TWENTY-EIGHT trainee rangers have graduated and a number of them have already been absorbed by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC).
The graduation ceremony was hosted by the BCC at the McDonald Hall, Mzilikazi, Bulawayo last Friday.
The rangers were trained in the management of natural resources, investigations and training techniques under the council’s parks department.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni said rangers had been recruited by the council as full-time workers.
“I am glad that 24 out of the 28 park staff trained have recently been recruited into council. This will be key in ensuring improvements in environmental management in our city and protection of our natural resources,” Mguni said.
He said for sustainable development to take place, the environment needed to be protected.
“This can only be achieved if we have a well-trained and capacitated team of rangers. A team that can tactically counter operations on those who do not follow environmental regulations,” Mguni said.
“The training of the rangers will help the city to adapt to the changing trends of environmental protection and management. The training taken by rangers will go a long way in improving operations and combating illegal activities, especially those threatening our environment.”
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