FARA celebrations

Please find below the link to the website of the FARA celebration event, scheduled from 26-28 November 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our website provides you with the
online registration system and more information on the event.
We look forward to meeting you in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dady Demby
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Govt handover of resorts and reserves

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Ms Barbara Thomson will, on 28 August 2014, hand over the Free State Provincial Resorts and Reserves Projects at Sandveld Nature Reserve in Hoopstad, within the jurisdiction of Tswelopele Local Municipality in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality.

The Department through its Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme (EPIP) is funding the implementation of environmental projects in the Free State Province using labour intensive methods as per the requirements of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), aiming towards environmental preservation coupled with job creation.

Fiveprojects to the value of R115 100 000 were implemented within nature reserves in the Free State Province totaling 877employment opportunities created. The projects include Sandveld Nature Reserve, Maria Moroka Resort and Reserve, Sterkfontein Resort and Reserve, Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve and Tussen die Rivier Resort and Reserve.

Media are invited:

Date: Thursday, 28 August 2014

Venue: Sandveld Nature Reserve, Hoopstad,

Time: 09h00 – 14h00

To RSVP kindly contact:

Dimakatso Tsutsubi on 012 399 9974 or dtsutsubi@environment.gov.za

Thembile Ngcobo on 012 399 9986 or tngcobo@environment.gov.za


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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

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.


Date: 31 January 2014

Venue: Mbongolwane Sports Field, Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal

Time: 9h00 – 13h00


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

Raymond Ramaru on 012-310 3901 /084 412 5626


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

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