Clive Walkerʼs new book is now available from WNC member The Black Mamba in Vaalwater.

As soon as we receive a copy we will be writing a review, but already the word is out that this book is a must have for anyone interested in the area and indeed anyone interested in Africa. Leading book fundi, broadcaster Jenny Crws Williams has already issued a rave! The Black Mamba will be hosting a signing session with Clive (date to be advised) and on that day will give WNC members a discount.

Read a review by Vincent Carruther, author of "The Magaliesberg"

Problem Plant Control Compendium (2012)

Compiled by Kathy van Zyl. Published by AVCASA (Veterinary and Crop Association of SA), Midrand (011 805 2000).
Obtainable from Croplife: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .166 pages, R120 (inclusive of CD, postage & VAT).

Although billed as the first edition of a new publication, this book is in fact an updated, enhanced version of an earlier book by the same author, entitled "Control of Unwanted Plants", published by XACT in 2005. It is unique among published, readily available literature in that it provides a comprehensive listing of all herbicides currently registered for use against over 130 species of indigenous and alien trees, shrubs, water plants and grasses that can be invasive or problematic.

Where did all the flower-eaters go, long time passing?

The records of Waterberg residents from a hundred years ago, together with reminiscences of survivors from the years prior to World War 2 are consistent in their evidence that in those days, the plateau was all but denuded of wild animals of almost any size.

by Nicolette van Brakel

Few animals face as violent, as well organised, and as determined an enemy as the world’s rhinos. Across the continent, rhinos are being slaughtered on a daily basis and approximately 5,000 black rhinos and 21,000 white rhinos are all that prevent Africa’s rhinos from extinction.

Stephanie Rohrbach (2013): Healing Rhinos and other souls: The Extraordinary Fortunes of a Bushveld Vet. Privately published. www.peppertreechronicles.com. 

There is a surprisingly large bibliography of the Waterberg region, much of it written in the last decade, as the area began to attract the interest of lifestyle investors and wilderness tourism adherents.