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Sierra Leone: Africell Donates Machine for Beach Cleaning

Sierra Leone: Africell Donates Machine for Beach Cleaning

Sierra Leone: A Sierra Leonean based mobile company, Africell, has today donated beach clean-up equipment worth thousands of dollars to two top-notch cleaning organizations at its branch office on Lumley Beach Road.

The donation comes in the wake of chemicals and plastic pellets into the sea on the coast of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.

Africell’s Managing Director, Shadi Gerjawi said that more than 240km of shoreline has been affected by plastic waste pollution, and that the organization felt the donation was necessary to aid in the next stage of clean-up, with most of the plastic nurdles on the surface removed and efforts now focused on retrieving pellets embedded in the sand.

The mobile company which has operated in the country for decades, executes its mandate on corporate social responsibility and counts firm across the plastics value chain among its members, donating one machine separating nurdles from sand, and able to cover a surface area of about 4,000 square per hour.

The donation was coordinated by the Managing Director of Africell in Sierra Leone and a handover ceremony was held on Thursday 10th November, 2022.

The machine requires an operator, and also keep those involved in cleanup efforts safe by minimizing their contact with hazardous materials.

“The machine may sweep debris from the coastline where it could be taken to a located dump site,” said the spokesman.

Tampa Sylvanus Kongomayie – Team Supervisor for Propel Organization said it is a successful delivery of the beach cleanup machine to support this next phase of work was a truly cross border effort with partners from Sierra Leone.

“My sincere thanks to all parties involved, especially Africell for the close partnership to make this happen. We believe this contribution can help in the important restoration of the marine ecosystem in Sierra Leone.”

By: Emmanuel Foday Ansumana

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