The Mafikeng SCENE
The Mafikeng SCENE was born as part of a project to improve
the natural surroundings of Mafikeng, and particularly the Molopo
river. Funds were allocated by the North West Province from the
RDP programme to clean, clear and convert the degraded river area
back to its natural state. This included the natural filtration
of the town's liquid wastes so that clean water can be passed into
the river and Cooke's Lake. This has proved very successful. Part
of this budget was allocated to the Scouts to erect an environmental
education centre on land in the Mafikeng Game Reserve, located approximately
1.5 km outside the town on the Lichtenburg road.
A highly effective facility was opened in 1999. The Mafikeng SCENE
now consists of twenty campsites, a covered assembly area, workshop
rooms, a dining room, kitchen, large ablution block, bunkrooms,
a store, accommodation for a manager, caretaker and twelve volunteers
All buildings have been designed to complement the environment.
Innovative and prize-winning techniques have been used to maximise
energy efficiency, some of which have not previously been seen in
South Africa, and which have proved very effective.