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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:04

Philipstown goes green!

The delegation at the tree planting site with Sylvia Lucas MEC for Environment & Nature Conservation

“Make a difference with the necessary skills you have acquired,” these were the words of Sylvia Lucas, MEC for Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC) in Northern Cape. She, along with many notables including Mayor of Renosterberg Municipality, Arthwell Kwinana, and Speaker for Pixley ka Seme Municipality, Miriam Kibi, attended the closing event of the Philipstown Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) poverty alleviation project. The Programme Director for the day was Les Abrahams, Director of Environment Empowerment Services with DENC.

The project, which ran from 13 March to 13 June 2012, employed twenty individuals, from Philipstown. It entailed cleaning of the streets, municipality, library, pavements, church grounds, community hall as well as cleaning and renovation of the Imizamo Yethu crèche found in Elukhanyisweni. The beneficiaries also received invaluable training in Life Skills, Personal Finance Management amongst others.

The event, held on Thursday, 14 June 2012 in Philipstown, started on a perfect note with a moving rendition of the National Anthem.

The CEO of Anix Consulting, Rhiyaan Cupido, then took all present through a slideshow of the project. It was a truly fulfilling moment to see how far these individuals, and the town, have come in such a short space of time.

The project teams, also performed heart-warming musical items to show their gratitude, even mentioning that ‘Anix gives us life’.

Along with receiving their certificates and special gifts from Anix, the project staff also received a major surprise from DENC in the form of two bakkie-full loads of vegetables.

Sindile Cebekhulu, from the Department of Environment & Nature Conservation closed the event with a wonderfully positive note of thanks, and all who attended were then treated to a light lunch and drinks.

A few trees were also planted outside the Philipstown hall, in remembrance of this prestigious day.


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