WELCOME to our first Conservancy Newsletter!

The Waterfall 3 Conservancy was born mid 2018 and since then has achieved some tremendous results in our area.  We have started this newsletter,(which we intend to publish every 2 months unless there is exciting news to report on before then!) to help create awareness and to invite your input and participation into making Waterfall 3 the suburb of the Upper Highway.

The first conservancy/projects meeting was held earlier in March 2019 and some fresh and exciting ideas were brought to the table for us to focus on in 2019.

Some of the ideas include:

  • Beautifying the entrances to our area: The Splash and the Inanda Road entrances
  • Fundraising to enable us to purchase indigenous plants & decorative items!
  • Utilising the beautful green areas we have in W3, in particular The Splash area.
  • Erecting possibly “post & rail” fencing at various junctions which will really spruce up the area.
  • Getting the whole community involved in this uplifting project

ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR

In the short space of time that we have been an active Conservancy team, we have achieved great things already!

  • You may have noticed that kerb cleaning along Forest Hills Road has already commenced. WF3 conservancy team will “remind” the council regularly to keep the roads clear of overgrown grass and weeds.
  • The beautiful wall by Jillies welcoming everyone to Waterfall 3 Conservancy
  • Regular clean ups of rubbish and weeding by Jillies
  • Planting of aloes along Forest Hills Road.

Should you wish to join the team and become more involved, please contact Grant on: 083-427-6663

Grant.pietersen@remaxaddress.co.za or 083-427-6663

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • Donate some time/muscle – it’s great fun
  • Do a litter run with the kids
  • Keep an eye out for free plants and materials
  • Sponsor an hour of your gardener’s time every so often
  • Keep your own verge cut and tidy. Kerb appeal is powerful visually
  • The project team belongs to all – get involved
  • Assist with fundraising and ideas

Remember many hands make light work and will benefit us all.  WF3 is a special suburb with amazing potential.

AIMS & GOALS

The conservancy and projects team is a spin off from the W3 neighbourhood Watch and the two groups work very closely together . Our aim is not to accept complacency when it comes to the council’s obligations in the area, whilst beautifying and bringing the area back to its indigenous state (certainly the public spaces at the very least).

It’s unique to live in an area where people enjoy walking in the streets and where the children feel safe to run, ride and play.  Our aim is to enhance the overall experience of living in WF3

WF3 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The NW is still very active in keeping our residents safe.  We currently have 36 radio holders on the reaction team who respond and patrol regularly we thank all the ladies and gents that work at all hours to keep us safe.

Our website (www.w3nw.co.za) and reaction phone (071 750 5490) is manned by Chad.

We want to include you in this newsletter, so please email any contributions to ihickman@iafrica.com.  We will include at our discretion and as space permits.  We welcome interesting tips, fun facts and items relating to the area.

In line with our Conservancy launch, the World is gearing up for the annual EARTH DAY..

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.  Although our  W3 Conservancy project team might not be able to save the world environmentally, we can save our little neighbourhood!  If you are interested in learning more about Earth Day, visit https://www.earthday.org/

FOR THE ”LITTLUNS” OF WF3

To print this puzzle : Right click the puzzle and select “Save As” – Save it to your computer and then print as normal

Our Vervet Monkeys by Claire Allen

The vervet monkey family of W3 seems to have grown dramatically recently.  It is widely believed that there are no natural checks and balances i.e. no predators of our furry neighbours. In actual fact, the African Crowned Eagle known as the “Leopard of the Sky”, is a major predator of vervet monkeys in our area.

“…… Forest mammals like vervet monkeys and duiker (25kg) are never safe when this eagle is near …… To adapt to the forest environment, the Crowned Eagle has a long tail and broad, rounded wings. The combination of these two makes it extremely agile and fast which is one of the main reasons why it is the only eagle that preys on monkeys actively. Monkeys are very alert and quick, making them difficult to hunt, especially in a group. The male and female Crowned Eagle often hunt as a pair, while one eagle distracts the monkeys, the other makes the kill. With powerful feet and massive talons it can kill a monkey in one blow. This is essential because monkeys have strong hands and can easily damage an eye or a wing of the eagle.”

https://showme.co.za/nelspruit/lifestyle/nature-outdoors/the-african-crowned-eagle-leopard-of-the-sky/

 

The second article is some advice to help deter the vervets.

“…… Monkey Helpline’s Steve Smit, …. outlined five ways to help deal, in a humane way, with the inquisitive primates. ……

  1. Monkeys are naturally wary of snakes, so realistic rubber snakes placed around your home or garden can discourage them. Don’t leave a rubber snake in the same spot too long otherwise the vervets will get used to its immobility and ignore it. Attach a length of thin nylon or string to the snake and tug it into motion when the vervets are close to it.
  2. Insect-proof screens on windows and doors serve an additional function of keeping vervets out of homes. Plastic mesh on windows and security doors/gates is also easily fitted and very effective.
  3. Vervets have very keen senses of taste and smell. They can be discouraged from eating fruit, flowers and vegetables by spraying or brushing these with a liquid containing quinine, chili, insect or pet repellent or any other distasteful but non-lethal substance that can be washed off. Dry curry, chili or tobacco powder also works well in flower/vegetable beds.
  4. Prevent foraging in refuse bins by securing the lids with a convenient but vervet-proof clip or strap. Sprinkle Jeyes Fluid inside, on the outside or around refuse bins and bags. Refuse skips covered with shade cloth and treated with Jeyes Fluid will deter vervets.
  5. Use nylon bird or hail netting over and around vegetable, strawberry and other produce gardens to keep them out.

For rescues contact Monkey Helpline on 082 659 4711 or 082 411 5444.”

https://northglennews.co.za/127317/5-things-must-know-keep-vervet-monkeys-bay/

EASTER EGG HUNT

SATURDAY 20th APRIL 2019

It’s  almost time for the NW Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  We supply the eggs, you supply the children! Meet at pedestrian entrance at The Patch on Mahai drive on Saturday 20th at 9.45am.

  • In light of the Eskom crisis, isn’t it lucky we don’t have electric powered cars!
  • Why did the mushroom go to the party? Because he was a “FUN –GI”
  • Did you know …..? tree hugging is forbidden in China?

SHOULD YOU WISH TO ADVERTISE ON THE WEBSITE… please contact Chad via email webmaster@w3nw.co.za Cost is R100 per month for W3 residents and R200 for those that live beyond our border!

  • Please contact Karen on 084-318-3697 if you would like to get involved with the WF3 Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Please contact Grant on 083-427-6663 if you would like to be involved in the WF3 Conservancy Team
  • Contributions to the next “Conservancy News” –email to ihickman@iafrica.com
  • Emergency Reaction number – 071-750-5490

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