DAY 7 – DECK TALK – HERMANUS

Bientangs Cave Restaurant

The University of Earth Team left Michael’s farm and travelled eastwards. On the way, we stopped for lunch at the small coastal town of Hermanus, normally famous for its whales. As Bulelani looked over the harbour, I suddenly realised that this was one thing at least that we had got right. Now we were coming to Hermanus to see whales being born and watch them from afar at a famous tourist attraction.

Liam Macfarlane:  It’s harder once it gets on a bigger scale to maintain an organic farm. If each person had to do their own thing and grown their own food I think it will help a lot in terms of the problems regarding food, wastage and GMO’s because most people won’t add herbicides or pesticides to their own foods.

Bululani Godla:  Actually, he taught me the extent of the pesticides. Even people who are farming organically, actually the distance the pesticides cover. It’s even a threat to organic farmers. We have a big challenge of like the pesticides, which means like the, we have to involve all the people. You can’t just isolate yourself and say that “Me, I’m going to be organical myself.” There is a need for the spread of information

Jacky Wilson:  What resonated with me is that the planet can take care of itself and humans interfere too much. So basically, if we stop interfering and take it back to bare basics where we were before, instead of adding all this unnecessary stuff, it would make a huge difference.

Sbonelo Zinya: I discovered that we can make use of natural resources that are available in our vicinity or our region in a productive manner. For example, they used the leaves and the bark as a source of the compost.

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