Shelani van Niekerk/Unexpected Learning Opportunities out at Sea/CPT

Excitement Listening to the ocean waves Remember On the 3rd of July I went on a boat trip. It was organised by Charissa, 'Dolphin Lady', who had connected with her brother and Kim from ‘Shark Lady’, in Hermanus. The purpose of this boat trip [...]

Seipati Ledibane: Community Environment Awareness

There is a common saying that “charity begins at home”, meaning that one’s first priority is to take care of the needs of those closest to them, like family. On the 26th August we had a community cleanup in my community, Phase two, in partnership with our local municipality, Mangaung Metro Municipality and Central University of technology. The aim of the community cleanup was to raise awareness about illegal dumping and the problems we are facing globally related to waste, dumping sites and the impact we all have on the environment. In order to create much spectacle about this campaign, I visited local a radio station and to use the campus notice board to invite students, staff and campus visitors. I was able to get the support from my university, Central University of Technology, this included the university allowing students from the Department of Health and Environmental studies to join us at the cleanup in so that the students can raise awareness community members – to inform them about waste, illegal dumping and to encourage the community to follow the 3Rs- reduce, reuse and recyle. […]

Seipati Ledibane: Celebrating Arbor Day at St. Mary’s Primary School

Arbor day is celebrated every year every year as a way of encourage people to "green" the environment by planting trees. A single tree can provide oxygen for approximately 80 people. It was for this reason I donated two indigenous trees at St. Mary's Primary School, with the donation of [...]

Seipati Ledibane: A fun Waste Management Presentation at Monyatsi Primary School

It was on a warm day on the 19 August 2016, that I did a fun waste management presentation at Monyatsi Primary School. The waste management presentation was inspired by this year's theme "Waste Stops With Me". Who better to than you and I to start minimising our emission of [...]

Elne van Coller: Sonnedou Spring Day Tree Planting

"It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees."- Wangari Maathai Spring day, one of my favorite days each year. It is the first day that highlights new growth and new prosperity for the new season ahead. Spring day is also [...]

Makhosazana Dubazana: Food collection drive

         We have millions of people going to bed hungry every single day, these people may be on the streets, in homes, it may be your neighbour. Anyone that you can possibly imagine. Small to medium size enterprises and individuals contributed what they could to the collection drive [...]

Elne van Coller: Arbour Day tree planting at Petunia High School

I had the absolute privilege to plant 20 trees at Petunia High School in light of Arbor Day. The trees were sponsored by the Free State Department of Agriculture and Forestry , and we were also joined by the department for the tree planting. I was able to donate Arbor [...]

Makhosazana Dubazana: Why the future is brighter than you think…

  In a world gripped with many social economic and environmental issues, the prospects of the future can seem like just a glare in a black hole. At this year’s WWF conference, we shared on how the Miss Earth South Africa program is a training ground for world climate leaders [...]

Makhosazana Dubazana: Green Drinks

Environmentalists alike gathered on the 18th of August to share advances in science, which seek to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change over a chilled beverage. It was an eye-opening experience as speakers shared their shocking results. This experience reminded me that, with every pressing problem there are millions [...]

Makhosazana Dubazana:#NdofayaCommunityCleanUp

On the 20th of August 2016 the community of Meadowlands reignited their desire for a clean and healthy living environment. A space that is constantly marked trash along the pavements and open fields.  We took action and resolved the issue immediately.  However, at the back of our minds, we had [...]

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