ROOI ELS HACK

Held on the first Saturday of the month, from 08:30 to 10:30. Tools and refreshments provided. Contact Anuta Scholtz on anuta@omail.co.za or tel 083 388 8239, or Evette on tel 028 273 8483.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS or MEMBERSHIP STATUS

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HPNBG BIODIVERSITY CAREERS EXPO 2016

- Thamsanqa Makade The annual Biodiversity Careers Expo was organised and hosted by the local Biodiversity Education and Empowerment (BEE) team from HPNBG on 11 August, in collaboration with the WC Education Department (WCED). Exhibitors included Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Iziko Museum (Cape Town), CapeNature, Iimbovane Outreach Programme (Stellenbosch University), HIK Abalone, and SANBI Scientists (Compton Herbarium and Horticulturists). Participating were all grade 10s from all Overberg schools, including Qhayiya, Hermanus, Umyezo Wama Apile Combined, Gansbaai, Swellendam, Swartberg, Groenberg, Villiersdorp, Albert Myburgh, Bredasdorp and De Villiers Graaf high schools. Learners were exposed to careers in horticulture,…

NOVEMBER WALK REPORT

- Tim Attwell Botsoc Kogelberg Walk Report November 2016 It’s one thing to go for a walk in the garden, it’s quite another to really look and see what is going on there and begin to understand. Enthusiastic communicator and passionate about fynbos, Harold Porter National Botanical Garden guide Etienne Smith, welcomed upward of twenty members and guests into his world. In a slow ramble along pathways already well known to many in the party, Etienne revealed secrets they didn’t know. More than the names of plants, it was the stories that captivated; stories about…

NEW ZEALAND CHRISTMAS TREE CAMPAIGN

- Merrilee Berrisford The New Zealand Christmas trees are now in bud. For the festive season Betty’s Bay’s public enemy number one will be cheerfully bright red and green and earn the title of Christmas Tree of the southern hemisphere. BUT what about all the seeds waiting to be blown off by the southeaster into our fertile wetlands? Already there are packed stands of NZXT’s in wet areas, especially in Sunny Seas and above the rocks beyond Jock’s Bay in the direction of Kleinmond. We have to stop and think if we want parts of…

JOU PLEK IN DIE KOGELBERG – AN URGENT REQUEST

- Merrilee Berrisford - Tim Attwell Your committee has always felt that it would be very important to publish Tim Attwell’s Your Place in the Kogelberg in Afrikaans. A large part of the population in the area is Afrikaans speaking and as the main object of the book is education, we really should make it available in that language.A year ago we were astonished to hear that member, Louise du Toit, then of Rooi Els, had translated our book into Afrikaans. We were planning to have it translated, so were absolutely delighted that this had…