Community News

Please note that this page will be used to post information which is considered to be of interest or benefit to the KlipSA (Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association) community. The Executive Committee reserves the right to accept or reject requests to post information regarding activities and events.

Please let us have any news, photographs or information you would like to share or if you have anything which you feel will be of interest or benefit to the community please contact the Chairman.

Inaugural AGM

Held on Tuesday 13 April 2010

Chairman's Report

Chairman's Presentation (2Mb file size)

Treasure's Report

Auditor's report (2Mb file size)

News of Events and Activites

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Prof Anthony Turton: The Perfect Storm in the Water Sector – What is Driving It and Why it is a Game-Changer

An event hosted by Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment of University of Johannesburg on Monday 1 March 2016 at 18:00 at the University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Campus.

This event will be used to initiate a collaboration that KlipSA has been working on between KlipSA, SOJO Business and Tourism and University of Johannesburg focusing on the Klipriviersberg and the Klipriviersberg Economic and Ecosystem Development Zone (KEEDZ) initiative.

Apart from Anthony Turton's keynote presentation which is looking at the extremely serious situation regarding the pollution of our national dams and rivers, Andrew Barker will be giving a short presentation on KEEDZ and Gamelihle Sibanda will also speak on biomimicry.

Click here for the invitation

KlipSA (KLIPRIVIERSBERG SUSTAINABILITY ASSOCIATION)

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

You are cordially invited to the KlipSA Annual General Meeting which will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday 6th August 2015; Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park

Map & Directions: See www.klipriviersberg.org.za – choose The JCP Entrance Precinct option

GPS co-ordinates: S 26º 18 13.36’  E 28º 0 39.26’

Cost: Attendance is free

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Please note: The Executive Committee is desperately in need of an administrator and secretary as well as a host of other skills. If you have such skills and are prepared to assist, please make yourself available for election to the committee or to join one of the working teams.

If you will be attending, please confirm by e-mail to SOJO Business & Tourism on info@sojo.co.za or call on   011 493 7880 between 08:00 and 15:00. This is needed for catering purposes. A proxy form is available if you are not able to attend.

Please join us to share in KlipSA’s achievements and challenges during the past year. Any of your family or friends who are interested in KlipSA’s activities is also welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT FOR 2014/15 - click here

KHOISAN STORY TELLING EVENING

Khoisan eveningJoin us around a camp fire and experience compelling stories told by the Khoi-san people of the south of Joburg. Their history, heritage and culture will be revealed through storytelling, traditional music and dance.

Saturday 28 March 2015 at 17:30 for 18:00

Gates close promptly at 18:00
R100 per person - includes tea and coffee

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve at the Old Farm House, entrance at Impala South Gate (near fire station) co-ordinates:
26° 18’ 36.46”S 28°1’9.34”E

NB: Tickets Limited to first 60 people booked and paid - contact leabrash@kolisa.co.za - RSVP by 25 March 2015

Bring own picnic food, drinks, chairs or blankets

Event brought to you by KNRA, KlipSA, SOJO and Jackson Drift Khoi-San Development Association

For a copy of the invitation click here

 

SOUTH AFRICAN PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION (SAPOA) ARTICLE

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An article on KlipSA and Klipriviersberg Economic and Ecosystem Development Zone (KEEDZ)) was published in the SAPOA magazine "Property Developer" in October 2014 - "Enter the Agritropolis" - and can be accessed here.

 

KlipSA (KLIPRIVIERSBERG SUSTAINABILITY ASSOCIATION)

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the fifth KlipSA AGM will be held on Tuesday, 26 August 2014, at Southview Lodge, 36 David (Dawid) Street, Meredale, commencing 18h00 for 18h30.

In addition to the reporting of the Association’s business, financial status and activities during the period March 2013 to February 2014, a presentation will be made by Mr Andrew Barker, Chairman of the Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association on "Seed to Feed", a suite of initiatives for the future development of the south of Joburg. These initiatives are based on protecting, promoting and enhancing the value of the natural assets in the area and will change the legacy of apartheid and improve the lifestyles of many people.

Refreshments will be available with a cash bar. Please contact Sandra per e-mail on sandka@mweb.co.z before Friday 22 August for catering purposes.

Details: Letter to members, AGM Agenda, AGM Proxy form

For a copy of the Chairman's Report and presentation please click here

 

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Landscape SA Series of Articles on KlipSA

Karyn Richards, the Editor of Landscape SA, approached KlipSA and offered to write a series of articles on KlipSA and its initiatives, programmes and projects. She has kindly agreed that we may post these on our web site:

  1. March 2014 - An intorduction to KlipSA and general overview
  2. May 2014 - Klip River wetland project
  3. July 2014 - Klipriviersberg Agritropolis
  4. September 2014 - Klipriviersberg Sustainable Education Centre (KlipSEC)
  5. November 2014 - Kliprivier Urban Biodiversity Corridor (KUBiC)
  6. May 2015 - Tourism and Recreation

 

REGION F: CLUSTER COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

The City of Joburg has embarked on a process of Community Based Planning whereby residents and business people are asked to attend workshops to input and ideas for the future development of the area.

Our apologies for the short period of notification but we have only just received confirmation and details of the proposed meeting for the southern areas of Region F to take place on Monday, 25 November 2013 at 18:00 in the Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre. Further details regarding the programme and transportation assistance are available here.

We would encourage your participation and involvement in this planning process to contribute your ideas and thoughts towards establishing priorities for the City.

We would also ask you to assist in promoting this important public participation meeting and forward it to your friends and colleagues and any other community, residential or business associations that you are aware of that maybe interested.

KlipSA supports World Food Day with innovative development approach

File for download and printing as is. Cropping or other modifications prohibited. Contact World-Food-Day@fao.org for more information.A new development approach and philosophy for the southern areas of Johannesburg has been nurtured and promoted where investment and development will be guided by biodiversity value. This has taken a few years but it is now receiving widespread interest and support from the authorities, business and local communities.

The foundation of this approach is to recognise the value of the biodiversity in the Klipriviersberg (including the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve), Klipriver Valley and associated wetland and grassland areas in leading future development in the area. The fundamental premise is to use these natural resources as a basis for sustainable social and economic development which will protect promote and enhance the value of the biodiversity. 

This will largely be undertaken through the establishment of an urban agricultural hub over a large area (the idea of an Agritropolis has been mooted) which would be based on organic, high yielding, productive and sustainable agricultural practices to stimulate a primary economy and the associated value chain to stimulate sustainable growth and development in this area of the Gauteng City Region - including parts of Midvaal and Ekurhuleni. This will be overlaid with the integration of tourism and the associated opportunities for the development of agritourism and ecotourism with their associated economic value chains.

The primary aim of this approach is to address food security, unemployment and poverty by bringing economic growth and development with associated job opportunities to the south of Johannesburg in close proximity to the areas of poverty and unemployment which are found in Soweto and Orange Farm to the west and Thokoza and Katlehong to the east. 

Secondary commercial and industrial development associated with these primary industries can then be concentrated in the development corridors of the N1 and Golden Highway to the west and R59 and N3 to the east, also in close proximity to the above-mentioned areas of unemployment and poverty.

KlipSA has established partnerships to guide these initiatives to the point where we are now consolidating and finalising their incorporation into the Joburg GDS 2040 and IDPs for future investment, growth and development.

The nature of the different initiatives in includes preparing and developing projects for implementation. These projects include:
- Establishment of areas of urban agriculture projects primarily to address food security and to provide jobs close to communities where these problems prevail but also to supply local and international markets;
- Promote and support the planning and development of industries and services and to invest in infrastructure to attract labour oriented industrial and commercial development servicing the agricultural, and tourism activities;
- Preparation of and integrated management plan for the Klipriver wetlands to improve the quality and quantity of water in the river and stimulate related economic and social development from the wetland goods and services;
- The design and development of and environmental educational centre to provide educational resources and facilities for local communities, school children and university students;
- Manage and provide regular presentations and workshops to introduce sustainable business practices to local business communities;
- Manage and provide regular presentations and workshops to introduce sustainable living style to local residential communities
- Provide professional guidance and support to investors and developers in the area to ensure the use of sustainable design, construction and management of appropriate developments using green building and development practices and techniques;
- Design and develop a “greenway” along 13 km of the Kliprivier Drive by designing, planting, managing and maintaining a biodiversity corridor of appropriate species of vegetation;
- The design and provision of required land and infrastructure to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the City Deep Freight Logistics Hub;
- The design and implementation of solar and waste to energy generating projects;
- The long term reclamation and development of the mine impacted areas to provide economic and social opportunities and address environmental issues.

