The source of the Berg River, looking towards Franschhoek from Assegaaibos. Photo: Mark Heistein
Banhoek valley at the top of Helshoogte, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Photo: capeinfo.com
A small part of Theewaterskloof Dam near Villiersdorp. Photo: capeinfo.com
View of the town from Franschhoek Pass. Photo: capeinfo.com
27 November 2015Stellenbosch Mayor Conrad Sidego visited the Sustainable Living Centre at DelVera Estate for the first time last Friday. He was accompanied by Gerald Esau (Stellenbosch Municipality's Manager: Community & Services) and Stephanie Nieuwoudt (an experienced journalist in the Mayor's Office).
27 November 2015The Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Friday, 4 December 2015. Entrance to the event is free.
13 November 2015The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve's team spent two fantastic days in Bonnievale alongside the Bonnie People ECD School Project. The goal was to consult Bonnievale's informal settlement community about their food needs and share methods with them on how to maintain or establish a healthy and productive garden.
11 September 2015In a bold move to sustain the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, the province has launched the GreenAgri web-based portal.
16 July 2015The Wildlands Conservation Trust approached the CWBR to help with propagation of indigenous trees for their Treepreneur program. A training program was held with their staff and those doing internships. The Sustainable Living Centre will be used as a centre to germinate the seeds and root the cuttings, which will then be distributed to the various Treepreneurs to grow to a stage ready for planting out.
Food security, greening and pride in the home are just some of the issues addressed by People's Food Forests. Working with donors, CWBR has already planted nearly 7,000 food-bearing trees in squatter townships
Cape Town's world-beating water quality is due to the pristine environment of its catchment areas - and two of these are in the CWBR with its seven major rivers... which are all under threat.
The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR) is an internationally-proclaimed area located within the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa. It is located in the Western Cape Province approximately 40 km east of Cape Town. The Biosphere Reserve extends from the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve in the south, northwards along the Cape Fold Belt Mountain Chain and the adjoining valleys constituting the Cape Winelands.
It was demarcated in accordance with the Western Cape Provincial government's bioregional approach, which regards it as essential that landscapes are managed in a holistic and integrated manner that ensures the consolidation and continuation of ecosystems and habitats. The total extent of the designated area is approximately 322,030 ha.
At the local municipal level, the following areas have been incorporated: Stellenbosch Municipality, portion of Drakenstein Municipality, portion of Breede Valley Municipality, portion of Witzenberg Muncipality and a portion of Theewaterskloof Municipality.