Organizers of the Sand Music Festival are set to stage a clean SengaBay campaign as one way of addressing pollution of littering and unsuitable disposal of waste products and food, which endangers the health of both tourists and communities.
The organizers, Sunbird Tourism Limited jointly with Impact Events will hold a clean SengaBay Campaign on a week before the festival which takes place the 29th to the 31st of August 2014.
Festival Coordinator, NKhwachi Mhango said in interview with Nyasa Times that the campaign shall involve all the stakeholders in Salima and more importantly the community around the venue of the festival, Livingstonia Beach.
“Now with the circumstances that SengaBay and Salima in general is facing the pollution of littering and unsuitable disposal of waste products and food, there is possibility that the situation could to waterborne related diseases,” said Mhango.
He added: “With the help and support of the community and schools around Salima, we (Sunbird Hotels and Resorts in Partnership with Impacts Events) want to make SengaBay a cleaner environment by cleaning it up on the 20th August 2014 and hopefully sustaining it by making the community responsible for the same.”
Mhango disclosed plans of making the campaign a regular event, which will be involving communities and schools in cleaning up the environment.
“We as the organizers believe that the only way in which Salima’s Sanitation and the project can be sustained, is by involving the younger generation into the campaign to carry out cleaning projects on a regular basis with support from chiefs, business owners, residents, teachers and parents.”
The cleaning campaign is expected to be followed by a parade from Sengabay trading center to the camping site at the hotel.
Meanwhile, the organizers have added Zambian musical group Organized Family and one of the urban artists, Lawi as well as Mizu Banda on the list of artists.
This year’s festival is run under the theme “we are proud to be Malawians, we can, and we are moving forward” which is in line with the country’s 50 years of independence.
Nikki from Zimbabwe, B1 from Zambia, and Professor from Republic of South Africa are the main headliners of the festival with legendary Paul Banda, BlakJak, Piksy, Lucius Banda, Lulu and others leading the local artists act.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :