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This biodiversity stewardship project aims to provide formal conservation protection for the area of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, and beyond. 

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From the Chairman - Feb 2011

Looking back at the past decade, and looking forward – where are we heading with the Conservancy and where do we want to be heading!

The focus on this area by developers since 2004 forced us onto a new level of thinking and operating. The minutes of the meetings in 2002, 2003 show items such as designing a logo, selling the old game fencing, drawing up a map of the Conservancy, etc. Someone noted that the newsletter could not be emailed as too few people had access to the internet! Stress-less days!

Then came 2004 and the ground shifted under our feet. First came Blair Atholl and subsequently more than two dozen development applications, large and small, in and next to the Conservancy. Open space was under siege and we were confronted by a choice – pretend it was OK and inevitable, or decide the conservation of this area was worth fighting for. The committee opted for the second. It was a costly decision – in terms of time, energy, stress and finances. Your support over the years has been most valuable - thank you to old members and new members!

While monitoring developments, the committee decided to focus on conservation, communication and educational projects – clearing invasive aliens, the Conservation Calendar events (12 per year), fund-raising, websites and VeldTalk, social projects (Bathabile School), lobbying authorities, networking with neighbouring conservancies, etc.

Last year, considerable effort went into the Biodiversity Stewardship programme. As one of Gauteng's seven pilot sites we may have the opportunity of obtaining the much dreamt-of nature reserve status we nearly had 10 years ago.  (Contact Merca Komen if you wish to participate on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

We are also a member of the proposed Magaliesberg Biosphere. We won the case Wraypex brought against us, with much media fanfare. VeldTalk goes to 1 500 addresses (local, Gauteng and further afield) and our websites attract thousands of visitors.

Rhenosterspruit is on the map, both in Gauteng and in the minds of conservationists across the country. Where do we go from here?

I am stepping down as chairman at the AGM in July. It's been a long haul, starting in 1987 when the RNC's forerunner, Kareebosrand was created. On Wednesday 9 February we are holding a strategy session to look at the year ahead and at the future. You are most welcome to plan with us. We need new ideas, new thinking, new blood. If you can attend, contact Fransa Cole on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A reminder - membership fees for 2011 are due now* - R500 per member (or R50 per month). Those who joined after October 2010 are regarded as paid up for 2011. An invoice is attached. If you need a receipt, contact Sue Hatfield (treasurer): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> and copy me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">.

All the very best!

Helen Duigan

082 657 2120

*Ignore, if you have already paid your 2011 fees.