NEWSLETTER - 9 December 2011

Welcome to new members

We are pleased to welcome two new members:

Ditsong Museums
The Ditsong Museums of South Africa is an amalgamation of eight national museums, seven in Tshwane and one in Johannesburg. The target audience for these museums are children, youth, adults, students, tourists (foreign and local), researchers and the public in general

City Lodge Lynnwood
Located in the new Lynnwood Bridge complex, City Lodge Lynnwood adds a much-needed business and leisure accommodation dimension to the eastern side of Pretoria.

Celebrating our year-end in style

The TTA celebrated the year-end in style with a luncheon in the heart of the Dinokeng Reserve at Mangwa Valley Game Lodge. The lunch was followed by a game drive. Guests were treated to a lunch with a view of impala and the beautiful natural surroundings.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors:

Thank you also to all other stakeholders who were present. The TTA would like to wish all a safe and happy holiday season.








Update on the Tshwane Inner City Precinct Master Planning Project

The importance of and recent resurgence in Tshwane's status is signified by a major commitment to urban regeneration and visible changes in the development and management of the city. Tshwane plays a symbolic role as the seat of national government, with a number of departmental head offices, and as the capital city of South Africa with international embassies and global interests. It represents the history of the nation and exhibits the richest collection of high-level institutions in the country, including educational, medical and research organisations. Additionally, the city has great potential to excel in displaying the treasures, the hopes, dreams and aspirations of all South Africans.

To enable the first stage of this major project and to assist in delivering the aspiration for Tshwane to be a African Capital City of Excellence, that inspires the world, leads South Africa and influences Africa, the City of Tshwane (CoT) and the National Department of Public Works (NDPW), have appointed Arup to develop a new comprehensive Master Plan and Urban Management Framework for the Inner City. This framework will set out economic, physical and social plans for the future of the city, from investments to buildings, from transport to retail, from housing to parks and public spaces, and from government buildings to tourist attractions, the framework will describe what it will be like to live, work and visit the area and be part of a vibrant, attractive and colourful international city.

The programme will bring together the full range of diverse local factors and build on existing strategies and plans and squarely set the Inner City on a journey that will see it being more sustainable, inclusive and productive, alongside city services being increasing more efficient, effective and holistic in their approach.

They also need to cater for a diversity of local needs and interests. In the case of the Tshwane Precinct Master Planning Project, a range of Strategic Drivers have been identified to achieve the vision. The drivers outline a very particular focus that resonates around the city being recognized as the Capital City of South Africa. The Inner City of Tshwane is in a unique position to redefine how a Capital City can work effectively as being a great place to live in, work and enjoy.

The project is in four stages the Inception Stage was completed in September 2011; the Status Quo stage is completed in January 2012, and the third stage Macro Plan Framework, will be completed in the Summer of 2012 and fourth stage detailed Precinct Plans will be ready in 2013. The programme is divided into four principal workstreams:

  • Spatial Design - covering all urban forms, organisation, layout and urban infrastructure
  • Urban Economics - economic strategy including employment, economic growth and socio-economic development
  • Urban Management - urban governance, organization and performance, municipal services and delivery
  • Engagement and Marketing - stakeholder engagement, communications, branding and image

The programme is developing a brand that will be distinctive and captures the history, quality of the place, lifestyles, cultures and diversity of the city.

Throughout the lifetime of the programme, the project team will work in highly accessible, collaborative, inclusive and transparent ways, taking care to reflect the comments and concerns of as wide a range of communities, organisations and businesses that will be affected by the project as possible. There will be ample opportunities for the people of Tshwane to contribute to the programme, for example there will be a focus area where pilot projects will be initiated.

In the new year, the project enters a phase where more engagement and communication about initial proposals using a variety of promotional materials will be undertaken. A website and a newsletter will be available for a wider audience to ensure that stakeholders are carried through the developments and testing of development options for the project.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve welcomes two new female rhino calves

Two new female rhino calves for Rietvlei Nature Reserve were delivered to the reserve and released on 3 November 2011. These calves replace the animals that were poached on 10 March 2010.

