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01   MAKING2010COUNT
02 POACHERSCAUGHTATGREATFISH
03   WILDCOASTTALE
04   ULTRAMARATHON
     THROUGHECPRESERVES
09   LOCALISLEKKER

     REGULARS
01 BECAUSE EARTH MATTERS
     Making 2010 a year to remember


02 CEO’s MESSAGE
     Nokulunga Maswana’s Autumn message


03 CONSERVATION HIGHLIGHT
     Game Count at Great Fish River


06 THE WILDCOAST PROJECT
     Silaka to become prime tourism spot


08 FOCUS ON NATURE RESERVES
     Hluleka Nature Reserve


11 YOUR VIEWS
     Back page survey on Earth Matters




                                                     autumn
                                            WE PROMISE THE EARTH
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                                                                                           this year, s million foreigners               game. An
                                                                                                       o                     w                                                                                           motivational message this autumn             areas of South Africa, ECP is making a
                                                                                          follow the to leave a lasting g ill visit South Africa
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                                                                                                                 nes to exc ood impression,                                                                              as she encourages you to make                huge effort to prohibit poaching in the
                                                                                                                           ellent serv                                                                                   2010 a year for our nation, province         protected areas. Headway was recently
                                                                                                                                       ice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and organisation to remember.                made when two poachers were caught
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      red handed at Great Fish River. Unaware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that both the Anti Poaching Unit and the
                      At the start of what promises to be a busy and prosperous                                                                                                                                                                                       census team were patrolling and working
                                                                                                                                                                                     At the dawn of 2010, my hope is that you are ready to show the world that
                      year, I’d like to welcome you all back. I hope that your                                                                                                                                                                                        in the Great Fish Nature Reserve area
                                                                                                                                                                                     our country is a world class travel destination. South Africa is a nation of
                                                                                            In our ongoing efforts to become a competitive                                                                                                                            that day, they were caught red handed
                      break has left you rested and that you feel ready to take                                                                                                      tremendous cultural diversity and breathtaking scenery that offers transport,
                                                                                            force in the eco-tourism industry, ECP places                                                                                                                             trying to poach game. A zero tolerance
                      on the challenges of 2010 with enthusiasm and energy.                                                                                                          accommodation and infrastructure of a world class standard. We should
                                                                                            much emphasis on excellence in the areas                                                                                                                                  policy has been implemented by ECP
                      ECP’s 2010 calendar is a busy one, and I would like to                                                                                                         all take pride in the fact that we will be able to share our beautiful country
                                                                                            of service provision and customer care. With                                                                                                                              and conservation authorities are dedicated
                      encourage everybody to feed off the overwhelming spirit                                                                                                        and province with an expected 3 million international visitors.                  to cracking down hard on poachers.
                                                                                            2010 on our doorsteps, it is imperative that
                      of excitement that the FIFA World Cup has brought about.
                                                                                            we concentrate on delivering service that is
                                                                                            of a world class standard. Please follow these                                           Along with the rest of the country, ECP has been forging ahead with                   congratuLations to the
                      There is lots to be excited about this year. The much                 guidelines carefully to ensure we make an                                                its preparations to ensure that our facilities are ready to host the foreign
                      anticipated opening of Hluleka promises to showcase                                                                                                                                                                                               anti-poaching unit - ecp is
                                                                                            excellent impression.                                                                    market. The building of the spectacular Hluleka chalets with their high end
                      ECP’s beautiful new chalets. The spectacular surroundings                                                                                                      finishes and magnificent views is one way in which ECP hopes to attract              proud to have dedicated
                      at Hluleka are matched equally by the high end finishes                                                                                                        the support of both the national and international market this year. With
                                                                                            Provide efficient, friendly service. Whether you are behind                                                                                                                  team members uphoLding
                      and modern touches in the chalets. The influx of foreign                                                                                                       a stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay in our very own province, we have been
                                                                                            a phone at the reservations unit or maintaining the
                      visitors to our country will certainly create massive opportunity                                                                                                                                                                                an ethos of conservation.
                                                                                            accommodation at one of the nature reserves, give                                        afforded golden opportunities to really win the hearts of the FIFA supporters.
                      for us to really shine brightly as a competitive force in the                                                                                                  With eco-tourism attractions like the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site,
                                                                                            professional, memorable service. Start by knowing the
                      eco-tourism industry.                                                                                                                                          nature reserves with prolific wildlife and a coastline alive with an abundance
                                                                                            product. Thorough knowledge of the product will empower                                                                                                                   The Anti Poaching Unit spotted the two
                                                                                            you to help customers efficiently. Being familiar with                                   of marine life, our task is made all that much easier. Whilst the rich natural   poachers and immediately called for
                      A number of exciting things happened towards the end                                                                                                           heritage of our area is a large enough attraction to these crowds, my            backup from the census team helicopter.
                                                                                            the product does not pertain only to those working in
