Minister Mokonyane leads back to school and environmental awareness campaign
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Nomvula Mokonyane lead a Back to School and Environmental Awareness Campaign in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on 09 January 2019 at the Mandosi Combined Schools.
As part of the Back to School Campaign, Minister Mokonyane handed over eco-school desks to a schools in Kwa -Zulu Natal.
The schools desks are from the department’s Eco-Furniture programme which was started 14 years ago.
The Eco-Furniture Programme which is the Department of Environmental Affairs’ brain-child, is a job creation initiative that offers opportunities to unemployed South Africans. Furniture, such as, eco-desks, walking sticks and chess board tables, is produced out of the alien invasive plants.
Invasive alien plants cause enormous damage and threat to water security, reduce the productive use of land, and affect the ecological functioning of natural systems. Moreover, such species deepen the impact of floods and fires, and increase soil erosion. It is estimated that these plants are present in 20 million hectares of the country, and they are spreading rapidly.
"We will be distributing these ecodesks across the length and breadth of South Africa so that the African child no longer has to learn while seated on the floor." Minister Mokonyane