WESSA ends year on high note

2016-12-07 06:03
Concluding a successful year WESSA Amanzimtoti committee members (front, from left) Colleen Gill, Nomali Msomi, Corrine Winson, Aneska du Pont, and (back, from left) Zama Nyawo (intern), Bob Skippings (chairperson) with Fikile Kunene (intern). Photo: tania sandberg

Concluding a successful year WESSA Amanzimtoti committee members (front, from left) Colleen Gill, Nomali Msomi, Corrine Winson, Aneska du Pont, and (back, from left) Zama Nyawo (intern), Bob Skippings (chairperson) with Fikile Kunene (intern). Photo: tania sandberg

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THE non-profit organisation implementing high impact environmental and conservation projects that promote public participation in caring for the Earth, the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) ended the year on a high note concluding 90 years of service.

The Amanzimtoti arm of the organisation held their year-end meeting at Umbogintwini Nature Reserve on Wednesday, 30 November.
The new chairperson, Bob Skippings, taking the reins from the late Chris Skinner, thanked the committee for their dedicated service. He also thanked the two interns, Zama Nyawo and Fikile Kunene, who completed their year service through the intern programme.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to thank WESSA for the internship. Bob was like our father, we are still young and he has helped us in everything, encouraged and motivated us. My family is also grateful for WESSA, they have changed me. I now know what to do I want to go and live my dream.
“ I studied nature conservation, but did not understand what it is all about, now I do. I will take my understanding to the youth in my area. I will tell them about alien plants and show them how to plant trees and look after the environment and when we graduate at Mangosuthu University of Technology next year, you will be invited,” Nyawo said.

Both interns are originally from Hluhluwe and Kunene said they had already started a project together at home. They are looking into a new nature reserve opening, and it is their hope to invite WESSA to open an educational centre there.

“Many young people do not understand conservation and we are now able to create understanding. I would like to thank WESSA, everything is in our hands now to use in future employment. At Treasure Beach, they taught us to be prepared to do everything ourselves and not to wait on others. We take this with us. I would thank you for the motherly and fatherly support during the year,” Kunene said.

The chairperson said that they had learnt from the interns as well. Colleen Gill, committee member, confirmed that continuing on the successful internship programme, the new interns will start on 3 January, 2017.

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