River Warriors Gather for Mandela Day

The Light From Africa Foundation commemorated Nelson Mandela’s legacy by dedicating 67 minutes to a river clean-up. 

This fun-filled day for the children in Suurbraak was primarily focused on raising environmental awareness amongst the youth. 

The day started with a parade displaying all the puppets of the critically endangered endemic Burchell’s Red Finned fish (Rooivlerkie). These puppets were made at the holiday workshop. The parade started at Trust House to the Buffeljags River.

Much to the delight of local visitors and guests, the children sang songs, listened to the fable of the Suurbraak mermaid, and enjoyed themselves with Oom Piet from Net for Pret.

Through the Net For Pret dancers and a rendition of Hallelujah sung by 10-year-old Suzairiah Jacobs from Barrydale, the group gave thanks and praise to our ancestors for the River and promised to care for it. 

The children were surprised by the appearance of the life-size mermaid from the shrubs on the bank of the river.

This was followed a 67-minute river clean up on the banks of the Buffeljags River. 

A sincere thanks to Net for Pret, Bontebok National Park, the Swellendam Enviro group, Grootvadersbosch Conservancy, our local municipality, and the residents who helped the children clean the riverbanks. 

It was a great way to end our weeklong youth holiday programme. Thanks to everyone for your support.


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