Poster source: http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/wfd-poster-contest/en/#ad-image-8

KlipSA AGM and talk on KUBiC

You are cordially invited to the KlipSA annual general meeting which will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Time: 18:30 for 19:00

Venue: Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Entrance Precinct

Address: Peggy Vera Drive, Kibler Park (Directly North of and adjacent to the Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre)

GPS co-ordinates: 26º 18’ 13.50” South:   28º 00’ 39.34” East

Cost: Attendance is free

The business agenda is:

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Approval of the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 14 August 2012 and matters arising from those minutes

3. Treasurer’s report and appointment of auditors for the ensuing year

4. Chairman’s Report

5. Election of Executive Committee Members

6. General

Once the formal business has been dealt with, Reuben Louw will report on progress with the Klipriviersberg Urban Biodiversity Corridor (KUBiC) project. This exciting project, which was started about a year ago, intends creating a 12 kilometer biodiversity corridor along the length of Kliprivier Drive from Booysens Road to Swartkoppies Road. The KUBiC project fits in well with and supports the Corridors of Freedom recently announced by the mayor of Johannesburg, Councilor Mpho Parks Tau. The corridors are designed to change the urban settlement pattern of the city. SOJO, Thaba Ya Batswana, Johannesburg City Parks and KlipSA are partners in this exciting and unique project.

Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.

If you will be attending, please confirm by e-mail to clemkourie@gmail.com. This is needed for catering purposes.

This serves as formal notice of the meeting.

Please join us to share in KlipSA’s successes and frustrations during the past year. Any of your family or friends who are interested in KlipSA’s activities are more than welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.

 

KlipSA’s Sustainable Urban Living (SUL) Team invites you to their next talk on Wednesday the 14th of August:

Impact of every day chemicals on our health

Amanda Colling, a Chemist and Microbiologist from Innu-Science, who also sits on the Technical Advisory Board for SABS and the Green Building Council, and Trevor Steyn, the founder and Chemical Engineer from Esse Organic Skin Care – the only eco-certified production plant in Africa. Current cleaning products are filled with a wide range of highly toxic chemicals, both for those who are exposed to them as well as the environment, and often come with serious warnings about using gloves, avoiding inhalation and medical advice if ingested - yet how many of us actually use gloves, and have you wondered what happens to all those chemicals that are casually poured down the drain? At least cleaning products come with warning labels – cosmetic products also contain chemicals which adversely affect our health, yet most of us are unaware of their impact. Amanda and Trevor will be laying these industries bare, informing how these chemicals affect our health, and more seriously, their impact on men’s fertility and masculinity. They will introduce us to the alternatives and even give some tips on how to make your own!


Presented by: Amanda Colling from Innu-Science and Trevor Steyn from Esse-Organic Skin Care
Date: Wednesday 14 August
Time: 18h30 for 19h00
Venue: Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park
Price: R30 (includes tea, coffee and light snacks)
RSVP essential: sul@klipsa.org.za (only 50 seats available)

If you have any friends who you think would also like to attend, please forward them this email and invite them to sign up to our mailing list!


KUBiC Concept and Vision is Launched

KUBiC logoA very successful event was held to launch KUBiC (Kliprivier Urban Biodiversity Corridor) on Wedneday 31 October 2012. This is the start of an exciting green journey as the biodiversity corridor along the Kliprivier Drive is established..

A copy of the presentation launching KUBiC can be seen here.

A copy of the press release can be seen here.

Thank you to all the partners and sponors for all your contributions.

We look forward to the next stage and the real work of realising the vision. If you want to be a part of this unique project, pleae contact the Chairman. We look forward to hearing from you.

