Working for Wetlands
Wetlands are very sensitive ecosystem that sustain a great diversity of life forms. without wetlands, many plants and animals would die. Those plants and animals are important to us. We cannot afford to lose our wetlands. If there is a wetland in your area, contact the Working for Wetlands Programme. You may find medium-term employment, and an opportunity to learn and gain skills.
Contact the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: 012 843 5000/5221
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Working for Water
The Working for Water Programme identified areas where invasive alien plants are threatening water supplies. Then it employs local people to help remove those plants. These people are trained to prevent and control methods, including hebicide applicators, brushcutter and chainsaw operators. If you are looking for medium-term employment for yourself and others in your community, then contact the Working for Water Programme.
Contat the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry toll-free: 0800 005 376
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Working on Fire (WoF)
Unwanted veld and forest fires regularly devastate the country's landscapes, affecting natural ecosystems, endangering life and running property. Working on Fire (WoF) aims to combat wild-fires, mostly in rural areas that are prone to fire, by providing a well-trained fire-fighting service. In so doing, it also creates jobs and alleviates poverty in those areas.
WoF fire-fighters play an important role in veld management and the prevention of wild-fires. They use a number of methods, including controlled burning, the cleaning of vegetation and the burning of fire breaks, to help manage veld and prevent wild-fires.
WoF also offers training to unemployed men and women, and now has over 1300 fire-fighters working for it.
Contact Working on Fire: 013 797 5787
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Social Responsibility Programme
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has a Social Responsibility Programme focusing on environmental projects such as protection os conservation areas, coastal rehabilitation, tourism-related enterprises, urban renewal, and others. To access these funds, projects must be a part of a municipality's Integrated Development Plan. Strict conditions apply:
- 30% of total project costs must be from employment of local people.
- 50% of jobs created must go to women.
- 25% must go to the youth.
- 2% must go to the disabled.
Projects should be community-based, with a community ownership component. They should create jobs for local people and promotes skills development, as well as support local tourism growth.
Contact the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: 1020 or 012 310 3509/3426
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Land Care works in partnership with communities and the private sector to promote the sustainable use of land, while alleviating poverty and creating jobs."Sustainable" means that the activity can continue in the same way for many years without any damage to the soil. This means establishing ecologically sound practices that will not rob the soil nutirents. LandCare shows people how to care for the soil and use the soil in such a way that it remains fertile for many generations.
Contact the Department of Agriculture: 012 319 7685/8
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