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.