01 February 2014

Growing our green economy

In the March issue of Veld & Flora there are a few newsy articles about the Groen Sebenza Jobs Fund Partnership Project - a SANBI skills development and job creation pilot programme aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector and creating sustainable job opportunities for young South Africans.
BotSoc is one of 38 environmental organizations, from all tiers of government, NGO and private sectors, who have joined Green Matter and SANBI to help implement the Groen Sebenza project. Financial support has been provided by the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the project will involve the hosting of 500 graduate and 300 matriculant interns around the country over the next two and a half years. The project will offer them a significant opportunity to develop their environmental skills in the work-place.
BotSoc is sponsoring five jobs through the project - all internships with CREW.

Anri Marias is a Groen Sebenza intern under BotSoc who is working as a Project Assistant for CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR).
Hlengiwe Mtshali, who is currently completing her MSc in Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State, is a Groen Sebensa intern under BotSoc who is working with CREW.
 WESSA is also supporting the Groen Sebenza project.

Uhone Mutheiwana is from Ha-Masia Tshiphuseni in Venda, Vuwani, Limpopo province. He
works as Groen Sebenza environmental education intern for the WESSA Eco-Schools programme.

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