Deweeding

2012-01-14


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Deweeding at Castle Gorge

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By MANOKO MATLALA

When we take care of nature….Nature takes care of us.

In South Africa, invading alien plants have become established in over 10 million hectares of land. There are 161 introduced species which are invasive in this country. These invasive plants are using an equivalent of over 200 litres per person per day. When you consider that the basic minimum daily water allowance is calculated at 25 litres per person, the water loss to alien plants is a significant amount of water which could be put to better use.

With the above facts in mind, it was with great gusto that I bundled up my son Farai and younger sister Joy to help out with the alien clearing at the Castle Gorge in Magaliesburg on the 14th of January 2012. The day started off with us getting lost and delaying my hosts for over an hour. But once we were at the Gorge, it became clear that the task of weeding out the Jerusalem Cherry and Mexican Devil was pretty urgent.

I must say that it was quiet a pleasure doing my bit for the environment. And we were handsomely rewarded with a short hike up the Gorge and a nice long afternoon dip in the cool rock pools. I am sure we would have stayed a bit longer if it was not for the threatening storm.




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