It’s March, and that means it’s National Water Week. The summer rains of 2020/2021 have once again highlighted the plight of most of South Africa’s rivers and estuaries.

National Water Week – 15 to 22 March – is an environmental celebration that Plastics SA and our partners support and promote as part of our annual Clean-up and Recycle SA campaign. This year we would like to acknowledge the eco-warriors whose unwavering commitment to protecting our rivers and waterways sets an example and makes a huge difference to our environment at the same time, creating awareness each step of the way.

The Caroline Reid Award, which was launched by Plastics SA in 2019, aims to recognise and reward excellence in South Africa by an individual or group in the field of marine and coastal clean-ups.  Caroline Reid was an ocean conservation warrior who sadly passed away in 2018 after a tragic accident. Caroline coordinated hundreds of beach and diving clean-ups and was central to the work done  in the Durban harbour in 2017 when nurdles leaked out of containers that had falled from a ship during a storm.  She worked tirelessly to increase the awareness of plastics pollution on the KwaZulu-Natal Coastline.

Groups of eco-warriors just like Caroline, were identified and they have received the Caroline Reid Award in appreciation of their dedicated efforts. They are: