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Members of Men on the Side of the Road pitched in to help repairs and cleaning at the zoo. They also built a new enclosure for the bushbabies.
VOLUNTEERS from Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) spent a day at the Johannesburg Zoo cleaning and repairing two bird enclosures.


MSR volunteers repair the Cape vultures enclosureMSR volunteers repair the Cape vultures' enclosureOn 29 June, 40 volunteers repaired and painted the Cape vultures’ enclosure. They also built a new enclosure for the galagos, or bushbabies. The volunteers also did some paving and weeding, and installed signage around the zoo.

Before work started, they grouped themselves according to their skills and scattered around the zoo to do a day’s work. The effort was part of Make South Africa Work, a countrywide campaign that raises awareness of the work that MSR does.

MSR, members of which were doing work for the zoo for the first time, is an organisation that empowers South Africans to change lives though job creation. It provides a “bridge” that enables members to move into the mainstream economy through facilitating employment for them, according to the MSR website.

The zoo’s Candice Segal said the enthusiasm they showed and the amount of work they completed impressed the zoo staff.

“The day was a great success and it is hoped that the zoo can assist in future campaigns to raise awareness around the great work this non-profit organisation does,” she added.

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