“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X


The CMA got into the spirit of giving again after it donated 80 recycled school desks to two previously disadvantaged primary schools in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.


40 school desks were handed over to Mzimba Primary School in Edendale earlier this week while another 40 were donated to Addington Primary School in Durban last month.


The initiative is part of the ongoing #GoGreen campaign – a waste management and anti-littering movement that was initiated nearly three years ago when the CMA teamed up with local conservation NGO, Wildlands, in an effort to reduce its waste footprint and benefit local schools and communities.


The plastic recycling initiative is centred around race day with a thorough route clean-up where plastic is collected and sorted by Wildlands for recycling purposes. The water and energy drink sachets that were used to hydrate Comrades runners were extruded into plastic boards which then got crafted into durable school desks.


A total of 400 desks will be distributed to schools in KwaZulu-Natal, thanks to this collaborative recycling effort.


CMA CSI Convenor, Mqondisi Ngcobo says, “At the CMA, we are mindful that the responsibility rests within each and every one of us to recycle, repair, reuse and do the best that we can by our planet. We are proud to be associated with the #GoGreen Campaign and of our long-standing relationship with Wildlands as one of our Official Charities.”


Ngcobo adds, “This initiative is highly significant in that it addresses the major need to recycle our waste and benefit local schools in a tangible way with durable and much-needed school desks.”