KCS celebrates and reflects on the future of Africa’s wildlife

15 November 2011 | News story

Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS) hosted its 2011 Gala Dinner Dance at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) on the 11 November 2011. The theme for this spectacular day was 'The future of the African wildlife under the changing climatic conditions' and the keynote address was delivered by Dr Richard Leakey, a well-known conservationist and paleoanthropologist. Prominent people who were in attendance were the KCS Patron and President of Botswana, His Excellency Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who was the Guest of Honor; KCS Honorary President The Honorable Dr. G.K.T. Chiepe and the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Honorable Kitso Mokaila. The ceremony was directed by Hastings Chikoko from IUCN.

In his keynote address, Dr. Leakey outlined the impacts of climate change on Africa’s wildlife and called for action and investment in conservation activities. He emphasized that current climate change challenges require collective action that goes beyond the public sector, and invited the private sector to consider investing in nature.

The Dinner Dance attracted over 100 delegates from over 40 companies and close to 15 individual buyers. The ambience in the Tsodilo Suite of GICC was very earthy and green with trees and seedlings adorning the entrance and tables. In welcoming the guests, Mr Neil Fitt, the KCS Chairman appreciated the commitment and support that the guests continue to give to KCS.

Botswana Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Hon Kitso Mokaila, urged the guests to take home a tree seedling as a gift and to participate actively on the national tree planting day on 26 November 2011. This was appreciated by guests and some even took two seedlings with them.

In giving a vote of thanks, KCS Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Felix Monggae, thanked all the companies and organizations that had bought tables and sponsored various aspects of the event including a number of raffle prizes that were won the on the night.

Guests were entertained with performances by Clement Jackson & Crew, Ntirelang Berman and music from various artists.

Story written by Henny Maruapula, KCS Public Relations Officer. For more information, please contact Felix Monggae on felixmonggae@kcs.org.bw