WESSA turns Toti SAPS green

2018-07-04 06:00

KINGSBURGH Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) is a South African environmental organisation who, for over 90 years, have proactively engaged with the challenges and opportunities presented by South Africa’s unique natural heritage and the social and economic systems that depend on it.

Lynn Jack and her WESSA Kingsburgh team have committed to two hours every weekend, until July 14, to brighten up Amanzimtoti SAPS gardens.

“We wanted our police station to look beautiful and we could see it needed some tender loving care.

“We gathered a team of six volunteers together from WESSA and paid two gardeners to help us to make a difference to their gardens. We planted some indigenous, water-wise plants that do not need to much attention or watering. We are proud of our little town and want to ensure that we continue to look after it,” she said.

Jack appealed to all communities to take the initiative to begin projects such as this one: “Get involved in being part of the solution by using your own skills and talents to uplift the community. We often have a tendency to complaining about things, instead of becoming the difference we want to see. Every little effort we make, makes a difference.” she said.

Communication officer of Ethekwini Outer South Cluster Captain Carmen Rhynes said: “We are grateful for the kind assistance of such proactive organizations and community members. It is encouraging to see community members taking on initiatives to make a difference to their surroundings. If we all participated in making a difference, as part of a school team, a business team, a family, a church or just on an individual interest, we can take transformation not only to our street, our town, our city but our nation. We must not stop caring and become passive complainers. Everyone can make a difference. Amanzimtoti is a lovely little town that is vibrant and has a lot to offer its visitors and residents. We salute community members doing their little bit!”

Amanzimtoti Station Commander, Colonel BH Nikabinde applauded the community members and said: “I am humbled by the commitment from our community members to help our police station look more beautiful by improving its garden. We are very grateful! Your efforts will not go unnoticed and will be appreciated by all who visit.

“Thank you for not only caring about our police station but, most importantly, caring for the environment. We salute you.”

If anyone would like to offer their ‘green fingers’ or creative skills to assist on various projects such as these, one can contact the chairperson of Kingsburgh WESSA Rob on 083 799 9241. — Supplied.

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