The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has disappeared in name. After the April election it was replaced by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and to date nobody is sure exactly what that means, nor how it affects conservation and environmental issues.

The new MEC is Ms Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, formerly chairperson of the Agriculture, Conservation and Environment Committee in the Gauteng Legislature. Khabisi Mosunkutu, ex-MEC for GDACE, is now MEC for Safety and Security.

Event Calendar

Sunday 12 October: Talk to the Trees!TREES

Members of the Tree Society takes us on a walk from the banks of the Jukskei River and up and around World's View Hill. In this area there are more tree species in a few hundred hectares than in the whole of the British Isles. 
Meeting point in Vlakfontein: To be announced
Cost: R60 pp. R30 for kids under 12. 


Thursday 18 October: Decorate!

Decorate a bisqueware plate or jug for kiln-firing. Perfect for that special end-of-year gift.
Takes place at The Sheds @ Birdsong.
Come for the day, enjoy packed lunch and refreshments.  R150




Saturday 24 October: Artists in the Sun!Painting day 2

A relaxing day for seasoned as well as budding artists - with the Schurveberg and the sweeping grasslands to inspire stunning works of art. 
Venue: The Sheds, off Gemstone Road in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy (directions available)
Info and cost:


Sunday 2 November: Glorious grasses and spring flowersflowers

A leisurely walk through the veld with experts Alan Short and Antoinette Eyssell to point out the gems under our feet.
Venue: The Sheds, off Gemstone Road in the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy (directions available)
Cost: R60 pp and R30 for kids under 12. Refreshments included.



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