Leopard Creek named SA’s top club for Governance and Environmental Compliance

Jul 15, 2021 | Top Club Award

Dear Club Manager, Director of Golf, Course Superintendent, Why not celebrate WORLD
ENVIRONMENT DAY today and congratulate LEOPARD CREEK as South Africa’s TOP
CLUB in the country for good governance and environmental compliance for 2020-21, and
Montagu Golf Club and Zwartkop Golf Club for their Special Mention Awards? Yours in
Sustainable Golf, John Collier

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June each year and stimulates awareness of the environment and
enhances political attention and public action. This day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide
awareness. Since its inception in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely
celebrated in over 100 countries. Above all, WED is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That
“something” can have a local, national or global focus. Each WED is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a
particular environmental concern, the theme for 2021 is ‘ecosystem restoration’.

The winner for 2020-21 is LEOPARD CREEK near to Malelane in Mpumulanga Province of South Africa and a Special
Mention Award to Montagu Golf Club in the Western Cape and Zwartkop Golf Club in Gauteng. The reviewers were really
impressed with the level of detail and standards set in terms of good governance and environmental compliance by the
LEOPARD CREEK team and it is fitting that on WED the club should be appropriately recognised.

2020 was a year with multiple crises, including a global pandemic, but what LEOPARD CREEK has done well is to link the
practical application of ecosystem restoration and focus on its relationship with nature, and then take specific steps to move
from crisis to healing: and in so doing, recognize that the restoration of nature is imperative for the survival of our planet
and the human race. LEOPARD CREEK’s initiatives have contributed to fight the climate crisis and will help to prevent the
potential loss of many species. Their activities will also help to enhance food security, water supply and livelihoods while
putting the club in a position to move towards a carbon neutral environment.

LEOPARD CREEK’s winning this award cannot be achieved without the passion and commitment of many people who
embrace the management benefits of sustainability, underpinned by good governance, environmental compliance and
acknowledging the threats of climate change and the need to be on the road to zero carbon. Therefore, in making this
award to Leopard Creek we also offer special congratulations to the club’s CEO Johan Piek and Course Manager Derek
Muggeridge and their respective teams