                      of last year which have been included in the Autumn                                                                                                            hope is that our excellent service provision and comfortable, affordable         The helicopter pursued the poachers, who
                                                                                            the reservations unit - each member of the ECP team
                      newsletter. On the conservation front, ECP has been                                                                                                            accommodation becomes the real draw card.                                        got the surprise of their lives when they
                                                                                            is an ambassador for the organisation’s products and
                      extremely active. Poachers were caught in Great Fish                                                                                                                                                                                            saw a helicopter hovering above them.
                                                                                            should be familiar with what is on offer. Make sure you
                      Nature Reserve by the dedicated Anti-Poaching Unit                                                                                                                                                                                              The census team captured the poachers’
                                                                                            are friendly and professional when dealing with clients                                   Let us aLL remember that, in both a
                      and an aerial game census showed a decline in the                                                                                                                                                                                               every move on camera as they attempted
                                                                                            - even if it is as little as a friendly greeting in the reception
                      number of alien species in three of our nature reserves.                                                                                                        personaL and professionaL capacity, we                                          to escape and hide in the bushes.
                                                                                            area. If you are unable to help a client, go out of your
                      Earth Matters brings you an interesting article on the                way to find someone who can assist them. Make the                                         are the ambassadors for south africa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The helicopter chased the two poachers
                      endangered Natal tree frog and we also feature an                     extra effort to ensure that the needs of all clients are                                  this year. with the worLd’s eyes on our                                         towards the chasing Anti Poaching Unit
                      interesting wedding experience enjoyed by one of our                  met, so that they pass on reviews of ECP’s memorable                                                                                                                      members, who were waiting ready to
                      clients at Mkambati Nature Reserve. Get motivated for                                                                                                           nation Later this year, we, Like bafana
                                                                                            and efficient service.                                                                                                                                                    make an arrest. The poachers were then
                      2010 with the CEO’s Autumn message and read up on                                                                                                               bafana, reaLLy need to be at the top of                                         arrested by Leader of the Anti Poaching
                      the latest Wild Coast Project undertaking.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unit, Khawulezile Gube. The poachers
                                                                                            Be an enthusiastic representative of your country and                                     our game.
                                                                                            ECP, the outstanding work that it does and the incredible                                                                                                                 were charged and the case is in court.
                      Let us make 2010 a year to remember. Encourage your                                                                                                                                                                                             Well done to the team for their tenacity!
                                                                                            natural heritage that it guards. Word of mouth marketing
                      family and friends to visit our nature reserves this season.          is a good way to create awareness about an organisation
                      They are truly a national asset, and it would be nice for                                                                                                      On a professional level, go out of your way to achieve your work goals. From
                                                                                            or a product. Be proud of the beautiful nature reserves
                      each member of the ECP team to experience them                                                                                                                 the conservation of the natural assets that make our country so incredible,
                                                                                            that ECP conserves so successfully. Spread the word
                      before we share our natural heritage with the influx of                                                                                                        to answering the phone and taking a reservation, be at the top of your game.
                                                                                            about the comfortable, affordable accommodation ECP
                      FIFA spectators later this year. Welcome to the newest                                                                                                         Make sure that every task you undertake is done to the best of your ability
                                                                                            offers. Learn something about the incredible natural
                      members of the ECP family - we are excited to have you                                                                                                         and that everything you do upholds the ethos of good service excellence.
                                                                                            heritage of our region so that you are able to spread
                      as part of our team.                                                                                                                                           There are a number of challenges ahead this year and I hope the whole
                                                                                            positive and well informed information about the natural
                                                                                            wonders of the Eastern Cape.                                                             ECP team is onboard to tackle these head on. Let us aim to achieve an
                                                                                                                                                                                     unqualified audit for the 2009/2010 financial year and aspire to make 2010
                                                                                            Be an exceptional ambassador for your country. The                                       a spectacular year.
                      LAVINIA SUBBOO MARKETING MANAGER                                      privilege that has been granted to South Africa to host
                                                                                            the Fifa Soccer World Cup this year is an enormous                                       I welcome new members of the ECP team - you now form part of a driven
                                                                                            one. We should all be very proud that our country was                                    team of individuals who look forward to making 2010 a successful year.
                                                                                            selected from four other strong host candidates. Be a                                    Good luck team - lets make this a year to remember.
                                                                                            confident, proud and friendly ambassador for South
                                                                                            Africa. There is so much to have pride in - from our rich
                                                                                            natural assets to our cultural diversity. South Africa may                               NOKULUNGA MASWANA CEO OF EASTERN CAPE PARKS
                                                    +27 (0) 86 613 7856
                                                                                            be judged on the standards of its infrastructure and
                                                                                            transport systems, but it will always be remembered for
                                                                                            our unique spirit of Ubuntu, energy and positivity.
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WildCoasttale:
                                                                                                                                                                            Wild Coast horsetrail - Kei Mouth

