Durban Harbour Cleanups 2017

Members may have noticed and be wondering about the hive of activity taking place on the sandbank at low tide immediately in front of the Ndongeni Lawns most Saturday mornings. Teams of youngsters can be found most Saturday mornings collecting the various flotsam and litter that washes up in front of the clubhouse and we are delighted that the Royal Natal Yacht Club in conjunction with Refilwe Mofokeng, a PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, are conducting a study of the local marine ¬†environment. Refilwe’s field of interest is in Estuarine and Marine Ecology, and she is currently working on the toxicity of metals and microplastics in Durban marine systems. Refilwe is a founder of the environmental non-profit organization, RefilweMatlotlo.

In the past few months, they have been conducting clean-ups in the harbour as part of a study to determine the quantity and type of toxicants in Durban harbour. The Club has been assisting with the project and has sponsored the refreshments for the volunteers. We are grateful to those club members who have encouraged youngsters and expressed their appreciation for the efforts of Refilwe and her team. Once the study is complete they intend to communicate the findings to the relevant stakeholders. By the end of the study they hope to leave a healthy and sustainable environment for the marine and bird life as well as the people associated with the harbor. We are grateful to Refilwe for all her hard work and commitment to the environment. Our support of this initiative is yet another example of the club’s contribution to the wider community and our commitment to the environment.


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