Environmentalist builds centre to educate locals about environment

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The construction of the Khanyisa Conservancy Society Centre is underway.

Masoka Dube

LOCAL environmentalist Jack Magongo has commenced with the building of a centre, aiming to boost environmental education in the communities situated near the Kruger National Park’s Numbi gate.

The Khanyisa Conservancy Society, situated in the Buyelani village, will play a vital role in promoting waste awareness, curbing illegal dumping and other related issues.

“Statistics show that illegal dumping sites are growing in this village due to the fact that community environmental education organisations are not coming to the people.

“Since the village is situated next to the Park is also an opportunity to engage them in considering a small transfer recycling station to minimise plastic and papers entering the park,” said Magongo.

The centre will also be used to provide food for the elderly, unhealthy people and children from poor families.

“One of my aims as an environmentalist is to accelerate vegetable garden projects (for food security) for the elderly suffering from chronic diseases. We want to provide them with a meal three times a week.”

Magongo said they wanted to demonstrate support, love and care for the elders. He added that HIV/AIDS-affected families, children and individuals situated in the area would also be well taken care of.  

The programme, which will commence soon, was started in partnership with the Food Trees For Africa as well as the support from PETCO (the PET Recycling Company), he added.

“I already started building the structure to get the project going. I want to supply two computers and access to the internet at the centre so that the youth will be able to use them for job hunting.”

Businesses and other stakeholders willing to assist with fencing and toilet infrastructure as well as roofing material are welcome to contact Magongo on 076 483 1480.