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 "Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is gambling with the future of one of the world's most unique ecosystems as it pushes ahead with drilling for groundwater from the Table Mountain Group (TMG) Aquifer, ecologists are warning"

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Dear All
This serves to notify you that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be hosting the Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) compliance awareness workshop. You are cordially invited to attend and participate in the workshop which is scheduled as follows:

Date: 07th of March 2018
Venue: Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay, Western Cape
Time: 8h00 – 14h00

The entire letter is available as a PDF here.

What is a wetland?

Diagram of a wetland and its many features

Please find attached, two PDFs from Cape Nature:

  1. Wetlands Page 1
  2. Wetlands Page2


thumbnailSo often when I ask people whether they have seen a specific bright star, I get the answer oh no, I am not a morning person or oh no, that is long past my bedtime. Well I am afraid you have no excuse now. Jupiter is shining bright towards the north after sunset with Mars, the Moon and then Saturn following from the east. I would say three planets and the Moon before bedtime is very good going. Even though Jupiter sets just around midnight, Saturn, Mars and the Moon are putting on a splendid display to entertain night owls throughout the night until the early hours of the morning when dazzling Venus comes gliding in from the east to herald the day. For the next week or so even Mercury will be visible low on the eastern horison at dawn.

(Originally published in the Buzz of July 2010. -Ed.)

One suspects that the correlation between a quality environment and a sense of contentment explains why city dwellers from as far as London, Berlin, and Johannesburg, choose this particular strip of coastline as their terra firma to hibernate in winter and make hay in summer. Betty’s Bay, with many natural and cultural secrets apart from the ecologically unique and complex system, offers a very diverse and undiscovered treasure chest consisting of mountains, lakes, beaches, fauna, flora and a river in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa.

The natural attributes of 1880 identified plant species (highest density in the world) called Fynbos, two hundred bird species, numerous animal life including our “intelligent” ancestor the Chacma baboon, predators such as the leopard, various buck, snakes, small mammals and insects contributes to this attraction. Not to mention five pristine beaches, three black water lakes called Rondevlei, Grootwitvlei and Malkopsvlei and a mountain range called the Kogelberg, with the highest peak Sanctuary Peak at 1 052 meters above sea level, at least 52 meters higher than Table Mountain, with numerous hiking trails in and around the Kogelberg Nature Reserve.