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