Volume 22Click here if you cannot view HTMLJuly 2008
ED's Note

I think grizzly bears have the right idea - hibernate all winter and only put in an appearance again in spring time. That's right, winter has well and truly arrived up here in Gauteng. While I'm sitting here looking out of the window at the crisp blue sky that can only be a Highveld winter one, I can't help contemplating the impact I could be having on the environment. Driving into Johannesburg, the layer of smog obscuring the city skyline is obvious. How much of that is because of my activities to stay warm this winter? As the energy crisis continues to loom and Eskom is urging us to use electricity sparingly, climate change tends to take a backseat to comfort. Yet, I urge you to consider how much of a burden you are placing on an already stressed environment. Eventhough the concept of 'global warming' seems remote in the freezing temperatures we're experiencing, it is a real phenomenon and we all have a duty to do our bit to ensure that our glorious natural heritage remains unspoilt for future generations. - The Editor

Birds and power lines - getting back to basics

It's over 12 years since the formation of the Eskom/EWT Strategic Partnership, and in that time a unique and very fruitful collaboration between industry and conservation has evolved. The idea for the group began with John Ledger, and was formalized and carried forward by Chris van Rooyen. These pioneers, together with various senior staff members at Eskom, laid the foundation for what is now a world-class conservation initiative, focused on expertly managing the interface between wildlife and the hardware and functioning of Africa's biggest power utility. Simple awareness of some of the positive and negative effects of electrical infrastructure (mainly power lines) on animals (mainly birds), and vice versa, has now grown into a systemic understanding of how to build on the conservation synergies and mitigate the negative, to the benefit of both Eskom and the environment.

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Written by Dr Andrew Jenkins

Endangered Wildlife Trust's Conservation Leadership Group wins SANParks Kudu Awards

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's Conservation Leadership Group (CLG) was recognised for its outstanding work in capacity building, environmental education, and its contribution to conservation in rural communities, at the prestigious Kudu Awards ceremony on 26 June 2008. The CLG was the overall winner in the category of "Group Environmental Education and Capacity Building" and won a Merit Award in the category "Group Community Contribution to Conservation".

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Written by Kirsty Brebner

Eco News
Kruger National Park Census 2008 - Wild Dog and Cheetah identification

The two species that form the focus for this census, wild dog (Lycaon pictus) and cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) both occur naturally at low densities. Populations of both species can be broadly divided into three status categories: (i) protected populations in Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park the two most important conservation areas for these species, (ii) unprotected and largely persecuted populations occurring outside conservation areas on privately-owned ranch land, and (iii) populations that have been reintroduced into several small fenced reserves and parks.

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Written by The Census Group

Christmas in July Wine Dinner at Summer Place

Where: Summer Place, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park (just off Rivonia Rd)
When: 27 July 2008
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Dress: Smart
Cost: R 500.00 per person

Join the EWT in celebrating Christmas in July at Summer Place. This truly festive occasion will be the first of what we hope to be a succesful annual event which the EWT is a beneficiary of.

RSVP: 21 July 2008 - click here rosemaree@summerplacesa.com to contact Rosemaree or phone on (011) 447 9744

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Garth Diers talks on CAMEROUN to MOROCCO via the Saharah Desert

Where: Country Club JHB, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
When: 12 August 2008
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: R 40.00 talk only for CCJ/EWT members, R 45.00 for non-members (R 138 incl. dinner for CCJ/EWT members, R 143.00 for non-members)

The talk will cover the pros and cons of travelling through North West Africa and the Sahara Desert using 4 x 4 vehicles based on Garth and Gail's journey through eleven countries covering a distance of 16 400 kilometres.

RSVP: 8 August 2008 - click here events@ewt.org.za to contact Puleng Thabaneng or phone on (011) 486 1102

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The Great Green Golf Day at Sun City

Where: Lost City Golf Club, Sun City
When: 18-19 September 2008
Time: 08:00 (registration) for 10:00
Dress: Golf attire
Cost: From R10 000 a package.

