Working On Fire taught commuters and community members about wetlands
February 2 marks World Wetlands Day and WoF together with Tlokwe City Council and Tholoana Consulting celebrated the day by having a wetlands awareness campaign at Ikageng Memorial Park and Potchefstroom CBD Taxi Rank.
Commuters at the taxi rank and community members were taught about the importance of wetlands in the surrounding areas and the advantages and disadvantages fire has on wetlands.
Fire may create change in vegetation composition, structure and also lead to erosion of soil. Community members were encouraged to avoid dumping waste into wetlands as it affects our environment negatively and may cause unwanted fires.
Community members were given pamphlets and an opportunity to comment and ask questions in order to have a clear understanding on how they can protect wetlands in their areas.
Speaking to Environmental Officer from Tlokwe City Council, Ntombi Rikhotso about the importance of wetlands she said: “It’s our responsibility to raise awareness in the community and to take care of our wetlands because most of them are already polluted. She continued to say “We encourage people to avoid throwing waste into our wetlands as the consequences might not be too fruitful.”