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Greater Mapungubwe Network

Our Mission;

“The Greater Mapungubwe network is a group of people living and working, or who have an interest in, The Greater Mapungubwe Area, who wish to share ideas and information.

The intention of the network is to provide an opportunity to keep the sharehofer community abreast of current events and developments. It is not an activist group and will not become involved in decision making or problem-solving; it will provide a forum at which anyone may voice their concerns and at which they may assist one another with advice or inputs”.

 

MAPUNGUBWE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE WORLD HERITAGE SITE: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK: AVAILABILITY OF FINAL STATUS QUO REPORT

 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LDEDET) and South African National Parks (SANParks), embarked on a process to develop an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site (MCLWHS). Nemai Consulting was appointed to prepare the EMF. 

The Draft Status Quo report has been updated with the comments and input received from stakeholders during the comment period from 30 April 2014 – 10 June 2014 and during the Public Meeting that was held on 16 July 2014. The Final Status Quo Report for the MCLWHS EMF is now available. The report can be downloaded from the Nemai website at http://nemai.co.za/documents_MCLWHS.html 

Yours sincerely

  • Jean Beater
  • Nemai Consulting
  • Tel: 031 266 3884
  • Fax: 031 266 5287
  • Cell: 084 4041118
  • Email: jeanb@nemai.co.za
  • Physical Address: Office 112, Business Partners Building, 23 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville, 3630
  • Postal Address: P.O. Box 1673, Sunninghill, 2157

Exhibition Of Sculptures At Mopane Bush Lodge

View the bronze sculptures of Christiaan Rohm in the tranquil surroundings of Mopane Bush Lodge. Exhibition to be enjoyed till 26th August. 10% of all sales go to EWT.

EWT August 2014 (2)

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NOTICE AND AGENDA OF NEXT MEETING

The minutes of the previous meeting are here; Meeting Minutes 20140318

Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014

Location: Mogalakwena River Lodge

Time: 13:30 (tea and coffee registration; courtesy of the Mogalakwena River Lodge) for 14:00 – 17:00

17:00 Soup and Sherry (sponsored by Mogalakwena River Lodge)

Snacks will be available on arrival (courtesy of MRL), with a cash bar.

No rooms available, only camping.

Please contact Anna Venter if you wish to make a booking:

Anna Venter

Operations Manager

Mogalakwena River Lodge

tel: +27 (0) 72 123 0505

info@mogalakwena.com

www.mogalakwena.com

Many thanks to Mogalakwena for sponsoring the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Wendy

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AGENDA: Greater Mapungubwe Network

  1. Welcome and thank you
  2. Apologies
  3. Introductions
  4. Minutes of last meeting
  5. Matters arising
  6. Presentations (each presentation will take about 20 minutes)
Presenter Representing Item
Sam Dagada SANParks – Mapungubwe National Park Feedback from Parks Forum meeting
Wendy Collinson Feedback from Environmental Management Framework meeting
Wilhelm Coetsee Botanica Natural Products. Social entrepreneurship:How a focus on the triple bottom line helps companies do well by doing good.
Coba Rohm IgniteProfessional Coach and Hospitality Specialist Protest art by the barefoot child from SkukuzaA definition of Coaching – short PowerPoint presentation
Ludi Kern University of Pretoria Distribution, ecology, impacts and management of Cryptostegia grandiflora and Cryptostegia madagascarensis (rubber vine) in southern Africa
BREAK Short walk to see rubber vine plant and survey plot
Wendy Collinson The Endangered Wildlife Trust Road Ecology in South Africa
Judy van Schalkwyk WESSA Eco Schools Eco-schools program in Blouberg communities
Oldrich van Schalkwyk Lajuma Research co-ordinator Significance of temporal and spatial partitioning of an apex predator, Panthera pardus, in a complex mountain environment.

Thank you to Mogalakwena River Lodge for hosting the event.

Directions to Mogalakwena:

Directions from Mapungubwe, Polokwane, Vivo and Dendron

Drive through Alldays towards Swartwater R572.

Ten kilometers outside Alldays turn left at the first sign indicating Mogalakwena Craft Art Village and Tolwe onto the gravel road.

Approximately 25km further, you will see a sign, indicating Mogalakwena River Lodge, where you turn right to the lodge gate entrance (if you reach the bridge you have driven past the entrance!).

For the River Lodge:

Once you have entered through the entrance gate carry on and turn left at the Mogalakwena River Lodge sign.

Keep to your right and follow the road down to the river and the River Lodge.

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2nd May 2014 

Nemai Consulting has put together an Environmental Management Framework  for the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. This is Jean Beater’s introduction;

“As you may know, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LDEDET) and South African National Parks (SANParks), embarked on a process to develop an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site (MCLWHS). Nemai Consulting was appointed to prepare the MCLWHS EMF.

