Saturday March 24, 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.

Chairman’s Report – September 2014

This month we bid farewell to stalwart conservasionists Jan and Fenja te Horst who will be moving to a care centre in Pretoria, after a bout of travelling to family and friends in other provinces. We were able to give them a farewell braai. Thank you to the ladies for catering. Their daughters Ingrid and Danny were able to be present and they started Jan and Fenja on their travels beginning in the Transkei.

September bird walks were well supported – 6th Sept 16 attended 53 species recorded. 20th Sept 9 attended 33species recorded (weather not favourable). A snippet of interest, the earliest record of bird ringing was 10th March 1845 when a barn sparrow was shot in Yorkshire England bearing a ring. (Clive Hopecroft “The Mysteries of Birds and Birders”)

Rhino Poaching still a growing menace 790 animals killed to date. 8th September 6 Mozambicans arrested with 13 elephant tusks and 2 Rifles. 39 Elephant killed to date. 14th September Sanparks spokesman stated SA has 83% of the worlds Rhino population. 22nd September Syndicate of 10 members appeared in a Pretoria court charged with 84 counts of poaching and horn sales amounting to R22 million. Sanparks announced 3 Lower Sabie rangers arrested for Rhino poaching. Sanparks Publication (Sanpark Times – September edition) has an article setting out proposals to help protect Rhino.

Game Count 18th September Ground game count carried out in Marloth Park (also listed missing road signs) 22nd September an sms received from Honorary Ranger John Webber stating “Vellie Makwakwa announced culling of animals.” Orders for meat to be placed with Winnie. Why now ? Numbers need investigating

9th September Eastern Cape confirmed that a total of 22 animals comprising Lions and Tigers had been sold to a Cradock Hunting Farm.

9th September American Climatologist forecast a protracted drought period which will affect areas of South Africa.

World Rhino Day 22nd September One More Generation will be leading an awareness march on Saturday 4th October starting 08h00 from Marlothi Shopping centre to Jabula Lodge. Please support. Grass Course will be conducted Tuesday 18th November 2014 hosted at Jabula Lodge. Limited to 20

attendees. Cost R70.00 Conservancy members R50.00

Next Conservancy meeting Tuesday 14th October 2014. Open meeting 9h00 at Henk van Rooyen. I will be away next week undergoing another session of Chemotherapy.

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