Destea commemorates World Environmental Day

MEC of Destea, Thabo Meeko. PHOTO: GYPSEENIA LION

In commemoration of World Environmental Day, the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs (Destea), in partnership with various stakeholders, will embark on various activities to raise awareness, encouraging members of the community to protect the planet and keep the environment clean.

According to a statement released by the department, this year’s theme for World Environment Day is “land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience” under the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration.”

“The purpose behind commemorating the said day is to raise the environment on managing river health, promoting recycling and the re-use of waste material to limit amounts ending up at landfills,” said Mojalefa Mphapang, spokesperson of Destea.

Mphapang further stated that the initiative requires community participation and commitment. “Furthermore, the environmental career expo intended to create a dialogue with relevant stakeholders and keep school learners informed of opportunities within the environmental management sector,” Mphapang concluded.

The activities will include a clean-up campaign on 5 June 2024 at the Central University of the Free State (CUT). The activities will then proceed to Mangaung Canal next to Free State Stadium for a clean-up session that will take place there as well.

On Friday 7 June 2024 there will be an environmental career expo held at Deneysville-Vaal Dam. Various experts will share their expertise with more than 300 school learners across Fezile Dabi District Municipality on critical matters concerning the environmental sector.


Compiled by Abigail Visagie