                                                                                                                                                                            If you haven’t already experienced the anicent
                                                                                                                                                                            magic Wild Coast, you should start with this exciting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ultramarathon
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                                                                                                                                                                            activity. Starting at Kei Mouth this 7 night 6 day trail
                                                                                                                                                                            explores the beautiful Transkei landscape. From
                                                                                                                                                                            cantering along deserted beaches, visiting sleepy                                  throughECPreserves
                                                                                                                                                                            coastal villages for pub lunches to taking your horse
                                                                                                                                                                            for a cooling swim in the sea or lagoon, you will                                  Eastern Cape Parks was thrilled that
                                                                                                                                                                            experience a rainbow of people and a community                                     three of its nature reserves featured in
With the exception perhaps of the leopard, big and hairy is not beautiful. Awesome,
                                                                                                                                                                            working together towards tourism. Immerse yourself                                 the gruelling Wild Coast Ultra Marathon
yes, frightening yes (especially when viewed from below!), but beautiful – naah. To
                                                                                                                                                                            in the authentic Xhosa culture when stopping over in                               which took place in February this year.
discover the real gems you need to wander along different paths, when it is quiet
                                                                                                                                                                            a local tribal village.                                                            The beaches of Silaka, Hluleka and
and the masses are either still comatose or preparing for the feast. For during the
day the little children of the forest lie sheltered within the dark recesses of the giant                                                                                                                                                                      Dwesa nature reserves were run along
yellowwoods, cloaked within the mantels of the spirits of the forest.
                                                                                                                                                                            Voice of the Earth Eco Shrine - hogsback                                           in one of the country’s most challenging,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               yet spectacular, ultra marathons. The
                                                                                                                                                                            Take a day trip up to Hogsback to experience                                       marathon attracts trail and road runners
If you are to find them, you will need to be on high alert, senses tingling and tuned
                                                                                                                                                                            something different at the Earth Eco Shrine. Set on                                who are keen to experience South Africa’s

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to the slightest indication of a tiny movement or slightly unusual shape or colour.
                                                                                                                                                                            the edge of an ancient rain forest overlooking the                                 spectacular, rugged coastline and the
Of course you can always walk around the bungalow at nine o clock at night and
                                                                                                                                                                            Tyume gorge and the Hogsback mountains the                                         abundant wildlife at the nature reserves
watch them jumping around on the bungalow walls trying to catch the moths that
                                                                                                                                                                            shrine consists of large upright structures which                                  they pass through.


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have been attracted to the light.
                                                                                                                                                                            hold paintings on the South side and on the North,
                                                                                                                                                                            mosaics. In the centre is a fish pond with a fountain.                             This year’s 270km, six day challenge
One of these gems is the Natal Tree Frog. This beautiful little creature with its exquisite
                                                                                                                                                                            The shrine celebrates the evolutionary bond that                                   along our tough coast line was the
patterns and large golden eyes can be found from Silaka north to the Natal low-
                                                                                                                                                                            connects us to the Earth and to all living creatures.                              fourth of its kind to take place to date.
lands, especially when the weather is misty or drizzling or it has rained recently.
More often than not they make their presence known by their calls – a distinct buzz           This year’s aerial game census has been completed and has again                                                                                                  Running distances of up to 55km a day,
(like the high pitched drone of an acrobatic aircraft), followed by a short “quack”.          proved to be a worthwhile investment. Great Fish River, Mpofu and             Fire Dancing Sessions - Nahoon Beach                                               the race is quite an undertaking. The
Normally found in the forest canopy, they do descend to the ground to breed in                Thomas Baines Nature Reserves were counted during July and August,            East London                                                                        unrelenting landscape forced the runners
muddy pools, and their tadpoles are able to survive out of water for quite a long             by a team of Ecologists and Reserve Managers. It is encouraging to see                                                                                           to negotiate vast stretches of soft
                                                                                              from the results that generally the number of alien species has declined in   Enjoy a relaxed evening on the sand dunes near                                     sand, swamps, 27 rivers, steep hills
time as long as the ground remains damp. They have large “suckers” at the end of
                                                                                              the past 3 years, an indication that our alien species control programme      Footprints Cafe at Nahoon Reef, with skilled fire                                  and coastal forest. The final 18kms
each toe which enables them to cling to leaves and smooth surfaces. Tree frogs
                                                                                              is having an impact. Populations of the majority of indigenous species        dancers, drummers and belly dancers. The event is                                  of the marathon, as always, was run
are not wet and slimy. They are sensitive and vulnerable, and, like real gems, they
                                                                                              have also increased since the last count in 2006. A comprehensive             unstructured and relaxed with many demonstrations                                  in conjunction with the massively
need protection and care.
                                                                                              report on this year’s census, including species distribution maps, has        and artists performing, including Kapwera dancers                                  popular “Discovery Surfers Challenge”
                                                                                              been prepared and distributed to all Reserve Mangers.                         (a Brazillian dance), break dancing and any other                                  finishing with thousands of fellow
                                                                                                                                                                            artists willing to perform. Open to all ages, this is                              runners on Nahoon Beach. This year’s
                                                                                                                                                                            a wonderful way to get your family together and                                    Ultra Marathon was a challenging
                                                                                              it is encouraging to see that generaLLy                                       unwind, with some great entertainment.                                             and exciting event and continues to
                                                                                              the number of aLien species has decLined                                                                                                                         grow in popularity. Eastern Cape Parks
                                                                                                                                                                            The Wild Coast hiking trail                                                        is proud to share its nature reserves
                                                                                              in the past 3 years, an indication that                                                                                                                          with such tough competitors.
                                                                                                                                                                            The Wild Coast hiking trail is possibly the most
                                                                                              our aLien species controL programme is
                                                                                                                                                                            beautiful trail on offer. The trail runs adjacent to the                           Runners started the race at Silaka and
                                                                                              having an impact.                                                             shoreline for 280km between the Mtamvuna River                                     were faced with the challenging and
                                                                                                                                                                            near Port Edward to the Great Kei River. This gorgeous                             wild hills of Brazen and Rame Head,
                                                                                              In addition to the standard population estimates we acquired, this year’s     hike takes you through five of the ECP’s coastal                                   Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall and
                                                                                              census provided some additional value: we were fortunate to record            reserves, Mkambati, Silaka, Hluleka, Dwesa and                                     then the soft sand beaches of Cape
                                                                                              some rarely seen species (aardvark, porcupine, aardwolf, bat-eared            Double Mouth. Un-spoilt sandy beaches, sensational                                 Henderson. Following the coast down
                                                                                              fox and honey badger), we photographed all black rhino seen, making           rock formations in the sea, mangrove swamps,                                       to Yellowsands, the runners then
                                                                                              an important contribution to the GFRNR Black Rhino Monitoring                 birdlife, game and unrivaled scenery can all be                                    moved onto the final sprint to the finish
                                                                                              Programme and, we assisted the anti-poaching unit in apprehending 2           expected on this hike. The accommodation is in                                     at Nahoon Beach in East London.
                                                                                              poachers. In 2010 Mkambati, Dwesa, Oviston, Tsolwana and Commando             Xhosa-style huts which can accommodate twelve
                                                                                              Drift will again be counted and in 2011 we will return to Baviaanskloof.      people. Each hut is equipped with water, bunks                                     Surrounded by rich biodiversity, the
                                                                                                                                                                            with mattresses and fireplaces. At the end of this                                 runners came across a variety of
                                                                                              Scientific Services wishes to thank all respective Reserve Managers,          25 day hike, local buses or taxis will transport you                               wildlife in the nature reserves including
                                                                                              Conservators, Clerks and Hospitality Staff for their assistance during the    back to your starting point.                                                       wildebeest, gazelle and zebra.
                                                                                              census. Truly a very successful team effort!

