13 December 2019 - The department has noted with concern reports from members of the public about the harassment of whales super-groups* by boat and drone operators along the West coast of South Africa. This follows reports that a larger than usual number of whales (super-groups) is feeding off the West coast of South Africa. The localities of these feeding super-groups coincide with areas of high vessel traffic.
11 December 2019 - The YES project is an initiative started in January 2019 as part of the youth programmes aimed at involving unemployed youth in activities and interventions that provide environmental services that will play a role in benefiting their communities, while they are being provided with opportunities for personal development, accredited training and exit opportunities.
11 December 2019 - The coordinated clean-up campaign will be held under the auspices of the Good Green Deeds programme, The programme was recently launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa with an objective of mobilising all sectors of South Africa to become more environmentally conscious, while it also seeks to promote behavioural change towards littering, illegal dumping and waste in general.
11 December 2019 - Operation Phakisa Initiative 5 deployed integrated teams into the Overberg Region with notable success over the period 27 September to 30 November 2019. The presence of integrated teams consisting of border police, fisheries officials, nature conservation and local law enforcement officials resulted in a noticeable reduction of poaching activities, ensuring that the resource remains in the ocean.
11 December 2019 - As we are all well aware, Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change impacts and is also the Continent which is least responsible for the world’s Greenhouse Gas emissions. For Africa, addressing and responding to the impacts of Climate Change is critical for the sustainable development of our Continent. Climate Change also presents opportunities for our Continent which we should work on harnessing, in order to realise the aspirations contained in Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.