2013 is a milestone year for both Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Botanical Society of South Africa as both celebrate their centenary. In celebration, one of the special walks arranged by the Botanical Societies Kirstenbosch Branch volunteer Garden Guides is the Centenarian Walk that visits the garden’s oldest and most distinguished residents - plants that have been growing at Kirstenbosch for 100 years or more, and plants that were introduced during the first five years and are still here today. Camphor and Ficus Avenues in Kirstenbosch are lined with trees planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898, while other plants such as the Buffalo Thorn, Forest Elder, Suurberg Cushion Bush and the White-haired Cycad were introduced in 1913. The English Oaks can be traced back to a period between 1820 and 1890 when the land now occupied by Kirstenbosch was a farm. Join the experienced guides for the Centenarian Walk on the third Saturday of every month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Booking is essential. Call 021 799 8783 or www.sanbi.org.za Details: Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 Time: 10:00 AM Booking Essential Contact: 021 799 8783 Website: www.sanbi.org.za These walks will be happening every third Saturday of the month for the rest of the year. URL: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Anthony Coutinho will be addressing health & safety challenges faced by the mining industry at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg 23 May 2013, Johannesburg: Mining companies recognise the inherent value of its human resource in the mining profession and have been stressing on the need for improved health and safety facilities for its employees. With the emergance of small-scale operations in South Africa, the workplace fatality rate of these mines is up to 90 times higher than that for mines in industrialised countries (report by ILO). In the quest to achieve zero harm, mining companies have been looking to foster a culture that will drive organisations towards safer practices at mines. The key for this lies in anticipating the problems faced by miners and responding to them to make sure that these accidents are prevented. Anthony Coutinho, Director - Mine Safety from the Department of Mineral Resources, South Africa says that the main challenge faced by the mining industry with respect to health and safety of its employees is the “battle that the employers have in balancing cost-effective production with eliminating the health and safety risks that face the industry.” In terms of the South African mining industry, Mr Coutinho believes that the country is on its way to putting in place the legislation in order to reduce health and safety risks to miners. To shed more light on this, Anthony Coutinho will be speaking at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, taking place on 16-17 September 2013 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa. He will also share his insights into the application of health and safety policies to the global mining industry. This forum will also feature presentations from Philip Stephenson, Newmont Mining, VP Health Safety Loss Prevention & Security, US; Brian Chicksen, AngloGold Ashanti, VP Safety, . . .
Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012 and Lynne De Jager Mrs South Africa 2012 attended the launch of The Rhino Revolution/ Blue Canyon Conservancy Black Rhino Breeding Project. Nana and Lynne want to bring international awareness to the plight of Rhino in South Africa. Nana Meriwether was born at Tinswalo hospital in Acornhoek. Her father and mother were working a Tinswalo, doing charitable work. Lynne De Jager has commited to take the Rhino Revolution message to the Mrs World 2013 Pageant in China. From the 2000 to 2007 there were 140 rhino’s poached throughout South Africa, that’s average of 20 a year. In 2008 is shot up to 83 in one year, 2009 saw another increase to 122. Similarly 2010 – 333, 2011 – 448, 2012 – 448 and 2013 we are already sitting with over 350, more than the total of 2010. This year we are averaging 2-2.5 Rhino’s lost a day. While these stats are shocking to see we are still in a positive growth pattern for the total Rhino population. We are close to the tipping point though and soon we will be losing more Rhino that are being born every year. In 1960 there were around 500 Rhino’s and over the last 50 years we have grown that population to over 20 000, similarly with Black Rhino, there were only 65 left and their numbers have grown to over 5000. “The war that private Rhino owners are fighting isn’t one where we can go out and combat a visible enemy, all that they can do is fight defensively. Protect the Rhino’s inside higher fences with more guards.” Stated Patrick Jordan , a founder of Rhino Revolution. “Miss USA and Mrs SA have come out this weekend to put their voices behind the Rhino of Africa, to assist in raising awareness and funding to assist with the protection and ultimately the defence of an iconic species the world over.’ Said Patrick Jordan “We don’t hear much about the plight of Rhino back in the United States and I didn’t know how threatened they are until now” Said Nana Meriwether , Miss USA 2012. During their . . .