KlipSA’s Sustainable Urban Living group has their next talk coming up: KUBiC

If you were not able to attend the launch of KUBiC (see below for details), your opportunity to find out about this exciting project is to attend the next KlipSA Sustainability Urban Living event at which Morné Brits, of Kironia Environmental, will present the plan for the roll out of the 12km KUBiC (Kliprivier Urban Biodiversity Corridor) - a visual and environmental jackpot for the south of Joburg. Thousands of trees and plants are planned to be planted along Klipriver Drive from Booysens Road to Swartkoppies Road, as well as parts of Booysens Road.

KlipSA would like to use this opportunity to also get your feedback and input on the KUBiC project, so please come ready with any questions or comments that may need to be considered in the roll out of the project.

A raffle with two prizes will be held.

Date: 7 November 2012

Time: 18:30 for 19:00

Venue: Entrance Precinct, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park

Cost: R30 per person - Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served.

Important note: Seating at the venue is limited to 40 people. Booking is therefore essential. Please reserve your place by contacting Samantha Derham on 071 0682793 or e-mail her on samantha@environmentals.co.za

 

KUBiC (Kliprivier Urban Biodiversity Corridor) Launch Wednesday 31 October 2012

The Kliprivier Urban Biodiversity Corridor (KUBiC) project is an exciting venture which seeks to further beautify and enhance the natural assets in the South of Johannesburg. SOJO, Thaba ya Batswana, Johannesburg City Parks, Kirionia Environmentals and KlipSA are partners in this project.

The launch of the project will take place at Thaba ya Batswana on Wednesday 31 October – see the invitation which is extended to all KlipSA members and their friends and family. Please note however that space is limited and your RSVP is essential if you wish to attend.

More specific details of the project along Kliprivier Drive will be made known at a talk to be presented by Morné Brits, the project leader, on the evening of 7 November. Details of the talk will be distributed in the near future.

Look forward to your participation in making KUBiC into a reality.

 

KlipSA’s Sustainable Urban Living group has their next talk coming up: Sustainable Gardening

Ever thought about growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit at home, but don’t know where to start?

Gina Shoemaker from Green Earth Landscaping will be talking about the first steps to growing your own food at home. How to start, how to use different spaces, vertical gardens for your balcony to growing for your extended family, taking the first steps or improving your current yields, solutions for the feast or famine of home gardens, organic gardening, companion planting, composting, saving water. Gina has a life-long passion for, and expert in food gardening, composting and sustainability in general, and will have information for every level of gardener.

 

Please join us at the Entrance Precinct, Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park on Wednesday the 26th of September 2012. For a map click here.

Time: 18h30 for 19h00

Price: R30 (includes tea, coffee and light snacks)

RSVP to Samantha at info@sojo.co.za or  011 493 7880

 

Annual General Meeting: KlipSA (Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association)

The third KlipSA AGM was successfully held on Tuesday, 14 August 2012, at Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Lodge. The meeting was well attended with those in attendance noting their satisfaction and appreciation for the progress and achievements that have been made in the past year. The Chairman, Andrew Barker, presented his annual report which set out in detail the ideas and concepts that have been developed for sustainable economic and social development in the southern areas of Johannesburg. The Executive Committee was established for the coming year and set clear priorities and tasks. This includes the establishment of an Advisory Board.

For a copy of the annual report, click here

Mr John Wesson, Chairman of the National Association of Conservancies/Stewardships of South Africa presented a wonderful array of slides and pictures to illustrate his very informative and thought provoking talk on “Southern Africa, its landscapes and wildlife – the role of conservancies in sustainability.” He noted the importance of organisations such as KlipSA in addressing environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity and fauna and flora value.

KlipSA endorses Birdlife South Africa’s National Bird Week - 6 to 11 May

Each year a bird of the year is chosen by Birdlife South Africa; the African Fish Eagle being the designated bird for 2012. National Bird Week oversees the official launch of the learning materials and resources associated with the Bird of the year. Resources for the Bird of the Year 2012 are currently being developed and will be made available on www.birdlife.org.za.
The KlipSA area has an abundance of bird .... To read more

Extract from Tame Times 24 April 2012 - Article written by Kevin Lavery.

