Department of Environmental Affairs showcases the R45 million Manyeleti Game Reserve project in Bushbuckridge
17 October 2018
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has showcased the R45 million Manyeleti Game Reserve project during a media tour today, Wednesday, 17 October 2018. The Manyeleti Game Reserve is located at the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality between two of South Africa’s most important and economically viable state-owned biodiversity reserves - The Blyde River Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park in Bushbuckridge.
Funded through the Department’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), the Manyeleti Game Reserve project entails upgrading of nineteen tourism facilities, bulk water reticulation and sewage system, two dormitories, generator house, main hall, reptile center into an office (Administration block) ablutions and camp wash, staff kitchen with a toilet, construction of one picket (4 x bedrooms) for rangers and managers house. Supply of furniture and heavy mechanical equipment's, Erection of 17 km, 2, 4 meter high fence with alarm monitoring system.
The Department’s Spokesperson Mr Albi Modise emphasised the importance of infrastructure development as a mechanism to enhance environmental protection. “Infrastructure development is crucial part of our efforts to conserve the integrity of our natural environment. It promotes sustainable development in that, as the facilities become available, a lot more tourists will be accommodated and the reserve will be able to sustain itself. So investment in such an infrastructure bears positive spin offs for local communities and country’s economy,” said Modise.
The Manyeleti Game Reserve project was successfully completed this year and has created work opportunities for 301 people, amongst them 162 women, 216 youth and 9 people with disabilities. In addition, the project also provided non-accredited and accredited training opportunities for the local communities. The training included First Aid Training, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Tourism.
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