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Newsletter November 2016



Lovely sights in the Reserve

Winter and the start of spring have provided us with many lovely sights in different parts of the Reserve. Bulbs in particular (Scadoxus puniceus (paint brush), Veltheima bracteata (forest sand lily), the better known Zantedeschia capensis (arum lily) and Clivia miniata seem to have been especially beautiful this year.

Winter and the start of spring have provided us with many lovely sights in different parts of the Reserve


Good News from the Tax man

At the general meeting of Friends of Steenbok Nature Reserve Trust held on 17 August our constitution was amended to obtain recognition as a Public Benefit Organisation under section 18A(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act. This will enable donors to claim deduction of amounts donated from their taxable income. We believe that this will enhance our fund raising efforts which are so vital to our future well-being.

Attending the meeting were - Standing :( from left) Peter Klute, Peter and Julie Dieterich, Roger Voysey and Glenn Hagedorn-Hansen. Seated (from left) Charles Ware, Alpha Visser, Barbara Salmon and Lorraine Stainer.

Good News from the Tax man


Start of the New Financial Year

We ended the 2015/6 financial year on 30 September with income and expenditure on budget and with a small profit of R5138. Trustees of “Friends of Steenbok” and the Management Committee met on 12 October and approved the income and expenditure budgets for the new year with a small surplus. Attainment of the income budget is dependent on us signing up new members as Friends of Steenbok and the success of the sale of our Friends Recipe Books to be released for sale early in November.

Our Friends membership year also runs from 1 October and for those who are “annual donors”, the annual contribution of R380 for the 2016/7 year is now due. We have recently emailed annual members and ask those who have not yet responded, to let us have payment as soon as possible, preferably by EFT or direct deposit.

We will soon be launching an appeal for new donor members and commend this to all who enjoy Steenbok, and who are not yet members.

Management Committee

At the recent meeting it was reported that progress on the Knysna Municipality zoning regulations is still on track. This will enable reclassification of the Steenbok land area from Open Space to Nature Reserve. It was also confirmed that the land area of Steenbok is protected in the updated version of the Knysna Integrated Strategic Development Framework (ISDF) with core conservation status.

Having regard to a variety of differing opinions, and substantial costs in seeking environmental approval, it was decided to abandon implementation of the salt marsh expansion project involving the placement of additional inflow/outflow pipes in the Steenbok sea wall. This marsh area will now be left to develop naturally with its own environmental characteristics.

Management Committee


Group Visits

We love to welcome Group visits and this quarter are proud to feature happy children and teachers from the Rhennendal Primary School on a nature outing walking along Rogers Way. We were also privileged to host in the Reserve an Ian Fleming Spring Walk arranged by Diana Stromberg. Thank you Ian, and Diana, for a great walk about that produced many lovely photographs. There were three pics chosen to be featured in our Recipe book cover: owl and walking dogs were Sandy Brady, water pump was Robin Rainier and the yellow landscape was Jeanette Nisi.

Group Visits


Rainfall

Rainfall


Maintenance and Improvements

An extension to the boardwalk from the play area to the sea wall has been added to avoid an accident waiting to happen and an upgrade to the east end of Rogers Way has been completed. The latter was necessary to create a more inviting entrance to this walkway and to gain control of the virulent Searsia bush species. In an effort to improve weed control in the gardened areas we have started to spread wood chips in the beds.

Maintenance and Improvements


A small start continues on the creation of the north/west entrance garden at the west end of the brick pathway but further progress can only be made once we have extended the sprinkler watering service to this area. We are still hoping that this can be done before the Christmas holidays.

Maintenance and Improvements


Signage upgraded 2 years ago has proved to be faulty and the firm responsible has agreed to replace the faulty signs. This should happen before the holiday season. On account of old age we are also replacing all the “story board” signs on the board walks and elsewhere and in the new year will introduce a number of new informative signs.

Our continual attempts to persuade all dog walkers to pick up faeces of their dogs continues and there are a growing number of our faithful dog walkers who are taking it on themselves to reprimand the guilty ones. We were witness to Brigitte (see below) sternly reprimanding a lady with two German Shepherds who had walked on without cleaning up their poos. Well done Brigitte. you are a great example.

Maintenance and Improvements


In September we supported the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up and hosted a clean-up in the Reserve. We were amazed with the quantity of rubbish collected. Only a small number helped with the clean up on a miserable rainy Saturday afternoon but these included 2 lovely young ladies. Thanks so much girls.

Maintenance and Improvements


Recipe Book in aid of Steenbok funds

With the objective of better promoting the interests of the Reserve and broadening membership of “Friends of Steenbok” Di Stromberg, a resident of Leisure Isle, and a keen amateur photographer with experience in the media, has taken on the management of our Facebook site. Look at https://www.facebook.com/steenboknaturereserve to see what has been achieved in a relatively short time.

Recipe Book in aid of Steenbok funds


This gem of a Recipe Book, sponsored by CANON, has a unique ‘Friends of Steenbok” identity that will make it special as a Christmas gift for family and friends. Special thanks to Diana Stromberg for her forsight, devotion, dedication, and artistic flair in seeing the ambitious project through, and on time for sale at the Festival.



Trustees
Keith Hollis (Chairman), James Botha, Peter Godsell, Clr Mark Willemse and Roger Voysey.

Management Committee :
Ricky Maskew and Roger Voysey by LIRA, Peter Godsell by Friends of Steenbok, Clr Mark Willemse by Knysna Municipality, Maretha Alant by SANParks, and James Botha, Esther Townsend and Dianne Stromberg.co-opted by MANCOM.

Manager:
Roger Voysey 083 754 5390

The annual subscription is R 380.00
Alternatively, Life membership is R 10,000
You can join online at http://www.steenboknaturereserve.org.za or contact Roger on 083 754 5390.

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