Green Business Platform

KlipSA is partnering with SOJO and Caxton Community Newspapers in an initiative called the “Green Business Platform” which has been designed to encourage businesses out South to adopt sustainability practices. These practices will have a twofold benefit viz.:

  • Contribute to a more sustainable future, and
  • Improve business profitability

The initiative will consist of a series of meeting over the course of the next year, where businessmen will be addressed by speakers who will provide them with information about good sustainability and increased profitability practices.

You are cordially invited to attend these sessions. If you know of any businessmen who may be interested, it would be appreciated if you would pass the invitation on to them as well. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 6 March.

Please see the attached invitation here.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Samantha Derham at SOJO on 011 4937880 or e-mail her at info@sojo.co.za.

End of Year: A Batty Affair

On Wednesday the 30th of November, The Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association will be holding their End of Year Function at Duoro Portuguese Family Restaurant in Gleneagles, near the Glen Shopping Centre, and in the same complex as the Checkers.

Platters for a light dinner and desert will be provided, as well as a cash bar.

There will also be a fascinating talk about bats by Ernest Seamark who has 15 years of experience working with bats. You will be amazed at how interesting bats really are. He will be talking about their history, their dramatically different habitats and environments around Southern Africa, as well as their folk tales and myths that have been passed down the generations.

There is a minimal cover charge of R50 that only covers the costs.

RSVP by Friday 25 November to: 011-493-7880 or info@sojo.co.za

For a copy of the invitation click here.

Reduce, Reuse Recycle - Recycling and Waste Collection sites

The Sustainable Urban Living Team have compiled a list of recycling and waste collection sites located in the southern areas of Johannesburg. Please feel free to download a copy from below and use it. Should you know of any other sites please let us know and we will update the list.

To download a copy of the list of sites click here

Comment on Joburg 2040 GDS

A submission on the Joburg 2040 GDS ( Growth and Development Strategy) was made following extensive participation in the public participation process. The submission was well-received and referenced in the final document.

For a copy of the submission click here

A copy of the Joburg 2040 GDS can be obtained from the Joburg Council or downloaded from here

Klipriviersberg Conservancy Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the second Annual General Meeting of the Klipriviersberg Conservancy will be held on Tuesday, 23 August 2011, at the Lido Hotel, Plot 17, Old Vereeniging Road, Eikenhof, at 18h30 for 19h00.

Click here to see the full invitation and proposed agenda.

Members will be introduced to the Klipriviersberg Sustainability Association (KlipSA) which has been designed to replace the Klipriviersberg Conservancy. This move has entailed the revision of the KlipCon constitution to accommodate the changes to KlipSA. Click here to see the proposed constitution. The motivation for this exciting new venture will be presented at the AGM together with its proposed constitution.

Executive committee members for the year ahead will be elected at the meeting. Should you wish to become involved in the Exco or any of our other sub-committees, please attend the meeting.

If you are unable to attend, you may vote by proxy. Click here for a proxy form. This can be returned to Sue Edwards via e-mail or fax (details below).

Our guest speaker will be John Wesson, Chairman of the National Association of Conservancies and Stewardship of South Africa.

RSVP: Sue Edwards (edwards@futurejhb.co.za) or phone/fax No. 011 680 7367 by Friday, 19 August 2011, for catering purposes.

Integrated Management Strategy Plan for the Klip River Wetland

On behalf of the Klipriviersberg Conservancy, we would like to invite you to attend an initial scoping workshop for the preparation and development of an Integrated Management Strategy Plan for the Klip River Wetland area. We are looking for stakeholders who are interested in this area and have knowledge and experience in these matters to assist and guide this process. The details of the workshop are as follows:

Date: Thursday 21 July 2011

Time: 09:00 – 12:00

Venue: Indaba Auditorium, Rand Water Head Office, 522 Impala Road, Glenvista, Johannesburg

RSVP: To reply please click here

For additional information click here.

The Green Thing ... the bad old days

In the line at the supermarket, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

She was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day. click here for more

PROMOTE THE KLIPRIVIERSBERG WITH YOUR PHOTOS

Joburg City Parks is calling for your photographs of a green and beautiful Johannesburg in its competition, Viewing Joburg through Green-Tinted Lenses. It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words and Johannesburg City Parks (JCP) is calling on all residents to have their say in a monthly photographic competition, Viewing Joburg through Green-Tinted Lenses.

