Volume 15Click here if you cannot view HTMLMay 2007
ED's Note

With tourism seen as a major contributor to the South African economy, it's no wonder that conservation of our glorious natural heritage has been a key point in many political campaigns and other breaking news. But its more than just an issue to create sensation or to garner additional votes - it is the life blood of many small businesses and rural communities and has the potential to become even more so in the future. It is also imperative that we ensure the sustainability of these ventures to ensure the survival of all our critters.

Yet, we are presented with so many options that we don't always know which organisation to choose to support. Researching each organisation and doing the necessary due diligence is important to ensure that your contributions are going to the right place and making a difference where it is most needed.

Several EWT members have wondered about a group that calls itself LNW Endangered Species who do street collections at various malls. Apparently they collect funding and pass on a percentage to conservation. EWT does not do street collections nor does it do any business with this group. If you wish to secure an EWT fundraising tin, you can logon to the EWT website and officially participate in our various community fundraising programmes.

And if you're thinking of starting your own initiative to help raise funds for a charity close to your heart, the Give2Charity website (see the Eco News article below) is an initiative that makes it easy for you to ensure that your efforts help any of a number of registered NGO's in South Africa.

Whether we like it or not, tricksters and scam artists abound. It is up to each of us to make sure that our support has the maximum impact where it's most needed. - The Editor

Projects
What is a Vulture Restaurant?

Vultures are an important element of the environment since they scavenge on dead animals and recycle their flesh, converting it back into its basic elements, thereby completing the cycle-of-life.

A vulture restaurant is a place where carcasses and waste meat such as dead livestock, offal and waste meat products from butcheries and small abattoirs are regularly put out for vultures.

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Written by André Botha

The Hedgehog: The Gardener's Friend

Where have all our hedgehogs gone, is a question frequently asked these days. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals that earn their nickname, "Gardener's Friend", by eating large quantities of the creatures that the gardener regards as pests: slugs, snails, and caterpillars. Hedgehogs use to be a common sight in both town and country gardens throughout, but sadly their numbers are now declining due to road kills, the use of environmentally incompatible pesticides, habitat destruction, rampant veld fires, electric fences and domestic dogs.

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Written by Arnaud le Roux

Eco News
Give2Charity – New Website to Support Community Fundraising

There are many EWT supporters who, through their own activities and in their own communities, would like to raise funds to support conservation by coming up with a simple idea and asking their friends to support it but, until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to do it.

www.give2charity.co.za is an online fundraising and donation enabler, facilitating the transfer of funds from your fundraising efforts into your SA NGO of choice.

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Written by Samantha Brown

Section 18A - What it means for you our loyal EWT donors

Without donor support the Endangered Wildlife Trust cannot succeed in our mission to conserve threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa. We continue to expand our fundraising activities to support our conservation work and one of the benefits we are able to offer to our supporters is a Tax Exemption benefit. All donations made to the Endangered Wildlife Trust are exempt from donations tax and qualify the donor for deductions from taxable income in accordance with Act 58 of 1962.

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Written by Samantha Brown

De Beers Bike4Beasts Mountain Bike Challenge 2007

For many of us attending the inaugural De Beers BIKE4BEASTS MTB Challenge on 28 April 2007, it was the first time we had traveled to this remote piece of the country at the northern tip of Limpopo. Set between the tiny towns of Alldays and Pondtrift, in the middle of the hot, dusty bush, lies the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, which was where the BIKE4BEASTS MTB Challenge 2007 took place.

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Written by Samantha Brown

Events
Annual Wine Makers Dinner - Christmas in July

Where: The Grace Hotel, Bath Ave, Rosebank
When: 19 July 2007
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: To be confirmed

The Endangered Wildlife Trust together with Liquid Assets & Middelvlei Wines invite you to join us for a fundraising evening with a difference. Enjoy a three course meal, each course carefully chosen and served with an accompanying Middelvlei wine, selected to compliment the food.

