Our environment is endangered. Several alien invasive plant species are taking over the habitat of our Namibian vegetation in Windhoek and country wide at an alarming rate, among them 23 different species of cacti. Some of them turn our open spaces into impenetrable thickets. They claim the lives of domestic animals and wildlife. We loose recreational areas in front of our doorsteps and let them be turned into dumpsites and hideouts for robbers.
We have to take responsibility for our environment into our own hands, no one else does it for us. If we want to prevent an entire collapse of our own vegetation, we all together have to handle this problem urgently.
The fastest and most effective way to do this is to get active, to take out rake and cardboard box and uproot the cacti where ever they are spotted. Each uprooted cactus that is buried under several meters of building rubble at the designated landfill site can not multiply any more.
If someone prefers to employ job seeking workers to do the work, they can be found at the street side everywhere.
And this is what we, Friedhelm and Gunhild, are doing with the CactusClean-Up initiative: if someone gives us payment of N$150,- for a day´s work, we employ workers accordingly, supply them with tools, sandwiches, coffee and transport and organize City of Windhoek skips to move the uprooted cacti to the landfill site.
If you want experienced "Cactusfighters" on a daily base for your own property in town or on a farm, you are welcome to have a look at the photo gallery of this website. Some are good in communicating how to conduct the work effectively and some I can recommend for their persevering work on their own.
So, let us fight the cacti together.