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Constantia Kloof Conservancy Newsletter February 2017

Dear CKC member
As we approach the 10th anniversary celebration of the Conservancy we look back on our achievements as an urban conservancy and forward to the challenges that lie ahead. We are indeed, at this stage, still a small but growing group of people intent on preserving the beautiful area that we are so fortunate to live in and the above quotation from Professor Margaret Mead, a renowned American Cultural Anthropologist (1901 – 1978) should encourage us to keep working towards preserving the kloof.

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Please note our 10th AGM will take place on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at the Wilderness Hotel at 18H00 in Palm 1.
Our guest speaker for the AGM is Professor Laurence Watson from the NMMU George Campus. His talk will deal with animal behavior with specific reference to Wilderness.

As this 10th anniversary is a milestone in the history of the CKC we urge all members to make a special effort to attend. We are needing new committee members so if you are willing to give some of your time to serving on the CKC committee we would appreciate it. Nomination forms were sent out with the AGM Agenda.

CKC Commemorative Booklet
After months of hard work our commemorative booklet is finally at the printer and we will be launching it at the AGM. We are very excited about the way it has turned out and trust that our members will appreciate and enjoy using it. Each member will receive a free copy and additional copies may be bought at a cost of R60 for members and R75 for non-members.

Please confirm as soon as possible if you are able to join us on the 21st as we need to know in advance for catering purposes.

Road Repaired
Ian van Rooyen a resident in the CKC was instrumental in repairing a hole in Constantia Drive and a letter of thanks on behalf of the CKC has been sent to him.

Erf 260
The CKC WRRA, WALEAF, St Aidens church and individual members of the congregation all objected to an application to rezone Erf 260 on the corner of Constantia Drive and Waterside Road to enable the owner to convert the existing single residence into 5 flats. Council turned this application down, but the owner lodged an appeal against this decision. The CKC and other parties submitted further comment in response to the appeal and Council has now endorsed their original ruling to reject the application.

Blue Duiker (Blouduiker) Philantomba monticola

The above Blue Duiker (Blouduiker) Philantomba monticola, was recently photographed at Ebb and Flow by Jan Heyneke. You will not find this smallest of all the antelopes in the conservancy as its natural habitat is forest thicket or dense coastal bush. They will occur singly or temporarily in pairs and are difficult to observe as they keep well within their dense habitat. They are browsers feeding on the fine shoots, leaves and fruits of low-growing underbrush. We are indeed fortunate to live so close to nature and to be able to enjoy such sightings.

Damaged Keurboom
Damaged KeurboomWe were just commenting on how well the trees we had planted in the upper conservancy garden were doing and that they would soon hide the building behind from view. The Keurboom had been trimmed a little while ago and no branches were impeding entrance to the building. However a couple of weeks ago we noticed men working in that area and the following day saw that the Keurboom had been damaged. Branches had been ripped off(see photo). Unfortunately we cannot be sure who was clearing on that plot and trust that the Keurboom will survive.

Yours in conservation

CKC Committee

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