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Wed, 12 Jul 2017
SANParks ‘investing in future leaders’ as Kudu green school kicks off...

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced the launch of its annual Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI) programme for 2017 in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

The initiative – Environmental Education Outreach Programme – which started in 2010 with only seven schools, targets urban school-going children from disadvantaged backgrounds and has since grown to twenty schools.

Learners are encouraged to research and debate biodiversity conservation issues based on climate change-related topics, as well as being exposed to conservation and climate-related careers.

“The programme aims to enhance climate science literacy by advocating lifestyle and behavioural changes that favour resource conservation and contribute to climate change mitigation,” says SANParks head of corporate communications, Janine Raftopoulos.

According to Raftopoulos, the schools selected are all from Gauteng and are selected through the Department of Basic Education district offices with set criteria, taking into consideration the better performing disadvantaged schools who are also involved in other environmental initiatives.

“They are from different education districts in four municipalities, namely City of Tshwane, City of Johannesburg, West Rand and Ekurhuleni,” says Raftopoulos.

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SANParks says while the majority of urban-based learners are rarely exposed to national parks or conservation issues, it wants to afford them the same opportunities as the rural learners in getting to know nature through its green school initiative.

Raftopoulos says the future of the environment lies in the ability of the youth to understand their local and global environments and the issues that impact negatively on our world.

“The sustainability of our natural environment and ecosystems can not only be left to existing legislation and policies; we also need to invest in the knowledge and development of our future leaders who will take the responsibility of advancing such policies,” says Raftopoulos.

The programme has exposed more than 1500 learners from 20 schools to wilderness experience in national parks and reserves since its inception and Raftopoulos says once the learners are back in their communities they are agents of change for a better, healthier future for all in South Africa.

“The best way to get young people to understand and have respect for the environment in conservation areas is to start by making positive and visible changes in the environments where they live and that is what the KGSI is all about,” concludes Raftopoulos.


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Tue, 27 Jun 2017
Local beach makes most colourful places in the world list

South Africa may have been dubbed many things under the sun but one thing is for sure, the country prides itself on flying the flag high up when it comes to its colourful people and attractions.

And the latest accolade is being included in CNN’s compilation of colourful places in the world that affirms what we already know when it comes to our country’s attractions – after all, we are known to be a rainbow nation.

Ranked at number 2 on the list of 25 world’s most bright colourful places, SA’s Muizenberg beach surpassed places found in the Tokyo, Arizona, Italy and France to name a few – see full list here

It says “Muizenberg’s colourful beach huts don’t need an Instagram filter to dazzle”.

Known as a shallow beach with warm water during the time of winter, according to Cape Town tourism, the Muizenberg region is more than just a summer destination. It offers great family fun and learning to surf has become the number one activity on the jam-packed beachfront, even during winter.

If you move away from the beach you will discover some quirky characters in this distinctly bohemian seaside village.

In fact, the easiest way to familiarise yourself with the region is to join Moonlight Meander with the locals and enjoy a safe, fun-filled evening walking on the beautiful Muizenberg Blue Flag beach in the light of the full moon on Saturday

The series continues throughout the year in partnership with the Muizenberg Precinct Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Meet at the Safer Together table in front of Knead Bakery at Surfer’s Corner on Beach Road, Muizenberg at 18:00. The walk starts at 18:15 on the corner in front of the bakery, which stays open especially for Meander Saturday evenings.

There is ample parking for participants, and roaming car guards will be on duty. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach, but dogs are a welcome provided they are on leashes.



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Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Young entrepreneurs helped by Bizniz in a Box

Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) is working with young people to help them triumph over challenges as most young people struggle to find work and many have given up hope.

CCBSA is introducing them to the possibilities of entrepreneurship through a concept dubbed Bizniz in a Box. This initiative gives young people between the ages of 24 and 35 and living in townships the opportunity, skills and funding to set up and run their own successful container shops. From December last year to February this year, total revenue for the first six shops increased from just over R50 000 a month to more than R200 000, demonstrating the great potential of the programme.

Talented young people are selected, trained in marketing, sales, stock management and finance and given access to funding to start their container business – literally a business in a box.

“Aspiring entrepreneurs in SA face a number of challenges including a lack of funding and skills, fierce competition from bigger companies and regulatory challenges. These common hurdles have resulted in high failure rates for small businesses,” says Tsholofelo Mqhayi, head of enterprise and community development at CCBSA.

“Through the Bizniz in a Box process, we’re helping young people set up and manage thriving businesses in their communities.”

The programme grooms young entrepreneurs to run their own businesses through on-the-job training. This means they are assessed on their actual performance in a live environment, rather than in a classroom set-up only. It also gives candidates a taste of what it’s like to operate a micro business independently.

Once they’ve completed repayment of a portion of the capital cost of the store and met the performance criteria, the store is officially handed over to them and their new life as a fully independent entrepreneur begins.

They are also encouraged to start thinking about other opportunities outside their shop, such as opening up a franchised business.




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