08march2010 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 making20 Poacherscaught ceo’sautumnmessage becauseearthmatters With the e y the Fifa So es of the world on o 10count atGreatFish c u to be at th cer World Cup late r nation during e top our r this year, estimated of service 3 provision we need Take inspiration from the CEO’s With poaching rife in the protected natural 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 se guideli 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. 02 01 ki ns hi p an so lid ar ity an d “T he sp iri t of hu m th en ed wh en we liv e MATTEROFFACT 4ADVENTURES ng wi th al l lif e is st re in g, th e m ys te ry of be ty wi th re ve re nc e fo r e, an d hu m ili gi ft of lif hout the gr at itu de fo r th e e in na tu re ” If offices throug the rate g th e hu m an pl ac eased re ga rd in T h E E A rT h C h A rT E r INANDAROUNDEASTLONDON country incr otocopying of two-sided ph ure of 20 from the 1991 fig rcent, they percent to 60 pe uivalent of eq The Eastern Cape’s rich biodiversity can be explored and enjoyed with these four could save the n trees. dynamic eco-tourism adventures, perfect for your whole family. about 15 millio WildCoasttale: Wild Coast horsetrail - Kei Mouth If you haven’t already experienced the anicent magic Wild Coast, you should start with this exciting Ultramarathon theNataltreefrog 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 Successfulgamecount 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. atGreatFishRiver 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! 04 03 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. n ote ke ta 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. 05 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. 08 07 FOODFORTHOUGHT 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 TAKENO the wa iting L ist for 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. 10 09 ta ke YOURVIEWS n ote with this, the seventh edition of earth matters, we would like to get your feedback on the publication. Please take a few minutes to fill in this survey and return it to Colwyn Loggenberg. Remember to always keep the lines of communication open by contributing any interesting news or events that you feel the rest of Do you receive the earth matters newsletter every quarter? ECP would benefit from reading Y N about. The newsletter is a vehicle Do you find the design of the newsletter visually appealing? Y N for you to use to communicate Do you read less than 50% of the content? exciting news and achievements Y N to the greater ECP team. Please D o y o u f i n d t h e a r t i cl e s y o u d o r e a d r e l e v a n t a n d i n t e r e s t i n g ? Y N take the time to fill out the survey Are you kept up to date with ecp happenings effectively? - this is the second time it is being Y N run on the back of Earth Matters, Do you like the new ‘earth matters lifestyle’ section? Y N as your feedback is of the utmost importance to us. W h a t w o u l d y o u l i k e t o s e e i n e a r t h m a t t e r s t h a t i s n ’ t i n cl u d e d ? Communication is a two way path and it would be to the benefit of the ECP team if everyone contributed Which part of the newsletter do you read regularly? to the newsletter where they see fit. Please feel free to get in touch with Colwyn to share your news! 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