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Ponta Cleanup


Garbage/Refuse  We currently have a big problem here in Ponta do Ouro with locals and tourists leaving bottles and plastic bags. It is easier to walk around here with out shoes if it is not too hot but the amount of broken glass makes it quite dangerous especially for children. A major education program needs to be put in place plus a regular service is required to clean up various hot spots including the beaches especially when turtles are in the region laying eggs and are hatchlings heading to the ocean without getting tangled in plastic bags, ropes etc.


Beach cleanups are organised regularly to ensure we do not have this type of situation developing... especially in the Turtle season.


To volunteer your services please join the group : Keep Ponta Tidy Campaign on Facebook.


Entertainment - Local musicians and dance companies will be promoted and supported to ensure the region maintains it’s cultural artistic styles and entertainment. We have already begun promoting the artists like Jay-C and a local Marimba band to a new dance group formed recently here.


Game Warden courses - with the pending Futi corridor opening up from Tembe to the Special elephant reserve is going to open up opportunities to locals to become game rangers and guides for the lodges that will obviously setup next to the reserves borders.


Anti-Poaching units - The age old problem of pouching is not going to go away and with the opening of the Tembe reserve will have to be monitored with special teams and possibly surveillance cameras to ensure the various phases being planned go ahead to finally reach the Elephant reserve in the north.


ECO Educational projects - Educational tours through the region will have to start explaining to locals that the game, trees etc are worth more alive than dead and what it means to the community as a whole. The growing of exotic trees like Eucalyptus gum will have to be halted and the current  plantations harvested and roots destroyed to encourage natural vegetation to takeover. Again various roles they will play need to be defined so they will soon feel the benefits of this approach. Marketing campaigns need to take place to market the region to international lodges to encourage them to invest here and progress reports need to be communicated back to the community. Government also need to be involved with preventing large scale communities moving to the region on the borders of the reserve to prevent what has happened in the Hluhluwe/Sodwana region because of easy access due to road construction.


Communal Vegetable and Fruit farming - a area needs to be allocated to the community to grow vegetables, which will be run by volunteers and locals alike with everyone involved benefiting by being able to take produce home for free. The excess produce will be sold to the local market at reduced prices to reduce their reliance on South Africa for fruit and vegetables. Another opportunity exists in marketing the current fruit, vegetables and nuts to South Africa and the rest of the region when it reaches a point where the local market is satisfied requiring a subsidized transport system. However this is probably not the route to take and ideally vegetables and fruit are sponsored via South Africa to prevent the land from being used for agriculture. Small scale farming at home will be encouraged though with small kits available for setting up a nursery, irrigation and education on how to prevent insect attacks destroying their produce. Because the region is so bio-diverse their are thousands of insects that lay their eggs in fruit, birds and monkeys eating fruit resulting in crops not being fully harvested.


Water projects - Central water tanks need to be supplied by sponsors or donor countries to enable the locals to grow their own food and to supply their own drinking water requirements. Educational programs need to be run to advise on recycled grey water.


Electricity Solar and Wind projects - Sponsors and subsidized Solar and wind electrical products need to be supplied to the community to reduce their reliance on the local electricity supply and in most cases where they do not have electricity. This is extremely important as we need to reduce the impact on trees and the production of charcoal in the region. By supplying them simple lighting and electrical devices one should reduce the demand for charcoal dramatically.

Orphanage - There are 44 children that need sponsoring to assist with feeding, clothing and bedding and would value any support and donations in any form - contact : ...... to make a contribution. Mamoli Mission Mozambique

Photos by Katy Sokolewicz and Charlie Dailey

Contact Nic to Donate or offer your support

on +258 84 623 006 or email : nicvj@seasaf.com