First NEMBA criminal case: Developer found guilty

State vs Granada Home Builders (Pinetown Case 601/02/2017) Laws take effect when they are enforced. See the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) beginning to take effect. Read how collaboration between members of the public, the Department of Environment Affairs (DEA) and the Courts led to a successful prosecution under NEMBA and the eradication of a serious infestation of alien invasive species. Community conservation at work! Background The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Biosecurity Compliance Monitoring unit in KwaZulu-Natal in 2016 received a complaint about a property infested with invasive species. On 12 May 2016,…

Finding NEMBA: Adventure into Community Conservation

– By Tim Attwell  No, NEMBA isn’t an endearing little clown fish. That’s Nemo who wowed audiences around the world about the time that NEMBA first saw the light of day. Nemo’s eventful journey from the Great Barrier Reef to a dentist’s reception room in Sydney harbour and back, and his clown fish father Marlin, and regal blue tang fish friend, short-term-memory-challenged Dory’s desperate quest to rescue Nemo, is a great romp. It also carries an underlying message about people and the marine environment which environmental purists will no doubt find disturbingly anthropomorphic. No matter, it’s…

Your branch needs you

Jou Plek in die Kogelberg Ons het onlangs met Christine Dreyer se hulp, die vertaling van “Your Place in the Kogelberg” na Afrikaans voltooi. SucceedGroup het dit in die regte formaat beskikbaar gestel en ons is so te sê klaar met die elektroniese weergawe. Ons wil graag ook hierdie boek laat druk vir ons Afrikaanse lede en gemeentskap. Om hierdie rede, soek ons ‘n borg vir die druk van Jou Plek in die Kogelberg. As u kan help of iemand ken wat dalk kan, kontak asseblief die Redakteur by kogelbergbotsoc@gmail.com By voorbaat dankie!  This month…

‘Your Place in the Kogelberg’, the E-Book Version

Until the early 1950’s only people with determination and a passion for remote and unspoilt places made their way to the southern coastal part of the Kogelberg. Access was complicated and farming was unprofitable. In the 18th and 19th centuries the area developed a reputation as the haunt of fugitives from the law which lingered into the early 20th century. Who would want to go there? Those who did knew that they had discovered treasure, long hidden by remoteness and inaccessibility. Little affected by the urban sprawl creeping across the Cape flats, the Kogelberg coast…

JILL ATTWELL

Gillian Attwell (always called Jill and spelt with the J) has died aged 94. Jill was a much loved person in the Hangklip community having retired to Betty's Bay with her husband 'Bo' in 1979 where she lived  until frailty necessitated a move to Gerimed in Kleinmond. An editor of this newsletter and a writer of its column The Country Diary, she served as a member of the branch committee and was elected Honorary Life Member of the Botanical Society of S.A. in recognition of her service to branch and society. Jill is the author…

YOUR ARTICLES AND CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME

The editor reserves the right to edit contributions. Deadline for the next newsletter is around 20 September 2016. Please address all mail to: Kogelberg Branch of the Botanical Society, PO Box 85, Betty’s Bay 7141 E-mail: peterb5424@gmail.com Editor’s e-mail:  b.attwell@mweb.co.za