For more information please go to http://bit.ly/k3IaCQ

This is an excellent opportunity for those of you who are able to take good photographs to offer them to the City to use and promote our area.

We would be happy to post them on our website and here as well.
Looking forward to seeing your contributions.

TALK ON "ANIMAL REHABILITATION" BY MARGI BRONKLEHURST OF FREEME

The Klipriviersberg Conservancy and SOJO are jointly hosting a talk entitled “Animal Rehabilitation”. The talk will be presented by Margi Bronklehurst of FreeMe.

FreeMe, a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife, is based in the north of Johannesburg. It was founded in 1997 by a group of trained rehabilitators who realised that there was a dire need for the organized care of injured or displaced suburban indigenous wildlife. They have done excellent work since then.

With the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve being home to a variety of wildlife ranging from porcupines, dassies and snakes to antelope, zebra, wildebeest and much more, we are sure you will find this talk a very interesting one that not to be missed.

Details:

Date: 25 May 2011

Time: 18:30 for 19:00

Venue: The Lido Hotel, Plot 17, Old Vereeniging Road, Eikenhof

Cost: R20 per person. Scholars free

Catering: Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available

Booking is essential for catering purposes. Please contact Nicky Vakaloudis before 20 May on 082 481 8746 or 011 439 7880 or e-mail her on info@sojo.co.za

All proceeds will be donated to FreeMe for their outstanding work and efforts.

Look forward to seeing you there.

RECENT JUDGMENTS SUPPORTING PARTICIPATION AND CONSERVATION (26 April 2011)

There is good news regarding recent judgements on environmental issues. The first was at the end of last year when the high court found in favour of Conservationists participating in development processes. This was the case of Wraypex vs Barnes and others which included representatives of the Renosterspruit Conservancy. The full judgement can be downloaded here.

.A further regional court decision found Stefan Frylinck and his firm Mpofu Consulting CC guilty of providing incorrect and misleading information which led to the development of a construction site on a wetland. The full judgement can be downloaded here

Both of these cases are an indication of the importance of participating in development processes and ensuring that correct information and objectivity are critical in preparing and assessing information.

DEVELOPMENT INTEGRATION PUBLIC MEETING REPORT BACK (30 September 2010)

On Wednesday, 15 September 2010 approximately 90 people attended a meeting held at Thaba ya Batswana with the purpose of exploring the dynamic and complex relationships of development and conservation, or rather integrated sustainability, to be able to guide development into the Klipriviersberg Conservancy area.

As a result of the meeting a clear mandate regarding the approach and philosophy regarding development was established...... To read more, click here.

For a copy of the presentation, click here.

The next meeting of the Development Integration team will be held at 16:00 at Thaba ya Batswana on Tuesday, 12 October 2010.  Should you wish to attend, please contact the Chairman.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVANCIES/ STEWARDSHIP IN SOUTH AFRICA (NACSSA) (07 September 2010)

The Annual General Meeting for NACSSA was held during its workshop held from 27 to 29 August 2010 at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick  KZN. It was hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Conservancies Association.

GCSA SYMPOSIUM:CONSERVANCIES AND BIODIVERSITY (07 September 2010)

The GCSA held a very successful symposium 20 August 2010  with some interesting presentations and discussions regarding various issues and concerns about conservancies in the Gauteng Province.

For copies of the presentations click here.

SUSTAINABILITY AND GLOBAL WARMING - DAVID COLLINS (07 September 2010)

" The real crisis is sutainability of civilisaion as we know it"

David Collins gave a very interesting talk on TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2010. To download a copy of his presentation click here (NB the file is 3Mb). He also provided some useful references - click here to see them

NEW EIA REGULATIONS (15 August 2010)

South Africa’s new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations came into effect on 02 August 2010, signalling the start of the  official implementation process of a new regime aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of EIA.

To read more about the changes and to download the regulations, click here.

WESSA FIGHTS ILLEGAL RHINO POACHING (03 August 2010)

WESSA has initiated a campaign to raise funds to fight illegal Rhino poaching. You can help - SMS RHINO to 40706 (R20 per SMS).

