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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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Rehabilitation of Wetlands

Extensive progress has been made on the rehabilitation of wetlands in Hills and Dales (Rietfontein). 

The progress comes in spite of delays caused by tangles in the procurement process for materials through Rand Water.

There are four teams of 12 people on the job at different times – each team takes ownership of a specific ‘intervention’ from start to finish.

This project provides incomes for 48 families from Diepsloot.  Women outnumber men by about two to one and they appear to be an energetic, cheerful bunch of people who seem to cope with the mud and blistering heat with amazing equanimity.

The container which serves as their office, storage shed and ablution block has been broken into and burgled so they now leave as little on site as possible.

While the gabions themselves are eyesores, the process is that after one or two rainy seasons they will be covered by silt and sand which then backs up behind them. The wetland then develops upstream as moisture is retained and vegetation covers the area. So the ugly ducklings will hopefully transform into a swans in a year or two.

We are giving the workers a ‘party’ for lunch on site next Thursday ahead of the holidays.

~ Carmen Maynard

 Wetland Rehabilitation

Wetland Rehabilitation in the RNC

Wetland Rehabilitation in the Conservancy

Wetland Rehabilitation provicing incomes for 48 families