Cape Flats Nature Partners' Fund celebrates achievements

15 December 2016

CFNPF close out photoOn 1 December the Monwabisi Resort in Mitchell's Plain was abuzz as participants and partners attended the celebratory close out event of the Cape Flats Nature Partners' Fund (CFNPF). Despite the busy time of the month, the event saw a turnout of more than 30 attendees from various communities on the Cape Flats, including Khayelitsha, Mitchell's Plain, Hanover Park and Delft to mention a few, dressed up to the nines to celebrate their respective and their collective achievements.

The purpose of the CFNPF celebratory close out event was, firstly, to acknowledge, celebrate and award the grant recipients for the inspiring and amazing contributions they made in their respective communities on the Cape Flats. Secondly, to create a platform where the various CFNPF small grant projects funded by the Table Mountain Fund (TMF) can network with, learn from, and inspire each other to dream big and achieve more within their respective communities. Another purpose of the gathering was to acknowledge and recognise the support provided by various partners who contributed to the successful implementation of the CFNPF small grant projects, such as the local nature conservators based at the various City of Cape Town (CoCT) nature reserves on the Cape Flats. Eighteen innovative small grant projects were funded through the CFNPF and these focused on recycling and up-cycling of waste; food, healing and medicinal gardens; and cleaning and management of the wetland to mention a few.

The CFNPF was a three-year small grant that was launched in the last quarter of 2013 by the TMF in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Small grants were disbursed towards conservation projects that were innovative and sparked conservation action. The CFNPF was funded by SANBI in order to support the continuation of local action that bridged the gap between conservation, social, economic and cultural sectors on the Cape Flats; and that catalysed partnerships and further resources for the communities. The intention of the CFNPF was thus not just to award small grants for conservation projects, but to also build the capacity of community members to engage with the CFNPF and other calls for project proposals.

The celebratory close out event concluded with the awarding of certificates where the manager of TMF, Kerry Maree, and Jerome September from CoCT Nature Conservation, awarded the grant recipients for their respective contributions to looking after our natural areas on the Cape Flats. Maree and Boitshekwane Kgantsi also gave a special word of thanks to the various partners who supported the successful implementation of the CFNPF in their respective communities. These partners include Jerome September from Macassar / Wolfgat Nature Reserve, local community champion Dale Isaacs, Tanya Layne and Marilyn Martin-Vermaak from SANBI, Thabo Lusithi from Environmental Monitoring Group, Mark Clive from Zandvlei Nature Reserve, and Vuyolwethu Flepu from the CoCT.

Kgantsi, the small grants project officer at TMF said, 'It has been amazing to see how catalytic this CFNPF has been in the communities and in the lives of the individuals involved in the projects. The relationships and connections that were made during the implementation of these projects are priceless.'

For more information on the CFNPF, please contact Boitshekwane Kgantsi (Maki) on (021) 762 8525 and or via email: bkgantsi@wwf.org.za.

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