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R15m for KwaZulu-Natal land rehabilitation project

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R15m for KwaZulu-Natal land rehabilitation project

17 Aug 2015

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs has allocated more than R15 million to a land rehabilitation project in Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal.

The project is aimed at rehabilitating the land through the sloping of dongas, construction of gabions, planting of vetiver grass and planting of 1 000 indigenous trees in the area.

The project is aimed at rehabilitating the land through the sloping of dongas, construction of gabions, planting of vetiver grass and planting of 1 000 indigenous trees in the area.

Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson, visited the land rehabilitation project as part of the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification commemorations.

17 June was proclaimed World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought by the United Nations in 1994 and has been marked worldwide annually since 1995.

Celebrations for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought could not take place inSouth Africa on 17 June due to unforeseen circumstances.

Thomson said government is spending millions in “working for” Environmental Programmes to clear invasive species, restore and care for our degraded land and ecosystems.

“Let us act together on a global scale to make Sustainable Land Management to be part of the agenda and to enable the most vulnerable communities to withstand the worst Desertification, Land Degradation & Drought related stresses that may happen,” she said.

The Nquthu land rehabilitation project, which is funded through the Department of Environmental Affairs Working for Land Programme employs a total of 192 people who come from the nine surrounding villages. - SAnews.gov.za

Author: Barbara Thomson Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs

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