New Application for Prospecting Portion 20 Rietfontein 366JR

June 17, 2015

Dear members and friends,

As suspected Randquip has applied for another Prospecting Permit on Portion 6 Kaalfontein513 JR and Portion 20 Rietfontein 366JR.

This is a new application so we have to register again as I&AP. I realize that we are all busy and cold but please for the sake of the Conservancy spend 10 minutes completing this form and sending it to and cc

 We lost out on Portion 45 because of the lack of interest from the community, don’t let us loose another 304.740 ha of almost pristine land rich in biodiversity to prospecting and eventually to mining.

 Closing date 2 July 2015 to register as I&AP 


Harvest Thanksgiving Service

May 7, 2015

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Mallards could wipe out SA’s ducks

April 13, 2015

April 2 2015 - Melanie Gosling 

Cape Town – Mallard ducks, an aggressive alien species, could wipe out South Africa’s indigenous ducks if left unchecked, experts say.

Mallards, introduced for sport hunting, are popular as pets and “ornamental” waterbirds. However, in a bid to save local waterfowl from extinction, the Department of Environmental Affairs...

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To fell or no to fell alien trees

March 4, 2015
There was an interesting article published in The Mercury discussing the felling of alien trees. Here is a copy of the article: 

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February 10, 2015
Some very useful information from our resident botanist, Petro Lemmer.

Kakiebos (Tagetes minuta), although an alien species, is not a declared invader and  is a pioneer plant on disturbed ground. In addition, and a very good reason to cherish these plants:

Kakiebos contains a very useful range of chemicals that are known to have various medicinal properties. It can be used as an antimicrobial, antiseptic,  antispasmodic, antiparasitic and antibiotic. It is used in south American countrie...

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Notice on Pom Pom

January 12, 2015

Dear Conservancy members and neighbours,


We are pink in the Pom pom’s at present, and the most worrying fact is that the property owners are doingnothing to combat the problem. We have received numerous phone calls from people complaining that while they are eradicating on their properties their neighbours are doing nothing, resulting in re-infestation again.

Last year the Department issued fines to six property owners in our area, four paid the fines (it would have been cheaper to eradicate...

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Cullinan Conservancy releases biological control on Pom-pom - A first for the NE Conservancies.

December 18, 2014

With the assistance of the Biological Control officer from Working for Water, Cullinan Conservancy released a thrips insect (Liothrips tractabilis) for the biological control of Pompom in selected sites within the Conservancy.

Both Pompom thrips nymphs and adults feed on the stems and leaf tissues at the apical shoot tips of the Pompom weed. This causes deformaties in the plant growth which reduces its height and biomass, and flower production.  The thrips has the great...

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Pom Pom Control

December 18, 2014

Dear Members,

The Pom Pom’s are a bit late this year due to the late rain and the fire.

We have a limited supply of herbicide in stock for Pom Pom, Lantana and Bug weed, this is available to paid up members. Please contact the office if you require any herbicide, it is in powder form so bring a container with a lid when you come and collect it.

 The regime for clearing the Pom Pom remains the same, cut off the bud or flowering head, place in a plastic bag, spray the plant from the...

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Ear to the Ground 38

December 18, 2014
Please find our summer Ear to the Ground here, we hope that you enjoy the read.

Ivan Parkes
Chairman Thorntree Conservancy
Chairman Gauteng Conservancy and Stewardship Association
Liaison (IUCN) National Association of Conservancies Stewardship of South Africa


Office 016 590 4228

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Some Fire Casualties

October 28, 2014
The veld fires resulted in quite a few casualties. This is pictures of a snake that did not make it. We asked the Snakes of South Africa Facebook group for an id, but they could not really provide one.

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