King Justice Mpondombini Sigcau of the amaMpondo passed away at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha after suffering a stroke. He had served as the amaMpondo king from December 1978. President Zuma stated: “This is indeed a great loss to South Africa. The king was a great and admired leader, who worked tirelessly for his people, building [...]
When my wife’s parents first came to visit us in South Africa from France they tried to buy us a gift. The first option was a TV (we didn’t want one), the second was a dishwasher (I wanted it!! but we didn’t have space in the flat ), the third was a Nespresso coffee machine, [...]
this is soooo awesome! mold-d South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is tackling the critical challenge of natural resource management, environmental protection and infrastructure through Environmental Programmes (EP). Over the past decade, EP’s Working for Water programme has piloted value-added industry projects in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Invasive Alien Species Programme (KZN IASP). These initiatives [...]
The Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan today announced plans to introduce a long-awaited carbon tax on 1 January 2015. Presenting the 2013 National Budget in the National Assembly on Thursday, Gordhan said carbon would be priced by way of a carbon tax at the rate of R120 per ton of CO2 equivalent. A tax-free exemption threshold of [...]
This is awesome! The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non-profit organization that locates and propagates the world’s oldest and most iconic trees. It is creating living libraries of old-growth tree genetics, and through traditional agricultural propagation, cloning these iconic and hardworking trees for the purpose of functional forestation. The mission of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive [...]
And Niall is a little older. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Niall and Sprig!! Sprig is 4 years, 914 posts, 666 tags and 2961 comments old today! Thanks to all those who have kept the blog alive by reading, contributing and commenting. Without you, it would not be much. And cheers to the birthday boy, Niall, for getting it [...]
Invasive red river gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) have been turned into useful school desks. 250 desks were recently handed over to the Boitumelo Secondary School near Ficksburg in the Free State in a ceremony attended by Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, which took place on 23 January 2013. During July 2012, the Deputy [...]
After the holiday season we had loads of recycling to do. My friend, Joe, and I, packed his small rental car to the brim and still managed to squeeze in some of our friends’ recycling. We dropped all of this off at the Sea Point Recycling Depot. It was great to see that the depot [...]
I love it! No, I actually don’t. But a few of my friends are bona fide cricket nerds so when we received this Kriki for Shore set, I went straight to them to try out. The official blurb is that Kriki for Shore are “beach cricket sets that help clean up beaches while educating young [...]
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- Companion Planting Competition November 16, 2011
- How cool is spekboom? February 12, 2009
- Syringas March 11, 2009
- Spring has Sprung Competition September 13, 2012
- Mystery plant February 17, 2010
- Crops planted on rooftops, underground create new jobs, lower temperatures June 10, 2013
- OFFERED: Spekboom and campfire crassula June 5, 2013
- Awesome green wall June 4, 2013
- Hello again! June 4, 2013
- Seeds or seedlings? May 26, 2013
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