Join us for THE golfing event of the year, at the Lost City Golf Club at Sun City. Come and show your support for conservation and enjoy an unbeatable day out on one of the leading golf courses in South Africa. Get away from the city, relax and entertain your clients and staff as you take to the perfectly-maintained greens at this golfers' paradise.

RSVP: 1 August 2008 - click here events@ewt.org.za to contact Puleng Thabaneng or phone on (011) 486 1102

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Eco Facts
Global Warming - What you can do

Global warming, which can be directly attributed to human activity and is in addition to natural climate variability, drives what is known as climate change. As the climate system heats up: oceans are warming, ice caps in the North and South poles are melting, sea levels are rising and extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts, floods, cold spells and heat waves are occurring more often. Have a look at this article in The Independent. Scientists predict reduced water available in most of Africa. Climate change will have a net negative impact on us all if we don't start taking action now. Here are some ideas on how you can make a difference:

  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs (compact Fluorescents) and switch off lights when you leave a room
  • Reduce your water use- repair leaks and reuse your washing water for the garden
  • Install a water heater it can reduce your electricity bill by a third
  • Never burn rubbish
  • Support organic farming and local food productions
  • Avoid excessive packaging and any other unnecessary consumption

Various items the working groups would appreciate being donated for use by the field workers and budding Eco-Warriors in the field are:

  • Map cabinet
  • Digital Camera for fieldwork
  • Any materials for educational events with the schools (art equipment, crayons etc., books, magazine posters
  • Hiking Boots
  • Basic two way radios (needing four with rechargeable batteries)

Our field workers often work in hard conditions with very basic equipment so they get extremely excited when we can supply them with additional equipment to make their lives easier and more efficient.

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

Small Turtle Toy

Turtles numbers globally have dwindled to the extent that they are now listed as endangered/critically endangered. South Africa's coastal waters are frequented by populations of 5 species of turtles. You can help conserve these amazing creatures by adopting a turtle toy today.

Unit Price : including postage and packaging

  • Members : R 115.50 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R 125.50 (Incl. Vat)

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Supporter Beanies and Scarves

Keep warm when out in the bush and show your support to the EWT with the new range of Supporter Beanies and Scarves, available in black, red, stone(beige) and forest green with the EWT supporter logo on both items. Choose between the Fleece or Acrylic knitted set in your choice of colour.

Unit Price : including postage and packaging

  • Members : R 80.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R 90.00 (Incl. Vat)

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I'm Game are you? Activity Book Age 3-6 yrs

Dot to dot, colour by number, spot the difference, matching mazes, paper folding , colouoring in and many more fun activites are covered in this educational Activity book aimed at 3-6 year olds. The perfect gift for children who love the outdoor.

Unit Price : including postage and packaging

  • Members : R 60.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Non-Members : R 65.00 (Incl. Vat)

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Special Subscription Offer

Africa Geographic and Africa-Birds & Birding are Africa's foremost wildlife, conservation and birding magazines and are a scenic celebration of Africa's wild places and all the creatures living there. Through award-winning journalism and spectacular photography our aim is to inform, surprise and delight our readers with penetrating insights into the lives of African animals and birds, the way ecosystems work and the conservation challenges they face. We urge you to draw inspiration from our world-class publications to play your own part in Africa's environmental future.

This month EWT members are offered an exclusive opportunity to subscribe - or give a gift subscription - at a specially reduced subscription rate of just R250* for Africa Geographic and R136* for Africa-Birds & Birding. You save up to 43% off the price at the newsstand. What's more, if you subscribe before 28 July 2008 you'll be included in the draw for a Nikon D3 digital camera worth R60 000.

For more information or to place your order, please e-mail subscriptions@africageographic.com. Alternatively phone (021) 762 2180 or fax (021) 762 2246.

*Offer valid until 31 July 2008. Foreign rates available on request.

Unit Price :

  • Africa Geographic : R 250.00 (Incl. Vat)
  • Africa-Birds & Birding : R 136.00 (Incl. Vat)

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