The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR), the first “savannah” biosphere in southern Africa, is one of the most important conservation areas in the country, with great potential for tourism, game ranching, hunting and conservation. The vision of WBR is to maximise this potential and to promote education and community upliftment.
Three projects are now hosted and implemented by the WBR and a fourth, the Makapan heritage route feasibility study, has been approved. The YES (Limpopo Youth Environmental Service) project will run over a three year period; SANBI over two and a half years and Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI) for two years.
With the second largest concentration of rhino in SA, the Waterberg habitat is suitable for both white and black rhino and vital for the recovery and survival of the species. Save the Waterberg Rhino (STWR) is at the forefront of the fight against it’s extinction, adopting a multi-faceted approach to tackling the Waterberg poaching problem.
The WNC meeting at the end of August was devoted to the problems and challenges facing South Africa concerning the supply and quality of water, a subject of interest and great importance to everyone living in the Waterberg and the country as a whole, as well as our neighbours.
We had 5 outstanding speakers, each an expert in their area of specialisation and what they had to say was both informative and chilling.
Regretfully many members were unable to attend and we thought it important that the message conveyed by the experts was spread as widely as possible.
Richard Wadley has provided us with a comprehensive precis of the information on this vital subject.
Download the PDF document which contains graphs, maps and images. Below, article text only.
Waterberg son set to row the Atlantic single-handed : Greg Maud (son of our chairman) is planning a solo row across the Atlantic in December - from the Canary Isles to Antigua Barbuda in the Carribean hoping to raise money for Street Light Schools. He is also looking for sponsors to assist. His rationale -‘because he really wants to do it’
Some of our members (Richard, Ken and Liz) have been lucky enough to see the Pierneef exhibition currently on at the Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg until September 12. Pierneef is certainly one of our greatest artists, and is famed for his empty bushveld landscapes. His work will appeal to all those who live in and love the wide spaces we enjoy in the Waterberg.
On a personal note I recall arriving in South Africa as a child many years ago, disembarking at Johannesburg’s Park Station, and being overwhelmed by the magnificent Pierneef panels in the Station. Four of these panels are included in the exhibition.
A rhino mutilated by poachers for its horn has received a skin-graft from an elephant. Dr Johan Marais, the Pretoria vet who performed the one and a half hour operation, said it would take two or three weeks to know if the graft is successful. If so, the procedure could be used more often in the future as only a small piece of skin is needed.
The skin was taken from an elephant which had died of natural causes.
From Times Live - Thanks to Simon Rood.
A new tracking device has been developed by Vodacom and I-Detect to monitor and record the movement of rhinos and with the intention to prevent poaching. A live tracking device collar is attached to the rhino’s ankle. The device is powered by a solar panel.
Motivated by both her previous experience running the Outdoor Club at the Waterberg Academy and the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve’s exhibition in Vaalwater, Marlene Vermaak started the Environmental Club at Meetsetshehla in 2014.
The club principals are to inform and educate students about nature and initiate a love of the wild. Students are encouraged to see this as knowledge they can use throughout their lives, in potential jobs as well as their own lifestyle.
PLEASE DIARISE THESE DATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2016 WNC MEETINGS
THURSDAY, 23 JUNE
THURSDAY, 18 AUGUST
THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER (inc. AGM)
Waterberg Nature Conservancy
The sad and disgusting story of Vaalwater is one of overflowing bins and skips, and a landfill/re-cycling depot which is inoperative. The municipality, Modimolle, buries it’s head in the piles of rubbish and ignores all pleas, requests or demands for some action. Its own town is clean; at the end of each day the street traders clean up and there is very little litter to be seen. This is not the case for the poor relative, Vaalwater.
In our September 2012 issue of this Newsletter, we reprinted an article, entitled 'The Bottled Water Scam', from 'The Environment' magazine. The South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) challenged several statements in the story and we give Charlotte Metcalf, SANBWA's technical manager, the opportunity to respond:
Bottled water is one of the safest, healthiest and most environmentally-friendly packaged beverages on the restaurant table or in the retailer’s fridge.
The Waterberg Challenge was a huge success raising substantial funds for the Waterberg Charities supported by the Waterberg Trust.
At the end of the four day and two hundred kilometers the riders looked tired but still managed to rise a smile.
Well done to WNC member Ant and his team ----- and of course all the riders!
Hoeveel water het ons? Hoeveel het ons nodig? Wat hou die toekoms in?
Kom hoor kenners in verskeie velde van kundigheid gesels oor water verbruik, bronne en gehalte, asook die wet en die impak van klimaatsverandering. Waterberg Bewaarea nooi die publiek na 'n ope simposium: Vrydag 28 Augustus, 16:00 Waterberg Akademie skool saal, Vaalwater
Sprekers sluit in -
Lede: Gratis | R20 per volwasse
"Bring en Braai" na die ope simposium.
Vuur en slaai word voorsien.
Stalletjies met 'n verskeidenheid water-verwante produkte en dienste vanaf 14:00
Kontak Nicolene vir besonderhede om uit te stal
by Richard Wadley
After the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886, instantly wealthy entrepreneurs needed to find ways in which to make themselves even richer. One route was to create companies that would purchase agricultural land in new areas being formally surveyed for the first time. The rationale was that the development that would surely accompany the expected growth in mining would necessitate growth in agriculture in the region. And there was always the possibility of further mineral discoveries.