Environment Minister Barbara Creecy opens Thohoyandou Botanical Garden in Limpopo – SABC News

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During celebrations marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy launched the Thohoyandou Botanical Garden in Thohoyandou, Limpopo.

More than 40 million has been invested in the development of the 86-hectare botanical garden and the investment in the garden has created more than 200 jobs according to Creecy.

She says the development of the Thohoyandou Botanical Garden is expected to create more than 8,000 job opportunities across the natural resource management portfolio. She adds that 200 temporary jobs will be created thanks to the setting up of the Garden.

The Garden is intended to be a tourist destination that will contribute to economic development and serve as a place of research as well as job creation. The garden will also host workshops for traditional leaders and healers to raise awareness about the sustainable harvesting of medicinal plants.

Creecy adds: “This wonderful partnership places the relationship between people and nature at the forefront, preserving our rich heritage of biodiversity for present and future generations. This is what we mean when we call for a new deal for people.

The MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism of Limpopo, Thabo Mokone, is delighted that the Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden has been declared a national property. He says he hopes more gardens will be declared national botanical gardens in the province.

Some community members hope the project will help create more jobs.

Established in 1986 by the former Ministry of Defence, the Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden is home to native herbarium plant species. It is known for its tourist activities such as bird watching, hiking and educational environmental tours.

Watch the launch of the Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden

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