"Who'd have thought cleaning a river could be fun!". And who would have thought that five bright girls from Alexandra and Soweto would be willing to spend a day giving a section of the Jukskei River in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy a bit of breathing space?
Thousands of Somalians are dying of starvation right now and thousands of South African kids go to bed hungy, but every year almost one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption - approximately 1.3 billion tons - is lost or wasted, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report distinguished between what it called "food loss" and "food waste."
The Earth was recently speaking with a similar planet in another galaxy.
The other planet said, "How are you doing?"
Earth said, "I'm doing okay, except I have a very bad case of Homo sapiens."
The other planet said, "Oh, I had that about 200 million years ago. Don't worry, it'll pass quickly."
The court case of Wraypex (Blair Atholl) and the “Rhenosterspruit Five” has finally run its course after six years. Wraypex lost the case in November 2010 and lost the right to appeal in June 2011. The developer has to pay Rhenosterspruit's legal team.
The case has received extensive media coverage across the country and will be the topic of some of the papers delivered at the annual conference of the International Association of Impact Assessors (SA) at the end of August.
“The R511 through Hennops River and the Schurveberg is a death trap,” says Tom Klaasen, owner of Tom's Backpackers in Hennops. Three serious accidents have occurred between Hennops Pride and the Backpackers in the past month, two of them fatal.
Fun Run and Farmers Market - Saturday 27 August
10km and 5km run in aid of CAD (Christian Action for Dependence)
Time: 06:30 for 07:00
Cost: R35 and R20 pp
Starting point: “Netso Farm”, Gemstones Road, Roodekrans, RNC
Geology Rocks! - Saturday 3 September
Dolomite & Granite: An exploration with Dr Adam Bumby of the University of Pretoria
Cost: R50 pp (R30 for Conservancy and Associate members), kids free
Ride the Rhenoster - Sunday 11 September
Mountain bike ride through the Rhenosterspruit Conservancy
Routes: 30km and 16km over rocky and mountainous terrain
Cost: R150 pp
To book and for info go to www.ridetherhenoster.co.za.
History Tour - Saturday 17 September
Tour of historical places in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy
Cost: R300 pp (limited places on luxury bus)
Just Environmental Action (JEA) workshop - Saturday 10 September
Sunset Boma, R55, Kyalami
Who is standing up for the environment in Gauteng?
Case studies and professional input
Monaghan Farm Lunches - every Sunday at TheOtherSide
Adults and children eating from buffet: R190 pp.
Or: Children are welcome to have a Pizza or a Pasta and Dessert for R75
HillDilly Country Market and Art Exhibition - Sunday 23 October
Buy local produce, sell your own, enjoy a market/exhibition with a view!
Info: 082 657 2120 / 011 659 8029.
Annette Raaff of Hartebeestfontein Conservancy listed the following herbs in their newsletter:
Watercress: Excellent. One bucket-full will break down a large compost heap.
Tarragon: Breaks down tough leaves and stems.
Rocket: Also good. Planted around the compost heap it will easily seed itself.
Fennel: Fennel leaves will loosen the compost and make it “crumbly”.
Dandelion: Speeds up composting and adds important nutrients.
Celery: Breaks compost down fast.
Khaki bush: Dried leaves will get rid of insect eggs.
Together with the World Wildlife Federation, on June 23, Coca-Cola unveiled a billboard in the Philippines that's actually good for the city it inhabits. The 60 x 60 foot living billboard in Manila is made of thousands of Fukien tea plants surrounding the iconic curvy shape of a silver Coke bottle. The project with the CO2-eating plants was created in conjunction with Coca-Cola Philippines’ Live Positively sustainability programme.