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K2C Biosphere Instagram Page – Romy Antrobus-Wurth

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In April 2019, Kruger 2 Canyons (K2C) started an Instagram page which has currently 230 followers with 72 posts. The K2C Instagram account is a bit different from the other K2C social media accounts because its objective is to showcase the beautiful K2C Biosphere. This includes the different activities and wildlife as well as the society that lives within the biosphere. We call for good quality pictures from everyone who takes nice shots of and within the landscape to send us so that we can best showcase the biosphere region. If you are on Instagram, make sure to tag us on #k2cbiosphere or @k2cbiosphere. We will surely give credit to all the pictures that are sent to us. You can send your pictures to intern@kruger2canyons.org Please like and follow us on: Facebook: Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region Twitter: @kruger2canyons Instagram: @k2cbiosphere and #k2cbiosphere Kindly follow this link: https://www.instagram.com/k2cbiosphere/


BLYDE RESTORATION MAKES A DIFFERNECE – Dimakatso Nonyane

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Since October 2018 the Blyde Restoration Custodianship (BRC) team has been hard at work clearing alien invasive trees in Mariepskop that suck up our water and displace natural plants and animals. The role of the team is to support the restoration of the grasslands, forests and wetland back to its natural state thus contributing to water security for people in the Lowveld. The team has managed to clear over 150 ha of Alien Invasive Plants over the past year. This is a big achievement for the team because they work in challenging terrain at high elevation areas and they encounter many challenges form the unpredictable weather conditions to the dangerous slopes. “Our job is challenging, but the reward at the end is so beautiful because we get to see the beautiful view of the forest that no one else has seen before” said Pontsho Phale, one of the team members. The project not only supports current efforts on invasive alien plant (IAP) control and Ecosystem restoration in the larger Blyde…

WWF KHETHA WORKSHOP – Shoki Mafogo

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On the 10th of September 2019, the WWF held a 3-day workshop in Tzaneen on Community Engagement. The workshop aimed at exploring the different approaches and strategies, particularly to promote alternative livelihoods in the context of illegal wildlife trade in the GLTFCA. The 3-day workshop had over 90 participants and organisations from all over the country in attendance, including government authority institutions like LEDET; as the custodian of environmental affairs in the Limpopo province.  The facilitation of the workshop was in such a way that presentations were done by respective participants under different themes, and the K2C had an opportunity to present on its implementation of DEFF’s Environmental Monitors program under the theme of ‘Youth Development and Skills support’. This was really a great opportunity to outline the successes that have emerged from the project over the years with an emphasis of the data collection, the impact it has had on both the socio economic s…

BAPEDI BA DINKWAYANE ENGAGES WITH AGRO ECOLOGY – Nelson Ngoveni

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The Bapedi Ba Dinkwanyane Water Stewardship Project is funded by Flanders State of the Art. As per project agreement between K2C and the Hoedspruit Hub, the role of the Hoedspruit Hub is to support smallholder farmers in the Bapedi Badinkonyane area with agro ecology training.


The first week of theoretical agro ecology training kicked off on 19 August 2019 and continued for four days until the 22nd. The training took place at the Thorometshane Primary School in Phiring, where there is a class facilities and where a site is being converted into a demonstration garden. There was a good turnout from the farmers who signed up for the training (22 farmers), with the Environmental Monitors (EM) attending too (6x EMs).
With the group’s significant age differences, we saw fit to create an atmosphere of participation. We created five groups with five participants in each group. One EM was placed with each group to facilitate discussion within the groups and also to help with explanations of En…

ENTREPENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT – Cindy Koen

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Sitting in the room with 18 young upcoming entrepreneurs is one of the most profound moments in one’s life. It is amazing to see their faces light up as they explain their business ideas to you. The passion oozes from them and you feel yourself getting excited about being part of their journey.  The Thuma Mina Initiative is a partnership between the K2C BR, Hoedspruit Chamber of Commerce, Mopani District Municipality and the Maruleng Municipality. We have identified 23 youth entrepreneurs that passed a series of tests to be part of our semi-final group that will be undergoing Business Entrepreneurship training through the SEED Training program facilitated by Mr Rest Kanju.  From here on the entrepreneurs will still need to go through one final test; the “lion’s” den. They will have to pitch their business idea to a panel of mentors and business leaders to win 1 of 10 mentoring opportunities with a mentor in their line of business.  Some of these entrepreneurs have already started to pu…

