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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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Just one match!

Fires are started in many ways. 

  • Arson: sheer bloody-mindedness and the thrill of seeing the veld ablaze is one reason. Plus the wilful intent to do damage to property.
  • Well-meant ignorance is a second reason: doing firebreaks during the day, even early morning, when a breeze inevitably starts up and the fire gets out of hand. Almost every new comer has made that mistake. (And old hands who should know better by now…)
  • Stupidity is another. In the past few years major fires were started when rubbish dumps were set alight in the middle of a windy day, causing major damage to neighbouring properties.

It is unthinkable that people living in a conservancy still burn or bury their rubbish instead of recycling it or having it removed, but it happens. By law rubbish may only be burnt in a drum placed on a concrete slab. No burning is allowed at all from May to September.

Following two more major fires in Vlakfontein straight after the fire in Hills and Dales, efforts are underway to establish proper Fire Protection Associations (FPAs) in the RNC.

Contact the Committee for more information.