Ernest Lamprecht, George:
For many years Berg en Dal Hiking Club received the most friendly and professional assistance from the management and staff of CapeNature in Witfontein. Not only our club, but so many other hikers and visitors to the various Outeniqua hiking trails benefited from the excellent and dedicated clearing of, inter alia, the hiking trails.
Our interviews with CapeNature's conservation manager for Outeniqua World Heritage Site and Nature Reserve, Othusitse Mabi, and staff member Nosipho Masala, have always been nothing short of a blessing.
CapeNature has expert field rangers, EPWP contract workers, a high altitude team, an alien clearing team for steep mountain areas, a Working on Fire team, nature conservation students and youth environmental students.
The great work undertaken includes natural resource alien vegetation management, infrastructure maintenance, i.e. clearing of trails, fire breaks, roads, ecological matrices and administrative duties. The maintenance and clearing of hiking trails in the George area have undergone dramatic improvement the last number of years. As hikers and inhabitants of George, we owe the management and staff of CapeNature Witfontein sincere thanks. The recent fires placed incredible pressure on management and staff. The areas affected by fire and under the control of CapeNature included Attakwaskloof, Doring river, Zebrasfontein, the Outeniqua mountain range, Witfontein, Herbertsdale, Jonkersberg, Waboomskraal, Kransbos, Karatara, De Vlugt and beyond.
The management of our club decided it is time for a special thank you. Now what better way to say thank you than with a good old braai? On 16 January Berg en Dal Hiking Club members had the privilege to meet 22 of the hard-working staff at Witfontein. Everyone valued the interaction and the braai was certainly enjoyed by all. What South Africa needs is the building of lasting relationships, not confrontation.