MEC of Agriculture NC visits the project
On the 27th of November MEC of the Department of Agriculture, Land Affairs and Rural Development (DALRRD) Norman Shushu, visited the Vanderkloof Fisheries project. The MEC spent time with the team to better to better familiarize himself with the research. He looked at the gear, setup and spend time with the team and went out on the dam as well. The MEC was impressed with the progress made and promised his continued support for the project.
From the project premises, the MEC then proceed to Keurtjieskloof Primary School, to hand out the prizes for a colour in the competition that was held at the school. The competition was held to increase awareness of the project and to name the fishing vessel of the project. The learners were asked to colour in a picture of a boat. The pictures were all beautiful and it was very difficult to choose a winner.
Three winners were chosen out of the 130 pictures. One from every age category.
Grade 1 – 3 winner Camilla Boegoe
Grade 4 – 5 winner Kyle Corneulisin
Grade 6 – 7 winner Lucianno Veldman
The MEC kindly gave a motivational talk to the learners about their role in leadership in the future, and then handed out the prizes. The 3 winners each received a brand new shiny fishing rod, a tackle box, and a sun cap. They were very excited and could not wait for school to break up to go fishing. A few hours later one of the winners was spotted with a few friends catching fish with his brand new rod!
The MEC also meet with the kraal fishers, and we thank him for taking time from his busy schedule to visit the project and the kraal fishers.