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     HIVawarenesstalkatECP                                                                              Importantnews
     keepseveryoneinformed                                                                            The United Nations has dec
                                                                                                      Year of Biodiversity (IYB).
                                                                                                                                   lared 2010 International
                                                                                                                                    ECP shares the UN’s
                                                                                                      philosophy of biodiversity bein
                                                                                                                                       g the primary focus
    In acknowledgement of World AIDS Day, ECP held a presentation in the boardroom                   every day of every year. This
                                                                                                                                   includes comprehensive
    on 1 December 2009. Attended by 38 ECP team members, the event was described                     research on the status of spe
                                                                                                                                     cies; action to protect
    by ECP’s Nomantande Platana, as highly successful.                                               threatened species; the man
                                                                                                                                  agement and restoration
                                                                                                     of natural areas, national park
                                                                                                                                     s and other protected
    Nomantande, an EAP officer, said that there was a lot of interest shown by the attendees         areas; and the promotion of
                                                                                                                                    the sustainable use of
    in getting tested for HIV. The focus of the presentation, given by Sister Mandisa                natural resources.
    Tyedi from the Department of Health, was on comprehensive disease management.
    The attendees were given beaded HIV ribbons, squeeze bottles and key rings. The                 ECP’s vision is to be a prem
                                                                                                                                   ier entity in managing
    catch phrase for the presentation was “act now, stop aids, know your status, show               biodiversity through mutually
                                                                                                                                  beneficial partnerships.
    leadership”. Tests for high blood pressure and diabetes were done at the presentation.          Biodiversity is the backbone
                                                                                                                                  of all life on Earth and
    World AIDS Day has been recognised since 1 December 2008 and aims to bring about                the core mandate of IUCN and
                                                                                                                                    ECP.
    AIDS and HIV awareness, increase education and fight prejudice.
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                                                                                                                                                                    SILaka naTurE rESErVE:
                                                                                                                                                                    SET To BEcoME a PrIME TourISM dESTInaTIon on THE WILd coaST
                                                                                                                                                                    Background
                                                                                                                                                                    Like the majority of nature reserves subjected to Land Claims and Settlement   discussions are community engagement in the planning and management
                                                                                                                                                                    Agreements, Silaka Nature Reserve has not escaped the challenges               of the reserve, drafting of a collaborative management agreement and the
                                                                                                                                                                    related to transformation. Settlement procedures generate a wide range         possible expansion of the current reserve boundaries. At 340 hectares,
                                                                                                                                                                    of emotions, fears and expectations and “co-management agreements”             Silaka is simply too small to contribute meaningfully to the conservation
                                                                                                                                                                    are viewed with much distrust and no little trepidation by communities         of the biodiversity in the area and in addition, it cannot sustain meaningful
                                                                                                                                                                    and management authorities alike. Community tensions may result in split       tourism development.
                                                                                                                                                                    groupings - it has taken more than two years from the signing of the
                                                                                                                                                                    Settlement Agreement for Caguba community members to reach a                   It is early days yet and a lot of intense discussion, planning and hard work
                                                                                                                                                                    tentative agreement that the Community Property Association (CPA) will         lies ahead. But anyone who has spent a night in the Silaka bungalows,
                                                                                                                                                                    represent them in any developments regarding the Silaka Nature Reserve.        woken up to the early morning scents and sounds of the forest and walked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   down the sandy path to the beach will have absolutely no doubt that this is
                                                                                                                                                                    The recognition of the CPA as the community representative forum for           as close to Eden as you may ever get.
                                                                                                                                                                    Silaka has opened the door for constructive engagement between the
                                                                                                                                                                    primary stakeholders, including the ECP. Key issues to be included in these