The draft Status Quo report is now available for public comment. The Status Quo assessment served to understand the current state of the environment and to identify the issues, opportunities and constraints in Mapungubwe. The outcomes of the status quo will provide the foundation upon which the remainder of the EMF deliverables will be built. The public review period of from 30 April 2014 – 10 June 2014. Attached please find a copy of the Executive Summary of the report; formal notification of the public review of the report as well as a comment sheet. These are links to the documents mentioned;

Notification of Public Review_Draft Status Quo Report_MCLWHS,  Exec summary,  Comment Sheet_Mapungubwe

Here is a link to Nemai’s report; http://www.nemai.co.za/documents_MCLWHS.html

All comments and queries can be addressed to either Jean Beater (see details below) or Donavan Henning (donavanh@nemai.co.za) by 10 June 2014. ”

Regards,

  • Jean Beater
  • Nemai Consulting
  • Tel: 031 266 3884
  • Fax: 031 266 5287
  • Cell: 084 4041118
  • Email: jeanb@nemai.co.za
  • Physical Address: Offices 4 & 5, Business Partners Building, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville, 3630
  • Postal Address: P.O. Box 1673, Sunninghill, 2157

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The latest from Wendy;

Hi there,

Please find attached the minutes of the recent Greater Mapungubwe Network meeting held on 18th March 2014. Thanks to Elize Fourie for compiling them. (Click here; Meeting Minutes 20140318

If there are any errors, then please notify me and I will correct them for the next meeting.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the presenters who presented at the meeting – there was a vast range of topics and it was a fantastic afternoon. Thank you also to Moyo Safaris Lodge and Spa and Lajuma Research Centre for hosting us, as well as providing a fantastic post-network braai. (Here are links to some of the presentations; Network lions, GMTFCA-Intro, the others are too large to attach here, but let me know if you want to see them, and I’ll send them on by e.mail – Ed.)

The date for the next network meeting is Wednesday 16 July here at Mogalakwena River Lodge. Please diarise the event, as it is a beautiful venue and we hope to have a fantastic line-up of presenters again.

I’d like to thank in advance the staff from Mogalakwena Research Centre (MRC) and Lajuma Research Centre (LRC) for volunteering to assist with the organisation of future network meetings and newsletters. We have become ‘victims’ of our own success, and as the group has expanding with more members joining and wishing to contribute, it is now becoming a large task to co-ordinate. You’ll see from the minutes, that we have made the decision to reduce the number of meetings from four to three per year (with the same decision for the newsletters – which are still kindly sponsored by De Beers Group of Companies, Venetia Mine).

The next meeting will be organised by MRC, with the final meeting of 2014 being organised by LRC.

If you would like to present at the next meeting or have an item to be included in the next newsletter, then please email me the information and I will forward it to the relevant parties at Mogalakwena.

Thanks for making the network such a success – we look forward to your continued support. And those who have not yet managed to attend the network yet …. We hope to see you soon.

GMN Meeting: Tuesday 18th March :

A very well-attended meeting took place at Moya. It really is heartening to see so many young folks, (from and old man’s perspective), taking an interest in and being so involved in conservation, extension and wildlife studies. A pity, though, I thought, that more of the scads of game farmers who live and operate in this area don’t attend these meetings. Perhaps they glean all the information and insight on subjects which affect their operations from other fora? Or perhaps they are so “Old School” and dyed in their ways that they think that they can’t be taught anything by these book-learned young whippersnappers? It should be said that I come away from every meeting having learned something new.  The whole networking concept illustrates itself so well in the GMN, in that learned people who have something to offer to anyone who takes the time to listen, can be approached to discuss myriad subjects to do with developing this lovely area of South Africa.

On this occasion, as previously, a number of presentations were to be made, as per the list appended to the agenda, which had a few small adjustments.

Presenter Representing Item
Patience Gandiwa Update on the GMTFCA International Coordinator – GMTFCA
Ian Gaiger Lajuma Research Centre Limpopo Valley Conservancy
     
Don Green Dogs Conservation Lion Project in the TFCA
Elize Fourie Mogalakwena Giraffe Project Mogalakwena Research Centre
Patience Gandiwa Understanding and managing human-wildlife conflicts: A case study of the Maramani Communal Area. School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation-Chinhoyi University
Sam Williams Durham University Primate and Predator Project, Lajuma Research Centre, Leopard populations in the Soutpansberg Mountains
     
Andrew Rae Mopane Bush Lodge Rock Art Tourism

Click here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIVGfy6qcqs&feature=youtu.be for a message from the greater Mapungubwe Network

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