Many people might not have known the story of the elephant sculpture, “Mrs Ndlovu”, outside the Hout Bay police station, but that all changed this week with the unveiling of a story board alongside the installation.
In November 2011, sculptor Sam Allerton positioned the sculpture at the Hout Bay waste drop-off to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. The elephant was originally made for a movie set but was discarded into a landfill site.
It was then rescued by Mr Allerton and brought to life. The planned unveiling of the Mrs Ndlovu story board by 15 Miss Earth South Africa finalists in celebration of Earth Day had to be cancelled due to the unexpected storm on Thursday April 6.
On Tuesday May 9, ward councillor Roberto Quintas visited the drop-off and gave his promise to nature when he made his hand print on the elephant together with Thrive Hout Bay’s Bronwen Lankers-Byrne and Bill Qavana, supervisor of the Hout Bay waste drop-off.
The story board was designed by graphic designer Natasha Viljoen. Ms Lankers-Byrne promised to “do my best to ensure improved management of solid waste in IY and Hangberg in order to prevent waste from polluting our waterways, our lives and the life of the planet.”