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February 6th 2018: Talk at Tygerberg Nature Reserve

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February meeting

.Lucky Lucy



Leon will introduce himself and the André can tell the people mostly what he does, he is the true hero.
Leon Buter
Degree in Sport-science and phycology
Got involved in neighbourhood looking after everybody’s dogs that go missing.
Soon started looking for dogs that were reported stolen.  I went into townships looking for stolen dogs and there I found many animals that were in a bad shape.  I try to teach the children how to look after their dogs and what happen to dogs abused dogs.
Through this I met up with all the known rescue centres that have a “no kill” policy. While working with all the centres I realised that are a lot of politics and chose not to support a single rescue centre but rather help where I can.  Currently I have 20 dogs in the townships that is “mine.”
When I met André Verbiest I really found out how little I know and do. He is the real hero of the lost dogs out there and he has never refused to take a dog in.  Currently he lives outside Malmesbury on a farm with his “family” of well over 220 dogs.  He does a lot to lift the community and teach people how to take care of animals.  The place where he stay has no electricity and he is totally dependent on the community for funds to feed the animals.  He has massive vet bills but will not think twice before he spends his last dime to help an animal.  Massive work goes into rescuing dogs from dog fight rings and the rehab of these dogs.
Ever want to met Lucky Lucy, the dog that saved thousands other dogs?  Visit Andre and meet Lucy, the legend dog after which the biggest rescue centre is named.

Time of meeting is 19h00 for 19:30 . Place is at  Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre  ,   in Tygerberg Nature Reserve.  On Tygerberg Hill.

Cost at  the Function :

Friends of  Tygerberg Hills  for free entry to show membership card .

Non-members = R30 .00 donation.

For Friends of Tygerberg Hills details , contact Diane on  021 975 5660



WESSA Western Cape Big Friends Group (BFG) Event
– Sat 17 Feb 2018 – The Bigger Picture: Our Planet

As affiliates to WESSA, members of Friends groups like ours have been invited to attend this FREE Saturday morning session, held in honour of the incredible environmental work being done by all the Friends groups across the Peninsula.  It is the perfect meet-and-greet for the who’s-who of the Western Cape’s conservation scene.  Successes and challenges will be shared, as well as potential collaborative projects discussed.  Members of FoBCA who attended the first Big Friends event found it extremely informative and entertaining.  This event is being co-hosted by WESSA Western Cape and the Friends of Tygerberg Hills at the Kristo Pienaar Centre at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve venue.
Guest speakers will include:
– Cormac Cullinan, an environmental lawyer, author, speaker and advocate for ecological sustainability.  He is a director of South Africa’s oldest specialist environmental and green business law firm, Cullinan & Associates Inc. in Cape Town, and of the recently established Wild Law Institute
– Hayley McLellan, the Environmental Campaigner at the Two Oceans Aquarium.  In 2011 she launched the Rethink the Bag campaign with the goal of banning single-use plastic shopping bags in South Africa – and she’s making significant progress.

The event will commence with an optional early morning walk starting at 7 for 7.30 am to the top of Tygerberg Nature Reserve Hill , followed by registration at 9 am and the speakers from 9:30 am.  The event will end with a light lunch at 1:30 pm.  All members affiliated to a Friends group are welcome.  There is no charge, but booking is essential to secure your place. RSVP by Monday.

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About FoTH

Friends of Tygerberg Hills   are persons who are concerned about the environment.

Our Friends group was founded end of November 2002 starting with 15 members.

On the 29th of August 2005 we were registered as a Non-profit organization with the department of social development.  We have also received tax exemption from SARS.

We work for the conservation of the nature reserves.  We also encourage greater public awareness of the value of the areas for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Tygerberg Hills are part of our natural heritage and home to a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. The main aim of the Friends group is to support and assist the local authorities by volunteering time and effort to assist in the maintenance of this natural asset. All the Friends activities are done in partnership with the local conservation officer.

We are affiliated to Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, registered with City of Cape Town to participate in the newly established ward forums, represented on the Advisory board of Tygerberg, Durbanville and Bracken nature reserves.

Activities of the Friends ?

FoTH help the management of the reserve in every possible way. Friends can do their bit for the reserve and surroundings by raising funds to finance approved projects, organise hikes, share their knowledge with other friends and visitors, educate, train, provide technical skills and labour.

We use our skills and manual labour for walks, maintenance of hiking paths and steps, fire breaks, hacking, making sign boards, construct bridges.

We cut down and removed alien vegetation such as Pine, Port Jackson, Rooikrans, certain Bluegums and other shrub alien vegetation in the reserve.

Enviro Talks and presentations in the Centre

First Tuesday of the month we present an interesting talk or presentation with an environmental flavor. Talks are advertised on tygerberghills  website, on Facebook, in the local Tygerberger as well as in our notices. The venue is the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

Enviro Talk start at 19h00 for 19h30
Non-members:  R20 donation.  Friends of Tygerberg Hills membership card is Free entry .

Friends group Hike in Reserve

The Friends have regular hikes in the reserve. These hikes are advertised on our website, in our notices, in the local press as well. Our hikes include the very popular sunset or full moon rise hikes for our members and paying visitors.

From 1st September 2016 we will be walking at 06h30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

We organize special hikes, such as our ‘wine hikes’, where we walk from the Welgemoed entrance, through the reserve to Altydgedacht wine farm for a cellar tour followed by wine tasting, cheese and bread. Then hike back to the Reserve Centre.

The Hackers  group

The hacking team assists the management of the Reserve, taking out mostly alien vegetation and plants, pine trees, Port Jackson and Rooikrans in and around the reserve. You must be fit as we walk around and prepared to get sweaty, scratched and sometimes even wet, but that is all part of the hack.

C.R.E.W group  (Custodians for Rare and Endangered Wildflowers)

We participate in the C.R.E.W program, coordinated by the National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  The main aim is to promote awareness of our floral kingdom in our immediate environment.  We also monitor the rare and endangered plant species that occur in our surroundings.  CREW holds regular weekly field trips.

Firing the muzzle loading cannon on the Hill

On various public holidays our fully qualified gunners fire the 12 pounder muzzle loading cannon  in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

The cannon can also be fired for special private occasions, such as wedding day, birthday or a special event for an affordable fee to cover the gun powder used.

For more info, contact Jürg Zimmermann 083 7018496 or Neville Potgieter 021 913 4618.


Few times a year we invite the youngsters from the ULWAZI project for the physically challenged to the Tygerberg or Durbanville reserves.  It is always an eye opener for us volunteers to see the smile on the faces of these youngsters confined to their wheel-chairs, when we took them to the picnic site for sightseeing. Afterwards we wheeled them down hill to the centre where they learned about the birds and animals of the reserve, or helped decorating greeting cards and enjoyed some snacks and cool drinks.
After intensive lobbying by the Friends, the new wheel chair ramp was opened last year. Now they also have access through the main entrance to the Kristo Pienaar Centre and need no more to be wheeled in through the back door.

Contact Evelyn Koopma 082 824 8281

For Information of Friends of Tygerberg Hills:

Friends of Tygerberg Hills ,  PO Box 2522 ,  Durbanville ,  7551

Secretary = Diane Johnson 083 270 8546 ,

Chairman = Dan =  e-mail

Website   = Sjaak  =  e-mail , 081 301 1793


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