 BridalcoupletaketheplungeatMkambati
 If there was such a thing as ‘Extreme Wedding Pics’, Jody and Joni Engelbrecht    time, both emerging slightly chilled and out of breath, but no worse for wear.
 might just qualify. Jody and Joni Engelbrecht took the expression ‘taking the     The adventurous jump was Jody’s idea but his blonde bride did have some
 plunge’ quite literally on their recent wedding day. They pledged their wedding   forewarning. “That’s where we fell in love, and we got married on that rock,”
 vows at a place they call ‘The Pothole’ at Mkambati Nature Reserve in the         said Joni.
 Eastern Cape. It was the same place where, on the previous visit to the area,
 they had made a similar leap - and where Jody realised he had fallen in love.     mkambati and its faciLities provided a
                                                                                   beautifuL Location for the wedding,
 Following the official part of the wedding, they took a further plunge, jumping
 off a rocky outcrop into a deep pool of freezing cold water, still clothed in
                                                                                   rich in biodiversity and surrounded by
 their wedding attire! While some might think they are crazy, they had a great     unspoiLed nature.
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                                                                                                DID YO U KN OW

 SCENEAROUND                                                                                    Crow ned Cran es are prote cted by
                                                                                                Xhos a belie fs, for it is thou ght that a
                                                                                                pers on’s entir e famil y will die if one of
                                                                                                these beau tiful birds is killed .
                                                                                                                                                               HLULEKANATURERESERVE:
                                                                                                                                                               AHIDDENNATURALGEM

                                                                                     5THINGSTODOATHLULEKA
                                                                                                                                                                                   An idyllic retreat for the eco-tourist, Hluleka Nature Reserve lies along the
                                                                                                                                                                                   ancient magic Wild coast within the district of Ngqeleni. Comprising the old
                                                                                                                                                                                   Strachan grant farm and the magnificent coastal forest reserves, Congwane
                                                                                     hluleka Nature reserve lies along the ancient magic Wild                                      Mtombo and Ndabeni Hluleka, the Hluleka Nature Reserve is 772 ha in extent,
                                                                                     coast within the district of Ngqeleni. It is roughly an hours                                 including the coastal strip.
                                                                                     drive from Mthatha, in a private forest reserve along the
                                                                                     magnificent wild coast. hluleka offers a diversity of exciting                                With breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and lush indigenous forests,
 1                                        2                                          activities for the whole family.                                                              each of Hluleka’s high-end chalets offers a serene retreat from the hustle and
                                                                                                                                                                                   bustle of city life. A two minute walk from the chalets, the secluded cove and
                                                                                     Unwind on the private beach                                                                   unspoiled stretch of sandy beach offer guests privacy and freedom to truly
                                                                                                                                                                                   unwind. The Hluleka River fans out into a long lagoon providing a tranquil
                                                                                     The beaches of Hluleka are one of the biggest draw cards with the                             location for bird viewing and game sighting. The warm Indian Ocean and
                                                                                     secluded cove below the chalets being literally a two minute walk                             temperate climate of the coast make this the perfect year round holiday
                                                                                     away. The golden sands of this unspoilt beach and the warm                                    location. With all the conveniences of home, Hluleka’s seven recently rebuilt
                                                                                     waters of the Indian ocean are perfect for swimming and tanning                               chalets are fully equipped for a hassle free stay. Modern and stylish finishes, two
                                                                                     at your leisure. This beach is completely private and is for Hluleka                          luxurious en suite bathrooms and unmatched views from the deck make for an
                                                                                     Reserve visitors’ use only, so feel completely at ease in your                                unrivalled Wild Coast experience. The chalets have a carrying capacity of four -
 3                                        4                                          own little paradise.                                                                          ideal for an intimate family getaway. Clean linen, electricity, a hot shower and a
                                                                                                                                                                                   weber at each chalet all make for a more comfortable stay.
                                                                                     Enjoy game viewing

