It is a busy week for MEC Manketse Tlhape. As part of continued efforts towards positioning agriculture at the apex of the provincial economy and in forging ahead to deliver on key mandates of enhancing Food Security, Rural Livelihood & Environmental Assets in Bokone Bophirima Province, MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development, will this week visit various communities to deliver on game changing projects on behalf of the department.
MEC Tlhape will this week, lead the following activities of the department:
1. On Wednesday, 10 October2018, MEC Tlhape will officially open the 1st Provincial White Meat symposium at Madiba Banquette Hall, Potchefstroom Agricultural College at 10h00. The purpose of the Symposium is to host a conversation with relevant stakeholders and engage on the better ways to improve production of white meat by smallholder farmers while collaborating with commercial farming communities to facilitate a solid partnership.
2. On Thursday, 11 October 2018, MEC Tlhape will lead the provincial World Food Day Commemoration at Wentzel Dam, Schweizer–Reneke. Held annually on the 16th October, World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. People from and around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger. This day also reaffirms that, food should become a human right for all, and that everyone has the right to access safe and nutritious food that is consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger. The event will take place at 10h00.
3. On Friday, 12 October 2018, The Department will celebrate the listing of Marico as a Biosphere Reserve. This is an announcement made by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation at the 30th International Coordinating Council (ICC) sessions of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme in Indonesiaat the end July this year.The Marico River is considered to be the only inland free-flowing river in South Africa which is still in a natural condition. The Marico region has also been identified as an important water recharge area, supplying clean water to surrounding communities and neighbouring countries, namely Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. MEC Tlhape is expected to lay foundation by repositioning the Environmental Function that will help to improve capacity and resources for supporting biosphere management and implementation. The event is scheduled at Groot Marico, PhenyoYaBotlhe Primary School Sports Grounds at 09h00.