Tuesday, 17 December 2013

D’MOSS trail walk SUNDAY 22 December 2013 (Summer Solstice Walk)

D’MOSS trail walk SUNDAY 22 December 2013  (Summer Solstice Walk)
We meet on Sunday 22 December at George Codnor Park at 10 o’clock for the last walk of the year. George Codnor Park is the open ground at the top of Coedmore Road just over the bridge from Sarnia Road, opposite Elgin Road and Beacon Park. We will walk the trails between Sarnia Road ridge and the Umbilo River. We can also walk up to the view site (if all agree) over-looking the sweep of the Umbilo River as it flows under the M7, around the Portuguese Club, and back under the M7 on its way passed Umbilo Park to the bay.
The Friends of the D’MOSS Trail Walkers will have tea and biscuits ready at George Codnor when we return. There is no charge but the Friends ask for a R5 donation to cover costs. Hats and sunblock are recommended for this mid-summers walk. 

Derek Nicholson    031 465 4278     or  072 400 1216

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

WESSA & eThekwini Tree labelling project | Ivernia Park, Bluff | Saturday 26 October 2013 at 9.00 am





Dear all

Those keen to promote the Tree Labelling Project...

There will be tree labelling this coming Saturday (26th October) from 09:00 at Ivernia Park on the Bluff.  All willing, capable and generally positive people are most welcome, best if you can with a short stepladder and screwdrivers....

If anyone wants to come with me, I will be at the Pigeon Valley entrance at 08:30.

Directions: 
From Solomon Mahlangu  Rd. (Edwin Swales) turn left to Bluff Rd. drive straight up until the last traffic light near Bluff Meat Supply; take left to Lighthouse Rd drive straight and take right at the Y junction. Drive slowly and turn left to Islandview Rd, proceed straight until you see Ivernia Rd. on your left. You have reached your Destination (Ivernia Park)

Crispin Hemson (replies to hemsonc@gmail.com)

082 926 5333

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

WESSA Durban Branch & eThekwini Metro Parks Tree Labelling Project


28 September, 2013 starting at 09h00

Dear WESSA members, friends and supporters

On Saturday, 28th September, three city parks (Umbilo, Bulwer and Sutton) will become part of an ongoing project to label trees in public spaces. This initiative is a joint WESSA Durban Branch and eThekwini Metro Parks & Natural Resources Department project. It aims to raise awareness of Durban’s wonderful natural resources and to help people distinguish indigenous and exotic trees.

These are community events and need different levels of involvement, such as specialists to ensure that the correct identification is made; local residents armed with step ladders and screwdrivers to attach the labels; and tree champions to ensure ongoing implementation of the project. All three events will conclude at 11h30. Thereafter, participants are asked to convene at Umbilo Park by 12h00 where refreshments will be provided by the eThekwini Parks Department.

To join any of the following events, go to:  

·         BULWER PARK: Cnr of Lena Ahrens (Manning) & Helen Joseph (Davenport) Glenwood

·         SUTTON PARK: Lillian Ngoyi (Windermere) Morningside opp. Alliance Fran├žaise

·         UMBILO PARK: Feilden Drive Umbilo



Friday, 13 September 2013

Durban’s Dig-out Port | Issues and Concerns Public Meeting organised by Toti Conservancy | Monday, 16 September Time: 18h00 Venue: Lords & Legends, Riverside Road, Amanzimtoti

                    ‘Durban’s Dig-out Port: Issues and Concerns’

Date: Monday, 16 September Time: 18h00 Venue: Lords & Legends, Riverside Road, Amanzimtoti
This is a Public Meeting organised by Toti Conservancy presenting two sides of this crucial issue that affects us all.

        Prof. Sarah Bracking will present on ‘Unresolved Issues Concerning the Dig-Out Port’s Economic Impact’. She will be joined by Desmond D’Sa of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance.
        Marc Descoins, Programme Director of the Durban Dig-out Port for Transnet’s Group Planning and Sustainability Division, will give an overview of Transnet’s plans and timeframes for the construction of the Dig-out Port.

Sarah Bracking is based in International Development at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. She teaches Politics and Development and has done extensive research in African and other countries on developmental issues, particularly with reference to Southern Africa. Prof. Bracking originally gave this presentation at the Durban Chamber of Commerce in July.

WESSA DURBAN | Monday, 23 September 2013 | ‘IF GERMANY CAN DO IT WHY CAN’T WE?’ A presentation and discussion on Germany’s successful implementation of renewable energy that also asks what energy future do we want for South Africa?


‘If Germany can do it why can’t we?’

Date: Monday, 23 September 2013 Time: 17h00 for 017h30 Venue: WESSA Board Room, 100 Brand Road Durban

WESSA Durban Branch will  host a presentation and discussion by Thorsten Euler on Germany’s successful implementation of renewable energy and asks what energy future do we want for South Africa? 

Thorsten Euler is a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg/Germany. He did his master thesis on solar power usage in Africa and is currently doing his PhD on the Environmental Movement in South Africa focussing on KwaZulu-Natal.



Thursday, 18 July 2013

Mandela Day 18 July 2013 | A celebration of life

Mandela Day 18 July 2013 | A celebration of life as a South African comrade

Thanks to all who helped to make our visit to the Macedonia Creche a success.  Thanks to the Gandhi Development Trust for an awesome day of celebration and the Gift of the Givers for food and sustenance.  Thanks to eThekwini for assistance in the preparation of a bio-rich vegetable garden, seedlings, tools and compost.  Thank you to the teachers and local community who made us welcome.  Thank you to Blessing for showing us your space. To Sven and the others who helped with physical labour. To Jono for the artwork and portrait. To Del and new friends for enthusiasm and ongoing support. I hope these photos tell a part of the story and help celebrate the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the spirit of community.

