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/

Magaliesberg – I fell in love with it again.

Here is an excerpt from an article by Justice Malala in the Financial Times recently.

Maropeng Hotel

Maropeng Hotel

Over the Easter holidays I drove out to the Magaliesberg. I go there a lot because, like many office workers, I have been packed off by the bosses for a strategy session or two and the Magalies is full of farms, rivers and conference centres. So I have never really taken the time to enjoy it.

It’s gorgeous, you know. There is so much to do in so many beautiful, serene venues along the Magaliesberg mountain range. For the weekend we did everything from archery to walking to mountain biking to sitting by the pool at the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa.

We went further. For a fabulous outing any day you must visit Maropeng, the visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves. I have been to this place twice before and I cannot recommend it enough. What an astonishing achievement. Here, you can see all the amazing journeys that humankind has travelled and why the whole world is abuzz with the discoveries from this area. What makes it even more amazing is the gorgeous architecture, and the sensitive and aesthetically pleasing curation, of the whole place.

I fell in love with it again.