"The calves are named India and Kilo (new rhino's are named in alphabetical order) and their ear notches are 20 and 22. They were born in Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserves in KwaZulu-Natal probably in 2007 and 2008 respectively", says Riaan Marais, Functional Head: Rietvlei Nature Reserve.

Riaan says their hope for the calves is that they will be safe and happy in the Rietvlei reserve and produce lots of calves of their own in coming years. He thanks everyone assisting in the fight against poaching by keeping their eyes open for potential poachers. He encourages the public to contact the reserve manage should they spot anything suspicious in the vicinity of the reserve.

According to Riaan they "literally have thousands of eyes on Rietvlei and its rhinos - special thanks to the guys at Waterkloof AFB Tower that monitor air traffic over Rietvlei Nature Reserve". Riaan also says "thank you to all who made donations to 'Friends of Rietvlei Nature Reserve'. All donations received are put to good use to protect the Rietvlei Rhinos".

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SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association Award for Rietvlei Nature Reserve

During the annual dinner of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Associations Congress on 11 November 2011, Rietvlei Nature Reserve was awarded the "Orde van die Kameeldoring" (Order of the Camel Thorn Tree).

This award for merit is awarded to non members (organisations or individuals) that served the association with distinction. The certificate and mounted plaque is awarded by the President after deliberation with the executive council.

The following was said about the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and its personnel:

"Throughout the last five years the Pretoria East branch developed a special working relationship with the Rietvlei Nature Reserve that culminated in the building of game capture and keeping bomas on the reserve in 2011."

"The dedication of this Reserve's management and personnel in the execution of their duties and towards selfless conservation work was proven during this time."

"The result of their actions, given the limited yearly budget, was of outstanding quality and made a marked contribution to conservation and the continued existence of our natural habitat, biodiversity and wildlife."

"The personnel working at the reserve are an example of dedicated people conserving our natural resources and they serve as inspirational examples for all the members of this association." Riaan Marais and the personnel of Rietvlei Nature Reserve accepted the award with thanks.

Many of the delegates expressed their wonder at a small reserve such as Rietvlei housing viable populations of hippo, buffalo, white rhino and free roaming predators such as cheetah and leopard without damaging or overgrazing the natural vegetation.

Day of the Covenant service

The annual Day of the Covenant service will once again take place at the Voortrekker Monument on 16 December. The service will commence in time to end at 10:45 whereupon the Monument will be accessible for ordinary day visitors who did not attend the service. This concession is made to allow as many visitors as possible the chance to observe the sun shining on the Cenotaph at exactly 12:00.

The service and the sun shining on the Cenotaph will be projected on large screens in the Hall of Heroes and the Cenotaph Hall. Guests are should be aware that the quality of sound projection is best in the Cenotaph Hall.

Persons attending the service do not pay entrance fees but a collection will be taken up before the start of the service to help with the costs of the event.

The programme will be as follows:
07:00 VTM main gates open (entrance free)
08:00 Assegai gates and doors of the Monument open
o08:30 Sing-along: song leader Niel Knobel; organ accompaniment MrsTersia Knobel
08:45 Doors of the Monument are closed
09:00 Taking up of collection
09:30 Reading of the Covenant
09:35 Covenant service by Reverend Jaco Dreyer of the Reformed Church, Wapadrant
10:30 Conclusion - packing away of chairs
10:45 VTM main gates open for general public (normal entrance fees apply)
12:00 Observe the sun shining on the Cenotaph

Guests are cordially requested to arrive early so that they may take their seats in the Monument from 08:00. The doors of the Monument will be closed at 08:45 and late arrivals will be accommodated in tents around the Monument.

There will be 1100 chairs inside the Monument and an additional 900 chairs outside the Monument in tents. People who prefer sitting outside may also bring their own folding chairs. The service will be broadcast on speakers outside the Monument.

Wheelchairs and helpers will be available on request in the parking area to transport physically impaired persons to the Monument.

Enquiries regarding the day's activities may be directed to Annatjie or Geraldine at 012 326 6770 or ontvangs@voortrekkermon.org.za.

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