                                                                                     The lush vegetation and rolling hills of Hluleka are home to herds
                                                                                     of zebra as well as vervet monkeys. This is truly the ‘wild’ coast                            ecp’s weLL run campsites offer a serene
                                                                                     where you can be taking a leisurely stroll and suddenly catch a
                                                                                     glimpse of a buck in the brush or be enjoying sundowners on your
                                                                                                                                                                                   escape for those who need a break from
                                                                                     chalet deck and watch a troop of vervet monkeys at play in the                                the stress and chaos of city Life. for the
                                                                                     forests below you. Humpback whales can be viewed from May
                                                                                                                                                                                   more adventurous, the vast mountain
 5                                       6                                           until December in the warm waters off the coast and bottle nose
                                                                                     dolphins are a common sighting here too. Feel completely at one                               kingdom offers an unique and beautifuL
1 Dawid Windvoel receiving his Long Service Award.
                                                                                     with nature in this beautiful private reserve and be reminded of the
2 Lenoray Gower at the HIV Awareness talk in the ECP boardroom.                                                                                                                    wiLderness experience.
                                                                                     rich biodiversity this exquisite coastline has to offer.
3 The interns outside the office, following the Intern Award Farewell.
4 Chwayita Vuyo, Nokwenza (Vera) Maxhane and Nonela Skenjana at the HIV
                                                                                     Marvel at the prolific birdlife
Awareness talk.
5 Nocollege Buya and Nonela Skenjana at the Intern Awards Ceremony.                                                                                                                Whether quiet relaxation or activities in the sun are the holiday preference,
                                                                                     The chalets at Hluleka are surrounded by lush indigenous forests                              Hluleka has both on offer. A grassy picnic spot beneath indigenous trees leads
6 ECP staff supporting Football Friday.
                                                                                     which is home to an abundant array of birdlife. This is a paradise                            onto the beach and provides a shady retreat from the sun. Enjoy the playful
                                                                                     and you don’t even have to leave the comforts of the chalet

LongServiceAwardsceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                   chatter of Vervet monkeys beneath the trees or walk up the surrounding grassy
                                                                                     balcony to experience it. For the more adventurous, there are                                 hilltops where dolphin and whale viewing is prime. Hluleka is vegetated with a
                                                                                     many walks and paths through the forest along which many bird                                 diversity of ecosystems including grassland, thicket and coastal forest, while
                                                                                     species can be identified.

atThomasBainesNatureReserve
                                                                                                                                                                                   the coast consists mainly of rocky shore dotted with sandy beach. The beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                                   evergreen forests of Quinine, Coral and Natal Fig Trees are lush and alive with
                                                                                     Hike and walk                                                                                 bird and insect activity. Guests can enjoy the rich natural heritage of the area
                                                                                                                                                                                   by arranging educational tours with the Hluleka Office and self guided walks
A Long Service Awards ceremony was held at Thomas Baines Nature                      Hiking trails and footpaths can be found all over this beautiful,                             allow guests to explore the area at leisure. Hluleka is alive with exciting wildlife.
reserve on 27 January 2010. There were 124 recipients, 10 of whom were               diverse reserve. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along the                              A greeting at the entrance by a small herd of zebra, the playful presence of
awarded for 30 years service and 114 awarded for 20 years of service.                beaches and coves, combing for seashells, to a secluded forest                                cheeky monkeys and prolific bird life are all reminders of the rich biodiversity of
                                                                                     walk, or a hike along the rolling coastal hills of the reserve, Hluleka                       the nature reserve. Indigenous species like Blue Duiker and elusive Eland share
The aim of the prestigious ceremony, held annually, is to motivate staff to remain
                                                                                     offers it all. Explore the beauty of the reserve and fully appreciate                         the nature reserve with Vervet Monkeys, Rock Dassies and Bushbuck.
loyal to ECP as well as to acknowledge the continuing service and dedication of
                                                                                     your surroundings of this unspoilt reserve.
members of the ECP team. The ECP executives regard the awards ceremony as a
chance to say thank you to the ECP members who have been committed to fulfilling                                                                                                   The 4 km coastline along the Hluleka Nature Reserve forms the landward
                                                                                     Picnic under a canopy of indigenous trees                                                     boundary of the Hluleka Marine Protected Area. The area was declared an MPA
the organisation’s mandate through their ongoing hard work. The ceremony was
formally opened followed by a welcoming speech given by the Acting Executive                                                                                                       in an effort to conserve the biodiversity by providing a refuge for marine fauna
                                                                                     Quaint little picnic and braai spots have been ideally placed                                 and flora. Protected by legislation, the Hluleka MPA comprises the marine terrain,
director of Conservation, Mr Wayne Erlank. Mrs Lenoray Gower, the Head of Human
                                                                                     under the twisted and lush trees of the indigenous forest. This is                            overlying water and associated fauna, flora, historical and cultural features
Resources, introduced the ceremony and summed up the events of the day. A
                                                                                     the perfect setting for you and your family to relax in the shade and                         of the area. Hluleka’s diverse marine ecosystems form the rich habitat of
keynote address was made by Ms N. Maswana, CEO of ECP. The presentation of
                                                                                     de-stress in these beautiful surroundings. The beach is also just a                           a multitude of indigenous species. An eco-tourist’s paradise, Hluleka’s rocky
the award certificates followed. A wonderful luncheon was then set out for all the
                                                                                     stone’s throw away for you to take a quick dip in the waves while                             shore is interspersed with small sandy beaches, isolated coves and interesting
award recipients and honourary guests. A memorable occasion indeed!
                                                                                     the coals are waiting.                                                                        rocky outcrops. ECP looks forward to unveiling its new flagship nature reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                   - a hidden gem on the ancient magic Wild Coast.
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                                                                                   this autumn, make an extra effort to Live                                                                                                                                       take nothing but pictures.

