Removal of snares is one of the conservancy’s top priorities

Different materials are used to construct snares and can be difficult to remove. Photo: Mpumalanga Animal Crime Watch (MACW)

In this area, the conservation committee’s prime focus is on clearing the indigenous bush of snares (and there are hundreds of them every year, as they are replaced shortly after removal). This is to preserve the dwindling number of antelope, to stop unknown persons from committing crimes on farms, to prevent pets from being killed and to put a stop to the unspeakably cruel and painful deaths suffered by unfortunate victims.

Another main aim of the committee is to educate the public, and particularly children, about the necessity for conservation.

The Hazyview Conservancy’s mission statement is as follows:

• To preserve the indigenous fauna (including fish) of the region

• To preserve the indigenous flora of the region

• To preserve the water quality and the waterways of the region

• To maintain clean air

• To maintain healthy soil

• To inform and educate the inhabitants of the region about healthy conservation practices

• To monitor international conservation issues and techniques

• To raise funds to implement the above.

The conservancy, as can be seen from the above mission statement, does not play the role of the police. They do not arrest people, but alert the relevant authorities. They also do not concern themselves with municipal obligations such as garbage removal and lack of water supply.

Clearing the snares throughout the year is a big expenditure and membership fees cannot cover this at R200 per person per year. Fund-raising is therefore essential and the conservancy hosts golf days, quiz evenings and other fun events for this purpose.

Residents are urged to join this worthy cause and help protect the beautiful scenery the area is known for. To join or for more information, contact John Duff on 083-657-8764.

John Duff

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