The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COHWHS) aims to grow tourism for the benefit of the local community. The crafts project “The Hands that Rock the Cradle” is intended to support this goal. A trade show launch was held recently at the Apartheid Museum.
The date of the public launch of this project will be set before the end of the year. The feedback from the industry specialists has already given the project managers and crafters some very good pointers on how to make “The Hands that Rock the Cradle” more successful and meaningful.
The Harties Cableway recently reopened as Africa's longest mono-cableway.
The old cableway, built in 1973, was shut down in 2005 when it fell into disrepair. New owners have installed new six-seater cable cars and Swiss-made cables transport visitors: 500 people an hour in 14 cable cars.
Slow Food Magalies Valley was formed by a group of committed small-scale food producers and co-producers (consumers) in the Magalies Valley who believe in the slow food ethos: good, clean and fair – everything that the slow food movement stands for.
More and more co-producers (consumers) wish to know who’s producing their food. Slow food encourages co-producers to develop relationships with producers whenever possible by purchasing from them, asking for product advice and information, and giving them feedback. Direct contact between local consumers and producers increases their understanding of what is seasonally available in our region.
There were invisible partners behind the considerable efforts to proclaim the Magaliesberg as a Biosphere Reserve - the Finns. They are the unsung heroes of this bold initiative, supported through an Institutional Cooperation Instrument (ICI) project financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The Fins made 500 00 Euros available for the project, an injection of resources without which the application for Biosphere status may never have been realised.
The Eco-Logic Awards assist the consumer to be more conscious of their spending power and the message it send to business. Every product or service purchased by a consumer has an environmental impact, and the Awards, initiated by the Enviropaedia and judged by a panel of highly respected, environmentally aware individuals, investigates a range of products, services and organisations to recognise and reward those that have been produced in an eco-logical manner.
The Award Ceremony took place in the Cradle of Humankind on 27 September 2012.
Mense of the Magaliesberg
In our regular series, we feature the individuals who make things happen in the region.
Beresford Jobling was murdered the first weekend in September on his farm in Skeerpoort. His car had been stolen and his body thrown in the river, probably on a Saturday, and only discovered late Sunday night.
Vincent Carruthers writes in his tribute, “Beres was a strong supporter of the Biosphere and, as chairman of the Hartbeespoort Environment and Heritage Association, he registered the HEHA as one of the very first members of the Magaliesberg Biosphere in 2008. He was also chairman of the Decorative Arts Society and active in many other spheres. The loss of such an intelligent and active person is an appalling tragedy.”