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Arbour Day

Arbour Day : Every year in August GEKCO has an Arbour Month! We source and sell indigenous trees to our members and the public at very reasonable prices. We also have a one day Arbour sale, usually the first Saturday of September. This highly successful event was first held in 2007 and has been run […]

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2011 – Permaculture Courses

Permaculture Courses: We have held 4 very successful Permaculture weekend workshops run by John Nzira. John was born in Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in South Africa. He is an African Permaculture legend and has been teaching and establishing farms, orchards and gardens for twenty years. A former coordinator of the Fambidzanai Permaculture Training […]

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2011 – Green Energy Talk

Green Energy: Gekco hosted an energy talk in September 20122 to educate members about how to reduce the cost of energy. The talk entitled Sustainable Energy and your pocket hosted various knowledgeable speakers including Marc Desfontaines, from Greencon Solar Tech. He discussed the The good, the bad and plain stupid energy solutions for your home […]

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2010 – Cuba’s Solution to the Oil Crisis

PREVIOUS EVENTS Peak Oil: Cuba’s Solution (June 2008) As peak oil and climate change become a reality, GEKCO arranged a viewing of the DVD The Power of Community which documents how Cuba was forced to adapt when its oil supply dried up following the collapse of the Soviet Union and continuing boycotts and sanctions from […]

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2009 – Grassland Mini Conference

2008/9: Grassland Conservation in Midrand: managing our shrinking heritage We held a very succesful Grassland Conference – thanks go to Alan Short for his initiative! Fire in grasslands Mike Panagos of the Tshwane University of Technology discussed the ecological role of fire in grasslands, as well as the legal and practical issues around burning Conservation […]

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2009 – Wetland Rehabilitation Talk

Wetland Rehabilitation in Gauteng: Opportunities & Constraints by Retief Grobler: It was only in the latter portion of the previous century that the importance of and need to protect wetland ecosystems was recognised. Until recently wetlands were regarded as wasted spaces that were generally ill suited for conventional agriculture and thought fit only to breed […]

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2008 – Owl Talk

Owl Talk: Jonathan Haw of EcoSolutions operates the Urban Owl Box Project and Raptor Centre at Broederstroom. The hissing basket that he carried in with him contained a very inquisitive and friendly three and half week old Spotted Eagle Owl which had been rescued and brought to the centre. Jonathan gave a highly entertaining and […]

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2008 -Tour of Greater Kyalami

Tour of Greater Kyalami for Retail Africa and Bokomoso: Over the past two years one of GEKCO’s key roles has been monitoring developers to ensure that they are meeting their environmental obligations. In order to take a more constructive and proactive role, GEKCO recently hosted Retail Africa and Bokomoso on a tour of greater Kyalami. […]

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2008 – The Natural Step Talk

The Natural Step By Jeremy Burnham The Natural Step is an international advisory organisation and think-tank which engages with leaders, government and individuals to create strategies to turn the tide of environmental collapse and to generate new more sustainable solutions. This talk gave insight into the four basic principles which are the cause of degradation […]

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2007 – Bat Talk

Nigel Fernsby, Chairman of the Gauteng and Northern Regions Bat Interest Group, debunked common myths and fears about bats and enlightened horse owners on how bats could help reduce the ‘miggies’ that cause horse sickness as well as alleviate mosquitoes. Nigel brought some bats to the talk and the attendees were fascinated by these interesting […]

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Stop the destruction of our wetlands and small animals

PLEASE GO TO THE PETITIONS LINK TO SIGN THE PETITION Did you know this area is under threat! There is a proposed construction of a major road (the K56) through Glenferness and Kyalami.  If this goes ahead it has the potential to destroy the equestrian industry & the rural lifestyle in this area as we […]

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“Equine Needs” survey

Do you own or ride horses? Your input is vital. Recently Gekco investigated the possibility of using a precinct plan to create a long term agreement with the City of Joburg to protect the Greater Kyalami Conservancy area and the horses that live within its boudaries. GEKCO and the Residents Associations in this area are […]

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