ENVIRONMENTAL MONTH 2020
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World Environment Day is the biggest, most celebrated day for positive environmental action and it is held each year on June 5 to focus the world’s attention on a pressing environmental issue. This year’s focus on biodiversity highlights the important … Read More

The National Wetlands Indaba 2019
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Hannes Marais, the Wetland Scientist in Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s Aquatic Unit reports back on last year’s Indaba held in Limpopo. The National Wetlands Indaba (NWI) is an annual event that has been held since 1996. It started when … Read More

Twin treasures—ecosystem services for life
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Mpumalanga is the only province in the country, and one of the few in the world, to celebrate its grasslands. Mpumalanga is to a large extent a grassland and wetland province and our grasslands and wetlands are two of our … Read More

Crocosmia paniculata (Photograph by Gerrit van Ede)
Wake-up calls
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We shouldn’t assume everybody knows what “biodiversity” and “wetlands” actually are, writes Glen Ramke, Endangered Wildlife Trust–Africa Crane Conservation Programme. Recently two minor surprises which were wake-up calls. Both comments came from people I had expected to know these things. … Read More

The Vygies of Verloren Valei
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Colloquially known in English as Ice Plants, two genera from this family exist on Verloren Valei. By Gerrit van Ede Ice Plants—or vygies, as most South Africans and, apparently, many New Zealanders, would call them—form part of the scientific family … Read More