RSVP: 29 June 2007 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Urban Survival Training Course for EWT Members

Where: EWT HO - Goldfields Enviromental Centre, JHB Zoological Gardens, Erlswold Way, Saxonwold
When: 1 June 2007
Time: 8:30 for 9:00 – 13:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 395.00 (inclusive of refreshments)

A special offer for EWT members only! As an EWT member, RAC Driving Solutions are proud to facilitate Urban Survival Training at a low-cost rate for EWT members that are as passionate about the environment as they are… in addition, the first 5 participants to book will be done free of charge!

RSVP: 22 May 2007 - contact Colleen McCarthy by phone on 082 403 2321

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The EWT Great Green Golf Day Fundraising Event

Where: Gary Player Golf Course/Country Club, Sun City
When: 6-7 September 2007 2007
Time: Registration 8:00, 10h30: SHOT GUN START
Dress: Golf Attire
Cost: Wilddog 4 ball R 9 950.00, Leopard 4 ball R 10 500.00

The EWT’s first Great Green Golf Day was held in 2006, at Sun City on the Lost City golf course and was a fun filled day of challenging golf and the prize giving and auction event was held at the Cultural Village. THIS YEAR: The Great Green Golf Day 2007 will be held again at Sun City on the Gary Player Golf Course.

RSVP: 6 June 2007 - click here events@ewt.org.za to contact Puleng Thabaneng or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Eco Facts
Driver Energy Conservation Awareness Training

People are becoming more energy conscious as a result of the rising cost of energy. Conserving energy will lessen the impact of higher oil prices on your wallets as well as helping the nation’s economy. Here are a couple of tips to become more Energy Conservation conscious.

  • Check your air filter - A clean air filter is the key to good fuel economy.
  • Check your tire pressure - Under-inflated tires are one of the most commonly ignored causes of bad fuel consumption.
  • Slow down - As speed increases, fuel economy decreases exponentially.
  • Get back to nature - Consider shutting off the air conditioner, opening the windows slightly and enjoying the breeze.
  • Do not drive - Not a popular thing to say, but the fact is that if you can avoid driving, you will save fuel.

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Wishlist

Conservation Leadership Group: The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items:

  • Basic two way radios (needing four with rechargeable batteries)
  • Dissecting field microscope
  • GPS
  • Data projector
  • Wildlife videos or DVD’s for our reference library
  • 3G card

We are also looking for cell phones to be donated for our Eco Warriors field workers to use.

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with not much equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient. Click here to read more about the EWT Wish list.

Please contact Leighanne Imbert on (011) 486 1102 or email wishlist@ewt.org.za to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.

Benefits
Lindhorst Wines Winter Offer

Order 12 bottles of 2006 Lindhorst Sauvignon Blanc and 12 bottles of 2003 Lindhorst Shiraz and included with your order you get a 3-pack of 375ml bottles – 2 of Max’s Tribute (a Cab blend with Shiraz) and 1 Statement (a Shiraz blend with Merlot). The combined value is R2,178.

Members - Price: R 1 800.00 (Incl. Vat) + free delivery to major centres.
Non-Members - Price: R 1 900.00 (Incl. Vat)

We are lucky to have Mark Lindhorst set aside a few hundred bottles of this wine for us. Officially it’s been sold out.

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Canopy Tours Special Offer

Experience the thrill of sliding through the forest on a 2 ˝ hour Tarzan and Jane style adventure! Canopy Tours take people up into a previously inaccessible realm of nature whereby platforms built high within the upper level of indigenous forests or against the cliffs of ancient mountains are joined by spectacular ‘foefie’ type cable slides high above the forest floor.

Members - Price: R 316.00 (Incl. Vat)
Non-Members - Price: R 395.00 (Incl. Vat)
This includes all equipment, guides, transport, refreshments and a light lunch.

Please quote Ref no: EWTCT0507 when placing your booking.

To book your tour please contact Canopy Tours Reservations on:

  • Magaliesberg: (014) 5350150 or info@magaliescanopytour.co.za
  • Tsitsikamma: (042) 2811836 or adventure@gardenroute.co.za
  • Karkloof: (033) 3303415 or info@karkloofcanopytour.co.za

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    Update your Details: If you have moved home or jobs, please remember to update your details with the EWT so you can continue to receive invitations to events and updates on the work we do - click the link to update now - http://www.ewt.org.za/memberships_update.aspx