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Help us rescue Shongweni Reserve! #Shongweni67

Help us rescue Shongweni Reserve! #Shongweni67

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“And I dream of the vast deserts, the forests, and all of the wilderness of our continent; wild places that we should protect as a precious heritage for our children and for our children’s children. We must never forget it is our duty to protect this environment” (Nelson Mandela)

In an effort to rescue the Shongweni Dam & Resource Reserve, we challenged the paddling community to help us kickstart the project. We paddled 67 kilometers on the 18th July 2018, challenging paddlers to match our efforts a unit of their currency for every kilometer we paddled.

We ask for your support by donating a unit of your currency for every kilometer we paddled.

(Former President Mandela fought for justice for 67 years and on his Birthday, the 18th July, people are urged to dedicate only 67 minutes to making a difference.)

We completed the paddle successfully however our efforts to make a success of rescuing the reserve continues. We raised 10% of our target and we have expressed our gratitude to the paddling community for their generosity. We have a long way to go…

On the 1st July 2018, the responsibility of operating Shongweni Dam and Resource Reserve fell to the Zwelibonvu Community who were awarded the land in 2013 from a land claim they applied for. Sadly, they were only advised of the land being transferred to their community trust over a year later, in 2014, and they were only handed the land to operate on the 1st July 2018.

All this with zero mentoring or assistance other than a post settlement fund from the Land Claims Commission that has not come through to the project yet.

Our challenge is to raise operating capital to sustain operations on the reserve for 3 months, thereafter post settlement government funding will provide the basic investment we will need to establish income streams that will sustain the reserve.

The challenges we face includes poaching, vandalism, copper and brass theft from the dam wall. We need to function at a basic level and continue to work towards generating funding for the project from other government entities.

Conservation Guardians has been awarded the massive challenge of working with the community towards rescuing the Shongweni Resource Reserve, 1700 hectares of pristine biodiversity, from the state of disrepair they received it in on the 1st July 2018.

The fences that keep these animals safe have never been maintained and today the beautiful herd of giraffes, and the other animals are at risk  and are exposed to various threats.

Conservation Guardians is mandated with the task of restoring this reserve back to its original splendor together with the community awarded the land, and we will not be able to achieve this without the right attitude, the right people and the necessary resources.

Since the land claim in 2013 the reserve has not received the attention it requires and this lack of maintenance and repair has left us with a reserve that we cannot open to the public for liability reasons. 

    • there is no fencing to secure the wildlife,
    • community engagement deteriorated due to the indecision and lack of communication leading to vandalism and other consequences.
    • The lack of maintenance has left the reserve assets in such a state of disrepair, they are unfit for public use.

Since the 1st July 2018, we have engaged with the communities to the point where we have stabilised the situation and have everyone's support.

We have employed a team of 18 people from the local communities neighbouring the reserve and the process of training and empowering these local people on how to run a reserve and preserve its natural beauty has begun. They are beautiful committed people currently working with ZERO resources, only their commitment.

We will not give up on this task and assure you that our commitment on the ground and your contribution will rescue this dire situation.

We ask for your support by donating a unit of your currency for every kilometer we paddled.

Read about the past event on Facebook here

Read about this campaign in the News

Donations

  • Oct 19, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Thank you" - Wynne Landscapes

  • Aug 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "keep it up. it's resource we must preserve." - mark drummond

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Our protected areas need to remain that" - Janet Solomon

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Our world needs more hard working people dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources such as your group Greg....congratulations to you and your Team." - Anonymous

  • Jul 23, 2018 - R 6 710.00
  • "What a great project ! Community, Conservation and Canoeing, best wishes from the Southern Drakensberg" - Canyon Kayak Club & N3TC Drak Challenge

  • Jul 22, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Great stuff Greg and Sara." - Mark Pullen

  • Jul 20, 2018 - R 344.45
  • "Well done and good luck! " - Gavin Searle

  • Jul 20, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Thanks guys!" - Simon Russell

  • Jul 19, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Love this place. Save the reserve! - Calvin " - Calvin Strydom

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 68.89
  • "Fantastic efforts today. Well done. Hopefully we can save a gem!" - Tracy-Lee and Terence Galloway

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 171.71
  • "Massive congrats from Team Maxpaddle Factory Racing SA" - Team Maxpaddle

  • Jul 18, 2018 - USD $ 53.13
  • "You are an inspiration Greg, hope this contribution helps.." - SA Surfski.com

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck....super proud" - Lynda Lynda

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 274.53
  • "Well done Greg & Sarah." - Brian

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great effort for us all. See you later for an hours company on the dam." - Murray

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 680.00
  • "Good luck" - Vern

  • Jul 18, 2018 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Amazing!!! Good luck and thank you for your efforts and passion!" - Hayley Nixon

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 206.67
  • "Thank you awesome effort " - Rubidge

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "Great cause, great piece of nature" - Rob Soulsby

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "A beautiful place which our family has enjoyed for years! Well done Greg and Sara!" - The Seidlers

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck" - Des

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good Luck Greg " - Herman

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Well done on making a difference!" - The Smuts'

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "All the best, happy paddling!!" - FEZELA CANOE CLUB

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Good stuff Greg and Sara" - Neil Patterson

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 67.00
  • "Keep up the great work!" - Nikki

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Good luck Greg!" - Darren Berry

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 137.78
  • "A place of many memories and with this iniatve,many more." - Paul Scruby

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Our other home for many years - a place packed with memories for the whole family" - The Whittons

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 344.45
  • "A special place, thanks for the great effort!" - Terry Drummond

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "One of my favourite places ! Thank you for all your hard work ! " - Cam Hudson

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 410.00
  • "Such a good cause - we’ll handled it should bring communities together for the common good & understanding the necessity of conservation" - Peter Rowan

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Well Done Greg, and good luck with your efforts" - Pieter Botha

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great Effort Greg, Sara & Team" - Gavin Jones

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Fantastic effort!" - Bruce Lovemore

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck" - Allan Hold

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Guys, this reserve has to be saved, one cannot sit back and let it fall without a fight, a beautiful place with many great memories hope to keep this going for generations to come." - Jono Kelsey

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I really hope we can secure this special place. If it wasn't for Lawrence, the Umzinyathi team and the beautiful Shongweni Dam, I'm not sure Katie and I would have completed our first Duzi this year. " - Kaylee Smit

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Go it beyond expectations !" - Bernard

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Let’s get back up and build it stronger :) " - Peter Cheadle

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 068.09
  • "Well done Greg, great work keep it up." - Chloe Bunnett

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck." - Rob Mousley

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Hooyah" - Cheryl Smart

  • Jul 15, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Save the Shongweni reserve !!!!!" - Glen Strike

  • Jul 14, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "One of the most beautiful paddling venues in the country. We cannot afford to lose it." - Colin Simpkins

  • Jul 14, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck & thank you for your efforts for Shongweni thus far. " - Jen Olbers

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Greg U ROCK! " - Barry Lewin

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.- Nelson Mandela " - Maclean’s

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Thank you, too special a place to lose!" - Melissa Aitken

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Well done so far" - Rob McInerney

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 160.00
  • "Good luck!" - Nicolette Crozier

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 30 161.96

Fundraising target

R 350 000.00
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Conservation Guardians (CG) has been mandated to resurrect Shongweni Dam and Reserve by the local Zwelibonvu Community (ZC)