Volume 13Click here if you cannot view HTMLJanuary 2007
ED's Note

The festive season decorations have disappeared, kids are back at school and a new year has dawned. And as with every turn of the year, we've all made some New Year's Resolutions, if only in our minds. I don't know about you, but my resolutions seem to be similar every year - get fitter/healthier/slimmer, spend less on the credit card and save more for a rainy day etc.

But how many of us include things like volunteering our time at a charity organisation or conserving our wild life heritage on the list? Unfortunately, its a smaller percentage than we would like. So why don't we all make a concerted effort to make a difference this year ... A couple of things we can all get involved in:

  • EWT is looking for volunteers to help them clean up their contact database - give some time to EWT by helping us update our database through contacting members to confirm their details. All you'll need is some computer skills and be willing to make calls.
  • Have a look at the EWT wishlist and see whether you can contribute
  • Spread the word and become a member
  • Make a donation to support the wonderful work that they do
  • Support the EWT wine auction in February to help them raise funds

Or maybe it's as simple as installing solar heating to reduce our ecological footprint. The list goes on. With World Wetlands Day around the corner on the 2nd of February, make an effort to become informed, tell others about it and become a champion for our environment.

It doesn't always need to be purely financial ... our time and our voices have a large impact. Well, I'm off to update my New Year's resolutions and get cracking on an amazing year. Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous 2007. - The Editor

Limpopo sends Oxpeckers to the Mount Royal Conservancy

Platjan, on the border of Botswana and South Africa in the Limpopo province, became the scene of a six day oxpecker catch operation, involving both hard work and patience. Nets were diligently set-up before sunrise and a wide range of birds were caught, ranging from Queleas to Grey-Headed Parrots, and a total of 34 Red-Billed Oxpeckers. The ongoing success of Operation Oxpecker is thus insured through a wildlife mitigation process to manage and promote the expansion of the South African oxpecker populations to the benefit of all.

Click here to read more.

Written by Arnuad le Roux & Claudia Hodkinson

Eco News
Invest in your future, invest in the future of the world

At Momentum, we believe in making a success of life. As a valued Momentum client, you’ve entrusted us with protecting your financial future and the future of those you love. We also believe in protecting the world we live in, leaving future generations to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the animals, plants and ecosystems that form part of the planet we call home. We know you care about conserving our threatened species and environment too. That’s why Momentum Save Thru Spend has joined forces with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, giving you the opportunity to give something back.

Click here to read more.

Written by Simangele Mahlangu

Solar Water Heaters – EWT in New Initiative

The sun pours a staggering amount of energy onto the Earth every day. For millions of years green plants have harvested this energy though the miraculous chemical process of photosynthesis. The coal-fired power stations that underpin South Africa’s electricity infrastructure are mostly situated on the Mpumalanga coalfields. Burning fossil fuel gives us cheap electricity, but we have recently begun to understand that this comes at a high environmental price – global climate change, that will affect the whole planet. Is it possible for humans to directly harvest some of that bountiful solar energy that made coal, and continues to drive all life on earth?

Click here to read more.

Written by Dr John Ledger

NGOs comment on Draft Fireworks Regulations

The Draft Regulations on Fireworks, under the National Explosives Act, were closed for the second round of comments on 19 October 2006. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), together with other concerned NGOs, namely Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre and a group of concerned KwaZulu-Natal citizens dubbed “Voice for the Voiceless”, raised the concern, amongst others, that the regulations fail to take into consideration the dangers facing animals, both domestic and wild, by fireworks.

Click here to read more.

Written by Yolan Friedman

An inside look into the lives of Sandhill Cranes

Where: Country Club JHB , Auckland Park, Johannesburg
When: 06 February 2007
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R35.00 per EWT/CCJ member, R40 for non members - talk only

Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are the most abundant cranes in the world, being distributed mainly across North America, but extending into Cuba and Siberia as well. Populations in temperate regions of the US and Canada have been expanding rapidly due primarily to suitable areas for nesting and agricultural lands for foraging – a very similar situation to that experienced by Blue Cranes (Anthropoides paradisea) in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.

