Garden Route National Park strengthens partnerships during Mandela Day centenary

SANParks employees in the Garden Route are taking more than 67 minutes to strengthen partnerships for Mandela Day centenary celebrations starting on Mandela’s birthday, the 18th July 2018.

All planned activities are managed by the People and Conservation Officers in Knysna, Wilderness and Tsitsikamma and the dominant theme is to work together to refurbish and bring life back to structures.   Work starts in collaboration with the Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) with the painting of the quarantine area. The KAWS quarantine area is in desperate need of refurbishment. This is the area demarcated for strays, surrendered and injured animals. Other teams from Knysna will go to paint Eyeshot crèche in White Location partnering with the local ward councillor in the area.

The Wilderness teams will focus in four (4) areas, one will be going to George : CANSA to assist with basic maintenance of Wendy houses, plant indigenous plants for care homes. Another group will visit the Golden Oldies Service Centre in collaboration with the Social Department to clean the premises and donate fleece blankets.

Similar maintenance events will be held in Beverley (Lancewood Primary), Farleigh (Karateka Primary) and Goaded (Keurhoek Community Creche).

Tsitsikamma teams will be partnering with Mountain to Ocean (MTO) and Working on Fire (WoF) to plant indigenous trees at the Woodlands Primary school.  On Thursday teams will head to the Crags/ Kurland Village (Preschool) close to Natures Valley.

SANParks Honorary Rangers in Knysna are calling for volunteers to help with a 67- minute clean up to meet up at Trotter Street (behind the tennis courts) from 10:30am.  Volunteers can contact Teresa, 082 355 2066 or Jorika, 082 737 6732.

According to Government and Information Systems (GCIS), this year’s focus for the Mandela Day centenary is on working together to ‘move South Africa forward.’  This year’s theme celebrates Tata Mandela and Mama Sisal Centenary celebration with sub-themes- ‘be the legacy’ and ‘A woman of fortitude.’

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