Home Environment

Environment

Community objects to 40 ha township

Hundreds of Hartbeespoort residents have objected against a proposed 40 ha township on the R513 (Van der Hoff Road) at Silkaatsnek. The proposed township, at...

Elephant with tyre around its neck rescued

Brits pilot and conservationist, Tokkie Botes, recently assisted in the rescue of a young elephant that had managed to get a tyre wedged around his head. Tokkie a pilot for Flying for Freedom, a non-profit organisation that assist in animal conservation, was requested by the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) to assist when a young elephant bull was spotted with a tyre around its head at the Rietfontein Game Ranch near Zeerust. Together with veterinarian, Dr Paul Bartels, Tokkie set off in his helicopter to join rangers from Madikwe Game Reserve in tracking the elephant. “Community members alerted the department of the elephant with the tyre around its head and a coordinated effort was made to find the animal,” said spokesperson for DEDECT, Dumisa Seshabela. “The elephant was undoubtedly in a lot of discomfort. The elephant was found fairly easily based on the last reported sightings from the community. Once darted, it was determined that it was a teenage male, and the team worked quickly to remove the tyre,” she said. She said landowners often use tyres to prevent erosion and it is suspected that the young elephant may have picked one up out of curiosity, and it slipped down its trunk, getting wedged over its mouth. “The operation was completed in a matter of hours, thanks to the efficient and specialist expertise of our members and the airborne team that waived their fees as this was a genuine conservation effort,” Seshabela said.

Father and daughter save Kormorant in freezing water

A father and daughter spent 20 minutes in the freezing water in the Hartbeespoort Dam on Thursday to free a distraught Kormorant that was entangled in illegal fishing nets.

Air operation to identify illegal woodcutting hotspots – nature conservation members attacked

Members of the department of nature conservation were attacked by illegal wood choppers in Broederstroom on Wednesday when they wanted to confiscate wood during...

Bosbokke by Meerhofoewer deur honde verskeur

Drie Bosbokke is Maandagnag by die Meerhofoewer deur honde verskeur en doodgebyt.

“There’s a camera watching me… for all the world to see”

In a first ever, a Verreaux Eagle Owl, or commonly known as the giant eagle owl, can now be watched live as she raises...

Mass operation to curb illegal wood-chopping in Magaliesberg Biosphere

An estimated 50 tons of wood were confiscated and ten people arrested on Thursday during a mass operation to address the illegal wood-chopping in the Magaliesberg in Hartbeespoort.

Who are the vandals chopping down trees in Ifafi?

Residents and businesses were shocked on Thursday morning to discover that the lovely River bushwillow trees on the traffic circle at Nviro Business Hub...

Tons of hyacinth removed from Hartbeespoort Dam

Harties Foundation NPC, backed by Page Automation, Harties Boat Company, V8 Roadhouse and Restaurant, InfoGro as well as individual donors have once again started...

Butchering the Biosphere

The beautiful Magaliesberg mountain in Hartbeespoort is being destroyed at an alarming rate by illegal wood choppers. And members of the public who buy...

Pioneer cheetah conservationist, Ann van Dyk, celebrates 90

Ann van Dyk, the founder of the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, who is internationally regarded as having saved the cheetah from extinction in...

Take a hike or a drive and help our wildlife centres

After more than two months of being confined at home, many are yearning for nature, and local wildlife organisations and businesses now rely on...
- Advertisment -

Most Read

10 reasons criminals find easy targets at shopping centres

“Remain on guard at all times while shopping, be aware of who is around you and especially keep your children and valuables safe.” Despite Covid-19...

Motshekga fumes as another matric paper is leaked

‘We condemn in the strongest terms the conduct of persons who undermine the integrity of the examination because it causes untold stress on the...

Thomas climbs a Guinness World Record

Hartbeespoort Word Champion Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete, Thomas van Tonder, set an unofficial Guinness World Record for the 50 m rope climb on Tuesday, 17 November, when he scaled the 90 m Soweto Towers in just over 9 minutes.

Hartbeespoort a hotspot for car thieves

Hartbeespoort has become the target of car thieves with 39 cars stolen since the beginning of October. Eight more vehicles were stolen the past week....