“We did it! We raised R200 000 for Reach for a Dream Foundation!” Louis Cole was ecstatic. “We flew 5 200 km in our microlights, logged 74 flying hours, used 900 litres of fuel and 18 litres of stoke oil.”
Louis and his partner, Paul van Schalkwyk, dubbed the Geriatric Aviators in their Flying Umbrellas, conceived this crazy idea of flying to Namibia and back in their microlights to raise funds for the Reach for a Dream Foundation for kids with terminal illnesses.
“So close to Joburg!” is often the amazed comment from mountain bike riders. The annual Ride the Rhenoster takes place on 1 September. “The trail is very technical,” says Miles Crisp, who designed this challenging ride showcasing the natural open space and scenic beauty of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy.
The annual Snare Hunt, arranged by Corlette and Wessel Wessels of Vlakfontein in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, attracted about 50 people, incensed by the death of a beautiful kudu bull caught by a poacher’s snare. And left to die a slow death.
The well-known Lion Park tourism centre on the R114 is relocating to an area near Broederstroom, off the R512.
The usual processes will be followed (public meetings, an Environmental Impact Assessment etc) and residents in the surrounding areas (Kalkheuvel and Riverside Estates) can monitor the process, comment or make suggestions by registering as Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs).
The RNC AGM takes place on Sunday 25 August at 14:30 for 15:00 in the Boardroom of Professional Aviation, next to Lanseria Airport.
Kerri Wolter, founder of the Vulture Conservation Programme (VulPro) and its vulture rescue and rehabilitation centre close to Hartbeespoort, is one of five candidates for the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa to be awarded in London in September.
The Working for Wetlands Programme is one of the environmental organisations that will benefit from the Ermelo Regional Court ruling which saw a Mpumalanga mining company fined R4 million last year for illegally mining in a wetland area. It is regarded as the biggest penalty ever imposed for environmental crimes in South Africa. Golfview Mining was found guilty for contravening the National Water Act and the National Environmental Management Act.