Soweto2Sodwana sustainable seafood expedition driven by Nissan

Nissan South Africa has an extensive history of supporting conservation across the country and is involved with a variety of environmental organisations that have been doing much-needed work to preserve and rehabilitate our natural resources.

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As a passionate wildlife champion, Nissan sponsored the Explore4Knowledge-WWF-SA #Soweto2Sodwana expedition, which involved two talented young chefs making their way from the sizzling streets of Soweto to the beautiful beaches of Sodwana Bay and Durban to understand where seafood comes from.

Thanks to Nissan SA, the intrepid adventurers travelled in the superlative comfort of three Nissan Navara Double Cabs to ensure they reached their destination ready to learn about sustainable seafood. As the 2016 International Pick-Up of the Year, the Navara is the ultimate road-trip vehicle and is perfect for this expedition that explores the importance of protecting environmental resources.

The chefs on the journey Terror Lekopa and Freedom Khanyile, together with Explore4Knowledge and the WWF-SA’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI), embarked on this journey to educate the chefs and South Africans about the beauty, and value of our oceans. This is part of the WWF-SASSI’s strategy to get young chefs to become amabassadors for the ocean who will champion sustainable seafood and ocean conservation in Gauteng.

The expedition took place from March 3-8, but you can still follow the #Soweto2Sodwana adventure on social media. The team snorkelled the coral reefs of Kosi Bay, met local fishers and rangers, interacted with turtles and sharks and underwent WWF-SASSI training to learn more about ocean conservation, with sustainable seafood pracrices being the primary learning.

The two young, award-winning, up-and-coming chefs have a newfound personal connection with the ocean making it natural for them to evolve into ocean ambassadors in their culinary careers. The journey empowered the chefs to contribute to sustainable seafood practices by understanding the “bait to plate” principle and how they can influence consumers and the culinary industry by making environmentally responsible seafood choices. The chefs will ultimately strive to implement sustainable seafood practices in their own restaurants.

The Soweto2Sodwana idea was conceived at a WWF-SASSI networking partners meeting by John Lucas, Founder of Explore4Knowledge. The expedition materialised through a partnership between Explore4Knowledge and WWF-SASSI, made possible through WWF-SASSI’s key funders UNEP 10YF Programme and WWF-SA Nedbank Green Trust.

You can still follow the expedition on the following social media handles:

Twitter: @Terror_Lekopa
Facebook: @MolebeliTLekopa
Instagram: @mtlekopa
@ explore4knowledge

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