2013 is a milestone year for Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society as they celebrate their Centenary. Learn the story of the Garden in the monthly Centennial Walks led by Botanical Society Volunteer guides. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month booking is essential. In addition to this a series of themed walks offer the visitor many more reasons to visit the garden. From fynbos to proteas, ericas to medicinal plants, trees to the glories of the Cape Floral region and much more, the experienced guides allow you to discover so much more on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Call 021 799 87 83 or www.sanbi.org.za URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mining experts will discuss the latest safety and health procedures at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining to be held on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the recent Sago Mine disaster in the USA, the Xiaojiawan mine blasts in China, and other incidents in Chile and New Zealand, the issue of maintaining the health and safety in the mining industry has gained a lot of importance. It has been a continuous effort for the top global mining companies to make mining safe and sustainable, and avoid compromising on the health and safety of its miners. Despite economic difficulties, efforts are being made at a global level to make the mining industry a safer and injury-free sector. Mining companies have recognised the need to address their employees' health & safety imperitives. Given the hazardous nature of their work, companies need to take significant steps towards providing safer & healthier work conditions for its miners. Known for the deepest mines in the world, the South African mining industry has recognized the need to provide regulated mines to miners. Keeping this growing need of the industry in mind, Fleming Gulf Conferences is organising the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After two successful editions, the forum this year is themed on achieving sustainable and continuous development in health and safety for the mining industry. Expert speakers and panelists from top global mining companies will emphasize on the importance of doing business ethically in the cost conscious economy. Promoting the culture of owning safety, the drivers for safe behaviour, the strategic approach to health, and gauging the burden of diseases from work related dust & fatigue are some of the key topics which will be discussed at the event. The forum will also feature interactive panel discussions on the most topical health and safety concerns faced by the . . .
International Biodiversity Day on 22 May 2013 is being celebrated at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden through a showcase of the Science behind biodiversity conservation. As part of the Kirstenbosch Centenary programme, interactive displays, films and talks will illustrate 100 years of scientific work. Offering the visitor an insider view into this fascinating world and showing how this science impacts on all our lives, this is an event that can change perspective. Ranging from the herbarium and vegetation mapping, through climate change and threatened species, to modern citizen science and the molecular laboratory, this is a day that will unpack the scientific mysteries of biodiversity and give a greater understanding of the world we live in. Details: Date: 22 May 2013 Entrance: Free Open from 10:00-19:00. Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre, Gate 1, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands, Cape Town www.sanbi.org.za Enquiries: 021 799 8783 URL: http://www.hippocommunications.cim Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Acting as a conservancy for the re-establishment of many threatened indigenous species, Zimbali Coastal Resort is a vista of natural beauty, ecological richness and biological diversity, providing refuge to a variety of local flora and fauna, including over 220 species of birds. Within this sub-tropical paradise, cocooned within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve, you will find the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and a beautiful baby Crowned Eagle nesting under the abundant forest canopy. The baby eagle was recently spotted performing madly near her nest, high up in a tree, in the vicinity of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. With her head down and eyes fixed to the ground for quite some time, she suddenly swooped down grabbing what was part of a dead monkey with her talons and hopping just a few metres away to eat it. It became apparent that the baby Crowned Eagle was searching the thick undergrowth below for her meal, which she had dropped from her nest. Surprisingly, the baby eagle tolerated her human spectators, allowing magnificent close-up views and pictures for those lucky enough to witness one of nature’s most spectacular birds of prey. The Crowned Eagle, also known as the African Crowned Eagle, is a very large, powerful, crested bird of prey found in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa, it is restricted to suitable habitats in the eastern areas. Often considered Africa's most powerful and ferocious eagle, the Crowned Eagle preys mostly on monkeys and other small forest mammals such as duikers (weighing up to 30kg). Boasting a wingspan of up to 1.81m, a female Crowned Eagle can weigh as much as 15% more than her male counterpart, at approximately 4.7kg compared to 4.1kg. Now at six months of age (as at end of March 2013) and almost the size of a fully-fledged adult Zimbali Estate Management Association (ZEMA), having partnered with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to film the development stages of the bird, will continue to monitor her whereabouts via . . .
