World Wetlands Day -- South Africa
Healthy wetlands, healthy people
World Wetlands Day 2008
2nd February 2008
Time to celebrate wetlands again, and this year we're focussing on the vital role that these special ecosystems play in supporting human health and well-being. In this Gumboot we give you a list of some of the World Wetlands Day celebrations around South Africa.
Klip river Wetlands, Johannesburg
On February 1st, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Gauteng Agriculture, Conservation and Environment MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu and Johannesburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo will welcome guests to a celebration at the Hall of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto, and afterwards join a field trip into the Klip wetlands. The national event focuses on the Klip River because of the crucial role its extensive peat beds play in purifying Johannesburg's waste water, controlling pollution, supporting biodiversity, and providing green space in a dense urban area.The celebration will draw attention to the value of the wetlands and the consequences of their ongoing degradation, as well as the rehabilitation work being undertaken.
On the day before, January 31st, a group of about 100 decision makers will undertake a technical exploration of the Klip wetlands to see first hand what the damage is and what is needed to protect the system.
World Wetlands Day Teacher's Pack
Share-Net has compiled a World Wetlands Day pack that includes the Stream and pond life, Wetlands and people, and How wet is a wetland? booklets, the Water is life! teacher's guide, a Swap starter kit (water testing kit), a mini-sass sheet and selected Envirofacts.
Cost : R65
Eastern Cape Provincial Event
On February 1st a celebration will be held for diginitaries, community members and school groups at Matatiele near Kokstad at 10h00.
Limpopo Provincial Event
The Limpopo provincial celebrations will be held on February 6th in the Makuleke area, close to South Africa's newest Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. A second event will be held on February 21st in the Mopani District.
KwaZulu-Natal Ministerial Event
A celebration will be held on 19th February 2008 in the KwaNdaba Area, Ntabamhlophe, hosted by the Imbabazane Local Municipality (Uthukela District)
A second KwaZulu-Natal Ministerial event will be held on a date to be confirmed in the Umkhanyakude District Municipality
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs
A celebration will be held on 12th February 2008 in Ulundi
Mpumalanga Provincial Celebration
The Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture & Land Administration, and the Umjindi Local Municipality are holding a celebration on February 5th at the Amon Nkosi Primary School at 09h30.
Several awareness campaigns have been planned across Mpumalanga around the towns of Barberton, Graskop, Lydenburg, Pilgrim's Rest, Tonga and Nelspruit. Please call to find out what's happening in your area.
WfWet Duiwenhoks & Goukou Project
Working for Wetlands team members, led by the Hessequa Municipality in partnershipwith CapeNature and LandCare, will visit schools in the area to talk about the importance of wetlands and wetland rehabilitation. They may include site visits to the Goukou wetlands.
WfWet Peninsula Project
Celebrations will be held at Blouvlei Primary school in Retreat, Cape Town on February 8th in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.
A celebration is planned for Friday, February 1st 2008, at the Bosheuwel educational centre. Guests include WfWet and CoastCare workers and SANParks honorary rangers.
Western Cape Wetlands Forum
In addition to general public awareness, the forum is sending happy wetlands day e-cards to decision makers in government, local municipalities and business. The message encourages thought about the impact on wetlands of decisions made in the course of business, development and planning.
Friends of the Liesbeek
Interested people are invited to join the group on a walk and talk around the wetlands of the lower Liesbeek. On Friday 1st February, meet at 6pm on the Durban Road Bridge, Mowbray. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a jersey. Dogs with poop scoops welcome. No charge.
Liz or Dave
Rondevlei Nature Reserve
Grade 4-7 learners are invited to learn about Rondevlei Nature Reserve at Zeekoevlei. Groups will go on short walks to identify birds and animal spoor, and learn about the plants in the area. Bookings are essential. Cost : R2-00/learner, R6-00/adult
Monday, 4 February & Friday, 8 February
The Metrorail Edutrain will be taking up to 100 children to Zandvlei every day to learn about the importance of wetlands. Schools were selected from across the Cape Flats from as far as Tulbach, Wellington, and Stellenbosch.
Keysers River Restoration Project
A poster display is being rotated amongst businesses in the light industrial area along the Keysers River to raise awareness and encourage participation in the Keyers river restoration project.
Hekpoort wetland field trip
On Saturday February 2nd the Harties Integrated Biological Remediation Programme of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry & Rand Water will lead a field trip through the Hekpoort wetland, about 15 km from the Hartebeespoort Dam.
City of Tshwane Celebration
On February 21st there will be a day of activities at the Olievenhoutbosch wetland, including alien plant eradication, SASS scoring and a clean-up. On February 2nd a celebration will be held with speakers from various organisations.
Glen Cain Education and Environment Support Enthusiasts
Hout Bay Wetlands Projects
The Hout Bay Heritage Trust is launching three wetland restoration projects.
Cape Town Youth Environmental School (YES)
The City of Cape Town will be hosting a Wetlands Awareness Programme in partnership with Metrorail's Edutrain, the Western Cape Education Department's Centre for Conservation Education, the Primary Science Programme (PSP), CapeNature and Century City Property Owners' Association.