Friday, 23 December 2011

WESSA tree label on Podocarpus falcatus

Podocarpus falcatus
Thrilled to see a WESSA tree tag on a magnificent Podocarpus falcatus on a verge outside St Mary's DSG School, Kloof, Durban.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011



The complete walk will take about 2 1/2 - 3hrs.

Meet at Stainbank Nature Reserve main entrance just before 10am
The walk will be supported by the Bellair CPF and Park Patrol security,
and rangers from eThekwini Natural Resources will be joining us on the trail.

Walkers should wear sturdy shoes, and hats and sun-block are recommended
If you leave your car at Stainbank Nature reserve you can be fetched from Beacon Park halfway along the walk
or from Umbilo Park at the trail end.

Please see attached trail description.

For more info contact:
Derek Nicholson on 031 465 4278 or 072 400 1216

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Durban tackles climate change with

A workshop today, led by Samantha Bailey of, brought together Durban activists and others from Nigeria to Australia.  As the workshop progressed, the depth of resources within the group became evident.  People spoke of what they had learnt from parents and grandparents, how their work against apartheid or tyranny had also mobilised them in defence of the environment, and how they see their connection to the world of nature as essential for their well-being.  Those present planned how activities during COP would take ahead the common commitment to fighting climate change.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Durban Branch and its growing link to communities

Groups facing major environmental challenges are now joining the branch.  Yesterday Crispin Hemson and Margaret Burger met with Victor Zondo (all of us on the Branch Committee) and others at a meeting at a primary school in Mt Royal, a low-cost housing area near Phoenix Industrial Park.  Local residents are trying to develop an Eco-park in the area between Mt Royal, Southgate in Phoenix and Mr Moria, another low-cost development.  The area lines the Piesang River, and there is a significant area of bush, though it has been badly affected by invasive vegetation, by dumping and by illegal activities such as sand-winning.  There are though some areas of co-operative vegetable gardening, and the idea is to reach agreement between local people and government on an allocation of land to gardening and to conservation.  There are great possibilities for the use of the area for education, and our suggestion  was that we soon take a walk into the bush and start not just identifying trees but also putting tree labels on them.  The key to this work is effective community work and communication, and there is  long struggle ahead.

The other new project addresses water pollution at Cato Crest informal settlement in Durban.  Here, Sbu and Prince Mkhize have joined the WESSA Durban Branch and we will be working together first to test the water quality and then to link up with schools and other community groupings to tackle the problems, which are both conservation and health issues.

We have also been contacted by residents of Briardene for collaboration on issues of alien clearing.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

22 October 2011 | SOCIAL & TALK by Dr Fidelis Allen on the Niger Delta | Durban Branch of WESSA:KZN

THE Durban Branch of WESSA:KZN
Function: Social • Short Video & Talk • Discussion
Topic: Focusing on environmental priorities, exploring ideas, putting in place plans to inspire action!

Join us at a meeting of new and existing members, friends, volunteers, allied organisations … in fact anyone who is concerned about the environment and would like to be involved in helping to make a difference! We hope to discuss education and community action in order to tackle climate change and protect our local environment. If you are aware of specific problems in your neighbourhood, or have ideas for projects and initiatives that could be undertaken at a community level, we would love to hear about them! To save time, we are happy to accept suggestions beforehand. These can be sent to the e-mail below. We also want to discuss portfolios, and forming a youth sub-committee.

Saturday, 22 October 2011
14h00 to 17h00-ish
WESSA offices, 100 Brand Road, Glenwood
Cnr. Brand & Helen Joseph (Opp. Davenport Centre)
RSVP: Jenny 031 201 3126 Ext 6

·         Registration and refreshments: 14h00 – 14h30
·         Short video screening: 14h30 – 14h45
·         Talk by Dr Fidelis Allen & Discussion: 14h45 – 15h30
Pollution and climate change in the Niger Delta, common issues that affect different parts of Africa, and his perspective on what is different about the local environment.
·         Meeting: 15h30 – 17h00
— Questions
— Discussion and ideas around possible events, projects and campaigns: E.g. Us and COP17 / Transition Culture / / We’re not buying it! / Circles of Simplicity / Adopt-a-Spot / Swop Shop / Special Public Awareness Days / Cycling & Walking Groups / Community Market Days / Socials & workshops: ‘Green Drinks’ / ‘Open Mic.’ music & poetry / Movie screenings, talks & discussions / ‘Greening your Cleaning’ / Veggie Braais & Vegetarian cooking / Practicing the 3 Rs
— Portfolios & Youth Committee

Monday, 5 September 2011

Does anyone have paw-paw trees available?

We have had the following request so please reply if you are able to help to or to this blog:

Hi Crispin

Good morning!
I am urgently trying to get hold of some paw-paw trees to be planted this Saturday in Verulam at a home for abandoned children / babies. They have specifically requested paw-paw trees as this will be provide a food source to to the children and their carers.
Please can you let me know where I can try and get some trees donated from or perhaps at a reasonable cost?

thank you
North Durban Lions

Monday, 29 August 2011

Tree labels

Sales of the WESSA tree labels provides an income to Durban branch for environmental work.  We see ourselves as support to deserving projects that require a small amount for funding to kick start a project.

I enclose a picture of the tree labels we supply.  Cost is R10.00 each. The printed label is stuck on to a metal Chromadek backing which means it does not rust.  The hole for fixing it on to a tree is pre-made (the plastic is just covering it here in this picture).  We recommend that you use a brass self tapping screw that can be unscrewed as the tree grows.  Size is approx 14 cms in length by 5.5 in width.

We have a stock of over 4000 lables but can place orders for those we do not have in stock.  Most of our labels are for KZN trees.  We thank Bill van den Bosch for supplying the blanks and Mike Signs for processing our orders at a reasonable cost.

Contact Margaret Burger on 0836305380 or email: