Volume 19Click here if you cannot view HTMLJanuary 2008
ED's Note

As we all settle back into our normal routines, things seem little different from the way they were last year. Well, except for one thing ... the continuing rolling blackouts that are happening across South Africa. The shocking fact is that this is not a flash in the pan, this is going to continue for the next five to seven years according to some news reports. We can spend hours debating who's to blame for the current situation or we can do our bit to ensure that our energy consumption is as efficient as we can make it. We've included a breakdown of various aspects that contribute to the average household's consumption and I'm sure you'll find it a useful tool to see how you can make a difference.

Yet, there is some good news to be had. Lesser flamingos have started breeding at Kamfer's Dam outside Kimberley - a visible and awe-inspiring reminder that we need to conserve our wetland heritage so that others might see these lovely birds in a natural habitat, not just in a local zoo. With Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February, this is a tangible reminder that we are having an impact on the environment around us.

It's up to us as individuals to ensure that our footprint is a gentle one and that we strive towards leaving a living legacy for those that inherit this beautiful planet after us. - The Editor

Projects
African Crane Trade Project Mitigation Planning Workshop

Four species of cranes are resident in Africa - Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum, Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina, Wattled Crane Grus carunculatus and Blue Crane Anthropoides paradisea. Due to an increasing number of rumours about the trade in cranes, confiscations of illegally kept cranes in South Africa and the findings from a study in Mali showing high levels of international trade and domestication of Black Crowned Cranes, the African Crane Trade Project was initiated in 2006 as a project under the International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership.

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Written by Kerryn Morrison

National Oribi Survey 2007

The response to the 2007 national Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) census was very positive. It was the first year that a conscious effort was made to count Oribi throughout their range, which includes the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North West Provinces of South Africa.

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Written by Andre Rossouw

Eco News
Lesser Flamingos make history at Kimberley's Kamfers Dam

Lesser Flamingos have started breeding at Kamfers Dam, the large, permanent wetland located just north of Kimberley, in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa, announced Pieter Saaiman, MEC for the Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment & Conservation, on Monday.

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Written by Mark Anderson

Travel tips for socially and economically responsible travel

Many tourists, domestic and international, travel in South Africa to see wildlife and beautiful scenery. Many tourists also travel in South Africa with the intention of meeting people and experiencing different cultures. Being a socially and economically responsible tourist is about ensuring that the people whose land, natural resources, labour, knowledge and traditions that you experience as a tourist, actually benefit from your travel.

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Written by Jen Smith

Vulture Tagging - A Volunteer's Story

I have always been fascinated by birds, big and small, as they not only exude such freedom, but go about their lives in a very logical and orderly way following flight patterns and relying on phenomenal sight to get them to where they should be. Thus I am always looking for ways in which I can interact with them in order to understand a little more, and to help with research seemed the way to go.

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Written by Marianne Golding

Events
Sustaining the Wild Coast by Sinagugu Zukulu from the Consdervation Leadership Group

Where: Country Club JHB, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
When: 12 February 2008
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 40.00 per person

Since 1988, life at Xolobeni, 45 km South of Port Edward has been very peaceful for the local community who enjoyed the fruits of eco-tourism, through horse and hiking trails they operated. Sinegugu, the founder member of Sustaining the Wild Coast Campaign, now manages the EWT-Conservation Leadership Group. His spare time is spent trying to expel Australians off the Pondoland Coast. He grew up in Pondoland and the area earmarked for mining is his child hood playground. He is determined to Save and Sustain the Wild Coast.

RSVP: 8 February 2008 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Ritchie or phone on (011) 486 1102

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The 2008 EWT Wine Auction

Where: Harrison's Restaurant, corner Wessels and 12th Ave, Rivonia
When: 28 February 2008
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 500 per person, includes dinner and wine or R 5 000 per table of 10.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust and Harrison's on 12th, cordially invite you to take part in the EWT FUNDRAISING WINE AUCTION* in support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

RSVP: 12 February 2008 - click here events@ewt.org.za to contact Puleng Thabaneng or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Bike 4 Beasts Mountain Bike Race in Limpopo

Where: Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, Limpopo
When: 26 April 2008
Time: 07:00
Dress: Riding Gear
Cost: R 210.00 per rider

Join us on this exciting and adrenalin-filled cross-country MTB Challenge in the 33,000 hectare De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a wonderful diversity of plant and animal life including Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Black and White Rhino and the Endangered African Wild Dog.

RSVP: 20 March 2008 - click here info@lycaonlogistics.co.za to contact Wendy Collinson or phone on 083 657 1551

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Eco Facts
Energy Efficiency

This month we look at the environmental impact of our energy consumption, some simple ways to use less of it, and the many positive benefits that can result. Below you can see how much each aspect of energy use contributes to your energy consumption.

  • Home heating and cooling : 45 percent
  • Hot water : 11 percent
  • Washers and dryers : 10 percent
  • Lighting : 7 percent
  • Refrigerators : 6 percent
  • Household Electronics : 4 percent
  • Dishwashers : 2 percent

Why does it matter? The little things add up. Few of us stop to think about the environmental impact when we turn on a light or launder a load of clothes. But with millions of other people doing the same thing, such simple actions have a surprisingly large cumulative impact.

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Wishlist

Various items the CLG would appreciate being donated for use by the budding Eco-Warriors in the field are:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Hiking back packs and day packs
  • Mattresses
  • Ground covers
  • Hiking boots

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with very basic equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with additional equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient.

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

Benefits
Adopt a cuddly Honey Badger mother and baby toy today

The Honey Badger or 'ratel' is a tenacious small carnivore that has a reputation for being, pound for pound, Africa's most fearless animal despite its small size. It is even listed as the 'most fearless animal in the world' in the 2002 Guinness Book of Records! Tales of their fondness for honey and the foraging association between the Greater Honeyguide and Honey Badgers, have reached almost legendary proportions.

Unit Price : excluding postage and packaging

  • Members - Baby Badger : R 100.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members - Baby Badger: R 110.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Members - Mommy Badger : R 150.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members - Mommy Badger : R 165.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Members - Mom and baby pair : R 240.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members - Mom and baby pair : R 265.00 (Incl. Vat)

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The Bee Calendar - Special Promotion

The calendar is a selection of African Honeybees. The only known pictures of local bees, most pictures we get are American or British. The bees are seen feeding on garden flowers and some pictures show the inner workings of a bee hive. Each photo comes with a mini photo and explanation of what is happening in the picture. The pictures are all A3 size, for framing or laminating afterwards. One lady is making place mats with hers. You can marvel at the detail in the pictures and discover many interesting facts about bees. A good gift for anyone interested in nature and unusual photos. A guaranteed conversation piece hanging on your wall!!

Unit Price : excluding postage and packaging

  • Members : R 150.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R 165.00 (Incl. Vat)

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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 information on the work we do - click the link to update now - http://www.ewt.org.za/memberships_update.aspx