The basic purpose of a Biosphere is to develop ways in which people can live and prosper, jobs can be created and development can take place all without permanently depleting the natural resources. The responsibility for directing the Magaliesberg Biosphere towards this goal falls to the Board of a non-profit company and that Board is in the process of being appointed right now. Sixteen interest groups will be represented on the Board, for example, environmental conservation, heritage, tourism, landowners, educators, etc. Nominations for each of the sixteen positions were called for at public meetings last month and candidates have been nominated.
A petition has done the rounds to draw attention to the pollution of major water systems.
Anthony Duigan writes, "The apparent inability of two water authorities - Joburg Water and the Department of Water Affairs - to responsibly and competently manage key water resources is doing lasting damage to our country and its people. We cannot stay silent as one of Gauteng’s premier waterways - the Jukskei-Crocodile system - is being destroyed by what appears to be negligence and incompetence. The Northern Wastewater Treatment Works, one of the largest in the country that once proudly boasted Green Drop status, continues week after week, month after month, to pump sewage into this river system. We will not allow this to continue."
The Designated Management Agency compromises a Management Board, which is the management authority responsible for governing the Magaliesberg Biosphere. In line with best practice, a non-profit company (NPC), named the “Magaliesberg Biosphere” (Association incorporated under Section 21), has been registered in terms of the companies Act. The company’s board has the responsibility to fulfil the designated functions of a Biosphere reserve -
contribute to the conservation of the landscape, ecosystems, species and genetic variation;
foster development which is socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable;
provide logistical support for research, monitoring, education and information exchange.