they had ‘bought’ at the swop shop at Die Kop in Stanford through their recycling efforts. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

All the children were given a few quarters of orange at the end, which sparked another round of insisting that all the peels were put into bags! Very good learning experiences and next time we intend getting the children to wash their hands before they get the oranges.

 

 

Pretty in pink and proudly so! Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Pretty in pink and proudly so! Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

It is planned to hold open the swop shop every two weeks and to later move the shop so as to include the rest of Stanford South. Donations of clothing, books, pencils, rulers and other stationery would be gratefully accepted as would be the service of extra volunteers. We will also be looking for new and second hand school uniforms and school socks: grey pants, white shirts for boys and girls’ white shirts and navy skirts for pupils at Die Bron; maroon skirts for girls at Okkie Smuts and navy or maroon jerseys and track suits. Contact Elma Hunter at elmahunter@gmail.com

Last one in! A young girl rushing with her bags of recyclables checks to see if the swop shop is still open. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Last one in! A young girl rushing with her bags of recyclables checks to see if the swop shop is still open. Photo: Viv of Scenic South