Friday November 28, 2014

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.

NKLM – MPPOA FORUM - MTPA

Minutes:-   06th NOVEMBER 2014

 

A new era in joint cooperation and public participation commenced yesterday 05th November 2014 in Marloth Park.

 

A meeting between  Nkomazi Local Municipality[NKLM] , Marloth Park Property Owners Association [MPPOA] together with The Honorary Rangers and Marlothi Conservancy [jointly known as the FORUM] and Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Authority[ MTPA]. The meeting was Chaired by Chief Operations Manager for Nkomazi Mr. Vincent Bhiya and attended by the committee members and executives of the organisations involved including the Municipal Manager for Nkomazi; Mr. Dan Ngwenya.

 

Discussions were had around the problems experienced by all parties and agreement was reached regarding areas of responsibilities and roles to be played in finding the way forward.

 

A 5 point plan for a Balanced Sustainable Wildlife Estate was presented by Mr. Tony Hayman, Chairman of Marloth Park Property Owners Association,

This plan included a holistic approach to Marloth Park’s current service requirements, Property Owners expectations and potential solutions in joint cooperation with Nkomazi Local municipality.

The 5 point plan also covered the Game and Veld management and under-utilisation of Lionspruit as well as the current burning issue of Culling and game movement. Mr.Jan Muller of the MTPA briefly discussed their role as Administrators of the welfare of all wildlife and the Authority delegated by Government to issue permits for Hunting, Culling and Game Movement. The MTPA have reached an agreement with MPPOA as representing Marloth Parks Property Owner’s interests and NKLM the delegated responsible authority for Marloth Park, whereby No Permits will be issued for the remainder of 2014 for Hunting, Culling or Game Movement.

Some warthogs can be culled without permit this year.

There is no Exemption allocated for Lionspruit and No animal moved into Lionspruit may be hunted. There is an exception regarding the remaining Buffalos belonging to Bushpig Safaris under a previous agreement with the NKLM. The numbers will be audited and an agreeable way forward determined by all parties involved.

 

All parties agreed that while property Owners concerns for the Wildlife are valid, a major portion of responsibility for the Veld degradation and requirements for massive culling every year lies with the property owners themselves.  

 

The 5 point plan highlights the need for an up to date practical workable Veld and Game management plan to be undertaken in Marloth Park.

The Forum has commissioned Mr. Ralf Kalwa of Rengu Environmental Services to undertake the task of Veld and Game assessment.  Mr. Kalwa comes highly recommended by MTPA and currently works in Nkomazi area.

His services are widely used by Kruger National Park , Mjajane reserve amongst others. This assessment will cost the MPPOA in excess of R50k but is paramount to our planned way forward.

 

An intense education program is to be launched on 22nd November in Marloth Park where current veld conditions as well as Human impact in Marloth Park will be discussed and the recommended necessary steps forward will be presented to all property owners. Nkomazi rangers and anyone interested in Marloth park’s wildlife is invited attend.

 

Agreement was reached in conclusion between Nkomazi Municipality and the MPPOA Forum on a way forward. The education program to go ahead so that property owners have input and acceptance of the necessary steps planned for Marloth Parks rehabilitation.

An intense culling/harvest of game early in April 2015 will take place after Mr. Kalwa’s assessment. Any further interference with this process is to be strongly discouraged.

 

An urgent 3 day workshop is called between NKLM and MPPOA to discuss and promulgate current and new by-laws required for Marloth Park.

At the Municipal Manager’s instruction, the Bylaw against pets, [dogs, cats and birds etc] and cutting down of trees is to be actively enforced in Marloth Park.

Access control in Marloth Park to be improved enforced in the future through further workshops between NKLM and the MPPOA FORUM and council resolutions taken.

The concept of 5 point plan for joint cooperation to improve services and Marloth park’s infrastructure was accepted by all parties concerned and MPPOA was congratulated by the MTPA for its actions and thanked by NKLM for its collaboration.

Gruispan

 

An overview

 

Many years ago a gravel pit was established along Olifant Drive to provide decomposed granite for road building. This resultant excavation was left in a neglected and unsightly state. In 2010 Fenja te Horst, a founding member of Marlothii Conservancy initiated a project to rehabilitate this dormant depression in the open veld

 

With permission of the Nkomazi Municipality a water hole for the benefit of Marloth Park game and birds was established. Fed by run-off rain water and suplemented by a donated borehole, a constant level is maintained to establish a water surface area of approximately 1700m2. Two small islands were also established to draw water birds to the area. It also serves as a drinking point for game in the area.

 

Recently, moves have been made to upgrade the facility. Viewing benches have been placed at strategic points. The next proposed project is the prevention of erosion by laying stone barriers in the run off gullies to slow water flow. The planting of indigenous flora is also planned.

 

How can you help!

 

  •   Make donations for the purchase of electricity to run the borehole.

  •  Join the work party activities on the 3rd Monday of each month – 06:30 to 08:30.

  •  Donate indigenous trees and plants to plant for the aesthetic improvement of the area.

     

Together let's make Gruispan the 'sunset dam' of Marloth Park.

 

 

CONTACT: Stuart Long – 084 303 5589

Errol Potgieter – 083 491 9326

 

} New! The War on Rhino poaching. Read an article from the Lowvelder August 15th 2014 here

2014 Meeting dates Please note that the meeting scheduled for 12th August has been postponed to 19th August.

The tree listing and mapping project enables lists of trees to be compiled and to be mapped via google Maps. Read about it here ..

The AGM was held on Saturday 5 April 2014 at 10.00 at Henk van Rooyen. Minutes and Office Bearers' reports may be found here

Nature/Bird walks Commencing on 21st October 2014, bird walks hosted by the Conservancy will take place on the third Saturday of every month at Henk van Rooyen Park at 06h00 until 31st March 2015 thereafter the starting time will be changed to 08h00 for the winter months

months;Birding Module

 

The birding module contains Bird Sightings Lists maintained by the Conservancy and by users
with administration privileges. It includes the sightings from the weekly Marloth Park bird walks
and users can also maintain their own bird lists. Reference is made to the BLSA Bird List 2013
and to the latest Roberts and Sasol Guides.

Click here to go straight to sightings reports or use the Birding menu at the top of the page
for more options.

 
 
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