PICS: Join WWF SA as they celebrate 50-year milestone

2018-07-17 08:30 - Saara Mowlana
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WWF SA 50th anniversary milestones' celebrations come flowing in. (Photo: Hougaard Malan / Supplied)

WWF SA is celebrating their 50th anniversary milestone, made up of five lavish decades of serving, protecting and nurturing SA's natural environment and its wildlife.

Many of the places that fall under the protective wing of the WWF SA have become pristine and beloved destinations for South African and global visitors and tourists.

However, many of these places would have continued to face rather high risks if it weren't for intervention practices and conservation lobbying efforts put into action by the WWF SA.

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Check out three significant WWF SA milestones, which have helped to ensure that these natural spaces and resources are protected and sustained for all to enjoy:

WILDLIFE: From rhino relocation to breeding projects on community-owned game reserves

The WWF SA have been involved with conserving the iconic, majestic and severely endangered African rhino - both black and white, since the 1980s.

Since 2003, well ahead of the increase of the rhino horn poaching crisis, the WWF SA had established a breeding and subsequent relocation project for critically endangered black rhino.

The first community-owned game reserve received a group of black rhino from this breeding project in 2007 and, to date, 11 new groups of about 20 black rhino have been relocated and successfully established. 

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Endangered rhinos get relocation and breeding treatment courtesy of the WWF SA. (Photo: Richard Edwards / Supplied)

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Endangered rhinos get relocation and breeding treatment courtesy of the WWF SA. (Photo: WWF / Supplied)

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WATER: Uprooting alien plants and freeing up natural water flow

The WWF SA had helped to catalyse a national job creation initiative in the mid-90s in areas of high density invasive alien vegetation.

They had enlisted locals to help clear out the water-thirsty plants from the rivers and free up the natural water flow in those regions.

'Working for Water' is now run by government and has over 300 projects across all nine SA provinces. Collectively, they have trained and employed 20 000 men and women who have helped to clear more than a million hectares of alien vegetation.

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WWF SA uproot alien vegetation to keep the natural water flowing. (Photo: Hougaard Malan / Supplied)

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OCEANS: Protecting the oceans and empowering seafood lovers

In 1969, the early days of conservation in SA, the first funded marine research project involved the tagging of a whopping 200 000 loggerhead turtles on the east coast.

The WWF SA have, in recent years, been driving change across the entire marine sector through retailers and fishing companies as well as by empowering consumers to make conscious and sustainable seafood choices through the red, orange or green grading system known as the WWF-SASSI (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative). 

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Tagging endangered fishes to help protect the sea critters. (Photo: Mark Chipps / Supplied)

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In honour of their half a centenary, the WWF SA will be hosting a fund raising gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg and at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

They will be calling on all to join them as they share their optimistic vision for the year 2068 and take guests through the challenges and successes of their journey - a journey that treks all the way from 1968 to 2018 - in protecting everything from SA's magnificent rhino, glistening oceans, freshwater sources and breathtaking wild spaces.

See the event details below:

  • WHEN: Saturday, July 28 (Jozi) and Saturday, September 1 (Cape Town)
  • WHERE: Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg and the CTICC in Cape Town
  • BOOKING: To book a seat and for more information visit wwf.org.za or contact Nabeelah Khan on 021 657 6612 or nkhan@wwf.org.za