IT’S all systems go as Sodurba South Durban Tourism and ward 66 councillor JP Prinsloo unveiled plans to revitalise local tourism.
Sodurba hosted a meeting for stakeholders and community members recently to proactively engage on the role of tourism, improving the quality of local tourism, increasing access to transport and information to visitors and locals, regulating local businesses as well as how concerned groups can work together for the greater good of the environment.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s (WESSA) Treasure Beach educational centre on the Bluff played host to a rocky shores ecosystem challenge at Treasure Beach. Pupils explored the different sea creatures within the water close to the shore and simultaneously enjoyed first-hand experience of the harmful effects of water pollution on marine life. Part of the programme was well suited for the young ones’ curious minds as it included educational exhibits displaying different experiments and information all aimed at focusing on life below water and marine species.
WESSA is affiliated with a number of organisations in its mission to protect and care for the environment including the United Nations, Youth Managers Foundation, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Department of Environmental Affairs, Durban Solid Waste and eThekwini Municipality.
ANDRE (the Nature Guy) Steenkamp has educated and exposed the community to the wonders of nature since 2001 and his love for the environment drives him to never stop spreading the word about conservation and education.
The 44-year-old Bluff man spends most of his time in nature, working side by side with environmental organisations and warriors such as WESSA and Sodurba to encourage and engender an interest, especially among the youth, for environmental awareness and conservation.
The High Commission of Canada in South Africa hosted a beach clean-up event in partnership with WILDOCEANS and the US consulate in Durban. The aim of the event was to host a beach clean-up and educational workshop on ocean plastic waste and marine litter to ecosystems at a beach in Durban as part of Canada’s G7 commitment to take action to address oceans plastics.
Canada is committed to protecting the environment and preserving the waterways, so that the world continues to enjoy the beauty, health and economic benefits that our oceans, lakes and rivers provide. The government of Canada is working at home, in South Africa and across the world with partners to address the serious and growing problem of ocean waste. Involved was, Sithengile High School, a local school, on the day. After the cleanup we played educational games encouraging the students to make a commitment to protect the marine environment.
Candidate Whale Heritage Site The Bluff, Durban, South Africa, have set a target of June 2019 to finalize their WHS application and welcome on-site auditors as they progress towards WHS accreditation. Enhancing the site with creative and original initiatives, the management team have made fantastic progress towards developing ocean literacy initiatives and sustainable practices since they achieved Candidate Site status in 2017.
On the 24th October the Department of Environmental Affairs of the South African Government announced the approval of a network of 20 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that are representative of South Africa’s rich coastal and ocean biodiversity. This will increase protection of the ocean around South Africa from 0.4 to 5%.
Two of the 20 MPAs are situated within the territory of KwaZulu Natal province in which The Bluff Whale Heritage Site is located. This is massive news and a huge win for the marine environment!
Watch the Marine Protected Areas video below!