Friday May 25, 2018

The Marlothii Conservancy

The Marlothii Conservancy is registered with the Mpumalanga Parks Board as an Urban Conservancy and was the first in Mpumalanga to do so. It aims to generate interest and active participation by registered land owners, accredited residents and the business community in the conservation of indigenous and endemic fauna and flora and the protection of the environment in the area based on scientific principles of nature conservation and sustainable utilization of the area's natural resources. The Conservancy exists in partnership with the Marloth Park Honorary Rangers and the Marloth Park Property Owners Association. You can see our registration certificate by clicking here and read a brief historical note by clicking here.




How to prevent erosion and destroying of good topsoil of your stand

”Don’t sweep your leaves to the curb! Mulch them back into the soil. Mulching leaves back into the soil will provide a natural source of nutrients that will improve the growth of grass, trees and other plants.” (by Rebecca Krans, Michigan State University Extension)

As leaves pile up in your stand, rather consider recycling them back into the soil which will add a natural source of nutrients to the soil that will make it healthier.

Smart gardening practices are more sustainable: you can continue using this practice as long as you have trees and the leaves continue to fall as it will provide additional nutrients and microorganisms to the soil once they decompose.

Soils are a combination of different-sized mineral particles, organic matter and living organisms. The non-living or mineral part of the soil is made up of sand, silt and clay. Sand is the largest of the three particles and is big enough for us to feel and see. Silt and clay, however, can be over 100 times smaller than sand. The proportion of each of these particles mixed with the living or organic component creates that magical ingredient to gardening success – soil!

What do healthy soils provide to plants?

Some of the beneficial aspects include:

• Physical composition that provides a place for the plant’s roots to anchor.

• A reservoir for essential nutrients and water that promotes plant growth.

• Pore spaces to allow oxygen movement needed for healthy roots, nutrient uptake and support of living organisms.

• Organic matter that sustains the living component of the soil and releases nutrients as it breaks down.

• Promotes plant health and resistance to disease and decline.

What is healthy soil?

The organic content is a critical key to healthy soil, whether it is sand or clay. Like clay, organic matter acts as glue, holding soil particles together that provide pore spaces needed for oxygen and water exchange. Sandy soils have large pore spaces between particles, but larger pores also lower the soil’s ability to hold water and nutrients. Organic matter added to the soil helps to hold moisture and makes nutrients available for plant use. The last photo was taken recently after good rains.  Please think very carefully about the rehabilitation of barren stands. CARE FOR THE ANIMALS













Marlothii Conservancy will host the above course concentrating on the common and more identifiablearachnidsof Marloth Park and Southern Kruger National Park.

The talk will be given by Keith Knorr

Venue                       Jabula Lodge, Kurper Street, Marloth Park

Date                           Tuesday 6 October 2015

Time                          Starts at 09H00

Price                          R80.00 per person for non Marlothii Conservancy members

                                    R60.00 per person for Marlothii Conservancy members

This includes course material, refreshments and a finger lunch.  Cash bar available.

Limited space available. 

E-mail Di van Rensburgat to reserve your place before 26 September.

Banking details – use your name as ref no    

Account name         Marlothii Conservancy

Bank   FNB Malelane          Account no62080272653Branch code  270952


The course will benefit all who attend,especially those with aninterest in arachnids.

Should further details be required, please e-mail

Look forward to seeing you there.











Marlothii Conservancy will host the above talk by Llewellyn Foxcroft from

the Kruger National Park.

Llewellyn is involved in the control and eradication of destructive alien invasive plants and their effect on the ecology and environment.

R400m is spent annually to eradicate alien plants.


  Euphorbia splendens                               Dr Llewellyn Foxcroft


Date                    SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015

Time                    Starts at 19h00 (7pm)

Price                    R25-00 per person (children under 12 free)

A light supper is available after the talk at R95-00 for your own cost, pre-booking is essential. A cash bar will be available. Families are especially welcome.

Please bring your own chairs and dress warmly.

Please phone Derrick 0826870530 or Nolan 072 3236513 for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Marlothii Conservancy

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 26th April2016

in the Boardroomat Henk van Rooyen Park, Marloth Park.