WESSA proposes to raise funds and awareness to help curb the current illegal rhino hunting. The funds will be raised by encouraging people to make a donation through the WESSA SMS line by SMSing “Rhino” to 40706 (R20 per SMS) or by going onto their website (www.wessa.org.za) and making a donation to WESSA with the reference “Rhino

For more information and background to this project click here.

TALK BY DAVID COLLINS: SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBAL WARMING (02 August 2010)

Dave Collins has a Masters' Degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge. He has had a life-long interest in climate change and its effect on human history, and more recently in the evolving energy crisis. He has developed an extensive understanding and insight into the real issues we need to understand and address. He consults on climate change response and energy strategies to many JSE Top 100 companies, the SA coal industry and to various industry organizations and has recently participated in several radio and TV shows.

TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2010, 18H30 FOR 19H00,

MONDEOR HIGH SCHOOL - Auditorium, Beauval Avenue – Mondeor,

Cost – R50.00 p/p (scholars free)

A small taste of what to expect:

“Civilisation as we know it is based on two pillars - an unusually stable climate and cheap energy from fossil fuels. There are three major issues coming together to threaten its sustainability:

· Global warming, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, leading to climate change.

· The depletion of cheap fossil fuels – oil, coal and gas – the use of which will prove to have been just a blip in the greater scheme of history.

· The demands of a burgeoning world population for cheap energy, water, food and space.

Kindly RSVP by 6th August to book your seat and to allow for refreshments

Nicky Vakaloudis - 082 481 8746 – nicky@sojo.co.za

Sue Edwards - 011 680 7367 – edwards@futurejhb.co.za

To print out an invitation, click here.

THE ROLE OF IUCN WORLDWIDE (24 July 2010)

Logo IUCNFounded in 1948, IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organisations in a unique world partnership: over 1000 Members in all, spread across some 160 countries.

As a Union, IUCN seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. A central Secretariat coordinates the IUCN Programme and serves the Union membership, representing their views on the world stage and providing them with the strategies, services, scientific knowledge and technical support they need to achieve their goals. Through its six Commissions, IUCN draws together almost 11,000 expert volunteers in project teams and action groups, focusing in particular on species and biodiversity conservation and the management of habitats and natural resources.  The Union has helped many countries to prepare National Conservation Strategies, and demonstrates the application of its knowledge through the field projects it supervises.  Operations are increasingly decentralised and are carried forward by an expanding network of regional and country offices, located principally in developing countries.

IUCN builds on the strengths of its Members, networks and partners to enhance their capacity and to support global alliances to safeguard natural resources at local, regional and global levels.

(Information from the Secretary NACSSA,  Tel:      +27 (0)16 590 2914 email:   kathy@nacsa.org.za)

 

Urban Raptor Conservation Project: Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust

The latest newsletter from the Urban Raptor Project is available to you if you click here.

It has exciting and interesting news regarding the Klipriviersberg Verreaux's Eagles and their chicks that are breeding on the Artificial Nesting Platform located on the Alzu Weltmeyers Farm in Merersdal.

AMENDMENTS TO THE NEMA EIA REGULATIONS (18 June 2010)

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs has published the amendments to the NEMA EIA Regulations on 18 June 2010 which will come into effect on 2 August 2010.


 

SUCCESSFUL CLEANING OF ILLEGAL DUMPING PROBLEM IN DEVLAND (10 June 2010)

Following a request for assistance from an industrialist in Devland the Joburg Council has successfully addressed a problem caused by the illegal dumping of nappy waste and crates in an open area. There were a lot of departments involved in solving this problem: Environmental Health, Joburg Property Company , PIKITUP commercial and PIKITUP Medical Waste to name but a few.

An investigation revealed that the company responsible for the illegal dumping did not have or failed to request for a refuse service, hence Environmental Health department had to be involved to issue a fine for non compliance of the refuse SOLID Waste By-Laws . The refuse Solid Waste By-Laws were also invoked to force the company to apply for services from PIKITUP.

It was established that the type of refuse generated by the company should be treated as medical aste due to the chemicals used in the manufacturing process . PIKITUP's Medical Waste department has been instructed to render a service to the company.

