Volume 20Click here if you cannot view HTMLMarch 2008
ED's Note

Earth Day is celebrated across the globe on the 22nd of April - for many a stark reminder that we have but one planet Earth. And if we don't get our act together and take the steps needed to conserve our environment, the legacy we leave for the next generation is not going to be the wondrous diversity we enjoy today. Whether it's something as simple as changing to more energy efficient lighting in your home or starting a recycling initiative in your area, the time is now. We cannot afford to be blase nor ignorant about the impact we have on the world we live in. Take a stand, make a difference and celebrate Earth Day in full knowledge that we are doing something about preserving it. - The Editor

Projects
Karoo Indigenous Plant Nursery to Benegit Community and Conservation

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's Riverine Rabbit Working Group (EWT-RRWG) has established an indigenous nursery in the Northern Cape town of Loxton, in conjunction with the local community. The objective of the nursery is to propagate indigenous riparian shrubs for re-vegetation of the heavily degraded riparian zones in the Great and Upper Karoo region. The nursery has the additional benefit of providing employment and training to women from the local previously disadvantaged community.

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Written by Petro Botha

The EWT-Wildlife Conflict Prevention Groupís involvement in the South African NGO Pesticide Network

The South African NGO Pesticide Network is made up of eleven participating and four corresponding NGOs who have an interest in the responsible management of pesticides. The Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group (WCPG) was elected in July 2007 to facilitate the NGO involvement in the African Stockpiles project.

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Written by Tim Snow

Eco News
Launch of the Kirchoffs Garden Wildlife Protection Information Line

A telephone helpline has been established to help urbanites manage their gardens in an environmentally responsible way and to encourage beneficial wildlife in gardens. This is a project of the Endangered Wildlife Trustís (EWT) Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group (WCPG), in collaboration with the well known garden company Kirchhoffs. The Kirchhoffs Garden Protection Information Line 072 952 2552 will be operated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust during office hours from 6 March 2008.

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Written by Hayley Komen

Events
Nature Photography Ė a visual celebration of southern Africa's birds and wildlife

Where: Country Club JHB, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
When: 8 April 2008
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 40.00 talk only for CCJ/EWT members, R 45.00 for non-members (R 135 incl. dinner for CCJ/EWT members, R 140.00 for non-members)

Albert Froneman is a full time professional photographer specialising in southern Africaís birds and wildlife, as well as a free-lance environmental / ornithological consultant. Over the last 15 years in his travels across the country he has accumulated an amazing portfolio of the most spectacular wildlife images which he will showcase in his presentation.

RSVP: 8 February 2008 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Ritchie 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: Click here info@lycaonlogistics.co.za to contact Wendy Collinson or phone on 083 657 1551

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Nissan Ladies Trip to the Transkei with Cederberg 4x4

Where: Transkei
When: 17-25 May 2008
Cost: R 1 000.00 lady and R 400 radio hire.

The Transkei Wild Coast remains a destination so many people would like to visit but know so little about and do not want to attempt it on their own. Cederberg 4x4 will be hosting an all-exclusive Nissan Ladies 9 x Day exploration to this very beautiful part of our country giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the East Coast of Southern Africa. We invite you to come and experience the beauty and mystique of this beautiful part of our country.

RSVP: Click here info@4x4xfab.co.za or contact Angeline on 082 376 7986 or Marina on 021 913 4632

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The Great Green Golf Day at Sun City

Where: Lost City Golf Club, Sun City
When: 18-19 September 2008
Time: 08:00 (registration) for 10:00
Dress: Gold attire
Cost: From R10 000 a package.

Join us for THE golfing event of the year, at the Lost City Golf Club at Sun City. Come and show your support for conservation and enjoy an unbeatable day out on one of the leading golf courses in South Africa. Get away from the city, relax and entertain your clients and staff as you take to the perfectly-maintained greens at this golfers' paradise.

RSVP: 16 May 2008 - click here events@ewt.org.za to contact Puleng Thabaneng or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Eco Facts
Composting

Making compost is the ideal way to slim your bin, and create a nutrient-rich conditioner for your plants. The ideal compost bin is easily accessible, has no gaps in the sides and may be insulated with cardboard or straw and has a lid or cover. The compost bin should be located: in a sunny or semi-shaded position, directly on the soil or turf and away from water-courses.

What you can compost:

  • Anything that was once living will compost, but some items are best avoided. Meat, dairy and cooked food can attract vermin and should not be home-composted.
  • For best results, use a mixture of types of ingredient. The right balance is something learnt by experience, but a rough guide is to use equal amounts by volume of greens and browns.
  • Some things, like grass mowings and soft young weeds, rot quickly. They work as 'activators', getting the composting started, but on their own will decay to a smelly mess.
  • Older and tougher plant material is slower to rot but gives body to the finished compost - and usually makes up the bulk of a compost heap. Woody items decay very slowly; they are best chopped or shredded first, where appropriate.

When the ingredients you have put in your container have turned into a dark brown, earthy smelling material, the composting process is complete. It is then best left for a month or two to 'mature' before it is used.

Wishlist

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

  • Cell-phones (second hand or new)
  • Solar panels
  • 3G cards
  • Printers and/or fax machines
  • A computer

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
Hot Boxes

The Hotbox is the perfet cooking tool that significantly reduces fuel-wood consumption and is a revolutionary way to cook your food.

Unit Price : excluding postage and packaging

  • Medium (29cm) : R 225.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Small (24cm) : R 195.00 (Incl. Vat)

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Car Sun Visor - Dolphin and Wild Dog

Now you can show your support to the EWT while parking your car and keeping it cool with the Humpback Dolphin or Wild Dog Car Sun Visor. This Sun Visor is EWT branded with the slogan 'My other rides a Humpback Dolphin' or 'You cant teach a Wild Dog new tricks' and will definately stand out in the car park and keep you car cool at the same time.

Unit Price : excluding postage and packaging

  • Members : R 95.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R 110.00 (Incl. Vat)

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Owl Cuddly Toy

You can now 'adopt' an owl cuddly toy to help support the work that the EWT does in conserving the eco-system they live in, to ensure they have a future.

Unit Price : excluding postage and packaging

  • Members : R 100.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R 110.00 (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