AfriSam Graduates Project
The Afrisam mining company has a Corporate Social Responsibility Division that grants funds to social and environmental projects in the local communities surrounding their mining and business activities.
AfriSam is a part of the communities in which they operate. They believe in understanding the needs of communities in areas where they do business so that they are able to make meaningful contributions to their upliftment. They see this as a chance to improve the quality of life of their employees, their families and the communities around their operations. We focus on areas that can make a difference to all of us. These include education and development, conservation and legacy projects.
The Table Mountain Fund (TMF) in partnership with WWF and the West Coast District Municipality, under the management of the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, undertook a pilot Phase of the micro grants project. Fifteen projects were funded and mentored. The focus of this initiative was to demonstrate success in management of natural resources to enhance local economic and rural development. Results from this pilot demonstrates that improving livelihoods and conserving the environment are not merely compatible goals, but intricately linked.
The service providers have completed this membership strategy, and it remains for the Programme Manager to finalize the partners in accreditation before "going live" with the entire exciting process. The implementation of the Trails and Tourism project will be used to harness benefits through our partners into the member beneficiation component of this strategy.
2010 heralded the first corporate member to the CWCBR, namely Tydstroom, and it is hoped that AfriSam will soon follow. The membership strategy played a key role in securing conservation gains from Tydstroom land, already thereby showing results of success for the benefits of such a membership strategy.
CWCBR & Eskom hosted a workshop about Energy Efficiency Solutions for the Cape West Coast hospitality industry
The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve together with Eskom hosted a half-day workshop on ‘Going Green’.
The aim was to assist hospitality establishments within the Cape West Coast area in attaining a higher standard of eco hospitality and to introduce them to the Eskom rebates system currently on offer.
The University of Stellenbosch is undertaking a study on Indicators for Sustainable Development of Biosphere Reserves, which will be completed during 2010. This relationship has strengthened through this project and further research is currently being identified for future support.
Early Saturday morning, 8 June the West Coast was greeted with rainy and windy conditions, but a decision had to be made whether to go ahead with the Beach Clean-up or not. Without much consideration the Saldanha LTA made a unanimous decision to keep the momentum going and the beach clean-up must go ahead. Luckily the weather cleared up nicely by sunrise and although there was a chill in the air, there was no rain.
Alien Clearing for Agriculture
Contracts to the value of R1 200 000.00 were signed with the Department of Agriculture of which R75 000 is allocated for LandCare and the rest is allocated to alien clearing projects in the CWCBR region and community job creation and capacity building. The alien-clearing project is being managed well and payments are processed through the CWCBR.
Over 24 jobs have being created and approximately 60 ha have been cleared since 1 March 2010. This alien clearing is taking place on privately owned land, through which the CWCBR is directly benefiting farmers in the region.
Global Environment Fund Fynbos Rehabilitation Project
This project was funded through the Global Environment Fund and is a partner project with !Khwa ttu to the value of R350 000 and includes the eradication of invasive alien bushes and trees that have overrun this area, and the re-introduction of plant species that grew naturally in the area before the land was utilized for farming purposes.
SANBI Groen Sebenza: Interns fix fences at WWF: Oranjevlei Nature Reserve, Jacobsbaai
On the 14th of May, the CWCBR team visited the WWF: Oranjevlei Nature Reserve situated just outside of Jacobsbaai. The land was recently purchased and declared a reserve by the World-Wide Fund for nature (WWF) and negotiations are in place to have the management of the reserve fall under the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR).
Awareness, Education and Training
In 2010 the CWCBR hosted three student interns; two from France and one from the Cape University of Technology. They fulfilled different roles from working directly with the local municipality to begin a food garden, to compiling a management plan for our partner, the Fossil Park and researching financial beneficiation to the different stakeholders with respect to conservation trade-offs.