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Decades of doing good

Celebrate decades of shared success for people and nature by giving WWF South Africa your ‘’click of support’’ in the MyPlanet Vote4Charity challenge. Your quick click can give us R5, without you spending a cent!

This year WWF celebrates 50 years of achieving success in this beautiful and naturally abundant part of the planet.

The ‘panda footprint’ first broke ground in South Africa in 1968. Since then we have celebrated many key wins for all South Africans to be proud of. These wins would not have been possible without unwavering support - that includes yours. Thank you!

To celebrate our shared success, you can vote for WWF in the  MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Vote4Charity campaign, giving a further boost to our critical work for nature and for you.

Here are some of the highlights.

In honour of creatures of the sea and sky
© Wim van Passel
Albatrosses are among the spectacular marine wildlife - including penguins and killer whales - that call the Prince Edwards Islands home.

In 2013, we realised a 20-year vision with the declaration of South Africa’s first offshore marine protected area: the Prince Edward Islands. Situated about 2 000 kilometres from our coast in the Southern Ocean, this spectacular marine reserve is home to the world’s largest sea bird, the albatross. It is also one of the largest marine reserves in the world.

Inspiring collective action
© Alistair Daynes
Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

There is great strength in unity and this has been proven time and again with WWF’s Earth Hour campaign. It first sparked in Sydney, in 2007. Since then hundreds of millions of people symbolically switch off their lights for 60 minutes in unity to take positive action for our planet.


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A South Africa for all to enjoy
© Flower Valley Trust
Through the WWF Nedbank Green Trust, more than R280 million rand has been invested in over 200 conservation projects.

The 90s were a time of great change and vision for our country. Inspired by this change, a new WWF-led trust was created to contribute to both social and environmental success. The WWF Nedbank Green Trust has been catalysing community-level conservation initiatives for 28 years.

Working together to look after nature's treasures
© Scott Ramsay
WWF has helped the 300-strong Mgundeni community in KwaZulu-Natal go from subsistence to sustainable commercial cattle farming.

As part of our work with commercial farmers, private landowners and communities living on shared land, we have empowered over 11 000 community members across 13 different biodiversity stewardship sites, helping them realise how nature looks after us if we look after nature.

Empowering the next generation
© Natasha Prince
128 graduates have benefited from high-quality workplace-based internship experiences in the environmental sector.

WWF has been investing in the development of people since the 1990s. In 2011, we launched our Graduate Internship Programme to bridge the transition from university by providing a structured intern experience combined with mentorship and networking in the environmental sector.

Towards a water-secure future
© Hougaard Malan
South Africa has 22 strategic water source areas which are the mountain catchments and water-supplying landscapes, far from our cities, which capture the river run-off that feeds our dams further downstream.

We helped to catalyse a national job creation initiative in the mid-90s, Working for Water,  in areas where there is a high density of water-thirsty alien plants. Through this work, these areas have been cleared and helped to free up more of our natural water flow, contributing to water security in South Africa.

People, places, species, spaces
© Christian Sperka
The black rhino population in KwaZulu-Natal has increased by 21% since 2003.

Since the 80s, WWF has been involved with conserving the iconic and endangered African rhino – both black and white. In 2003, with great foresight, far ahead of the rhino horn poaching crisis, we created a breeding and relocation project for the critically endangered black rhino. To date, 11 new groups of about 20 black rhino have been relocated and successfully established.

We hope you’re as proud of our shared conservation and environmental wins as we are. We look forward to many more years of working hand-in-hand to build a sustainable and equitable future. For Nature. For You.

Eitan Prince Photo
Eitan Prince, Digital Communications and Content Manager

Eitan Prince loves the outdoors, both urban and natural. He's also a passionate photographer who loves to capture street scenes.


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