Eywitness News reports: Gauteng MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi said his department is considering closing the R511 between Centurion and Diepsloot until the road upgrade is complete.
July’s bird of the month is die Speckled Mousebird or Colius striatus.
Photograph by Eric Stockenstroom
Pretoria - The Tshwane fire brigade has defended its practice of issuing invoices for every fire or accident it attends.
"It is not new for the fire brigade services to issue invoices for accidents as well as other types of incidents," Tshwane fire safety deputy chief Steve Combrink said on Tuesday.
He said if a fire broke out at a vacant space, the person who called the fire brigade would not be invoiced.
The bi-annual MTK (MmaTshepo Khumbane) Awards ceremony, organised by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) announced the 2011 winners. The awards serve to recognize and reward individuals, communities and schools which take responsibility for their environment and for people in their care.
The winner in the category of Best Environmental Awareness went to the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy won for its 9-year long effort to foster a positive and proactive response to alien invader species.
"The City of Joburg Property Company (JPC), the project proponent, is proposing to establish a township on the Remaining Extent of Portions 1, 5 and 6 of the Farm Diepsloot, 388 JR, and on the Remaining Extent of the Farm Rietfontein, 532 JQ. These three properties are located in Dieplsoot, Johannesburg, and also form the southern section of the Diepsloot Nature Reserve.
The Cradle of Humankind Environmental Management Framework closed the comment period today, 2 March.
A submission was sent highligting as concern the exclusion of the Egoli Granite Grassland, particularly as Management Objective reference this vegetation type. Of greater concern is the cultural, historic and archeological sites of the Conservancy. We have asked that these be specifically indicated on the GIS layers (mapping tools used by officials). The COH is a cultural landscape, and these sites are valuable in that context.
Garfiled Krige of "African Environmental Development" summarises the situation, and provides relevant facts. Decide for yourself if you should be concerned, involved or vocal on the issue.
December is here, and so are the bright splashes of pink in the veld as the dreaded pom pom flowers.
Pom pom is one of the classified alien invaders that MUST be removed by law. You can - and will - be fined if you take no action against Category One Invaders.
This article explains more about herbicides, classified aliens and your responsibilities.