Local sparks sustainability

Simoné Harber, Miss Africa Earth 2017, plants a pepper-bark tree.

The local citizen, Dean Erasmus, who holds the city’s tidiness in high regard, is one step closer to making every nature reserve, wetland and natural area safe and clean, a reality.

“As the first networking platform entirely focused on sustainability, bringing together and aligning community projects between private and municipal sectors, it is a natural step for Spark to bring Erasmus into its fold. His passion and dedication for preserving natural resources and Spark’s current partners and sponsors for ongoing sustainability projects allow a powerful momentum in making a difference in Mpumalanga,” said Sandra Simpson of Spark, a company that specialises in eco-sustainability.

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Erasmus has been offered the position of project manager for its ongoing initiatives, one of the key functions within its ranks. “Community projects is Spark’s primary focus. They make an immediate difference and can also be sustainable in the long run. Erasmus is capable of assisting us to achieve this,” added Simpson.

He recently completed two of his first projects, which will be closely followed by his aim to nip pollution, snares, invasive plants, lack of safety, illegal dumping and rubbish, illegal bush camps, trails that are overgrown and illegal plant collecting, in the bud.

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One of the two aforementioned projects include 100 pepper-bark trees that were recently planted in various protected areas.

These trees are highly threatened and Erasmus hopes through this project, awareness will be raised.

The second project that was concluded, saw a team of 25 jump in to clean the city’s wetlands, called the water-clearing project.

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Both of these were done during the Spark Sustainability Festival that took place this past weekend.

So far, 56 of these projects are on the table until the next festival in 2019.

Stefan de Villiers

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