Monday, 9 May 2016

Urgent clean-up uMngeni Estuary | Tues 10th and Wed 11th May @ 10.00am

Urgent clean-up uMngeni Estuary | Tues 10th and Wed 11th May @ 10.00am

Please note that the Green Hub will be going ahead with the clean up 

DSW will be providing bags and gloves. Thank you for this.

We have decided to have the clean up over 2 days. Tomorrow and Wednesday. Both starting at 10am from the Green Hub, and arranged by the Durban Green Corridor.

The above is a message from Chantal PIllay, Events & Tourism Operations Support

031 8253496

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

public meeting regarding the Port Expansion and Trucking Venue: Manning Rd Methodist Church, 450 Moore Rd Glenwood | 25th April 2016 | 18h00 – 20h00

Earthlife Africa invites you to a public meeting regarding the Port Expansion and Trucking
Venue: Manning Rd Methodist Church, 450 Moore Rd Glenwood
Date: Monday 25th April 2016
Time: 18h00 – 20h00

Many residents in Glenwood/Umbilo are becoming concerned about the increase in trucking in our area. The back of port plans include plans for rezoning areas for logistics for the Dug-out Port. Already trucking has a massive impact in terms of pollution, noise, congestion, accidents and general crime and grime. Unless communities rise up and stop these plans this will escalate as the port expansion plans into the old airport site and Bayhead will result in a 10 fold increase in the numbers of containers to come through the port. Already Clairwood has deteriorated due to industry using its roads for the transportation of heavy goods. This has resulted in a number of fatalities and homes being destroyed due to accidents. We need to reduce emissions of Greenhouse gases from road freight in order to transition to a low carbon city, and prevent catastrophic climate change. This will not happen unless residents are prepared to unite. The Dig-out port alone will cost R250 billion which the country cannot afford. The potential for corruption is huge. Civic organisations are joining together for a massive protest on 27 April. The purpose of this meeting is to inform people about recent developments in preparation for the protest. Let us unite around the slogan “People and the planet before profit”. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a better understanding of this important issue. Des D’Sa from South Durban Community Environment Alliance and Vanessa Black from Earthlife Africa Durban will be speaking.

WESSA Youth Environmental Scavenger Hunt- 24th April 2016 10.00 am Pigeon Valley

Thursday, 10 September 2015




You are hereby cordially invited to attend:

the Annual Meeting of the members of WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa NPC), KwaZulu-Natal Region
to be held at the offices of WESSA:KZN, 100 Brand Road, Durban
at 2.00 pm
on 19 September 2015
1.       welcome and apologies
2.       confirmation of minutes of previous regional meeting
3.       matters arising from previous minutes
4.       regional chairman's report
5.       election of office bearers - nominations to be taken from the floor:-
·         chairman
·         deputy chairman
·         honorary treasurer
6.       general
7.       closure

panel discussion - revitalising membership in WESSA the regional chairman (Pieter Burger) will chair a discussion highlighting
a number of initiatives that are currently being implemented to revitalise membership within WESSA - the WESSA CEO (Dr. Thommie Burger),
the National Membership Co-ordinators (John Wesson and Jenny Duvenage) will attend the meeting and will be on hand to contribute to the panel discussion

tea | coffee, tea ...and maybe one or two biscuits will be served after the panel discussion

Monday, 22 June 2015

Umhlanga Lagoon Reserve | Tree walk 27 June 2015 2pm

Our next Saturday tree walk will be on:
Saturday 27th June
Time: 2pm
Where: Umhlanga Lagoon Reserve
Meet at the carpark next to Breakers Hotel, Lagoon Drive.
Take the M4. Take the Portland drive Umhlanga North turn off. T junction turn right and veer right under the M4. Then take first left to bottom of the slope where you meet Lagoon drive. Turn left travel to end of road. Reserve is signposted.
Bring tea and a chair for after the walk.

Phone Jocelyn 031 5724116 or 0832752216

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Invitation: D’Urban Garden Party | Sunday 21st June 2015

Invitation: D’Urban Garden Party
Date: Sunday 21st June 2015
Where: Pigeon Valley at 9am moving to Green Camp, corner of Essex and Umbilo Road 11am

To coincide with a larger permaculture festival in Nature’s Valley, Permaculture Durban will be hosting its own permaculture event on 21st June called the D’Urban Garden Party.
Permaculture is about producing an abundance for local needs by mimicking natural ecosystems. It is appropriate then that we start off the day by connecting with nature and learning about these natural processes that we seek to imitate. We will meet in Pigeon Valley at 9am starting off with a ritual and a yoga session and then we will learn and observe how nature works. The next part of the event moves to Green Camp, corner of Essex and Umbilo Road at 11am.
The Green Camp was started by Xolani who chose a derelict and abandoned house to start an urban regenerative greening project. The project brings together sustainability and creativity. Out of the cracks and the rubble of urban decay, this project brings hope to the surrounding community through art, creativity, and recycling and by producing healthy organic food. The Green Camp is at the beginning stages of what will be an organic/ sustainable lifestyle hub focussing on creativity in all its forms.
The programme includes an urban interpretive trail, permaculture workshops, talks and demonstrations. This is an opportunity to learn about composting, seed saving and lots more. Wally Menne, a local environmental guru, will talk about how to start a nursery and growing plants from seed. There will be a talk about the Open Food Network which connects local farmers with people wanting to buy fresh organic produce. The event encourages the permaculture ethics of caring for the earth, caring for people and sharing our surplus abundance. The event is free and we encourage you to share your abundance by bringing anything that can be recycled, seeds, plants, bamboo, unwanted goods/clothes to exchange/donate, organic waste for composting, and containers to use as planters.
We celebrate the longest night of the year around the fire by sharing as a creative community. We will host a discussion around 'Arts and Resistance', and have an open band - a collaborative creative process where we dissolve the boundaries between artist and audience. All musicians and music lovers are encouraged to join us, bring an instrument and help us celebrate through music, poetry and movement.