RSVP: 1 February 2007 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102

Click here to read more.

'Go with the Flow' Fundraising Wine Auction to suppport EWT

Where: Browns of Rivonia, 21 Wessels Rd, Rivonia
When: 20 February 2007
Time: 18:45 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 5000 per table of 10, R 500 pp

The Endangered Wildlife Trust and Browns of Rivonia cordially invite you to take part in the 'Go with the flow' FUNDRAISING WINE AUCTION* in support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

RSVP: 6 February 2007 - click here marketing@ewt.org.za to contact Mary Richie or phone on (011) 486 1102

Click here to read more.

Eco Facts
Solar Heating by Dr John Ledger

We take the sunny South African weather for granted. But a look at the facts below clearly shows us that we're not utilising it nearly as effectively as we'd like to think. Did you know ...

  • Africa (95%) southern Africa (59%) and South Africa (21%) receive the highest winter solar energy above 6.5 kilowatt hours per square metre in the world? By comparison, Australia receives 4.5%.
  • Despite this abundant solar energy South Africa has a dismal record of using solar energy for water heating? Measured by square metres of solar water heaters installed per 1,000 inhabitants, Israel has 608, Greece 299, Austria 220 and South Africa 16.
  • A solar water heater with a collector of 2 square metres installed in Johannesburg will harvest at least 2000 kWh of energy every year? The Eskom electricity displaced by the solar water heater would have used 1,080 kg of coal and 2,800 liters of water, while producing 1,956 kg of Carbon Dioxide, 320 kg ash, 17.9 kg Sulphur Dioxide and 8.4 kg Nitrous Oxide every year.
  • The City of Johannesburg recently called for tenders for 500 solar water heaters for Cosmo City, the largest ever single solar water heater order in South Africa?
  • Several municipalities around South Africa are considering legislation to make solar water heaters compulsory on new buildings?
  • You can contact suppliers of solar water heaters by visiting the web site of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) at www.sessa.org.za.

The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items:

  • Filing Cabinets (for hanging files and Arch lever files)
  • Digital video camera to capture work in the field
  • Data-projector required for traveling presentations and talks
  • Paper shredder
  • A full set of EWT Vision Annuals needed (or part thereof)

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with not much equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient. Click here to read more about the EWT Wish list.

Please contact Leighanne Imbert on (011) 486 1102 or email wishlist@ewt.org.za to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.

Natural Heritage Prestige Medallion Series

The Natural Heritage Prestige Medallion Series was launched in 2006 by the South African Mint Company, to commemorate various conservation projects managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). This is a limited edition of 500 proof sliver medallions of each. The official EWT logo is featured on the obverse of all the medallions which will be featured in this 15 Medallion series.

This sterling silver medallion series pays tribute to the dedicated conservationists who work with the EWT on the various conservation projects.

  • The Oribi Working Group
  • The Giant Bullfrog Project
  • The Riverine Rabbit Working Group

Unit Price : R 350 ex VAT

Click here to read more.

The African Safari Journal – Millennium Edition

Journal keeping has a long tradition in Africa, starting from early Portuguese adventurers such as Vasco da Gama. The African Safari Journal continues this tradition. It has been meticulously designed so that you can record in a structured way your impressions on every aspect of your travels in Africa. The record sheets simplify the process, enabling you to keep a totally comprehensive, orderly and lasting record of an exciting adventure.

The journal is not a guide book, but at the same time it does provide a great deal of information about Africa's wildlife and people. This is your journal to record your experiences on your African safari. It has been planned so that you can create your own personal book, something to keep and to treasure. Long after your safari has ended, your memories will be vividly recorded to be relived - generation after generation.

Unit Price : EWT members: R 200.00 (excl. p & p). Non-members: R 250.00 (excl. p & p)

Click here to read more.

Update your Details: If you have moved home or jobs, please remember to update your details with the EWT so you can continue to receive invitations to events and updates on the work we do - click the link to update now - http://www.ewt.org.za/memberships_update.aspx