TREASURER’S REPORT AGM 15 JULY 2017

- Natalie van Wulven, Treasurer The financial year 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 reflects an uneventful fiscal year. Stepping into the role Peter had filled for so long was quite daunting and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for his patience, assistance and mentorship. I also wish to thank Colette Chung at Head Office for her continued assistance and great sense of humor! The year started with difficulties at the bank that took quite some effort and time to get us FICA’d and registered for online banking. The Kogelberg branch…

FINDING NEMBA: THE QUEST FOR COMMUNITY CONSERVATION

- Rea Borcherds  It was always going to be a challenge ¨C taking a topic as unappealing and dense as an unwieldy Act of Parliament (in this case NEMBA, the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act,) and trying to make it palatable and intelligible to your listeners.  Tim Attwell rose to the occasion splendidly on Saturday 15th July, as evidenced by the appreciative tributes he received from his audience, who had defied a bitterly chilly night to attend the talk on this daunting subject. Tim sugared the pill by deftly framing his topic into a quest,…

SO MANY THANK YOU’S

- Merrilee Berrisford Saturday 29th July, an evening of exciting Antarctic exploration, a wonderfully happy and convivial Betty’s Bay occasion but also an evening which resulted in two ring-fenced additions to the Kogelberg Branch’s account, R7100 for environmental education and R4000 for the Hack. It all started with Judy New’s travels to Papua New Guinea years ago which prompted her to give a fundraising travel talk. ‘Slice of Ice’ is Judy’s fifth fundraiser for Kogelberg Branch. We can only say a huge thank you to her for entertaining us and also enabling us to support…

WEDNESDAY HACK

JOHN WHITEHEAD: Remembered - Ed Silberbauer John was one of those men who are  impossible to define for he was all things to those who knew him. In the Hangklip area we knew him only in retirement but here he made a tremendous impact on all of us. He shared his extensive knowledge during the sometimes extensive but always entertaining hack aftermaths. His ability to sort the wheat from the chaff impressed us all. John alone was responsible in getting the Pringle Bay hack group going again after a gap of some years a really…

PRINGLE BAY HACK REPORT N0 126

- Chris Geldenhuys, Convenor Today, 30 July 2017 was a cold windy morning, which was a true reflection of the mood of the Pringle Bay’s Hack Group. With the passing of John Whitehead on 26 July 2017, the group gathered to pay tribute to John’s life; for the endurance and courage to re-establish the Pringle Bay Hack and all his other contributions to the Pringle Bay Community as the Chairperson of the PBRA, Legal Advisor and many more. But besides his professional capacity, John will be remembered for his dedication to detail in whatever he…

BETTY’S BAY HACK REPORT NO 652

Hackers: It was as if there had been a message sent round 'bring a friend'. Merrilee Berrisford swelled the number of hackers with her son Jeremy,  his wife Jean and children Sam and Kate. Kate brought her school friend  Molly Perkin and Sam his friend Trento Lambrecht. Molly's parents Karen  & Gary were also hacking. Willem Stiglingh a regular Wednesday and  Pringle Bay hacker came with Jano Nortje from George. John & Sue Weaver  brought Megan Conrad with them. The regulars included Maarten & Hilary  Mauve, Tom Dreyer, Rosemary Fowkes, Jan & Betsey Joubert, Jeannie …

MANAGING FIRE RISK WITHOUT LOSING THE PLOT

- Tim Attwell The chainsaws had been at it all morning. The ‘plot clearing’ contractor’s crew was taking no prisoners. So I went to see what was going on. Reducing the fuel load and fire risk on a vacant plot makes sense. The Overstrand Fire Department is justly praised for their heroism when wildfire breaks out and for their vigilance before it does. Part of that vigilance involves notifying property owners when their plots constitute a fire hazard. And there are a lot of them. Some sport masses of alien invasive species waiting to burn, especially…

FUTURE EVENTS

TALKS PLANNED FOR 2017 Saturday 19th August. Peter Slingsby, once the publisher of our newsletter and author of several books, will speak on Ants, the subject of his most recent publication. In the Nivenia Hall, HPBG at 18:00 Saturday 16th September. David Davidson will again fascinate us with his account of the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show where the S.A. Stand again won gold and also the Royal Horticultural Society's award. In the Nivenia Hall at 18:00 Looking ahead: In November Dr Roger Parsons will talk on the water crisis facing Cape Town.  Roger, from Pringle…

JOIN US AT THE RETREAT AT GROENFONTEIN

- Merrilee Berrisford I was in  the Klein Karoo last week, and stayed at The Retreat at Groenfontein in the foothills of the Swartberg. Last spring I was there, mostly on hands and knees looking at flowers, I felt it would be a good place for a Kogelberg Branch stay. There are two possible plant people who could guide us. As John Rourke says, it is not a really botanically rich spot but it is Klein Karoo, different. There are special places on the way where we may meet to botanise. Rates are very reasonable with deductions…