Committee Feedback

For up-to-date news, activities and calendar of events please visit www.crocodileriverreserve.co.za  

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

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Feedback - Dec 2008

Finances

The Conservancy's financial year end is in February. 

November invoices for renewal of membership have been sent out by Sue Hatfield (Treasurer).
If you have not received an invoice, or you wish to join, please contact Helen Duigan.

The RNC incurred costs in the year for treating Pom pom in the west.  Lynne Clark provided the cashflow for the project on behalf of residents.  This entailed the purchase of herbicides, petrol for transport, and wages for a team of workers working from portion to portion.   Not all landowners compensated Lynne/the Conservancy for this service. 

Please note that this initiative was a SERVICE to residents reluctant or unable to address the alien invader; the initiative was not for profit.  However, it was also not intended that the meagre funds in the coffers be spent on the responsibility of land owners.

Membership Boards

If you are a member, a board is provided to display at your gate. The cost of the board absorbs a part of your first year membership fee. 

Stewardship

The Conservancy is monitoring progress in Gauteng on Biodiveristy Stewardship agreements.  These will allow landowners to be involved in conservation in a more formal manner.

There are obligations and benefits for both landowner and government.  Mercia Komen and Helen Duigan have attended a number of meetings and workshops in this regard.   More information to follow. 

About the RNC

The Conservancy has published a booklet "Living in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy" for residents.  
These booklets have been available at general meetings for a donation, and have been handed out to new residents.  
The publication will be updated in the course of 2009.  

If you wish your business, service or interest to be featured, please contact Mercia Komen.

Living in the RNC Inside

Conservation Calendar

Planned for 2009:
Muti plant
Bird Walk
Astronomy evening
Spider Walk
Residents' tour of the RNC
History Tour

If you have a specific interest or knowledge to share, contact Helen.

Mountain Bike Trails

We wish to formalise trails through the Conservancy.  Presently a large number of cyclists enter the Conservancy and go where they wish, including over fences and into sensitive areas.  

This project will run in the new year.

The "Ride the Rhenoster" Mountain Bike event will be repeated in the last quarter of 2009.

Fire Protection Association

This is an important initiative to comply with regulations and protect residents.  Previous efforts to form an association had dwindled away.  Perhaps the massive fires and losses sustained in 2008 will provide the impetus to carry it through in 2009.
If anyone is willing to help with this specifically, please contact Helen.

Development monitor

Quarry opposite Rhuslancea.   No response from Bokamoso.  DME claims application has been lodged. 

Nesongozwi sent out notice re copper and platinum prospecting application in Hennops and Roodekrans.  Please reigster as IAP.

Simon’s View – No application made but website up and running, advertising stands.

Cradle City (Lanseria) 1 100 ha.  RNC registered as IAP and objections lodged.  Anthony attended public meeting.  Awaiting feedback.

Buffer EMF – additional input requested and given.  Draft expected June 2009.

Community Policing Forum

RNC has made a donation to the CPF.  Please get involved witht he CPF. Bea Kuhn (SAPS) is hardworking and dedicated.

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