   Present:Mr. D Bruins-Lich                           Chairman

                   Mrs. D Farquharson                        Vice - Chairlady                 

                   Mrs. S Spratt                                   Secretary

                   Mrs. D Knorr                                  Committee Member

                   Mr. K Knorr                                    Committee Member

                   Mr. E Potgieter                               Committee Member

                   Mrs. S Bruins-Lich                         Committee Member

                   Mrs. M Dowie                                Property Owner

                   Mr. N Spratt                                    Property Owner

                   Mrs. G Retief                                  Property Owner

                   Mrs. J Newey                                  Property Owner                 

                   Mrs. P Mayson                                Property Owner

                   Mrs. D van Rensburg                      Property Owner

                   Mr. J van Rensburg                         Property Owner

                   Mrs. J Gordon                                 Property Owner

                   Mrs. T Sander                                 Property Owner

                   Mr. G Sander                                   Property Owner

                   Mrs. U Powell                                 Property Owner

                   Mr. E Powell                                   Property Owner

                   Mrs. E Norton                                 Property Owner

                   Mr. M Norton                                  Property Owner


Apologies: Mr. S Long                                      Committee Member

                   Dr. A Hudson                                  Committee Member

                   Mrs. J Martin                                   Treasurer

                   Mrs. P Volkmer                               Property Owner

                   Mr. and Mrs. Robertson                  Property Owners

                   Mr. and Mrs. Proudfoot                   Property Owners


The Chairman welcomed all the members in attendance and opened the meeting with a prayer at 10:02.


1. Acceptance of the minutes of the meeting held on 14h April2015.

Mrs. Bruins-Lich proposed that the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 14h April2015,be accepted as a true reflection of the proceedings with no amendments.

Mrs. Farquharson seconded the proposal.


2. Chairman’s Report.

The Chairman tabled his report for the year 2015/2016. 

The Secretary read the report to the meeting.

The members accepted the Chairman’s report.


3. Annual Financial Statements.

The Chairman informed the members that Mr. Peter H. Hocknell B. Acc., C.A.(S.A.), AInstIB.

had once again compiled the Audit Report and Annual Financial Statements for the Conservancy.


The Chairman stated that the amount owing to Mr. Hocknell for his services amounts to R1750. 00 andrequested that the Committee approve the payment of this amount to Mr. Hocknell.

The Committee unanimously approved the payment.

Mrs. Knorr will pay Mr. Hocknell with funds from the Petty Cash in her possession.


The Chairman tabled the Audit Report and Annual Financial Statements for the financial year;

1 March 2015 - 29 February 2016 and stressed that it is an unqualified report.

The Committee unanimously accepted the audit report without dissension and Committee Members present signed the report.


The members were informed by the Chairman that should they wish to study the Audit Report and Annual Financial Statements further, they can request that a copy to be sent to them via email from Mrs. Bruins-Lich.


4. Election of Office Bearers.

The Chairman informed the members that a secret vote would be carried out to elect the new committee. Following a request from Mr. Bruins-Lich, Messrs van Rensburg and Norton agreed to count the ballots after the vote was completed. Voting ballot papers were distributed to the members by Messrs Bruins-Lich and Potgieter.


The Chairman confirmed that Dr Hudson, Mrs. Spratt, Mrs. Farquharson and Mr. Spratt are not willing to be up for re-election this year and asked if there were any other willing nominees present, but not listed on the ballot papers.


The Chairman stated that members can vote for as many or as few persons as they wished, however he explained that there were two nominees contesting for the position of Treasurer and members must therefore vote for only one of the two nominees.


The Chairman stated that members will already be familiar with the nominees from the current Committee and invited the new nominees to introduce themselves to the members and inform them of their experience and qualifications.


The new nominees took to the floor and informed the members of their expertise as follows:


Mrs. Uschi Powell stated that she has been resident in Marloth for two years, is very interested in joining the Committee and has experience in doing Administrative work.


Mr. Evan Powell stated that he is an Accountant by trade, but has many years experience in various Information Technology (IT) related positions as well as Management.


Mrs. Thea Sander stated that she has been resident in Marloth since late August 2015 and has a background in Administration.


Mr. Geoff Sander stated that he has spent all his working years in the Safety, Health and Environmental Protection services in the Mining industry.


Mrs. Marilyn Dowie stated that she is a bookkeeper by profession, and has lived in Marloth for the last three and a half years with her husband Malcolm.