CSA GREEN ECONOMY OPPORTUNITY COURSE – Vulani Mabunda

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CONSERVATION SOUTH AFRCA (CSA) contracted the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere Region NPC (K2C BR NPC) to implement andconduct a 5-day Green Economy opportunity training course for a total of 100 youth between the ages of 16-24 years during August 2019. The Training took place in 5 locations in our landscape: In the North East, in the North West, the central, the South East and South West. The Training introduced unemployed youth to the World of Work in the Environmental Sector. The Training pursued the following Learning Objectives as per approved Training Plan:
·To explain what role nature and biodiversity conservation play in the local economy ·To name different types of eco-friendly jobs ·To relate how to live their life and run a business in an eco-friendly way ·To relate how to apply for green Internships and Learnerships
On Day 1, we dealt with restoring our Land of Opportunity. Participants were a bit shy in the beginning but loosen up as the day progressed, they were interested in learnin…

POSITIVE PURCHASING WORKSHOP - Robin De Roubaix

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On Thursday the 29th of July, the Rhino Convention Centre hosted a Positive Purchasing workshop as a part of the fRfR (From the Region, For the Region) campaign. The fRfR campaign is collaboratively driven by the Kruger-to-Canyon Biosphere (K2C) non-profit company, Activating Africa and other partners, funded by the Government of Flanders. Its aim is to stimulate intra-regional trade towards greater economic and environmental sustainability in this very special bio-region.
Positive Purchasing, in the context of this workshop, is when regional retailers, restaurants and lodges opt to buy their products and services from locally based suppliers. This focus, when effectively managed, holds immense potential for the economic empowerment of local businesses, farmers and service SMMEs according to a study that was part-funded by the Flanders Government and led to the establishment of the campaign. The fRfR campaign, and this workshop, is a discussion around the issues, solutions and implemen…

2019 HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATIONS – Lazaro Sibaya

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Iconic species, such as the Rhino, are part of our heritage and we dedicated National Heritage Day in the Mnisi Tribal Authority by raising Anti-Poaching Awareness and building relationships between Conservation Agencies and our people.  The Acornhoek-Mhala SAPS coordinated the planning of an event to raise awareness to the residents of Mnisi communities following rhino poaching incidents that were affecting Sabi Sand, Manyeleti and Timbavati game reserve including the Kruger National Park. The event took place in Clare A at Salani Primary School on the 24th of September 2019. About 500 people attended. Amongst them was the Chief (Mnisi), indunas, KNP, Sabi Sand, MTPA, K2C Rhino Ambassadors, Local Municipality, Community Policing Forums, Community Development Forums, Schools and community members. Previously the residents felt unaffected by rhino poaching. This event served as an eye opener. Poachers coming from other SA provinces and neighbouring countries found temporary residence in m…

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA ONE HEALTH WORKSHOP AT MUNGENA HIGH SCHOOL - Ilana van Wyk (Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station, UP)

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There is a strong relationship between the health of humans, animals – be that domestic or wild – and the environment.  Where is there a better example of this “One Health” concept than in communities that live at the interface of expansive conservation areas, such as the Bushbuckridge community? One 10th August, a group of lecturers from the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD), from the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a One Health workshop with learners from Mungena High School. The Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty of UP runs the Hluvukani Animal Clinic, a community clinic that provides veterinary services to the people of Hluvukani and surrounds. The Mungena High School is a close neighbour of the clinic and was therefore approached to host the workshop.  Forty learners from various grades were asked to prepare posters on various topics, such as cattle, dogs, humans, drinking water, and the environmental health beforehand. The learners had to identify aspects of th…

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – Vusi Tshabalala

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The Kruger 2 Canyons Biosphere Region hosted the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) workshop on the 6th of September 2019 in Hoedspruit at the Rhino Convention Centre. The workshop was attended by 27 different organisations that are working with communities, schools, tribal authorities and other stakeholders in the K2C landscape. The Workshop was facilitated by Vusi Tshabalala, a Project Manager for the DEFF funded Environmental Monitors (EM) programme that works in 74 communities, 31 partner organisations, through 170 EMs by doing environmental education with schools, community meetings, awareness campaigns, animal rehabilitation, data collection, river monitoring and much more. 
The purpose of the K2C ESD is to provide an informal but semi-structured platform for the coordination, alignment, co-learning in Environmental Education linking to the formal conservation and education sectors by using the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme principles. The desired outcomes of t…