Community must preserve Wetlands says MEC

March 09, 2017 at 13:49 p.m

The Leadership of the Department and other stakeholders braced the scorching heat at MP Stream near Thulamashashe in the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, during a walk-about at a protected wetland on 09 February 2017.

This, during the provincial commemoration of both Wetlands Day and Grasslands Week. Dubbed Mpumalanga's Twin Treasures, this year's message focused on the threatened species that survive on Wetlands and Grasslands as their habitats. MEC Shongwe called on local people to look after the Wetland and play their role in preserving it. He also donated whillie-bins to local schools to use for recyclable items. The tour of the Park was worth it, as the entourage which also featured HoD Ms SP Xulu among others, was taken from one type of tree to another, including grass, with valuable information shared on them. Protecting our Twin Treasures mean we are protecting birds, mammals, plants, fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates from possible extinction.

Meanwhile, an informative Environmental Capacity Building Workshop took place at the Lydenburg Waterfocus Centre on 26 January 2017, focusing mainly on the threats posed on the species that live and survive in Wetlands and Grasslands. Presentations from guest speakers were specifically on what is under threat in Mpumalanga, like Cranes, Larger Carnivores, Moles and Bats, Cycads, and Invertebrates.

Fact: Wetlands and Grasslands are worryingly under threat, and it is never too late for all of us to play our part to salvage whatever little that is left.