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A step towards a cleaner Wilderness
Speaking at an event held in Farleigh, Herman Jungbauer-Rudman, Cluster Manager of SANParks' Biodiversity Special Projects says the ratepayers approached him to order the eco-friendly bins. An excited Pieter Naude, Chairman of the Ratepayers Association accepted the gift from SanParks and said the bins are the first of many products planned for the wilderness area. "It is part of the Wilderness Improvement Programme aiming to restore the village to its old charm. To make it friendlier and cleaner" says Naude.
Manufacturing furniture from invasive alien species is one of many products from a 20 year old partnership between SANParks, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Expanded Public Works Programme. The eco-factory launched two years ago now employs 165 more people since its inception.
Protected areas are under increasing threat from external and internal pressures on biodiversity. Invasive alien species can be identified among the threats. Clearing them could ultimately lead to more water flowing back to water sources such as rivers, lakes and wetlands. A park free of invasive plants lowers the risk of a fire hazard.
The ladies, part of the team who manufactured the bins, the Eco-Furniture Factory, Farleigh
From left to right: Mzwandile Mjadu, SANParks area manager for the Wilderness area, Edmund Thys, Training Manager, Carel van der Merwe, Senior Section Ranger at Farleigh, Emile Mopp, Harvesting Manager, Herman Jungbauer-Rudman and Pieter Naude, Wilderness Ratepayers Association