The Department of Environmental Affairs to lead World Wildlife Day celebrations in Durban

28 February 2019


The Department of Environmental Affairs will be partnering with Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and eThekwini Municipality to celebrate World Wildlife Day (WWD) in Treasure Beach Environmental Centre Durban, on the 02 March 2019.

The United Nations World Wildlife Day is the global celebration of the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits they provide to people and the urgent need to reduce the threats facing them.  The day is celebrated annually on 3 March.

This year celebrations will take place under the theme “Life Below Water: For People for Planet”.

The ocean contains nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may be in the millions. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$3 trillion per year, about 5% of global GDP.

School learners from the Motsepe Foundation, Ramaphosa Foundation and learners within the eThekwini Municipality will be partake in outdoor learning programmes facilitated by the DEA, WESSA and eThekwini Municipality officials.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows, and will be afforded opportunities for photographs and interviews.

Date: 1 March 2019

Venue: Treasure Beach, Bluff, Durban

Time: 08:00 - 14:00

For RSVPs and scheduling of interviews, please contact:

Gaopalelwe Moroane
Cell: 0825121094 /
E-mail: or

Benedict Mlaba
Cell: 0786901937/

 For media queries please contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483/