Media Release: A mountain of opportunities
Cape Town, 4 August 2008 – Table Mountain National Park's expanded public works programme held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 30 July 2008 for 52 men and women who completed entry level training in carpentry, bricklaying and plastering.
The graduates also completed a practical component of the course, which included building, painting, paving and plastering a wall over 127 working days.
The project, saw over R40m worth of funds from DEAT Social Responsibility Programme which enabled the park managers to upgrade 250km of the footpath network, build tented camps, provide training and a skills capacity building to previously unemployed people, including the training of world class mountain guides and development and support of SMMEs from within these communities over a four year period.
Delivering a keynote address at the function, park manager for the TMNP, Mr. Brett Myrdal said the main delivery objective, which was to skill people, had been achieved as they could now work on future projects. “Conservation work presents us with an opportunity to help alleviate poverty,” he said.
Some of the teams have now exited the programme, while some will remain to build a new tented camp at Smitswinkel Bay, two teams of 10 have been retained to maintain footpaths in the TMNP and some staff members will work on the Coast care project, which is managed by SANParks on behalf of DEAT.
For further information, please contact:
Phumeza Mgxashe, Table Mountain National Park, Tel: 021 701 8692, Cell: 083 480 1522
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