The Department of Environmental Affairs to embark on a public awareness drive on the preservation of wetlands in South Africa

15 February 2019


The Department of Environmental Affairs will embark on a robust public awareness drive in an effort to urge South Africans to take a step towards protection and conservation of wetlands in the North West Province from 18 to 22 February 2018. 

The campaign forms part of South Africa’s activities in marking the World Wetlands Day celebrated on 02 February 2019. This year’s celebrations are taking place under the theme: “Wetlands and Climate Change,” which demonstrates the importance of wetlands as the planet’s most effective carbon sinks or storage that signify unrealised potential for climate mitigation and adaptation. Climate change is seen as a major threat to the survival of species and integrity of ecosystems on a global scale. 

At least seven 7 schools and about 7000 learners and teachers in North West will also participate in the schools wetland awareness competition. The competition- in both written and oral debate, is open to both primary and high school going learners. The prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st prize winner to receive a R25 000 worth of voucher; 2nd prize winner will receive R15 000 voucher and R10 000 voucher will be awarded to the 3rd price winner. 

The ultimate objective of the campaign is to heighten education and raise public awareness on the value of wetlands and their vital contribution to human wellness. At the center of it all is attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically Goal 13 which urges parties to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, through strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Members of the media are invited as per the linked programme of activities.

The competitions will culminate into an award ceremony scheduled to take place as follows:

Date: Friday, 22 February 2019

Time: 09h00

Venue: Mafikeng Hotel School, 4142 Nelson Mandela Drive, Mmabatho

To RSVP, contact Dimakatso Tsutsubi 012 399 9974/ 072 471 3652 / 

For media enquiries contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871