DURBAN – Safe Cities celebrated their first “Planet’s Got Talent” event on Monday.

Safe Cities, a Non Profit Company, focused on environmental affairs and community development, hosted it’s very first “Planet’s Got Talent” event on Monday, 3rd April, in Phoenix.  Well supported by eThekwini and civil society, this event show-cased how talent can be used to create awareness about environmental conservation and that art can be used to educate the community about their involvement in solving the global warming crisis.

The theme of the event was the importance of healthy streams and rivers.   “Immense talent was discovered and we are pleased that this concept will develop momentum and become a global initiative”, says Gerda Strydom, producer of Planet’s Got Talent and founder of Safe Cities Forum.

Successful Participants (From far left): Tasneem Goolam, Lucky Kistan, Rio Pillay, Jacintha Ellappa, , Jeremiah Govender, Leah Puckeri, Tashmeer Chetty, Neasie Kuppen, Rosie Pillay, Tyler Greeves and Nahu Khan. From front left: Denise Kamthaprasadh, Orion Greeves, Ephraim Govender, Jeranne Reddy and Anastacia Pillay.

Safe Cities, together with its sponsors, Pedros White House, Shoprite Checkers, Enviroworks, and FQ-TV, would like to congratulate all participants.  Gerda says that all participants were winners because they successfully expressed their passion about healthy streams and rivers through their artwork, songs, poems and skits.

This event also saw the launch of a new segment: Environmental Fashion.  Two participants entered this segment and designed their own gowns that showcased beautiful streams and environments.  ZE Models International sponsored the crown given to Nuha Khan (16) from Musgrave, a reputable model, for her beautiful stream-like design.  She was rewarded first prize.   Seen with her was Tasneem Goolam (16) from Pinetown, also a model and designer of her beautiful garment representing trees.

Orion Skye Greeve (8) from Shastri Park, who charmed the audience with his own written poem, was rewarded second prize.  Rio Pillay (17) wrote and composed his own song about healthy streams and rivers, while Tashmeer Chetty captivated the audience with his skit on the scourge of the apartheid regime and how it affected the health of the environment and those who were previously disadvantaged.  Both participants from Phoenix represented their school, Avonford Secondary, and were awarded as brand ambassadors for Safe Cities.


Creative paintings and drawings were also the order of the day.  Amongst several entries, was Denise Kamtahprasadh (19) from Verulam, rewarded with the third prize for her brilliant composition on the current pollution crisis and the positive affects when the crisis is solved.

This event was not pure entertainment, but achieved the goal set in educating the community concerning environmental health, conservation of streams and rivers, the consequences of litter and illegal dumping and the importance of recycling and other conservation methods.  DSW Education, Environmental Health,

Vector Control, Coastal Stormwater, Parks Agro Ecology, and Civil organisations such as Green Corridors, Adopt a River and KZN Wildlife were all present to exhibit and educate the community likewise.

The producers of Planet’s Got Talent also placed their heartful thanks on record to all sponsors and stakeholders, for their generous contributions to make this event successful.

Videos of this event is available on our Social Media Pages:  Facebook/Tiktok: Planet’s Got Talent

By Zoé Pillay