Kouga Municipality appointed to manage the Noorsekloof Nature Reserve

04 Jul 2024
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Kouga – In a significant development for environmental conservation, Kouga Municipality has been designated as the Management Authority of the Noorsekloof Nature Reserve.

This appointment was made by the MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs, and Tourism of the Eastern Cape, almost a year after the municipality's application in May 2023.

The management of the reserve will now be guided by a comprehensive plan developed through a public participation process.

"Being entrusted with the management of Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is a tremendous honour and responsibility for Kouga Municipality," said Kouga Deputy Executive Mayor, Timothy Jantjes. "We are committed to preserving this natural heritage and ensuring it remains a sanctuary for biodiversity."

The municipality has outlined several activities to enhance the Noorsekloof Nature Reserve:

  • Tree tagging: Identifying and tagging trees along the hiking trail to educate visitors about the native flora.
  • Boardwalk repairs: Restoring old boardwalks to improve access and safety within the reserve.
  • Alien invasive plant removal: Clearing invasive species such as Inkberry (Cestrum laevigatum) and Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops) to protect the reserve's indigenous vegetation.

"By addressing these critical areas, we aim to maintain the ecological balance and improve the visitor experience," Jantjes added. "Community involvement through our public participation process will be key to the success of these initiatives."

Interested and affected parties (IAP’s) must register to form part of the Friends of the Noorsekloof at mengelbrecht@kouga.gov.za by 15 July 2024. IAP’s will be contacted for an inception meeting on 25 July 2024.

New nature reserves declared

In addition to Noorsekloof, two new private nature reserves have been declared: Vorentoe Nature Reserve and Thula Moya Nature Reserve. While these reserves are privately managed and not under the jurisdiction of Kouga Municipality, their establishment is a positive step for regional conservation efforts.

"The declaration of Thula Moya and Vorentoe Nature Reserves highlights the growing recognition of the importance of conservation in our region," noted Jantjes. "These reserves will contribute significantly to the preservation of our natural environment."