Please bring a bowl, spoon, yoga mat, hat, shades, cushion/chair, water bottle, snacks and vegetables for the soup/potjie. For more information and to RSVP please visit the Facebook event: D’Urban Garden Party  

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Annual General Meeting of the Umgeni Estuary Conservancy | Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Dear Members and Friends

1987 Floods of the uMngeni Estuary
                                We invite you to join us for our Annual General Meeting :

                                   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Umgeni Estuary Conservancy will be held at:

VENUE    :                               Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket Training Centre

DATE       :                              Wednesday, 17 June 2015

TIME       :                               5.30 for 6.00 pm

Erythrina caffra are starting to bloom again this time of year

Guest speaker, Paolo Candotti will examine “Conservation in an Urban Environment”. He will share the Kloof Conservancy journey of engaging communities, the city and national authorities along the way … an epic journey which is just beginning … as he motivates the eThekwini Conservancies Forum …

uMngeni Estuary from the Umgeni River Bird Park

Refreshments will be served.  All welcome. Contact Margaret Burger on email:

Monday, 18 May 2015


Our D’MOSS walk on Sunday 24 May will be in Roosfontein. We meet at the Westville prison where there is ample safe parking and set off into the reserve at 9 o’clock. Roosfontein is a 150 ha Nature Reserve situated between the Pavilion Mall/Westville Hospital and Malvern/Queensburgh old main line area. On the Queensburgh side the Umbilo River flows through the valley on its way passed the  Umbilo Park to the bay. Most of the trail takes us through grassland habitat.

Site visit to check on the invasive alien plant clearing work done by the Working for Ecosystems teams.  These SMME contractors are contracted through WESSA who act as the implementing agent.  The eThekwini's Environmental Planning Climate Change Protection Dept acts as the cit't custodian of the D'MOSS areas.

Margaret Burger on a research visit and SMME contractor Khulekani Cele in the Roosefontein grasslands

Site visit continued!

How to get to the prison:-
Turn off Harry-Gwala Road into Spine Road. Harry-Gwala goes down the hill from the Pavilion, passed the Westville Hospital and the driving range. Turn right at the robot into Spine Road. Or you can drive towards the Pavilion up along Booth Road (the extension of Franscois Road passed the university) and just before the hospital turn left at the robot into Spine Road. The prison is at the end of Spine Road.
Motor cars will be safe in the parking area to the left of the gates.
The “Friends of the D’MOSS walkers” will have juice and biscuits, and perhaps tea, ready after the walk.  Sturdy shoes, sunblock, hats, and water are recommended.

Derek Nicholson  031 465 4278      072 400 1216 

Friday, 23 January 2015

ROOSEFONTEIN WALK Sunday 25 January 2015

ROOSEFONTEIN WALK Sunday 25 January 2015

Just a reminder about the Roosfontein walk; -  9 o'clock from Roosfontein B and B on Sunday 25 January 2015
The walk will be more challenging than the walks in Sea View D’MOSS area. There are streams to cross - rock hopping or one or two steps into the clear flowing water. We will start off from Roosfontein B & B, go down to the river valley and along, crossing the narrow stream in two places, and on to a picnic site below the cliffs; and return the same way.

 To get there:- Turn off the M5 (that is Sarnia Road, or Old Main Road) near the Malvern Police Station into KEWLEY ROAD. There is a green sign board pointing you to ROOSFONTEIN. Under the railway line, then, within a short distance, turn right into WALL ROAD, over the bridge crossing the M7, and then, again after a short distance, turn left into MIDDLETON ROAD, drive along Middleton Road looking for Northcliff Road and turn left into NORTHCLIFF ROAD and stop at NUMBER 7. You can park inside.

I guarantee this walk will raise your Durban Open Space experience a good number of notches. There is no charge, and the usual will be provided; a R5 donation will be appreciated.

If you have any questions, or need clarification on how to get there, don't hesitate to phone me. 
Hope to see you there.

Derek Nicholson

 072 400 1216     

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Beachwood Mangroves Sunday 23 November 2014 | Umgeni Estuary Conservancy Social Bring 'n Braai

Dear Members, Friends and Family (and friends of friends)…


Beachwood Mangroves Sunday 23 November 2014 | Umgeni Estuary Conservancy Social Bring 'n Braai

Please join us on Sunday 23 November 2014 for our end of year get together in the Beachwood Mangroves.  This is an open invitation so feel free to bring along additional friends to this amazing space in the middle of the city.

We will be there from 11.30am onwards, for the day.  Bring along binoculars, braai stuff, chairs and the necessary for a social.

Kind regards
Margaret Burger
tel:  031 573 1054
fax: 031 573 1058

cell: 083 630 5380
uMngeni Estuary Conservancy