Soil turning for Marakele Environmental Education centre

The Honourable Mayor of Thabazimbi, cllr Naledi L Matlou, at the soil turning event held at Marakele National Park for the Environmental Education Centre.

THABAZIMBI – The soil turning event for the Marakele Environmental Education Centre-Project was held on Thursday 4 February 2010 at Marakele EE Centre and was attended by various role players of the community.

The proposed environmental education centre in Marakele National Park (MNP) will consist out of an auditorium, dormitories, ablutions and outside “classroom” areas with the main aim to accommodate 60 to 120 children for environmental education purposes.

MNP is ideally situated in the Limpopo Province to accommodate and receive school groups for environmental education from the Waterberg region. It is also close to the Gauteng area (two hours drive) to provide a service to schools and other interest groups. The park needed infrastructure to provide an environmental education service, i.e. facility that can house a group of 120 school children.

SANParks and MNP can play a major role in the Waterberg region, Limpopo Province and Gauteng to provide environmental education services to school and other interest groups, therefore the need for an Education Centre. In the short term, the local community will benefit during the construction phase, i.e. creation of temporary jobs and procuring from local service providers. Over the medium and long term, the social benefits are in the education opportunity provided to enable better knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the environment.

Funding were made available by Kumba Iron Ore Company and Thabazimbi Community Development Forum Project funded by Anglo Chairman’s fund and SIOC Community Development Trust. Anglo Chairmans Fund donated R 5,6 million and Thabazimbi Development Forum, Kumba Iron Ore mine TDF(SIOC funding) R 2,13 million. The total donation therefore is R 7,73 million. For more information, contact: People & Conservation Division Marakele National Park on tel 014 777 6928/9/30/31 or visit www.sanparks.org.