Thursday April 19, 2018


Marlothii Conservancy

Minutes of the Meeting held at 09.00 on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, in the Boardroom at Henk van Rooyen Park, Marloth Park


Mr D. Bruins-Lich



Mrs. S. Bruins-Lich

Temporary Secretary



Facebook & PRO


Mr K. Knorr

Walks & Talks


Mrs D. Knorr



Mr G. Sander

Special Projects


Mrs T. Sander

Special Projects


Mrs J. Newey

Property Owner





Errol Potgieter

Stuart Long


Vice Chairman


Mrs Dowie





1.   Welcome:

The Chairman welcomed everyone present and opened the meeting with a prayer.


2.   Apologies.

The Chairman announced that Mrs U. Powell resigned as Secretary of Conservancy.

Mr. E. Powell as I.T. specialist also resigned.

3.    Minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th May 2016

       3.1 Amendments to the minutes: None

 3.2 Acceptance of the minutes: Proposed: Mrs. D. Knorr and Seconded by

  Mrs. Thea Sander.

 3.3 Matters arising out of Minutes of 24th May 2016:

  Decals were ordered and ready for collection.


4.    Finance.

4.1   No financials available for this meeting.

4.2   New Signatories plus EFT authorising meeting with bank.

       Mrs Bruins-Lich noted that the bank requests letters from Mr. A. Felgate and

 Mrs. D. Farguharson stating that they are no longer on the Committee. Mrs. D.

      Knorr, Mr. Long and Mrs. Bruins-Lich to make an appointment with the bank to

 arrange EFT payments as well as signatory authorisation.


 5.        Membership.

            Mrs. Dot Knorr and the previous Secretary cleaned up the list drastically and there are

quite a few members who need to renew during June and July.  Dot mentioned that

she was sure that members will renew during the H.R. Fair on the 9th July.


6.         Alien Plants.

            Stuart  Long and Errol Potgieter is going around in Marloth Park and when they come

across alien plants they do remove them.


7.         Gruispan.

            There was an extra 2 metre of cable on the pump.  Conservancy Committee decided

            to drop the pump that 2 metres.  It was very encouraging when the pump ran for an

            hour.   Unfortunately the conclusion was reached that the borehole was dry.



8.         Sickle Bush Thinning.

No reply from people in Mamba that wanted a big area cleared. The Chairman will visitthe premises and see if they have been clearing themselves. There is still too much bush encroachment and we are not clearing enough.

Mr. Melville mentioned that a lot is being said about bush clearing and there is a

huge amount of people doing good, but it doesn’t seem as if the organisations in Marloth Park are getting together to work on a strategic plan.  Keith Knorr mentioned that there is a maintenance plan in the Ralph Kalwa report which is not being followed.   Keith Knorr mentioned until such time as the animals are down to the required numbers, we are basically wasting our time on seeding the soil.

The whole situation should be under control of an experienced Ecologist who can take control in Marloth Park.


9.         Grass Seed Sales.

`           Not much happening around this matter.


10.       Report back on Nature walk – 18th June 2016.

            Keith Knorr mentioned that we had 14 people on the walk.  At this time of the year it

is often quite difficult to find matters of interest to talk about.  Derrick

Bruins-Lich mentioned that it was encouraging that 4 new people from Komatipoort         came all the way the take part in the walk.   3 Visitors from Johannesburg also took

part and found it most enjoyable.  As the trend is to have breakfast afterwards, this was enjoyed at Jabula Lodge.


11.       Report back on Curry Evening  -  28th May 2016.

            Conservancy meet and greet evening was well attendant by members.  Unfortunately

a few people cancelled but the people who attended enjoyed the evening thoroughly. 

Dot Knorr thanked Stuart Long, Errol Potgieter and Thea Sander for their effort in

making the evening a success.   Dot also thanked Derrick and Sanet Bruins-Lich for

making their home available for the get togethers.


1.2      General.

12.1  Report back on Forum Meeting –  3rd May 2016

      The Chairman said that there was not much of importance that needed report


12.2  Game Culling.

  Is on schedule.  174 Impala as at Conservancy meeting.  Warthogs are ongoing.

  Mr. Melville mentioned that although not only from the culling, the animals are

  very stressed.


12.3  Tree Tags.

  Enquiries were made and we received a brochure with a few different tree tags.

  The Chairman noted that Conservancy in conjunction with Stuart Long and

  Keith Knorr will identify and tag different large trees along Olifants Road

  and later move down to Seekoei and Crocodile roads.  It will be in the form of

  a tree trail.

  The Chairman mentioned that there were certain tags that had the description

  of the tree.  A decision will be made whether to make use of the aluminium or

  plastic tags.


            12.4  Web Site.

  Sanet Bruins-Lich said she communicated with Mr. E. Powell regarding the

  password he obtained from Mr. Andrew Hudson.    Sanet mentioned that she

  went into the site and will contact Mr. T. Porter for assistance.


12.4     Name Tags & Emblems.

          Emblems were made by a lady in Barberton who digitised it for us.

          Stuart Long made enquiries for the Name Tags.


12.5     H.R. Fair.

          Conservancy has booked a stall at the H.R. Fair which will take place on the

           9th July 2016 at Henk van Rooyen Park.


12.6     Wieliewaal. 

          The work team will meet at Wieliewaal on the 30th June 2016. 


12.7     Lizard Talk.

          Keith Knorr will present a talk on Lizards and certain tortoises to be held

          on the 19th July 2016 at Jabula Lodge starting at 09h00. 

          Members cost is R 100-00 and non-members will be R 120-00 inclusive of a finger lunch.


Sweet Potatoes.

          A farmer offered Marloth Park Sweet Potatoes to be fed to the animals.  At

          first it was refused and after gathering more information and approval from the State Veterinarian it was decided to make use of the offer.  Derrick Bruins-Lich gathered willing people and bakkies to collect Sweet Potatoes.  The first lot involved 6 bakkie loads.  The second load 7 bakkies and the 3rd load so far

          was 7 bakkie loads. 

          The Chairman mentioned that if this feed does not get dumped in a heap and the people that receive this feed are prepared to cut it up into small pieces and feed in small quantities to the animals.



         3RD JULY 2014

          Experts advise that it is acceptable to give kudu tasty morsels such as cut up sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, banana, cabbage and pawpaw in small quantities. The best supplement to give kudu is the Game Tech pellets that have been developed by veterinary surgeons from Onderstepoort, says Ronelle Kemp. These pellets are made from the leaves found in acacia and mopane bushveldt, the home of the kudu. They are balanced with correct amounts of protein, starch, fat, sugar, vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, it contains the roughage that is required by game, but not available in large quantities during the present drought. The small amount of 1500 g per animal is enough to sustain it for a day.


12.8     Facebook Page.

         Sanet Bruins-Lich mentioned that she has been sharing information regarding

         poaching of Rhino and especially White Lion on this page so as to make people aware of what is happening to our wildlife. 



With no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 10h20.

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