This year, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden celebrates its Centenary. The Botanical Society of South Africa, formed as a civil society in June 1913 to support the establishment of Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, also celebrates its Centenary. During this milestone year, the Kirstenbosch Centenarians, some of the plants that have survived over the last 95 to 100 years, are taking centre stage both in Kirstenbosch and at BotSoc’s annual Garden Fair. Many Centenarians are still growing where they were planted all those years ago. Some have propagated themselves vegetatively or by seed, while others have been propagated, or lifted and divided by Kirstenbosch Horticulturists, ensuring these original plants continue through their offspring. You can get to know these old-timers of Kirstenbosch by picking up the free Centenarians brochure at the Information Desk in the Visitors’ Centre and following the marked trail through the Garden. ‘Kirstenbosch Champion’ is a term Kirstenbosch horticulturists apply to selected plants that for various reasons stand out from other similar plants by virtue of their beauty, impact in the horticultural industry, great rarity or association with famous persons. Some of these plants are superior forms found in the wild while others have been improved by selection and breeding. A good example is Strelitzia reginae (Crane flower), which was originally collected in 1936. Yellow flowered forms of this plant are known in horticulture, but their colour is not stable. John Winter, Curator of Kirstenbosch from 1979-1999, began a project to increase the yellow-flowered stock. It took him almost 15 years of careful selection and hand-pollination and, by 1994, he was able to introduce a stable form of yellow Strelitzia reginae to horticulture. It was released and traded under the name 'Kirstenbosch Gold' until 1996, when the then National Botanical Institute (now SANBI) was granted permission to re-name it in honour of Nelson Mandela, as . . .
Bird lovers can now enjoy a series of walks at Kirstenbosch taking you on a stroll through the Garden with an experienced birder. You can spot and identify some of the 125 bird species known to occur in the Garden. Bring walking shoes, hat and water, as well as weather proof clothing. Binoculars will be very useful. During April these will take place on the 3, 10 and 23. The walks are free after entry to the Garden and participants should meet at the Info desk in the Visitor’s centre at Gate 1. For full information please call: Anne Gray: 083 311 1140 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirstenbosch Enquiries 021 799 8783 or www.sanbi.org.za URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
As part of the Kirstenbosch centenary celebrations, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is excited to announce the installation of a new permanent exhibition of Bonsai trees which will be showcased in the courtyard of the Kirstenbosch Visitor’s Centre at the main entrance. The collection consists of ten of the finest Bonsai trees in South Africa, the oldest and largest of which is a Wild Olive which is over 150 years old. These magnificent trees have been kindly loaned to the gardens by various bonsai growers and bonsai nurseries. ALSO The Oyama Bonsai Kai’s annual Easter Bonsai show will be held in the Sanlam Hall (Fri 29th March – Mon 1st April), near Gate 2. This year’s show will exhibit, as its centrepiece, some of the many wonderful Bonsai that started their lives many years ago as saplings at Kirstenbosch; as well as celebrate Kirstenbosch’s contribution to the art of Bonsai in South Africa. For those interested in starting their own bonsai there will be regular demonstrations by the bonsai masters as well as many small bonsai of all sizes for sale. We encourage anyone who is interested in these curious miniature trees to come to Kirstenbosch over the Easter weekend to find out more. Contact the Kirstenbosch Information 021 799 8783 for further details. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .