14 June 2017
The Keep Kruger Clean (KKC) project was celebrated at Welverdiend village outside Orpen Gate on Monday June 5. The Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Total South Africa initiated the event which forms part of World Environmental Day. The aim of this campaign is to educate and create awareness about the danger of spoiling the environment such as the national parks and other habitats.
The morning programme included picking up litter on the roads, veldt and in the seasonal streams which lead up to the Park from Welverdiend. The role players who participated in the KKC campaign were: Welverdiend Community, SANParks (Biodiversity Social Project – BSP), Working on Fire, Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Kruger to Canyon Biosphere Reserve (K2C), Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA), SAPS, Local Traditional Leadership, Singita Safari Lodge and Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA).
“This year’s theme connecting people to nature encourages human beings to cherish the close relationship they have with nature,” said Lucy Nhlapo, Acting Managing Executive, KNP. “Our ecosystems are sensitive and must be preserved. We need various species of flora and fauna in their original state for them to maintain a healthy and balanced environment; which includes the things on which they depend on to survive such as soil, river or stream.”
The KKC campaign has allowed stakeholders including school kids from the neighbouring communities to take part by collecting litter in areas outside the Park’s entrance gates. Awareness building materials such as brochures and rubbish bags with litter messages continue to be handed out to guests on daily basis upon entry to the park
“The KKC initiative enables us to influence ecological responsible lifestyle choices which can help to protect the environment and ensure we sustain its natural resources for current and future generations to enjoy,” explained Nyameka Makonya, CSI Manager, Total South Africa.
Image: Everybody lends a hand in collecting litter during the Keep Kruger Clean celebrations.