Bush-clearing to help keep Humansdorp safe

Major bush-clearing is under way at Humansdorp in a joint effort to keep Kouga communities safe from crime.

Bush Clearing in Humansdorp

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said about 60 men and women from Humansdorp and St Francis Bay had started clearing alien vegetation in crime hotspots.

“The areas they are currently focusing on includes Graslaagte and the open spaces adjacent to the PJ Meyer Hospital and Matt Mellville,” he said.

“These areas are very bushy, which provides the ideal cover for criminals who have been targeting pedestrians on their way to or from work, town and schools.”      

He thanked the Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) for taking hands with the municipality to bring the bush-clearing project to fruition.

“GIB has for many years been one of the implementing agents for Working for Water, an initiative of the Department of Environmental Affairs,” he said.

“They agreed to assist us with the bush-clearing project in Humansdorp as an extension of this programme. We value their concern for the well-being of our residents and their willingness to go the extra mile to keep communities safe.”

GIB CEO, Rienette Colesky, said the Working for Water programme held many benefits for communities.

“Clearing alien vegetation helps to preserve and restore the groundwater supply, which is critical in this time of severe drought,” she said.

“It also improves the safety of people in the vicinity by reducing the risk of fires breaking out and making it more difficult for criminals to hide from their intended victims or the police.

“In addition, it provides temporary work to thousands of residents who would, otherwise, be unable to put food on their families’ tables.”

She said GIB was overseeing the implementation of 34 Working for Water projects, stretching from Matatiele to the Tsitsikamma.

Mayor Hendricks said bush-clearing was among the strategies the municipality would be pursuing to help make Kouga the safest region in South Africa.

“Partnerships such as these are essential if we are to achieve this goal,” he said.

“The municipality is compiling a public safety plan for the region and will be engaging with stakeholders from various sectors to get their input.”

He invited all stakeholders who wanted to become involved in the drawing up of the plan to contact Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, at dbenson@kouga.gov.za or 073 766 4816.

World Food Day 2020 – 16th October

World Food Day 2020: Sustainable seafood links ocean health with people’s lives and plates

Food insecurity is a reality for many South Africans with nearly half of the nation’s households living under the poverty line and not being able to afford basic healthy eating. Now more than ever before, our food systems must be sustainable, stronger and resilient to shocks.

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Over the last six weeks, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) steered a consumer awareness campaign to promote the importance of sustainable seafood. As campaign ‘Happy Heart, Happy Ocean’ draws to a close this Friday, on World Food Day, the MSC encourages South Africans to support the fight against hunger and food insecurity.

Before COVID-19 hit our shores, South Africa already had over 11 million people suffering from food insecurity. “The significance of World Food Day is to grow awareness of the worldwide crisis of malnutrition and hunger. The pandemic did bring major awareness to the lack of food security we face as a country, and this World Food Day is a great opportunity to continue the consciousness and discussions on how to best achieve zero hunger by 2030”, explains Brain Nell, Chief Executive Officer of Rise Against Hunger Africa.

Now more than ever before our food systems must be sustainable, stronger and resilient to shocks. But what role does sustainable seafood play in combatting food insecurity?

The largest survey of its kind, involving more than 20,000 people across 23 countries and conducted by independent insights consultancy, GlobeScan, revealed that 77% of South African seafood shoppers already made changes to the way they choose and buy seafood in the last year, in order to protect fish in our oceans so future generations can enjoy wild-caught seafood.

Not only is sustainable seafood better for the environment and helping to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, Live Below Water; it also helps ensure a steady supply of an important natural resource that people around the globe depend on for sustenance and their livelihoods

MSC certified fisheries also support the delivery of sustainable development targets relating to food security and sustainable economic growth. Maintaining or rebuilding fish stocks to sustainable levels is essential to ensure the long term availability of food.
Louanne Mostert, Communications Manager at the South African branch of the MSC explains: “Sustainability is a key driver for seafood purchase in South Africa. When you choose certified sustainable seafood, you play a part in safeguarding our oceans and securing seafood for future generations – a small, but significant, role in fighting food insecurity.

Though some consumers may believe they need to pay a significant premium to include sustainable seafood in their diets, that’s not accurate. Tinned fish has shown to be an affordable, accessible

protein option compared to other meats. Even a single tin of fatty fish can provide up to 50% of one’s daily protein requirements and is a great source of vitamins, essential omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium.

So, next time you’re out shopping for seafood at your local supermarket, look for the MSC blue fish label and remember to buy an extra tin to donate to initiatives such as Rise Against Hunger and FoodForward SA.”

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