Mogale City Crime Forum (MCCF) Safety and Security Summit

The Mogale City Crime Forum is a civil society initiative comprising of the office of the Mayor Krugersdorp, the West Rand Chamber of Business and Tourism (WRCBT), the Community Police Forum Krugersdorp (CPF), the South Africa Police Services Krugersdorp (SAPS), Afriforum Krugersdorp, private security companies and nongovernmental organisations. The primary objective of the MCCF is to coordinate safety and security initiatives in Krugersdorp to ensure a safer community for its residents.
On 30 August 2017 at 08:30 for 09:00 until 13:00, the Safety and Security Summit will take place at the Silverstar Casino. Continue reading

MBF Business Expo

Yesterday (21 June 2017) the first MBF Business Expo was held at Valley Lodge and Spa in Magaliesburg.

The Expo was the brainchild of local business woman Hannelie Hartman and was organized by the Magalies Business Forum.
Tables were set-up by Valley Lodge in one of their conference halls and on the grassed area just outside.
A very pleasant buffet breakfast was provided by Valley Lodge catering department.
The Expo was very well attended and provided both a place for local businesses, from small single person businesses to the much larger tourist destinations, to share their wares as well as an opportunity for everyone to meet and network.

 

 

 

 

De Hoek Country Hotel announces the launch of its “Bread tags-for-Wheelchairs” campaign.

De Hoek Country Hotel, in collaboration with the Bekker Primary School, Magaliesburg and the Impala Rissies Wheelchair Rugby Club, is launching a massive drive to collect as many bread tags as possible to provide wheelchairs to those in need.

So what do you do with the little tag that keeps the bag closed? And have you ever wondered what you could do with the bread tags that normally end up in the dustbin?

 

Well, they could be used to help someone in need of a wheelchair!

Bread tags – the little plastic thingamajigs that keep the bag closed – come in many shapes, sizes and colours and are made of such high-quality polystyrene that they have excellent recycling value. It takes 200 bread bags, filled with tags packed into 10 black bags, or 200 kg of tags to bring in enough money to buy one wheelchair. Collecting bread tags, even broken ones, makes a difference to the environment as they are melted down and recycled into picture frames, skirting, cornices, seedling trays, coat hangers and other items.

In order to gift a wheelchair, we need 200kg bread tags“, says Angelique van der Merwe, De Hoek’s Marketing Manager , “and we are calling all schools,  learners, teachers, parents and friends, to collect the tags from the loaves they buy, as many as possible,  as they’ll  be helping provide wheelchairs for people who can’t afford to purchase them”.

MBF Business Expo

 

Where: VALLEY LODGE

When: 21 JUNE – 09h00 – 11h00

Cost:  R80 – MBF Member
           R100 – Non-MBF Member

RSVP: Before 18 June 2017 to finance@askarilodge.co.za

Details regarding the Business Expo, What to bring, Who to bring and more to follow.

Please pencil us in and hope to see you there. What a great way to meet fellow businesses owners, explore businesses and local suppliers and networking opportunities.

For any details please feel free to contact us: admin@magaliesbusinessforum.co.za

Beautiful (perhaps) but a disaster in the making

 Earlier today I started getting WhatsApp messages about “Pompom weed” so I decided to research it a bit.
It turns out that this proclaimed weed is rapidly becoming the most serious threat to the conservation of grasslands in South Africa and it is getting out of hand in the Magaliesberg area.

Pompom weed is listed as a category one plant under the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (Act No 43 of 1983).
Plants from this category are prohibited on any land or water surface in South Africa and must be controlled or eradicated where possible.
Pompom weed is drought tolerant and possibly allelopathic i.e. it might have a chemical defence mechanism that inhibits the growth of other species.

The pompom weed is believed to have been first imported from South America as a decorative plant.
The earliest record of its establishment in the wild is from Fountains Valley, Pretoria in the early 1960s and Westville near Durban in 1972 (think about that, it is only 50 years ago and the weed is now “one of the the most serious threats to the conservation of grasslands in South Africa”)
Currently the plant is most common in Gauteng, but also occurs in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State.

For some pertinant and instructive information please visit the following sites.

The Agricultural Research Council – Pompom weed page:  http://www.arc.agric.za/arc-ppri/Pages/Pompom%20weed/Pompom-Weed.aspx

Farmers Weekly article from 2012
At Nyoka Wildlife Conservation, near Skeerpoort in Gauteng, volunteers tried the following herbicide eradication method with good results:   http://www.farmersweekly.co.za/agri-technology/farming-for-tomorrow/a-new-way-of-controlling-pom-pom-weed/