Ga-Rankuwa youth reach for the wild

Ga-Rankuwa Environmental Youth Club joined hands with the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre to educate vulnerable young children about the environments and teach them skills that could help them in the future.

Members of the Ga-Rankuwa Environmental Youth Club having fun at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre.

The club was started by Isaac Shai a few years ago to keep children out of the streets and harm’s way where they were exposed to bad influences.

This project is amid at bring youth from Ga-Rankuwa together and educate them about the environment they live in. The club encourage children to spend their weekends in a safe environment where they would not only have fun but learn new skills.

“The club approach the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre a few years back but the project was halted due to the COVID pandemic but it is now back on track. The first meeting for both the youth and parents took place in February and parents and children were taken on a walking tour around the centre to learn about the animals at the centre,” said Petro van Eeden, manager of the cheetah centre.

The planned activities for the Ga-Rankuwa Environmental Youth Club this year will include courses in water monitoring surveys, snake identification, as well as invasive plant specie identification.

“We are happy to part of this project and excited to watch the growth of these future conservationists.”