After a lengthy break, our newsletter is back in production! Hopefully, you have all been keeping up to date via our website: www.duct.org.za
|Pat McKrill ‘snake man’ handling a Python.||DUCT Supervisor Sphamandla Dlamini|
|Attendees of the Weed Bio-Control Course||
|Exhibition Day at Varsity College|
|Ashdown Enviro Champs||Working with No. 9 River Care Team||Imbali Enviro Champs|
|Examples of gabions in place|
- Last year we were sad to say goodbye to Caroline Clover after many years of valuable, faithful and enthusiastic service and we welcomed Coral Gold, who has ably taken over the financial reins, and Sue Walker, who assists Coral in the finance department.
- We also said goodbye to Siyabonga Ndlovu, one of our SANBI Interns, who secured a job in Forestry. During his short stay here Siyabonga made great strides in pursuing the illegal sandminers on the uMngeni and Dusi Rivers. Livhi Ndlovu (no relation!) joined us in Siyabonga’s place and is continuing to do good work in this area.
- We wish Caroline and Siyabonga well in their new ventures.
- Kholosa Magudu, a SANBI Intern, has been pursuing her studies while employed with us and we congratulate her on being one of only two South Africans to be awarded the Prince Bernard Scholarships for nature conservation.
- Sanele Vilakazi, amongst numerous other projects, keeps an eye on Environmental projects which require comment from interested parties.
- John Butler continues to give great guidance to the SANBI Interns in his capacity as Mentor while continuing in his role as our Pollution Control Officer.
- Sithembiso Sangweni, our Operations Manager, took on a Project Management Course (see previous article) while dealing with the challenges of becoming a Father for the first time.
- Wendy Ngcobo, our Education Officer, is on maternity leave and her assistants, Zakhele Mdunge and Hlengiwe Nxele are holding the fort in her absence.
- Doug Burden, our General Manager, keeps DUCT in the limelight with many institutions and has his finger on the office and field pulse.
- Jane Bain, our Admin. Manager continues to nag where necessary – with good effect!
- Bart Fokkens, our Field Manager, continues to look after the Lower uMngeni River Care Teams including Aquatic Weed Bio-Control.
- Richard Clacey brings a lot of value with his government and municipal connections and his running of the WWFSA funded uMsundusi Catchment Project.
Yours in conserving the Duzi and uMngeni Rivers,
The DUCT team