By: Ann Kunz
SAAMBR has been working in the Eastern Cape for many years. The work has included the biodiversity assessments that contributed to the establishment of the Pondoland Marine Protected Area and subsequent research and monitoring of the MPA, work in several estuaries and, since 1999, we have helped to train many groups of nature conservation and fishery control officers, community guides and resource users.
Our commitment to the Eastern Cape continues and today we are happy to report on the latest initiative. Sinegugu Zukulu is currently running a training course for community guides in Msikaba. His wife popped into SAAMBR before the workshop and we were able to contribute several resources including posters of different marine species in English and Zulu, A Guide to the Rocky Shores and a childrens’ book on litter, Cosha Udoti. These dedicated tourism guides, who are all passionate environmentalists committed to the protection the Wild Coast, are grateful for the assistance that they have received from Save the Wild Coast (SWC), Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) and SAAMBR.
These resources will not only help the guides during their workshop, but they will become valuable references when working with tourists. The Pondoland region of the Eastern Cape is one of the most beautiful in South Africa and perfect for community based eco-tourism.
‘We are delighted to be able to assist this wonderful group of young South Africans whose passion and dedication are infectious and uplifting. Tourism that meets the needs of both visitors and the community is just what we need in the future.’ said SAAMBR Conservation Strategist, Dr Judy Mann.