                                                                                   in a more eco-friendLy way, and pLay your roLe                                                                                                                                  Leave nothing but footprints.

                                                                                   in conserving our pLanet.                                                                                                                                                       kiLL nothing but time.




                                              USINGTHE3R’STOLIVEGREEN                                                                                                    At home and work, each of us has the responsibility and ability to do as much as possible for the environment. By starting small in
                                                                                                                                                                         our own homes, each little bit we do counts towards saving our planet and environment. With just a little extra thought and planning,
                                                                                                                                                                         eco-friendly ways of living can be employed at the work place just as easily.
                                                                                                                                                                        •	 Get into action and instead of always driving to work, the shops or           •	 Bicarbonate of Soda - Washing soda cuts grease, cleans petroleum
                                              With the eyes of the world on South Africa during 2010, we all need to carry ECP’s ethos                                     school, arrange your schedule so that you can walk instead. All it               oil, removes wax or lipstick and neutralizes odors in the same way that
                                              of conservation through into our personal lives. The three components of environmentally                                     takes is a bit of organising to ensure you have enough time to get               baking soda does.
                                              responsible behaviour are sometimes referred to as the 3r’s. here are some tips and hints on                                 wherever you are going in time. This is not only emitting less carbon
                                              how to implement eco-friendly habits into your daily life.                                                                   monoxide into the air from your vehicle, but also giving the opportunity      •	   White vinegar and lemon - Both are acidic and they neutralize alkaline
                                                                                                                                                                           to get some exercise in our increasingly inactive lifestyles. The                  substances such as scale from hard water. Acids dissolve gummy
                                              reduce                                                                                                                       exercise will not only make you feel like you are doing your bit for               buildup, eat away tarnish, and remove dirt from wood surfaces.
                                                                                                                                                                           the environment, but also give you a chance to clear your head,
                                              Cut back on all the unneccessary rubbish you use in your daily living. This will simplify your life by cutting back on
                                                                                                                                                                           breathe some fresh air and revitalise yourself before a long hard day in      •	 Liquid soaps and detergents - These are necessary for cutting grease,
                                              goods which are not crucial to everyday living. Some good ideas are to take your own carrier bags to the shops
                                                                                                                                                                           the office, shops or school.                                                     and they are not the same thing. Soap is made from fats and lye.
                                              instead of using the disposable plastic bags provided. Try to avoid buying single packaged items - rather buy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Detergents are synthetic materials discovered and synthesized early in
                                              bulk and tranfer products to your own re-usable containers. Cut back on using so much paper, for example, use
                                                                                                                                                                        •	 If you’re not too keen on walking, why not try riding your bicycle to            this century. Unlike soap, detergents are designed specifically so that
                                              cloth napkins, tdo not print anything unless absolutely necessary, purchase recyclable toilet paper. Also reduce the
                                                                                                                                                                           your destination instead? This would probably be a better idea when              they don’t react with hard water minerals and cause soap scum.
                                              amount of electricity and water you use in a day by being more conscious of putting off lights and electrical goods
                                                                                                                                                                           you have a load of shopping or heavy school bags which would be
                                              at the plug when not in use, and being more vigilant about conserving water. Grow your own vegetables in an effort
                                                                                                                                                                           cumbersome to carry when walking. It might look a bit goofy, but attach       •	 There are many essential oils, such as lavender, clove, and tea tree oil
                                              to reduce your expenditure - organic vegetables are easy and inexpensive to grow.
                                                                                                                                                                           a carry rack to the front or back of your bicycle for easy carrying. This        (an excellent natural fungicide), that are very antiseptic, as is grapefruit
                                                                                                                                                                           will not only minimise your carbon footprint but also make you feel a            seed extract, even though they aren’t registered as such. Use one
                                              reuse                                                                                                                        whole lot better about yourself for being more physically active as well as      teaspoon of essential oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle (make
                                                                                                                                                                           environmentally active.                                                          sure to avoid eyes). A grapefruit seed extract spray can be made by
                                              Reusing stuff that you would otherwise treat as rubbish is a great way to cut down on your waste. Using sites like                                                                                            adding 20 drops of extract to a quart of water.
                                              e-bay to buy pre-owned goods instead of buying new is a good example. Around the house, reuse things like the             •	 Lift clubs and car pools are another way of doing your bit for the
                                              box your television came in, or use old newspapers and teabags as firelighters. Other great ways of re-using are to          environment. Get together with friends or colleagues who live near            •	   When not working or using a room, always turn the lights off to conserve
                                              buy durable products that will last instead of throw-away items. Teach your children the value of being thrifty by only      you and each one gets a turn to drive for that week, picking the others            energy. When using the airconditioning in the office, try putting it on
                                              buying when absolutely necessary, and the wise economy in the management of money and other resources. Buy                   up on the way to work and then dropping them off on the way back.                  first thing in the morning to cool the office down, then turn off. Or
                                              refurbished computers instead of new ones and use re-chargable batteries.                                                    Not only would this be saving the environment in your own small way,               rather not use the airconditioning at all by opening windows and
                                                                                                                                                                           but would also cut back on your fuel expenses for the month.                       getting a flow of air through the rooms instead. Fresh air has been
                                              recycle                                                                                                                      Carpooling, on the week you are a passenger, is a great way to avoid               proven to clear the mind and refresh a tired brain so that we can all
                                                                                                                                                                           the hustle and bustle of traffic every morning and allows you to start             work far more efficiently.
                                              Finally, if the other 2 R’s aren’t an option, you can recycle. This is as important as the others - today’s newspaper        your day less hectically.
                                              can become next week’s newspaper, or the wine bottle from dinner can become a champagne bottle next week. Set                                                                                              •	 To economise on paper, avoid printing documents that could just as
                                              up your home and kitchen so that recycling becomes a way of life instead of a chore by creating designated holding        •	 In the home, there are many ways of being more eco-friendly.                     easily be emailed, and print necessary papers on both sides.
                                              ‘bins’ for each type of recycled product and place in convenient locations in the home. We have the facilities and           Cleaning products on the market today are becoming more and more
                                              technologies in place to re-process many materials, such as paper, glass, cardboard, aluminium and others so do              eco-friendly, so when you’re shopping take an extra two minutes to            •	 Every time anyone boils water to make coffee, a huge amount of
                                              your bit to stop precious resources from being used up. Some good items to recycle include glass, paper products,            check that what you’re buying is non-toxic and bio-degradable.                   energy is used by the element in the kettle. To save on this, rather boil
                                              plastic grocery bags, plastic, aluminium, cardboard, tin cans, scrap metal, motor oil, ink cartridges, household                                                                                              a full kettle in the morning and keep the boiled water in an alliminium
                                              appliances such as refrigerators, computer equipment and other electronic devices, aseptic packaging,                     •	 Sprinkled on a damp sponge or cloth, baking soda can be used as a                flask for the rest of the day. If you are desperate for a piping hot cup
                                              styrofoam and tyres.                                                                                                         gentle non-abrasive cleanser for kitchen counter tops, sinks, bathtubs           of coffee, boil just the amount of water you need, instead of boiling a
                                                                                                                                                                           and ovens. It is a useful air freshener and a fine carpet deodoriser too.        a full kettle of water.




