Over the years, I have had the privilege of visiting many game farms and developing more than 10 communal nature reserves. Therefore, in my experience, the most important structure on a game farm is the perimeter fence. At R9,2 million per buffalo or R900 000 for a sable cow no one would like to share their game with their neighbours. One good sign of a farmer’s commitment to his livelihood is indeed the condition of his fences.
On 13 March 2013, representatives from the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) held a workshop in Vaalwater to identify key factors in the development of a co-ordinated natural agricultural resource management strategy for the Modimolle Local Municipality. This local authority area had been selected as a pilot study on account of its land use diversity. The intentionis to use the results of the study as a basis fromwhich to develop guidelines for natural resource management nationally.
A South African butterfly species that lepidopterists feared had gone extinct more than a decade ago has been rediscovered after a search on Google Earth revealed a habitat much like the insect’s former home. That tip refocused a stalled search for the lost species that had not been seen since the mid-1990s.