Jenny and Blessing with fresh spinach bunch


eThekwini experts demonstrate bio-wise vegetable growing
from left to right - Busisiwe Ngcobo, Princess Biyela, Zanele Ndlovu, Lungi and a co-worker from the Dept of Agriculture


Blessing's blessing

Crispin, Imogen and Liz, transporting awesome veg breyani shared by all

Elliot, Darlington, Sydney and friend who helped Sven start the hard work of digging the veg garden

Sven and Preven

Sunday, 14 July 2013

WESSA Durban branch | AGM 20 July 2013 2.00pm | “eThekwini 2050: A vision for the future.” Arnia van Vuuren



Notice of meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Durban Branch of WESSA 

Will be held on Saturday 20 July 2013 at 14h00 In the WESSA Boardroom, 100 Brand Road, Durban.

Guest Speaker Arnia van Vuuren of Birdlife Port Natal: “eThekwini 2050: A vision for the future.”


Everybody is very well aware of the myriad needs and challenges South Africa needs to address. Transnet proposes to address these challenges through huge infrastructure developments anchored in eThekwini. What exactly is Transnet proposing? Environmentalists voice various concerns about these developments. Why are they concerned? Should they be concerned? If you could wave your magic wand, what would your vision be for eThekwini 2050?

AGENDA
1.       WELCOME
2.       APOLOGIES
3.       MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 23 June 2012
4.       MATTERS ARISING: Membership and the demise of the KZN Region
5.       CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT
6.       FINANCES
7.       ELECTION OF Management & Finance Committee
8.    GENERAL

Tea and Refreshments

All are welcome!
 
For catering purposes, please RSVP by 20 July to: Jenny 031 201 3126 jenny@wessakzn.org.za or Margaret 031 573 1054 margaret@burgerip.co.za

Monday, 1 July 2013

2013 Tree labelling project | eThekwini municipal area | WESSA Durban branch



2013 Tree labelling project | eThekwini municipal area | WESSA Durban branch

Residents and officials came together in the most practical way to start labelling trees in Pigeon Valley nature reserve on 18th May 2013.  The brainchild of a Berea resident, this is to be a major WESSA Durban branch-eThekwini Metro project.

Part of the group at the start of the event.

30 people attended the event, and after Sbu Mkhwanazi, senior manager in Parks, and Crispin Hemson of WESSA Durban Branch had introduced the project, the municipality provided refreshments.  Then all present joined in the work of identifying trees and fixing on labels.

Ms Nomafu Dlamini, manager in Natural Resources,
 fixes a label to a rare Celtis Mildbraedii, the Natal Elm.

Mr Sbu Mkhwanazi, senior manager in Parks, fixes one of the first labels

eThekwini and WESSA tree label on Psychotria capensis

About 60 labels were put up in the park, which has about 100 locally indigenous tree species.  There will be more labels put up soon, and quickly the project will move to such areas as Botanic Gardens and Bulwer Park.  It will reach various areas across the Metro.


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens | 22 / 23 June 2013



The Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens event is scheduled for the weekend of 22 / 23 June. Please send this e-mail to your contacts to help to promote the event and boost attendance.
Basic information is shown below - please visit web-site for full details on all aspects of the show :  www.kloofconservancy.org.za
Thank you for your support.
Paolo Candotti
Kloof Conservancy Chairperson

TEA GARDEN PROGRAMME
SATURDAY 22 JUNE
10:30 - The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band     
11:45 - Creative Indigenous Garden Design - Bruce Stead
12:30 - Making the Most of Winter to Create Better Gardens - Tanya Visser
14:00 - Living Roofs in South Africa - Clive Greenstone
15:00 - Birds of Kloof Gardens - Dave Bishop
16:00 - Easy Garden Butterflies - Steve Woodhall

SUNDAY 23 JUNE
10:00 - Silent Hunters of the Night Skies: Bats of Southern Africa – Leigh RIchards
10:45 - Spots in Your Garden? Ecology of Large-Spotted Genets in an Urban Landscape – Craig Widdows
11:30 - Planning a Sustainable Garden – Lindsay Gray
12:30 - Making the Most of Winter to Create Better Gardens – Tanya Visser
14:00 - Sunday 23 June - Getting to Know the Neighbours: Snakes – Pat McKrill
15:00 - Sunday 23 June - Habitat Garden Design – Anno Torr

AUTHORS AT THE GARDENS
GARDEN No 1 - Neil Crouch as well as Tanza Crouch (EntoCeramics) and Elaine Kool (Kool Kulture jewellery)
GARDEN No 2 - Bruce Stead
GARDEN No 3 - Pat McKrill                        
GARDEN No 4 - Anno Torr and Lindsay Gray
GARDEN No 5 - Steve Woodhall
GARDEN No 6 - David and Sally Johnson            
 

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

WESSA MIDLANDS BRANCH | TREE LABELS FOR SALE MIDLANDS AREA



          TREE LABELS FOR SALE

            AVAILABLE FROM WESSA MIDLANDS BRANCH 

LABELS ARE IN GREEN LETTERING ON WHITE BACKGROUND WITH A METAL PLATE BACKING.
           
             DIMENSIONS: 135MM X 45MM.
SCIENTIFIC NAME FOLLOWED BY COMMON NAME IN ENGLISH, AFRIKAANS & ISIZULU.
TREE NUMBER ON TOP RIGHT OF LABEL WITH WESSA LOGO ON BOTTOM LEFT

PRICE R10.00 EACH
EXCLUDING POSTAGE

CONTACT: DALE VAN RYNEVELD
Tel: O33 343 3132
Cell: 082 563 6022
e-mail: suevr@yebo.co.za