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Department of Environmental Affairs to host the World Oceans Day Celebrations

03 June 2015

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will on Monday, 08 June 2015 host the annual World Oceans Day celebration in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

World Oceans Day is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme celebrated annually on 8th June, with an aim of raising awareness about the significance of the marine environment. The day also promotes the role of the oceans and the importance of conserving and protecting the marine environment.

This year’s WOD is celebrated under the UNEP’s pertinent theme: “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”. The DEA has strategically customised the theme to “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet: Enabling Sustainable Ocean Economy Development,” as a way to highlight the government’s commitment to sustainable ocean economy through Operation Phakisa.

The Department will use the WOD celebrations to engage members of various communities in and around the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in an effort to increase awareness about the role and importance of oceans to the people of South Africa.

Members of the media are invited to join this prestigious event as per the details below.

Date:    Monday, 08 June 2015

Venue:  ETC Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth             

Time:    09:00 – 15:30

To RSVP, contact:

Muano Liphadzi
Tel: 021 441 2788
E-mail: mliphadzi@environment.gov.za

Sivuyile Ngaba
Cell: 071 403 5294
E-mail: sngaba@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483