General Meetings. Our four (sometimes five) general meetings each year provide the opportunity for members and guests to hear about a variety of relevant and current issues from expert speakers. In the recent past, these featured presentations have included:
- Sibusiso Vilane sharing his exceptional life story, including his walk to the South Pole;
- Dr. Peter Oberem: Parasites: a Game Rancher’s Perspective;
- Claire Janisch: Bio-mimicry;
- Lee Gutteridge about his book The South African Bushveld, A Field Guide from the Waterberg;
- Andrew Parker: reported on his participation in conservation development in the National Parks of the Republic of Congo;
- Paul Oberholster, CSIR Researcher, Limnologist on the subject of Water Quality in the Waterberg;
- Dr. Benjamin Smith (Director, Rock Art Research Institute at Wits): Rock Art in the Waterberg;
- Dr. Philip Calcott: Solar Power - the Solution to our Energy Crisis?;
- Phetole Manyama – A Control Strategy for Pompom Weed;
- Avory Shlain and Justin Bass: The Bateleurs;
- Maylene Broderick, Head of Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment, and Tourism;
- Clive Walker – The Limpopo River: From Source to Sea;
- Lyn Wadley – Uses of medicinal plants in South Africa 77,000 years ago;
- Ben-Erik van Wyk – Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants;
- Arnoud le Roux: Operation Oxpecker, the Oxpeckers Disappearance and Reappearance in the Waterberg.
In addition, each meeting includes discussions of issues of interest and importance to the Waterberg, such as
- Ground hornbill conservation
- Elephant herd size management
- Fish in Limpopo Province, particularly the Mokolo and Phalala Rivers
- Welgevonden research projects
- Police reports for the Waterberg stations
- Modimolle Fire Protection Association
- Community Police Forum
- Blue Cranes
- BirdLife SA
- Land Claims
- Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and the Waterberg Meander
- Rhino Poaching
And, of course, the meetings provide the opportunity for members to enjoy some social time and good food and drink.
Newsletters. Our Newsletters are issued four times (sometimes five times) a year and are distributed beyond our membership to about 150 other individuals and institutions that are interested in the Waterberg. Articles range from personal tales of Waterberg life to book reviews to meteorological explanations to event announcements and much more. Subscribe from the homepage.
Information Dissemination. We occasionally share relevant and interesting documents with our members through a simple e-mail. In recent years, for example, this has included information about the Limpopo Air Quality Management Plan; announcements of meetings about Rhino Poaching.…
Bursary Programme. The WNC welcomes applications from Waterberg secondary school students studying or intending to study at tertiary or university institutions for diplomas or degrees in subjects that lead to careers in nature conservation and environmental protection. Example subjects include Nature Conservation; Field Guiding; Water Care; Hospitality and Tourism.
Charitable Organisation Programme. The WNC welcomes applications from Waterberg organizations seeking funding or other support for worthy projects that contribute to the improvement to the lives of the various communities of the Waterberg, especially those that have limited access to other funding sources.
Support to a Conservation Project. The WNC welcomes applications from Waterberg organizations seeking funding or other support for worthy projects that contribute to nature conservation in the Waterberg, especially those that have limited access to other funding sources.
Pompom Weed Eradication. The invasive Pompom Weed seriously threatens the grasslands in the Waterberg. The Conservancy provides information and contacts for members to seek help in the weed’s eradication. In addition, the Conservancy joined the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in organizing and sponsoring a day (30 January 2012) of awareness and action. A similar day, expanded in scope, is planned for January 2013.
Attention to Proposed Developments. The Conservancy pays close attention to a variety of development proposals in the Waterberg. Whether small or large residential estates, mining prospecting, or any other proposals that would significantly change the nature and character of the Waterberg, the Conservancy participates in process as an Interested and Affected Party.