During the Anglo-Boer War a British soldier, John Hepke, was wounded near Kalkheuvel, but the bullet could not be removed at the time and he was sent home to recuperate. Soon afterwards he was diagnosed with lead poisoning and the removed bullet was found to have a very high silver content.
The Crocodile River Reserve has many talented artists, photographers and sculptors. Corlette Wessels of Vlakfontein’s pic of a rather bemused baboon among butterflies in the Kgalagadi National Park was one of Africa Geographic’s top choices. “I’ve lost my heart to the Kgalagadi - one of the most special places on earth.”
Shane Rorke of Hills and Dales shot this dramatic pic on a tour of Namibia. The “model” is his son, Ben. “He took to the desert like a pro. I miss this magical country so much already.”
Karen Davidson, Riverside Estates, on communication with an uninvited guest.
“Look what I found in my garden, munching on my potted frangipani!” Karen reported on Facebook - with a pic of said guest. “We had a nice chat. He agreed to move on.”
“Quite a handsome fellow,” commented Janine. “On the contrary,” said Eileen, “He looks like someone from Star Wars.”
“He did have the demeanor too,” agreed Karen. “He looked me straight in the eye as I told him about my dismay in watching him eat my plant. He was living there for three days. He left after we had our chat. As if he understood…”
“Had his family over for a visit to my place,” complained Mary. “Created havoc in my veggie garden. Re-instated the death penalty and they all left. They understood too…”
We’ll take you on a flight (no charge!) from Fourways toward Hartbeespoort Dam. Fortunately the air is not too smoky from veld fires today. You’ll notice Dainfern (yes, near that HUGE sewage pipe), you’ll recognize Steyn City hiding behind its massive walls (how many kilometres?), sharing a border with Northern Wastewater Treatment Works and also with Diepsloot pushing against its northern boundary. By now we’re over Northern Farm - beloved by thousands of cyclists, birders and horseriders.
Many of our kids now growing up in our cities are suffering from a new disease - Nature Deficit Disorder or NDD. “For this generation, nature is more of an abstraction than a physical reality. Kids today can tell you about the Amazon rainforest (compliments of Google), but not about the last time they went into the woods alone, or lay in a field listening to the wind and watching the clouds move,” says Richard Louv, who wrote an unexpected bestseller, “Last Child in the Woods”, about NDD.
Entry to the ENCOUNTER is R20 per adult.
Saturday 10 September
07:30: Run the Rhenoster! Trail run/hike, 5 or 15 km. R50/R100
08:30: Land Art and Eco Art exhibition open all day. R20 per adult
10:30 Supervised Land Art for children at Silver Hills
15:30 Drumming and Sound Journey at Silver Hills
Sunday 11 September
07:30 Ride the Rhenoster, starting at Base Four on Gemstone Road.
40 km or 20 km. R180 pp.
09:00 Land Art and Eco Art Exhibition open all day. R20 per adult.
10:00 Fun ride for children at Silver Hills (bring your own bicycle)
Ride the Rhenoster - in its ninth year - offers keen mountainbikers a challenging 40 km ride around the hills and valleys of the Crocodile River Reserve. A shorter 20 km route is available for the not-quite-so-fit bikers.
Our rivers are sick.
The Hennops, the Jukskei, the Crocodile regularly contain a mix of sewage, plastics and other worse pollution. Tests downstream, even before the Crocodile reaches the Pelindaba nuclear facility in Broederstroom, appear to show traces of alpha and beta radiation. The result of acid mine drainage flowing down the Crocodile River from the West Rand?
Kaywell Holdings did not get it quite right when they posted a notice in April, on a fence in Hennops River. They were applying to the Department of Mineral Resourced for a mining licence for “Beryl, Limestone, Iron Ore, Gold and Copper” on a very large property in the Hennops River valley.