City honours nature volunteers

2019-12-17 06:00

The Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Marina Da Gama set the scene as the City of Cape Town and SANParks Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) honoured their volunteers on International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5 December.

The part-time staff take on various tasks at the City’s nature reserves which include clearing alien vegetation, general maintenance, plant-nursery work, floral and faunal surveys, leading guided hikes, administration duties, providing environmental education and litter clean-ups.

Julia Wood, biodiversity manager at the City of Cape Town, said the volunteers, both local and international, are a diverse group. “Some are school learners completing their work experience and others are simply residents looking for any opportunity to enjoy and take care of the natural environment within their area.”

Munzhedzi Muhanelwa, people and conservation officer for SANParks TMNP, added: “It gives me hope that our efforts are not in vain but are for the benefit of the community in terms of the youth in our surrounding communities who need to take ownership of our natural resources and conserve it; not only for their sake but for future generations.”

Previous volunteers from both SANParks TMNP and the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Management Department shared their stories at the event.

According to a City statement, their career paths are perfect examples of how opportunities can arise when you follow your passion, invest time and work toward gaining experience.

Wood elaborated: “There are several routes people follow to find happiness and satisfaction but often the deepest satisfaction comes from the intangibles: doing good work simply because of passion or support. Volunteerism is one of those intangibles where the rewards can be deep and lasting.”V For more information on the City’s nature reserves, follow the link: www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves.

The Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Marina Da Gama set the scene as the City of Cape Town and SANParks Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) honoured their volunteers on International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5 December.

The part-time staff take on various tasks at the City’s nature reserves which include clearing alien vegetation, general maintenance, plant-nursery work, floral and faunal surveys, leading guided hikes, administration duties, providing environmental education and litter clean-ups.

Julia Wood, biodiversity manager at the City of Cape Town, said the volunteers, both local and international, are a diverse group. “Some are school learners completing their work experience and others are simply residents looking for any opportunity to enjoy and take care of the natural environment within their area.”

Munzhedzi Muhanelwa, people and conservation officer for SANParks TMNP, added: “It gives me hope that our efforts are not in vain but are for the benefit of the community in terms of the youth in our surrounding communities who need to take ownership of our natural resources and conserve it; not only for their sake but for future generations.”

Previous volunteers shared their stories at the event. Their career paths are perfect examples of how opportunities can arise when you follow your passion, invest time and work toward gaining experience.

V For more information on the City’s nature reserves, visit www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves.

The Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Marina Da Gama set the scene as the City of Cape Town and SANParks Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) honoured their volunteers on International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5 December.

The part-time staff take on various tasks at the City’s nature reserves which include clearing alien vegetation, general maintenance, plant-nursery work, floral and faunal surveys, leading guided hikes, administration duties, providing environmental education and litter clean-ups.

Julia Wood, biodiversity manager at the City of Cape Town, said the volunteers, both local and international, are a diverse group. “Some are school learners completing their work experience and others are simply residents looking for any opportunity to enjoy and take care of the natural environment within their area.”

Munzhedzi Muhanelwa, people and conservation officer for SANParks TMNP, added: “It gives me hope that our efforts are not in vain but are for the benefit of the community in terms of the youth in our surrounding communities who need to take ownership of our natural resources and conserve it; not only for their sake but for future generations.”

Wood says volunteerism is one of those intangibles where the rewards can be deep and lasting.”V For more information on the City’s project visit www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves.

The Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Marina Da Gama set the scene as the City of Cape Town and SANParks Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) honoured their volunteers on International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5 December.

The part-time staff take on various tasks at the City’s nature reserves which include clearing alien vegetation, general maintenance, plant-nursery work, floral and faunal surveys, leading guided hikes, administration duties, providing environmental education and litter clean-ups.

Julia Wood, biodiversity manager at the City of Cape Town, said the volunteers, both local and international, are a diverse group. “Some are school learners completing their work experience and others are simply residents looking for any opportunity to enjoy and take care of the natural environment within their area.”

Munzhedzi Muhanelwa, people and conservation officer for SANParks TMNP, added: “It gives me hope that our efforts are not in vain but are for the benefit of the community in terms of the youth in our surrounding communities who need to take ownership of our natural resources and conserve it; not only for their sake but for future generations.”

Wood says volunteerism is one of those intangibles where the rewards can be deep and lasting.V For more information on the City’s project visit www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves.

The Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Marina Da Gama set the scene as the City of Cape Town and SANParks Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) honoured their volunteers on International Volunteers Day on Thursday 5 December.

The part-time staff take on various tasks at the City’s nature reserves which include clearing alien vegetation, general maintenance, plant-nursery work, floral and faunal surveys, leading guided hikes, administration duties, providing environmental education and litter clean-ups.

Julia Wood, biodiversity manager at the City of Cape Town, said the volunteers, both local and international, are a diverse group. “Some are school learners completing their work experience and others are simply residents looking for any opportunity to enjoy and take care of the natural environment within their area.”

Munzhedzi Muhanelwa, people and conservation officer for SANParks TMNP, added: “It gives me hope that our efforts are not in vain but are for the benefit of the community in terms of the youth in our surrounding communities who need to take ownership of our natural resources and conserve it; not only for their sake but for future generations.”

Previous volunteers from both SANParks TMNP and the City of Cape Town’s Biodiversity Management Department shared their stories at the event.

According to a City statement, their career paths are perfect examples of how opportunities can arise when you follow your passion, invest time and work toward gaining experience.

Wood elaborated: “There are several routes people follow to find happiness and satisfaction but often the deepest satisfaction comes from the intangibles: doing good work simply because of passion or support. Volunteerism is one of those intangibles where the rewards can be deep and lasting.”V For more information on the City’s nature reserves, follow the link: www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves.

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