KwaZulu-Natal to celebrate World Wetlands Day

The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice
Mabudafhasi, will lead South Africa’s World Wetlands Day 2014
celebrations at Mbongolwane Sports Field, Eshowe, in the province of
KwaZulu-Natal.

World Wetlands Day is an annual event that commemorates the signing of
the Convention on Wetlands on 02 February 1971 in the Iranian City of
Ramsar. The annual celebration aims to amongst others raise awareness on
the benefits of wetlands as a natural resource in communities. The
theme, for this year’s celebrations is: “Wetlands and agriculture – partners for growth.”

The celebration is significant as this year marks twenty years of the
country’s freedom and democracy. The environment sector has made great
strides over the past 20 years as we have worked tirelessly towards our
vision of a prosperous and equitable society living in harmony with our
natural resources.

The Deputy Minister will be joined by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for
Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, Dr BM Radebe, Executive Mayor of
Uthungulu, Thembeka Mchunu and Executive Mayor of Umlalazi, Thelumoya
Zulu. Mabudafhasi will be handing over a Ramsar certificate to
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for the designation of uMgeni vlei Nature Reserve
as a wetland of international importance. The Ramsar Convention is an
intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action
and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of
wetlands and their resources.

There will also be a site visit to the Mbongolwane Wetlands.

MEDIA IS INVITED TO THE EVENT

Date: 31 January 2014

Venue: Mbongolwane Sports Field, Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal

Time: 9h00 – 13h00

TO RSVP PLEASE CONTACT:

Banele Mabena on 012-395 1607 / 073 297 9409 SMabena@environment.gov.za

Raymond Ramaru on 012-310 3901 /084 412 5626
RRamaru@environment.gov.za

MEDIA QUERIES CONTACT:

Peter Mbelengwa on 082 611 8197 / Mbelengwap@dwa.gov.za

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