Stakeholder representatives captured with certificate recipients during the Biodiversity Day Celebration at Tshipise Tsha Sagole last week.

Musina Local Municipality, in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism organized the Biodiversity Day Celebration with special reference to the Baobab Tree. The event took place at Tshipise Tsha Sagole Youth Centre, Ward 10 of Musina Municipality. Celebrated under the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our food, Our Health”, the event focussed on how people around the Niani area can use the baobab tree to generate income and to improve their economic conditions.

Local community members and stakeholders, especially those who plant or collect Baobab tree fruit and those who are interested in learning about bioprospecting (investigation on how plants can be commercially useful) formed part of the event.  Members of the local projects that deals with nature conservation and environmental awareness were also awarded appreciation certificates during the event.

The manager responsible for Parks, Waste Management and Recreation in Musina Municipality, Rendani Kutama encouraged local community members to make full use of the natural resources, especially the baobab tree, to improve their lives. She also warned community members about the dangers of littering and burning waste in undesignated places.

Kutama said waste management is one of the key elements of taking care of the environment. “We need to adopt an environmental friendly way of disposing waste.  One of the habits community members need to do away with is burning rubbish, as this causes air pollution and may lead to acidic rainfall which will contaminate water, crops and land. Something as simple as lighting up a match stick to burn rubbish can cause problems as serious as environmental and health risks.”

She said the municipality is doing its best to help community members to dispose waste responsibly. “We are aware that practices such as burning rubbish are common in some of our communities, hence we always help our community members by collecting rubbish every week and we always advise them to burry rubbish for compost making purposes. We also make it a point that our community members know about recycling and advise them to make it a common practice.”

Todani Ndinanwi, whose non-profit organization, Keep it Clean Environmental Solutions, received an appreciation certificate during the event said:  “We are very grateful and honoured that our hard work is being recognized, this encourages us to work harder in taking care of our environment.” Said Ndinanwi.