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e’Bosch Heritage Project honors contributors to Stellenbosch's natural heritage


4 September 2017 [group_audience]
e'Bosch honors contributions to our natural heritage this year

From the left - Dr Sias Mostert, (Chairman e’Bosch Executive Committee), with recipients of the e’Bosch Heritage Project Awards for 2017: Bevan Thomas (Cape Winelands Biosphere), Lewis Silberbauer (Friends of Stellenbosch Mountain), Linsey de Jager (Cape Winelands Biosphere), Lydia van Rooyen (Wildlands Conservation Trust) Prof Jan Giliomee, Thando Qayï (Wildlands Conservation Trust), Dave Pepler and Brain Damonse with Prof. Wim de Villiers (Rector Stellenbosch University) who handed over the awards. Photo Carol Lakay.  

e’Bosch Heritage Project honors contributors to Stellenbosch's natural heritage

Individuals and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage in the greater Stellenbosch region were the recipients of the 2017 e’Bosch Honorary Awards this year.

Prof. Jan Giliomee, Mr. Brian Damonse and Dave Pepler were honoured as individual contributors as well as three organizations the Cape Winelands Biosphere Trust, the Friends of Stellenbosch Mountain and the Wildlands Conservation Trust.

“Every year we honor individuals and organizations which have made contributions to the heritage of our society or the environment in which we live. This year our criteria for nominations were based on positive contributions to nature conservation of indigenous flora and fauna of our region,” says Johann Murray, chairman of Stellenbosch’s e’Bosch Heritage Project now in its 7thyear of existence.

“The public was invited to submit nominations for contributions outside the agricultural sector in the form of education and dissemination of expertise; research; practical work in forestry or fynbos; projects with an impact on a community; the eradication of alien plants; or any innovative contributions.

“Our awards committee led by Portia Bolton, Head: Urban Greening at Stellenbosch Municipality, judged that all three nominated individuals from the regions deserved recognition as per these criteria. They were Prof Jan Giliomee, founder of the Jan Marais Park; Dave Pepler, the well-known nature conservationist; and Mnr Brian Damonse, head of the Cape Bush Doctor’s Organization.

“The nominated organizations that also qualified were Cape Winelands Biosphere Trust known for their People’s Food Forest project; the Friends of Stellenbosch Mountain who does a lot of work to eradicate alien plants and restore vegetation after field fires; and the Wildlands Conservation Trust who initiated a Greening Your Future Project. The full citation of every recipient can be found on our website at,” says Johann.

The awards were presented by Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Adv. Gesie van Deventer, and prof Wim de Villiers, Rector of Stellenbosch University, at the e’Bosch Heritage Project launch function this week.


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