South Africa: Premier Alan Winde Dives With My Octopus Teacher Crew to Promote Conservation During World Oceans Week

World Oceans Week: My Octopus Teacher crew and Premier Alan Winde free dive to promote conservation

To mark World Oceans Week, I joined the Oscar Winning “My Octopus Teacher” crew in snorkeling and free diving in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area.

During the excursion, the crew taught me about their innovative Sea Change Project, which inspired the award-winning documentary, and aims to promote human-nature connection and ocean protection.

I had the opportunity to commend the crew on their successes, putting Cape Town on the centre stage among the international film community. I also thanked them for their contribution to conservation by driving awareness and compassion for our waters.

I am proud to lead a Provincial Government which takes nature conservation seriously. Through CapeNature, we work extremely hard to conserve our precious and rich biodiversity, and through our partner GreenCape, we are working to support businesses and investors in the green economy to remove barriers to grow a more resilient and sustainable society.

The Netflix Original documentary film, directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, documents a year spent by the filmmaker, Craig Foster, in getting to know and understand a wild common octopus in a kelp forest. It won the award for Best Documentary Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards hosted earlier this year.

The Sea Change Trust was founded in 2012. Its team is working to showcase the beauty and value of the Great African Sea forest. Since their establishment, they have made numerous discoveries which have informed:

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