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.
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.
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.