MD Message September 2015
It was refreshing to hear the glowing remarks by our Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address at the recent World Forestry Congress in Durban where he praised the WoF programme and also congratulated our participants for having done excellent work in Canada.
We also received high praises from government Ministers and various forestry industr y institutions for our presence and contributions at the recently concluded World Forestry Congress.
Our participants opened the Congress with their drill and march pass, hoisted the SA Flag and also led the singing of our national anthem. In addition we also played a key role in providing secretarial support to the WFC Organisers.
Furthermore our participation in the Social Media Bootcamp and our contribution as part of the Social Media Team that actively communicated about the Congress received glowing praises from the WFC Organisers and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation. Our very own Video Journalist, Christalene De Kella, also received the award for having written the best blog post amongst hundreds of seasoned international bloggers. Well done Christalene.
We are now at the end of the third month of our Winter Fire Season and from all accounts this has been a very successful year for us as we have seen a significant drop in reported veld and forest fires. This drop in reported fires must be attributed to the hard work and dedication of our participants throughout the country for having done various community fire awareness campaigns, for having assisted landowners to do pre-season fuel load reduction and also the strengthening of our partnerships with FPA’s.
I still however urge all our participants to remain vigilant over the next few months as the season is not yet concluded.
On a more serious level I am deeply concerned about the spate of recent accidents with our fleet vehicles. I urge all our drivers to remain cautious and to adhere to the rules of the road at all times.
In conclusion let me thank all of you for having participated in Heritage Month activities throughout the country.