People and Parks projects create jobs in Limpopo

Pretoria - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will on Saturday launch the People and Parks projects -- worth more than R208 million -- in collaboration with the Limpopo Tourism Agency.

“It is anticipated that at least 2 300 jobs will be created through the People and Parks projects to be implemented in Limpopo province over a period of two years,” Department of Environmental Affairs spokesperson Zolile Nqayi said.

The project will be launched at the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve in Tzaneen as part of government’s National Imbizo Focus Week, which enables government leaders to closely interact with communities in different parts of the country.

“These projects will not only create work opportunities but will also create the necessary infrastructure in the protected areas as well as encourage greener environmental management practices,” Nqayi said.

As part of the project, chalets will be constructed, old and dilapidated infrastructure will be rehabilitated, perimeter fences will be erected and roads will be upgraded.

Nqayi said the People and Parks Programme invests in infrastructure development and biodiversity conservation for economic benefits by ensuring that local communities are involved in the management of protected and surrounding areas.

“These projects are implemented through the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme (EPIP), which funds the implementation of various projects aimed at protecting the integrity of the environment in South Africa,” he said.