Cape Times

SANParks leads big push to clean up Knysna


KNYSNA Honorary Rangers led a mass clean-up of the town in an effort to encourage active citizenry on World Environmen­t Day.

Clean-ups planned by SANParks Honorary Rangers targeted upstream areas, the city centre and around the Knysna estuary. Of the 249 national estuaries forming part of a study conducted by independen­t researcher­s Jane Turpie and Barry Clarke (2007), the Knysna estuary was ranked number one in South Africa in terms of biodiversi­ty significan­ce.

The estuary is also home to 43% of South Africa’s plant and animal life, and supports rare fish species.

Honorary ranger Delle Henry said: “We started a string of conversati­ons with pupils in Concordia High, Concordia Primary and Thembelits­ha.”

On Tuesday, Percy Mdala High School and Chris Nissen Primary School also benefited from educationa­l talks by SANParks rangers and the People and Conservati­on Department. Part of the campaign’s roll-out included roping in businesses via doorto-door action.

“Litter is our collective responsibi­lity and everyone must play a role. We therefore plead with business owners to clean up in front of their shops and we appeal to everyone not to throw rubbish down stormwater drains.”

World Environmen­t Day was used as a platform to raise awareness and action for the protection of the environmen­t, under this year’s global theme of #beatairpol­lution.

SANParks chief executive officer Fundisile Mketeni said: “It is important for SANParks to commemorat­e this day, as it raises global awareness about taking positive action to protect the Earth.”

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