Rhenosterspruit: first conservancy member of the Magaliesberg Biosphere
As the first Conservancy created in the Gauteng area, Rhenosterspruit has notched another “first” - that of membership of the Magaliesberg Biosphere.
Vincent Carruthers, well-known speaker, author of “The Magaliesberg” and chaiman of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group, handed over its first membership certificate at the RNC's Annual General Meeting on 25 July. The certificate was received by Conservancy’s chairman, Helen Duigan.
Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy becomes a member of the Magaliesberg Biosphere
The Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy has on its western border the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, and to its north the newly established Elandfontein Nature Conservancy, and Francolin Conservancy.
In the Chairman’s Report, Helen explained “The Conservancy has been in a 'holding mode' for some years, preventing irreversible changes from taking place through fragmentation and densification. The underlying feeling was that the field had to be kept open for positive initiatives that could emerge. That potential is now on our doorstep: Biodiversity Stewardship, Protected Environment and Nature Reserve options opening up for landowners.”
Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) recently announced that the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy is one of seven pilot sites for the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme in Gauteng. The Francolin Conservancy is also a pilot site.