PRETORIA:  The Youth of Mamelodi celebrated a bright future at the Bokamoso Ba Rena Youth Environment Day on 24 June.

Barefoot Fishing & Forestries Environmental Conservation (BFFEC) NPC, hosted their Youth Day at the Ikageng Hall in Mamelodi during the South African Youth month

This well-attended event was geared towards education and creating environmental awareness amongst the youth and communities of Pretoria.

This jam-packed programme directed by Mr Tshepo Nyalunga, Director of BFFEC, was designed to inform the young people of the built environment and present environmental practices, entreating them towards caring and conserving their surroundings and communities.Amongst others, the youth were addressed by Ms Hlengiwe Modiba from the Environmental Assessment Practitioner’s Association of South Africa (EAPASA) who highlighted the important work conducted by environmental practitioners, climate change and its impact on society.  Learners were implored to pursue careers in environmental sciences.  Ms Thembakazi Moya, Chief Transformation Officer from the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), inspired the young minds present to a strong work ethic, having confidence in themselves and beholding a positive future.  Landscape Architect and council member for the CBE, Mr Chris Steynberg, took the youth on a special journey as he discussed how all past civilisations, ancient and present, evidently follows the “Garden of Eden” (Paradise) model, which includes trees and four rivers.

A new world was discovered by these young delegates who encountered Dr Herman Bouwer, Director of BFFEC, as he shared expert information about the Spekboom, which has edible leaves, great medicinal values, serves as a great carbon sequestrator and oxygen producer.   This tree, which is indigenous to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa has a fantastic growth rate, is drought resistant and can grow up to 200 years.  Spekboom plants were distributed while the youth were encouraged to plant them at home as they share their experiences with their families and neighbours.

The organisers are looking forward to a sustainable Bokamoso Ba Rena Youth project and future dates were already set.  “Our next event includes a special fishing expedition, where we will train the youth to fish, cast, treat the fish, conservation and the effect of pollution”,  said the Executive Director of BFFEC, Dr Herman Bouwer.

Safe Cities would like to thank all those who contributed to making this event a great success.  For the prosperity of the City!

Ms Hlengiwe Modiba – EAPASA

Ms Thembakazi Moya – CBE












Dr Herman Bouwer – BFFEC

Mr Christ Steynberg – CBE