This biodiversity stewardship project aims to provide formal conservation protection for the area of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy, and beyond.
What would you have to do, to –
Less than you may think!
We all own a part of land in an area that is regarded as environmentally sensitive, important or irreplaceable. It is:
For many years this gem-of-a-place has been defended at great cost by the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy. As admirable as those efforts have been, the Conservancy is only a voluntary association; it can claim no legally-binding conservation status.
Now, a recent initiative in Doornrandje has opened up promising new possibilities.
The Gauteng Provincial Government became custodian of a portion of land in the Egoli Granite Grassland zone in Doornrandje. This land was paid for by a developer as part of an “offset” in exchange for getting approval for destroying
This has fast-tracked further conservation efforts in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy which has been chosen as one of seven pilot sites for implementing the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme in
This is a programme for private landowners to join in structured conservation initiatives.
There are four tiers within this Stewardship Programme, each with its own benefits and conservation approaches. These options are explained here.
The pressure of expanding metropolitan areas and four different local authorities (
The Stewardship Programme will impact on everyone in the area. As this rural community and individual land owners decide on the level of conservation desired, the outcome will shape the whole area for generations to come. Some of the options are proclaimed in perpetuity. It is therefore important that you understand your choices.
Property type - This refers to whether the property is a portion, erf, whole farm or of an agricultural holding.
Registration Division - This refers to the alpha letter included in the farm (area) name e.g. JQ (see below)
Portion Number - e.g. 29 (your own number – NOT yellow/black board)
Farm Name - e.g. Doornrandje
Farm Number - e.g. 386 JQ
Surveyor -General Key - this will be obtained through the Surveyor-General (in time)
Unique BS Number -GDARD's reference which will be allocated
Farm names and Farm numbers:
Rietfontein 532 JQ
Roodekrans 492 JQ
Hennops River 489 JQ
Schurveberg 488 JQ
Doornrandje 386 JR
Vlakfontein 494 JQ
Rhenosterspruit 495 JQ
Riverside Estates 497 JQ
Kalkheuvel 493 JQ
Simonsview 490 JQ
 Categories defined and named in the Provincial Conservation Plan (C-Plan) which determines where development or change of land use may be granted with greater or lesser restriction on activity, footprint and density.
 Red or orange listings refer to flora or fauna species which are threatened with extinctions. There are classifications of threats which trigger different levels of protection.
 Witwatersberg Pretoria Mountain Bushveld (as defined and identified by SANBI)
 Egoli Granite Grassland, endemic to
 Witwatersberg Skeerpoort Mountain Bushveld (as defined and identified by SANBI)
 As proposed in an Environmental Management Framework in its final stages before the buffer is gazetted