Mrs. Bruins-Lich confirmed that despite Mrs. Sander’s Administrative expertise, she is unwilling to contest for the Secretarial post as she does not wish to compile the Minutes from the meetings.


The Chairman thanked the new nominees and voting commenced.


Ballot papers were collected and Messrs van Rensburg and Norton excused themselves from proceedings to tally the results.

Messrs van Rensburg and Norton returned the meeting a short while later. Mr. Norton congratulated all the nominees and stated that all 10 nominees for the uncontested various positions had been voted for unanimously and confirmed that despite 1 non-vote more than 70 percent of the votes were in favour of Mrs. Dowie for the contested position of Treasurer.


At a closed Committee meeting held directly after the AGM, The Committee Members for the year 2016/2017 were elected to the following positions:


Mr. Derrick Bruins-Lich


Mr. Stuart Long                                     

Vice-Chairman (Alien plants, carpentry work and Gruispan)

Mrs. Marilyn Dowie                                


Mrs. Uschi Powell                                


Mr. Evan Powell                                                                   

Committee Member (Website)

Mr. Keith Knorr                                   

Committee Member (Educational courses)

Mrs. Dot Knorr                                 

Committee Member (Membership and petty cash)

Mr. Errol Potgieter                              

Committee Member (Entertainment manager, alien plants & Gruispan)

Mrs. Sanet Bruins-Lich                        

Committee Member (PRO and Facebook)

Mr. Geoff Sander                                

Committee Member (Various projects)

Mrs. Thea Sander                                  

Committee Member (Various projects)


5. Frequency of General Meetings.

It was agreed that general meetings will continue to be held on the Tuesday BEFORE the last Saturday of the month. (Should there be five Tuesdays in the Month, but only four Saturdays the meeting will fall on the fourth Tuesday of the month).


The following dates are therefore tentatively proclaimed:













































April - AGM













6. Handover.

The Secretary handed the Conservancy Laptop and Vodacom Contract Modem over to Mr. Knorr, for him to conduct a backup of all the information collected/compiled over the past elevenmonths. Mr. Knorr will then arrange to hand the laptop over to the Secretary designate, Mrs. Powell.


The Secretary handed the following over to the Secretary designate, Mrs. Powell with Mrs. Bruins-Lich present as a witness:


1.  Minute book – April 2014 to December 2015.

2.  New Minute book – January 2016 to present.

3.  One complete copy (pages 1-17) of the Audit Report 2015/2016 signed by the Committee.

4.  Glue sticks paid for by the Conservancy.

5.  A book on Indigenous Trees (paid for by the Conservancy & ordered in 2015 to be a prize for Mr.

     Spratt’s guest speaker events).

6.  A white T-shirt embroidered with The Conservancy logo (paid for by the Conservancy & ordered in

     2015 to be a prize for Mr. Spratt’s guest speaker events).



The Chairman informed the members that after the meeting he is going to go and present Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald of the Marlothii Trading Post with a Certificate from the Conservancy to thank them for all their assistance over the past year and tabled the framed Certificate.


On behalf of the Committee, Mrs. Knorr thanked Mrs. Spratt for her work done over the past year as Secretary and presented Mrs. Spratt with a bunch of flowers.

Mrs. Knorr also thanked the Chairman for his services and hard work over the past year.


There being no further items to consider the Chairman thanked the members for attending and closed the meeting at 10:42.


The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 24h May2016at 9:00.1. Welcome


2. Apologies

3. Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting

4. Chairman’s Report

5. Financial Statements

6. Election of Office Bearers

7. Set Frequency of Committee Meetings

8. Closure

Minutes of the 2014 AGM

Chairman's Report 2015


The Ralf Kalwa Presentation on Veld Rehabilitation
Saturday 22
nd November 2014.

The Rakf Kalwa presentation was excellent, drawing comparisons to our much larger neighbour, the Kruger NP. Emphasising how much more sensitive our little closed reserve is to even small changes. The Ben Orban Report will still form the basis for management of our micro ecosystem over the next 5, 10, 20 years, which will require an active, adaptive veld management system. The Marloth Park Forum (consisting of Honorary Rangers,Marlothii Conservancy and MPPOA) will be putting together an easier to follow forward plan for all property owners to follow with regards to fixing our veld and its carrying capacity. 


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