Nkoana-Mashabane to SA: Skip European holidays, visit local parks

The minister says visiting local parks will give South Africans more love for their natural heritage.

FILE: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Chairing the world's largest wildlife conservation conference into the home straight at Sandton, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane appeals to her compatriots to visit regional game reserves rather than venture further north on European holidays.

Visiting local parks will give South Africans more love and affection for their natural heritage, she says.

The Conference of Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which has been hosted by South Africa over past ten days, has been marked by a split between Southern Africa and the other regions of the continent on how best to safeguard the gravely threatened rhino and elephants.

Nkoana-Mashabane insists she sees a commonality between Africans.

"We now know that for sustainable livelihood; moving forward, we also have to conserve and protest nature and our environment."

She says South Africa's very proud of the way it's hosted the Conference of the Parties.