Garden Route Rebuild Initiative finalises strategy, seeks public input on project implementation

The Garden Route Rebuild Initiative (GRRI) has finalised its strategy to ‘Build Back Better’ in the wake of this year’s devastating fires. The work of developing the strategy was accomplished through a massive, community-wide cooperative…

Helen Zille praises Garden Route Rebuild Initiative: “New model for disaster management.”

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has praised the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative as a model for disaster management and reconstruction in the wake of catastrophe. Speaking at the Southern Cape Landowner’s Initiative’s Environmental Seminar…

Premier Zille lauds management of Bitou’s desalination plant

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has lauded the design and management of Bitou’s desalinationn plant. The Premier was in the area on Thursday, 23 November, to speak at the Southern Cape Landowner’s Initiative’s Environmental Seminar…

Garden Route Rebuild Initiative leads route to recovery

Cooperation and a shared dream to ‘Build Back Better’ are key ingredients as the Garden Route recovers from the destruction caused by wildfires that tore through the region in June this year. That’s the message from Hildegarde Fast,…

Invasive plants making a comeback - we need to act now

Landowners need to wake up to the growing threat of invasive alien plants In many ways, the recent fires raging through the Garden Route, and specifically Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Brenton (as well as Still Bay), did the environment a favour,…
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Garden Route: Post-fire plant regrowth patterns

By Cobus Meiring: The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) “Following the devastating Knysna fires, there has been much speculation as to how nature will recover”, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). Because…
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Statistics of the Knysna Inferno

From 7 to 12 June 2017, a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of land and infrastructure in and around Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, burning down formal and informal housing, and claiming seven lives. The Knysna Inferno is regarded as one…

Counterfire

By Leah Moodaley Natural disasters create a climate for teamwork and synergy. Graeme Huddy shares how information technology played a role in fighting the Knysna Inferno.  Graeme Huddy took up the position of Information Technology (IT) Manager…

Climate change or not – we are all affected

By Cobus Meiring, SCLI “Whether you agree with the causes and effects of climate change or not – we are all affected by natural events of recent times”, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The severe…