Good morning, Mzansi! It’s finally Friday and while we are still celebrating the news about the country moving to Level 1 next week Monday, we have more announcements up our sleeve.
First up, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, and the executive mayor of Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo, will be holding a certificate awarding ceremony to acknowledge six co-operatives whose recycling efforts are preserving and protecting the environment.
Secondly the deputy minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Makhotso Sotyu, will join Vho-Thovhele FD Nesengani at 09:00 this morning to hand over six skip bins to be placed at different areas in Vuwani.
The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, will undertake a working visit to the Capricorn District Municipality office at 10:00 this morning to meet various stakeholders and to visit various agricultural projects.
Lastly you have an opportunity to meet Lengau Mothiane, welder and director of Horizon Southern Group who will tell you about what his job entails in our regular AgriSETA Learner Connect feature.
1. Recycling certificates awarded
As part of South African National Recycling Week, which commenced on the 14th and will run until 19 September, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, and the executive mayor of Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo, will be holding a certificate awarding ceremony to acknowledge six co-operatives whose recycling efforts are preserving and protecting the environment.
The award ceremony will take place at the Linbro Park Landfill site in Johannesburg at 08:00 this morning. The minister and the mayor will also be assisting the City of Johannesburg and Pikitup to divert waste away from landfill sites.
Members of the media are invited to the event to interact with both the minister and the mayor and other stakeholders whose contribution to responsible waste management initiatives are key to protecting environmental degradation.
2. Minister Sotyu hands over skip bins in Vuwani
The deputy minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Makhotso Sotyu, joins local traditional leader, Vho-Thovhele FD Nesengani, in Vuwani, Limpopo, at 09:00 this morning. As part of the Vuwani environment clean-up campaign the minister will hand over six skip bins to be placed at different areas in Vuwani.
The Vuwani environment clean-up campaign coincides with the National Clean-up and Recycle SA Week.
“The aim of this week is to increase an awareness of the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling. During this time, we encourage communities, schools and businesses to clean up the areas where they work, live and play by collecting the litter and ensuring that it gets recycled,” said deputy minister Sotyu in a media release.
“Each year, close to 120 000 volunteers participate in these clean-up activities that take place along roadsides, rivers, schools, residential and illegal dumping areas,” added Sotyu.
The deputy minister will also use her visit to Vuwani to call on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management as part of National Arbor Month. It is for this reason that the deputy minister has mobilized 500 trees to be planted in Vuwani area. These trees will be planted by the community members who will be identified by the Nesengani Royal Council and employed on a part-time basis.
3. Didiza to visit the Capricorn District Municipality
The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, will undertake a working visit to the Capricorn District Municipality office at 10:00 this morning to meet various stakeholders and visit various agricultural projects as part of assessing progress on the implementation of the districts development model.
The minister will also pay a courtesy visit to the premier of Limpopo. The visit is part of her responsibility, as she was appointed as the District Development Model champion for the Capricorn district.
Interested parties who want to honour the visit can RSVP by contacting Nicholas Magada on his email address at Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Meet an agri welder
Are you skilled at building, installing and mending things with your hands, but curious as to which career path you can follow?
Today’s AgriSETA Learner Connect features Lengau Mothiane (35) a welder and director of Horizon Southern Group, who can be your guide. He builds cattle holding facilities, installs farm water supplies from households to the field and installs farm solar water solutions and energy off the grid.
Mothiane says for this career you need general sciences and be skilled in calculations and measurements. A positive, humble, and respectful attitude will also take you a long way and you must be prepared to work long hours and be patient.
If that sounds like something you are interested in, keep an eye on Food For Mzansi for the AgriSETA Learner Connect profile and podcast episode that will be shared later today.
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