GEKCO Projects

Even though the Greater Kyalami Conservancy has only been in existence since late 2006, it has already received widespread recognition for its environmental, conservation and educational initiatives. In addition to a number of ongoing projects (see below), we continue to monitor the health of our wetlands and other eco-systems. We are also working with surrounding communities to put a stop to the proposed K56 road, and we are actively developing and promoting Kyalami as a “Green Neighbourhood”.


Equine Legacy Document

Below is an executive summary of the Equine Legacy Document currently being compiled to outline the Equestrian Heritage and associated Industry in the Kyalami area.  If you would like to contribute your input to this document, please contact Margie Donde



Community Plan

GEKCO, together with Residents associations in Kyalami and Dainfern and individuals from Diepsloot and surrounding areas participated in a scoping session with Andrew Barker, town planner in October 2013.  The purpose of this session and future engagements is to give input into the Northern Development Framework, the City planning policy for the area.  Task teams were formed to investigate issues around provincial roads, infrastructure and hot spot issues.

Community Based Planning, January 2014

The City of Joburg initated a Community Based Planning process to inform the 2014-2015 IDP process.  The submission below was prepared by Andrew Barker with input gathered at the scoping session in October 2013.

Community based plan

Community Plan, November 2012

A plan was prepared by community members, GEKCO and the Greater Kyalami Residents’ council and presented to members of Joburg Development Planning.  This presentation was made to inform the RSDF and future planning in the area.

Community Development Plan.pdf


The Biodiversity Project

Tremelo Sand Frog

Tremelo Sand Frog

We are compiling a list of species that occur within the conservancy so that we gain a greater understanding of the ecology of the Greater Kyalami area. This information will help determine the value of the area, and will help to stress the importance of conserving it. You can find the species lists and information under the Biodiversity tab above.

If you have any photos of different plants and animals taken in the GEKCO conservancy and you would like to contribute to the project, then please submit them to us and we will add them to our species database. (all photos will be credited!). Read more…