Learners to explore nature


The Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea) is hosting a three-day, Eco-Tourism, Environmental Education and Awareness programme for learners, which started today.

According to the department, the purpose of the event, which will be held at resorts and reserves owned by the department, is to ensure that these resorts and reserves are visited and to showcase tourism potential and plans of different regions in the Free State.


Furthermore it must cultivate a culture of travelling and tourism among the people of the Free State,” said the department in a statement. 

Today the 25 learners went on an excursion to the Soetdoring Nature Reserve where they were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with nature. Tomorrow MEC for Destea, Makalo Mohale, and HOD for Destea, Mbulelo Nokwequ, will take the learners for a game viewing, bird watching and other outdoor adventures at the Maria Moroka Nature Reserve near Thaba Nchu.

 During the 2021/22 Budget Vote, Mohale said, “We will ensure that we promote and support initiatives like the newly launched Tourism Equity Fund which seeks to inter alia fund commercially viable and sustainable majority black owned tourism enterprises with a minimum of 51% black ownership, women, youth as well as enterprises in rural areas and townships, to help create jobs, alleviate poverty, fight inequality and promote growth of black controlled tourism enterprises.”

 Compiled by Justine Fortuin