Search on for ‘earth’ champions

2018-07-11 06:00

The time has come to celebrate people who care for the earth.

Nominations are officially open for the 2018 Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s (Wessa) annual awards.

The Wessa awards, to be presented at their 92nd annual meeting on 15 September in Port Elizabeth, pays tribute to a wide range of outstanding environmental champions. Launched in 1974, those who have made a significant contribution to the environmental conservation or environmental education sector in South Africa in a sustainable manner, are recognised and honoured.

According to Wessa, the goal of the awards is to give appropriate, high level recognition to people, groups or institutions for advancing the cause of environmental conservation and/or education in South Africa in an exceptional and sustained manner.

The handing over of the awards is further to provide an opportunity for Wessa to increase public awareness of local or national achievements in environmental conservation and/or education.

Nominations are open for the categories of individuals, youth, corporates and groups.

The individual category describes a person nominated to be considered to have made an outstanding contribution to environmental conservation and/or education in South Africa over a sustained period and at a national level. The youth category defines a person under the age of 35, with the same requirements as above. The groups category strictly requires any group of volunteers (e.g. community, educational, environmental) who have done outstanding work for the benefit of environmental conservation and/or education over a sustained period.

Anyone who needs more information on how to nominate an environmental champion for 2018, can visit


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