Mokolodi Takes Wildlife Tours To Schools

Dennis Ramokgau of Mmokolodi Nature Reserve receiving vehicle donation from KBT Chairperson Kata Maphange. PIC: PRESSPHOTO
Dennis Ramokgau of Mmokolodi Nature Reserve receiving vehicle donation from KBT Chairperson Kata Maphange. PIC: PRESSPHOTO

Mokolodi Nature Reserves’ Park Manager Dennis Ramokgau hopes to reach over 11 000 students countrywide thanks to a mobile audio visual facility donated by Kgalagadi Beverages Trust on Friday.

The  KBT donated a motor-vehicle complete with audio visual equipment that Mokolodi Nature Reserve will be able to  take advantage of for their planned country-wide educational schools tours that aim to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

According to Mokolodi, many schools in the country are unable to make the long visits to Mokolodi where the students can learn about wildlife conservation but the provision of the facility by the KBT will go a long way in helping the Nature Reserve to reach more numbers.

“Through this outreach programme, we hope to reach out to those schools that cannot make it to Mokolodi and impact the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with environmental issues in their areas of residence. As a non-profit making organisation, we cannot achieve this on our own.”

Kate Maphage, the chairperson of the KBT said the vehicle would go towards the benefit of the many Batswana children and environmental conservation. “This is for the children whose lives Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation continues to enrich and in whose lives they have made a positive difference over the past 25 years.  This specially designed vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, and will enable Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation Staff to reach the furthest and most remote areas of Botswana with their environmental educational programs.”

Maphage hoped that the donation by KBT  will also serve as a token and a symbol for the inclusive growth KBT  seek to be part of, “but more importantly, as a very recognition of the need for all society to take responsibility at all levels, be it individual or corporate, to protect our environment.  What better way is there than to do it by educating the ones who stand to lose the most from a degraded future environment than our children? They also stand to impact negatively this very environment, if they are not properly educated from an early age about the impact of what their actions their lack thereof, could do in terms of environmental degradation”

 Maphage further added that through their social investment philosophy they continue to build and develop local programs such as Kickstart, their new retailer development program - ‘Khumo Ka Kgwebo’, Copa Coca-Cola, the Young Offenders - Prisons Rehabilitation Project, and the Sports Activity Park Development, among others. 

“ As a result of this drive, we have come to recognise and acknowledge that more still needs to be done to focus our efforts to target disadvantaged communities, such as women, those with the lowest income, children, and others in need of our support.

 I would like to reiterate that such well-meant intentions can only be achieved when working in jointly with our stakeholders, partners, employees, and indeed with the very communities we aspire to serve. This will help our corporate social investment programs grow in terms of relevance and impact.”

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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