Whale viewing deck and conservancy show community spirit

2013-07-29 00:00

WHEN two friends stopped in Old St Faiths Road, Port Shepstone, to admire the view of the ocean, little did they realise that it would result in a conservancy being implemented and a whale viewing deck being built.

Speaking at the opening on Friday, chairperson of the Umtentweni Conservancy, Alex Skene, said the project had taken two years to complete with the help of many sponsors and donors.

“Myself and a friend were admiring the view and told each other this was a prime location for a whale viewing deck. Just then someone drove past and said the same thing. And that was how this all started,” he said.

“This project is how a community should come together and help each other. There were groups of up to 35 people who worked on Sundays to get this complete,” Skene said.

He also thanked Hibiscus Coast Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu and the other municipal councillors for their assistance when asked for help with the project.

Mqwebu cut the ribbon and thanked the conservancy for their efforts to beautify and grow their area.

“This is what public participation is all about. It’s really good when the community comes together and works hand in hand. Thank you to everybody who was a part of this,” said Mqwebu.

After the mayor spoke and was ready to head back to her seat, Skene stopped her and said he had something to show her.

A little baffled, Mqwebu made her way to the front of the deck where Skene unveiled a wooden plaque with her name on it.

She was extremely surprised and thanked them for their kind gesture.

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