Every corporate mogul may consider the top of the food chain to be a safe perch. In Nature this is not always the case. Vultures serve a vital role as one of the species at the top of the food chain and their presence is a barometric reflection that the system is healthy.
The MPA has been a watchdog against abuse and malpractice in the Magaliesberg since its inception in 1974. Magaliesberg Protection Association (MPA) has decided to seek a judicial review of a decision by the MEC of the North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment, Mr Boitumelo Tshwene.
The MPA had appealed the MEC's earlier decision to allow "rectification of an illegal development", only to have the appeal dismissed.
“I was driving along a dirt track not far from home at about 7 o'clock in the morning. There was thick fog all over the area and suddenly there was this huge animal coming down the road at me! A hippo then veered off the road and disappeared into a thick copse. I was so stunned I did not even take a photo!”
Update on Progress by Vincent Carruthers
The Biosphere Initiative was given a major boost in May with an offer by Impala Platinum Holdings to fund all of the Biosphere activity planned for the remainder of this year.
Through the good offices of Chris de Bruyn – a long-standing friend of the Magaliesberg – I met with Dr Jon Andrews and Suan Mulder of Implats over breakfast and in under an hour everything was agreed.
A MOU is now being drafted and will be signed very shortly.
Jon and Suan are wholeheartedly behind the principle of the Biosphere and their enthusiasm and support is a great asset for the project.
Any Biosphere consists of three zones - the core, a buffer and transition zone. The Magaliesberg Biosphere proposes that Conservancies established in Gauteng and North West will comprise the Buffer Zone, essentially a ring around the core, the Magaliesberg Mountain range.
In the months to come, Conservancy members will have the opportunity to give input on this proposal, evaluate and comment on the code and constitution and formally join the Biosphere with appropriate publicity.