LOCALREALLYISLEKKER                                                                                                                                                        PLEASE                                                                  FACTSYOUSHOULDKNOW
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         T                     E                   •	One	recycled	tin	saves	enough	energy	to	power	a	PC	for	three	hours
Local is definitely lekker and the 3 million expected international visitors to    nomically, you can enjoy a magnificent holiday in your own province that will         hLuLek                                                                    •	One	recycled	glass	bottle	saves	enough	energy	to	power	a	60	Watt	light	bulb	
                                                                                                                                                                                a is ve          bookin
South Africa during the World Cup are certainly testament to this. In an ef-       ensure a light carbon footprint. Camp for the weekend - using candles and                            ry Lon           gs at                                       for three hours
                                                                                                                                                                         name d                 g - put
fort to reduce carbon emission and to minimise our carbon footprints, let us       sitting around a fire at night are both synonymous with true relaxation, and                 own n                   your                                       •	16%	of	the	money	we	spend	on	a	product	is	for	the	packaging
                                                                                                                                                                        to sec         ow at
remember that the holiday destinations our country offers can be aligned           also save on your carbon output. With Dwesa and Double Mouth around the
                                                                                                                                                                               ure a s         reserv                                              •	It	takes	24	trees	to	make	1	ton	of	paper
with the best travel spots in the world. With extremely rich biodiversity, seven   corner, there is really no need to travel long distances for a relaxing weekend.                    pot at          ations                                      •	Up	to	50%	of	waste	in	an	average	rubbish	bin	could	be	turned	into	usable	compost
                                                                                                                                                                        natur                  this id
of South Africa’s 8 biomes and uncrowded destinations, why even leave the          Before you jet off to a far away destination, take a quick glimpse through the             e rese                   yLLic                                       •	Plastic	can	take	up	to	500	years	to	decompose.
                                                                                                                                                                                     rve.
Eastern Cape?                                                                      desination and tariff guide to see what the ECP has to offer. You might just be                                                                                 •	A	used	aluminum	can	is	recycled	and	back	on	the	grocery	shelf	as	a	new	can,	in	
                                                                                   pleasantly surprised at the diversity on your own doorstep!                                                                                                       as little as 60 days.
Instead of planning overseas trips that will maximise your carbon emissions,                                                                                                                                                                       •	If	all	our	newspaper	was	recycled,	we	could	save	250,000,000	trees	each	year!
opt to travel green in your own country. Using fuel sparingly by driving eco-      Contact reservations to book a place at our beautiful reserves.
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colour in the autumn scene to show the colour changes in nature that happen during this time of year.
remember to use colours like orange, brown and yellow on the leaves.


                                                                     send your colouring-in to the marketing unit at ecp
                                                                     head office and the first entry to be picked in a lucky
                                                                     draw will receive a prize from the ceo.

				
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