The appointment of Contour Project Managers CC (CPM) to handle the registration of the Biosphere is probably the most important development since the Magaliesberg Protection Association started the Biosphere initiative in 2006.
Willie Boonzaaier heads the Contour consortium and brings a long track record of successes including his work on the establishment of the Waterberg Biosphere and going right back to the founding of the Pilanesberg Game reserve in the 1970’s. Willie has assembled a team of top experts in project management, law, town planning, education, training and research.
Written by Naomie Blom
Living in Magaliesberg Biosphere I experience nature in its many facets - the spitting cobra in the lounge, rambunctious monkeys in the garden, darting guinea fowl and flitting butterflies, and the oh-so-beautiful warthogs who have became daily visitors.
Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa waded through the sewage in January to view the pumps at Hartbeespoort Dam.
The Minister inspected sewage pump stations, finding broken pumps at two of the stations. Mayor Sophie Molokoane-Machika excused the disrepair, blaming staff shortages. Technically qualified people are "being interviewed" by Madibeng. The Minister was also informed that regular cable theft aggravated the problem.
In the past few years a number of Environmental Management Frameworks have been compiled over the wider region.
An EMF is a management and decision support tool that strives to provide authorities with a glimpse into the ‘state of environment’, and gives planning parameters. Its purpose is to identify and map sensitive environments, and classify development or land use which is appropriate to the described environments. It is also an instrument which can be used to determine conservation priorities.
"The veld and the mountains continue for ever, austerely impartial to their human occupants: it is for the new-comer to prove his right to endure by the qualities which nature has marked for endurance." ~ John Buchan
The Magaliesberg people are enduring, courageous and often they are pioneers. In a regular series about the Mense of the Magaliesberg, we introduce the stalwarts of the region.