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The Owl Box Volume 1

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Report your Bullfrog and Hedgehog Sightings for Conservation

Report your Bullfrog and Hedgehog Sightings for Conservation We are currently mapping the locations that Red Data species have been spotted in the conservancy to be used for the conservation plans for the area and we need your help! We are currently focusing on two species, the Giant Bullfrog and the South African Hedgehog. If […]

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There’s something good about getting the neighbours to preserve their own environment

There’s something good about getting the neighbours to preserve their own environment Emma Jordan 29 Jul 2016 00:00 Greater Kyalami Conservancy (Gekco) Green Neighbourhood Project  Winner: Community Conservation Award “The focus of the Green Neighbourhood Project is encouraging co-operation and community participation in conservation, planning and management of the greater Kyalami area in collaboration with neighbouring communities, […]

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Grass Owl Chicks Rescued from a Raging Fire

Grass Owl chicks rescued from a raging veld fire TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHS TYRONE MCKENDRY On Wednesday night, 13 July, I received a WhatsApp message saying that baby Marsh Owls had been rescued from a veld fire in the Greater Kyalami conservancy (GEKCO). The message was accompanied by some photos and I immediately recognised that the […]

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Would you like your property included in the Greater Kyalami Conservancy?

              Would you like your property included in the Greater Kyalami Conservancy?    Please respond with the following to info@gekco.co.za or complete the form here: Your property number(s) Are you the registered owner of the property? Would you like to be included in the Conservancy?   Why be included […]

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Spruit Day a success

Spruit Day a success KYALAMI – The Greater Kyalami Conservancy (Gekco), residents’ associations and the City of Joburg joined forces on Spruit Day to clean up parts of the Jukskei River on Main Road just after Lonehill. Home to a multitude of wildlife and indigenous trees, residents all joined forces to protect the beautiful area. […]

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Steyn City equestrian centre sparks K56 debate

Steyn City equestrian centre sparks K56 debate KYALAMI – The launch of Steyn City’s equestrian centre has been met with mixed feelings from residents, who believe that Steyn City is intent on building the K56 which they believe will destroy Kyalami’s greenbelt and horse industry. The K56 road, which would provide an east-west link from […]

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Kyalami expansion meets resistance

Kyalami expansion meets resistance Property group Abland is the project manager for R402m Kyalami Corner, which is co-owned by Dorpstraat and recently listed Pivotal Property Fund, Abland’s property fund. The Greater Kyalami Conservancy, residents and business owners say there is no need for a shopping centre in the area as it would disturb the country […]

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Arbor Month 2015

Arbor Month 2015   Click on the link to download your order form: Arbor month 2015 tree order form-2    

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Bounteous biodiversity in Kyalami- 22 August 2014

Bounteous biodiversity in Kyalami KYALAMI – A year’s worth of images from a camera trap in the Greater Kyalami Conservancy (Gekco) reveals that the area is home to a wide variety of wildlife. This despite the urbanisation that destroys habitats and threatens the survival of local fauna and flora. Tyrone Mckendry of the Gekco committee […]

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A Spiky Sighting in Kyalami- 9 October 2014

A Spiky Sighting in Kyalami The conservancy is a peri-urban area located between Pretoria and Johannesburg. The large open spaces promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and while Kyalami is the centre for equestrian activities in South Africa, it also hosts a variety of species. “I was thrilled to finally find one of these cute mammals […]

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Request for Brief Interviews with Residents

The value of a peri-urban conservancy – effects of varying levels of disturbance on small mammal populations   Good day, My name is Tyrone Mckendry and I am an Honours of Science student at the University of the Witwatersrand. As part of the degree, I am conducting research on the effect of varying levels of […]

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