In addition, the company was also requested by Environmental Health to clean the area where they had been dumping illegally.

The Klipriviersberg Conservancy thanks all those involved in addressing this problem including Clr Anne Boxall, SOJO, and the various Joburg Council Departments and Agencies.

NACCSA has just become a member of IUCN (08 June 2010)

National Association of Conservancies/Stewardship in South Africa (NACSSA) was yesterday informed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), that at their June meeting, held in Gland, Switzerland, NACSSA's application for membership to this Worldwide Association was approved. This is a great step forward for NACSSA.

"What is IUCN?

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice." To read more click here

FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP: MEXICANS MOVE INTO KLIPRIVIERSBERG CONSERVANCY AREA (06 June 2010)

The Mexican team for the FIFA 2010 World Cup have arrived in Joburg and more importantly have chosen the stay at Thaba Ya Batswana as the official team base camp and will be training at Waterstone College. Both of these venues are located in the area of the Klipriviersberg Conservancy. To welcome the team into the area a letter of welcome from the Klipriviersberg Conservancy and Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association was prepared in Spanish. A copy of the letter with the Spanish and English can be seen here.

We welcome the Mexican team to South Africa and wish them a happy and memorable stay in our very beautiful country, especially in the south of Johannesburg.

GAUTENG CONSERVANCY AND STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION (06 June 2010)

The Gauteng Conservancy and Stewardship Association (GCSA) has set out a letter to all its members setting out what it has been involved in and doing for the member Conservancies in Gauteng and towards conservation and supporting the members. The GCSA provides important support for Conservancies especially with regard to the establishment of new ones and then providing guidance and advice.

A copy of the letter sent out by the GCSA Chairman can be read by clicking here.

REACTION REGARDING TENT CITY  (Comaro Chronicle 02 June 2010)

After the article published in the CHRONICLE/COURIER about the Tent City being erected at the recreation centre there has been an outcry from the public voicing their concerns regarding Tent City. Read more.

FIFA 2010 ROAD CLOSURES & DEVIATIONS (14 May 2010)

The City of Johannesburg has prepared a Road Closures Plan and Related Timeframe/Diversion Routes (Version 4 dated 2010-05-04). This has been released for public information and can be accessed at the Joburg City web site by clicking here. (Please note it is a 3Mb file).

The Joburg website also has additional pages of info regarding 2010 Transport which is available here.

Also please note that due to the nature of the traffic management operations these plans and proposals are subject to change and the original document from Joburg should be checked regularly for the latest updates.

To assist people to obtain access to the information for specific areas or venues, the following extracts have been prepared from the   version in smaller files (still upto 1.5Mb). Click on the area you wish to obtain information on:

Included in the extracts is information regarding the policies and procedures for gaining access to the different traffic and security zones. Residents and businesses who need to obtain authorisation for vehicles to enter these areas can apply for a Vehicle Access and Parking Permit (VAPP). The people to contact in this regard include:

This information has been provided to the community to assist in manging traffic and transport routes. Your feed back would be appreciated to the Chairman.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good day Anne and Dionne

Sorry that I took so long in giving you feedback on the matter . There is a lot of departments involved in solving this problem : Environmental Health ;JPC ; PIKITUP commercial and PIKITUP Medical Waste to name but a few .

 

An investigation revealed that NATIONAL PRIDE the company responsible for the illegal dumping did not have or failed to request for a refuse service ,hence Environmental Health department had to be involved to issue a fine for non compliance of the refuse SOLID Waste By - Laws . Also to invoke the refuse Solid Waste By - Laws in forcing the company to apply for services from PIKITUP. Note that PIKITUP cannot invoke the By - Laws , especially on Business Waste .

 

It was established that the type of refuse generated by NATIONAL PRIDE should be treated as Medical Waste due to the camicals used in the manufacturing process . PIKITUP's Medical Waste department has been instructed to render a service to NATIONAL PRIDE

 

NATIONAL PRIDE was also requested to clean the area where they were dumping illegally by Environmental Health

 

 

Further developments will be communicated to you in due course

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association

The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association organises a number of exciting and interesting events and activities throughout the year. This includes guided walks, birding events, work days and functions.

For information on these and contact details for the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association click here.

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