“A while ago I was shocked to find a large Boomslang - about 1,2m long - happily resting with the eggs in our chicken coop,” writes Malcolm Sinclair from Lammermoor Conservancy. “The challenge was how to get rid of the snake, which clearly had no intention of leaving. With a pool net and a wheelie-bin and some struggle I managed to tempt the venomous creature into the bin and released it in the veld.
On July 20 the carcass of a young leopard was found near Hendrik Potgieter Road in the West Rand. A post mortem done on the animal by Dr Brett Gardner of the Johannesburg Zoo revealed the leopard had died of pneumonia and hadn't eaten for a few days, which had made him very weak.
Kelly Marnewick of the Endangered Wildlife Trust said it was possible he may have originated from The Cradle. “Leopards have been reported in the Walter Sisulu Gardens - and could very well have used the ridge to avoid humans," she explains.
Pauline Sonley of Hyde Park, a VeldTalk reader, was incensed at the news. She blames fires.
Seven years after the controversial Blair Atholl Golf Estate was approved, subject to strict conditions to provide specific socio-economic benefits to the local community, few of the required benefits have materialised. Nonetheless, the upmarket estate continues without any official sanction or apparent pressure from authorities to meet its obligations.
If anyone still has a good, old-fashioned “asgat” (hole in the ground for rubbish) which is burned regularly - reconsider. Burnish rubbish is illegal in the Conservancy area. This was not thought up by the Conservancy but is actually a Tshwane bylaw. Simply covering up the “asgat” leaves broken glass, plastic and tin polluting the soil for years to come. Not a good legacy to leave.
Just Environmental Action (JEA) Workshop - Saturday 18 August
“Using Nature as a guide in the design and planning of the future”
Venue: Sunset Boma, Blue Hills, R55
Topics: Lessons from Nature (Biomimicry), by Gamelilhe Sibanda
Developing the green village model, by Eric Noir of WSP Green by Design
Creating the KlipSA sustainablility association, by Andrew Barker of KlipSA.
Playing by Heart workshop - 18 and 19 August
Presented by Dr Fred Donaldson and his team. Dr Donaldson has a gift he received from playing with wolves, autistic children and children in general. Learn how to use these skills and how to deal with conflict and challenges with ease and grace.
Venue: Insight Training Centre, Kyalami Ext.
Fee: R1 500 pp
For more info: www.originalplay.com.
Stories in the Bush - Saturday, 1 September
The history of the Magaliesberg area is fascinating. Join us in the beautiful setting of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy for stories of the past told by Ken Dalglish, followed by a truly South African lunch of potjiekos.
Time: 10h00am to 1h00pm
Place: Bonathaba Horse Trails, off the R511
Cost: R100.00 per person. Children (under 13) R50.00
For catering purposes and directions please book before Wednesday 29 August. Vegetarians will be catered for. Please bring a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes as there will be a short walk to the historical site where the story telling will be held.
Ride the Rhenoster - Sunday 9 September
Annual mountain bike ride through the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, very technical, plenty of climb.
Bookings and info: www.ridetherhenoster.co.za
Environment Spring Day - Saturday 15th September
Venue: Rietfontein Reserve, Paulshof. Talks by FreeMe, a potjiekos competition, martial arts demonstration, a Blood Drive and entertainment for kids including wild animal behaviour, spoor, tracking, living in harmony with pet birds and insects and much more! (Eckhart of Bush Encounters)
Astronomy evening - where you can still see the stars! - Saturday 22 September
Star-gazing with the West Rand Astronomy Club (www.wrac.org.za) at Bonathaba in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy
Cost: R80 pp; kids free
Calling all Artists - 27 October
Painting day - all levels of experience are welcome and any medium may be used.
A short talk on outdoor painting will be given for those interested.
Place: Sunset Farm, Hennops River
Time: 10am onwards. A finger lunch will be served.
Cost: R80 pp
Garage Sale - Saturday 18 August
Place: No 22, Gemstones Road, Doornrandje
Time: 09:00 until 12:00
Info and directions: Contact Vanessa or Keith on: 082 416 9161 or 082 450 3275
Relocating to Cape Town.
Type of items: Various items from glassware, furniture, kitchen appliances (ie. side-by-side Samsung fridge/freezer) and more.
Reliable registered farrier. Shoeing, trimming and corrective work.
Call Shane at Bonathaba: 072 249 0755.
Struggling with Maths?
Leigh Emmanuel on Monaghan Farm gives private maths lessons (all ages).
Contact her for details: 082 696 1062