A case study from the Buffelspoort Valley Conservancy
By Noel Pope
Chairman: Buffelspoort Valley Conservancy
If you happen to see an elderly gent or lady sitting alongside a stream in the Buffelspoort Valley Conservancy ostensibly scrubbing some pebbles from the river with a toothbrush, there’s no need to be concerned about their sanity.
By Helen Duigan
Imagine driving out in a hurry early in the morning and spotting a very large, brown, hairy creature skulking among the trees near your home. A resident of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy decided there could only be one animal sporting a mane like that – a lion.
An update on progress from the Chairman of the Biosphere Initiative Group
By Paul Fatti
Earlier this year, we had heard that, because of budget constraints, the Biosphere project had been placed on hold.
The Biosphere Initiative Group (BIG) took the decision to “go it alone” after months of inaction by the North-West Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Affairs (NW-DACERD). We felt it important to keep this initiative going through structures such as the website and this newsletter, and by establishing contact with Stakeholders.
In the current economic climate many businesses are battling and there are few job opportunities for the poor. The Hartebeestfontein Conservancy is sensitive to the plight of those living within the conservancy, an area spanning about 5000 hectares.
The best prospect for employment lies in self-employment. And so the initiative to give a hand-up!
By John Wesson
Conservancies in Gauteng and North West will form the Buffer Zone in the Magaliesberg Biosphere. These voluntary association of land owners, land users and residents are an important component in the Magaliesberg Biosphere.