We congratulate and thank our selfless volunteers for giving so freely of their time this July 2016 in helping to make a difference in the lives of the community of Diepsloot and the beneficiaries of our social partner Afrika Tikkun.
Working with Mary’s Orphanage, Angels Over Africa is an initiative that started internally. Our Angels Over Africa project started out of the need to take care of South Africa’s children – specifically children who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDs.
Our staff helped out at Johanna Malan Early Childhood Development centre by revamping their playground. Have a look at how our staff assisted in painted playground jungle gyms.
Owl Rescue Centre
Since July 2018 employees at Tourvest Destination Management have begun a project to collect plastic waste and assist in building recycled plastic owl houses. The Owl Rescue Centre and Owl Sanctuary are based at Hartbeespoort dam and employees are encouraged to visit the centre to learn more about these endangered birds. This is one of the many Tourvest Destination Management greening initiatives actively supported by employees and clients.
SANParks Honorary Rangers
The SANParks honorary rangers are a dedicated group of volunteers who operate according to an official agreement with SANParks in order to help conserve nature and wildlife. There are more than 1 300 Honorary Rangers volunteering their time and skills in the 21 national parks throughout South Africa, including Kruger National Park.
Through its Green Seat programme, Tourvest Destination Management has donated close to R410 000 to the honorary rangers since the launch of the programme primarily, but not exclusively, to assist with anti-rhino poaching initiatives.
Trees for Tourism
Trees for Tourism is a project by the South African Reforestation Trust whose aim is to allow tourists and tourism companies offset the carbon impact of tourist-related activities by facilitating the purchase of indigenous trees which are planted in old woodland and degraded areas to recreate pristine forest ecosystems.
Tourvest Destination Management has sponsored 1 401 indigenous seedlings to date, valued at just over R146 000. The beneficiary of the seedlings is Farm 215, a private nature reserve in the Overberg area of the Western Cape and part of the Platbos Conservation Trust.
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Conservation Canine Project provides canine support to the conservation sector. This benefits not only rhinos, but also other species that are targeted by poachers including elephants and plains game poached for bush meat. The goal of this project is to ensure that conservation canines are strategically placed across South Africa’s private, provincial and national parks, contributing to the protection of its wildlife. Dogs are trained in detection, tracking and patrolling.
Tourvest Destination Management is also directly supporting the training of a rescue puppy – Pirate, to become a conservation canine under the guidance of Shay Seebran (EWT employee) and Fury (a 6 year old male German Shepard). Through the Guardians of the future project, guests have the opportunity to visit participating schools to help make eco-bricks used to build necessary structures, as well as to interact with school children directly benefitting from the support.