CONSERVE . PROTECT . INSPIRE
Security of Fauna and Flora
An extensive Security Plan has been put into operation to protect all Fauna and Flora in collaboration with a sub-contracted Security Service provider, Community Policing Forums and the South African Police Service
Bewaria, in collaboration with all landowners in the area, have established one of the finest Fire response teams that are fully equipped and trained in the art of ‘bush fire” prevention and control.
Social responsibility and Economic development
To promote the environmental protection of the area while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as the local community and society at large. To promote the proper and well considered planning of land use in the area, regardless of whether the activity concerns mining, industry, farming, recreation, the provision and reticulation of electricity, water or any other resource, the hospitality trade or hunting.
Our Extended Family
Our extended family in the greater Bewaria includes a number of game reserves where a large variety of game can be observed. Adventures With Elephants, Mabula Private Game Reserve, Mokaikai (part of Mabula), Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, Thandeka Lodge, Doorndraai Lodge, Soul of Africa Lodge, Silver Cloud Lodge, Rotavi PGR, York Safaris, Feracare Wildlife Centre and Kifaru Game Reserve. There are also a number of Private Game Reserves where no public access is allowed.
Thabazimbi Fire Protection Association (TFPA)
The Thabazimbi Fire Protection Association is an Association required by law and it reports to no Farmers association, Municipality or other institution except the Department of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry.
Every farmer or landowner now has a greater obligation to prevent and combat veld fires as set out in the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998 (“The Act”). As a result of the said Act the TFPA was established and the Thabazimbi district subdivided into 13 Sectors. Each Sector is responsible for managing their Sector and to have a business plan which will have to be tabled before the TFPA for approval.
⦁ To relay all information in the Act to paid and not paid members.
⦁ Having scheduled meetings to discuss matters pertaining to the Act and giving feedback to the members.
⦁ Making sure that members abide by the law through whatever means possible.
⦁ Making sure that data is kept up to date to assist members should legal matters arise.
Sector Rooiberg (RFPA) is one of 13 Sectors under the authority of the TFPA and is a community service co-ordinated from the Rooiberg Bewaria office free of charge for landowners within the Rooiberg Sector borders. RFPA matters are managed by the Chairman Buks Kruger, Deputy Chairman Christopher York, Secretary/Dispatcher Annelie Becker with 9 Sub-Sectors, each with a Sub-Sector Leader and 3 Deputy Sub-Sector Leaders who manage and oversee all fire related matters reporting directly to the Rooiberg Sector Management Committee. Landowners have to re-apply for TFPA membership each year and membership will be valid from June to May. The main reason for this is to ensure that contact details, fire equipment, etc. are kept up to date and that landowners adhere to TFPA minimum requirements and guidelines for Legal Proceedings.
Working on Fire (WOF)
WOF is a government-funded, job creation programme focusing on implementing Integrated Fire Management in South Africa. They employ more than 5 000 young men and women who are fully trained as wildfire firefighters and are stationed in more than 200 bases across South Africa. Their firefighters are recruited from marginalised communities and trained in fire awareness and education, prevention and fire suppression skills. A team of 24 fire fighters have been based at Rooiberg Bewaria as a base partner.
WOF Rooiberg team is situated at Rooiberg Bewaria office.
South African Police Service (SAPS) Rooiberg
Rooiberg Bewaria has a well-established relationship with the SAPS whom are called upon to assist and investigate various crimes.
Secret Eye Security
Secret Eye Security is an independent contractor, providing security services to Rooiberg Bewaria which includes manning of boom gates, patrols and assisting with crime.
They use state of the art scanners at the boom gates which has the ability to scan the vehicle licence disk and driver licence. The reason for implementing the electronic system is for accuracy, speediness, control and availability of data immediately in combatting crime.
Heritage Protection Group (HPG)
The Heritage Protection Group is a Non-Profit organisation with the sole purpose to fight, prevent and investigate serious violent criminal activities and to support the environment with the fight against and prevention of Rhino poaching. HPG is led under the direction of Col. Sakkie Lourens and Ben Engelbrecht.
Various Community Forums even outside of the Rooiberg Area
Rooiberg Rural Safety Forum
Members of the community have been selected to participate in a closed chat group, where information is shared about poaching incidents, fires, farm attacks and other criminal activities. Due to the sensitive information shared, this is not open to the general public.
Rooiberg Community Forum
Annelie Becker, Rooiberg Bewaria’s Administrator, opened a chat group for the community in Rooiberg, where members can share important information relating to the community and to support and uplift people and businesses in the area.
PRE-SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN THE ROOIBERG ITIRELENG RDP : LIMPOPO, SOUTH ARICA
The Reneilwe Crèche officially opened during 2013 as a Rooiberg Bewaria initiative to provide a day-care facility for pre-school children for employees of Rooiberg Bewaria members giving them peace of mind that their children are taken care of whist at work. The facility also accommodate other children living in Itireleng.
The facility currently look after an average of 45 pre-school children per day and manned by five caretakers.
In support of this initiative Rooiberg Bewaria assist with the providing of meals once a week but wants to formalise the relationship even more with the main focus on the well-being, social and educational development of the children.
As far as the support for the children is concerned, we indicated our willingness to get involved in the following manner but as a non-profit organisation any help from other resources/institutions/organisations will be of help to improve the lives of the children.
This will either be in the form of assistance with maintenance, provision of proper fencing, furniture, or even helping in the garden or upgrading of the playground installing of artificial grass, jungle gym, proper swings, blankets, pillows, proper kitchen utensils, washable carpets to play on during the winter (currently they only have a cement floor to play and sit on during winter) and educational toys, etc.
Annelie Becker (Rooiberg Bewaria) devoted a lot of time with the project and with more members and private institutions/individuals getting involved it will ensure that the children get a balanced meal at least once a week. Opportunity for more people to get involved exists. A Reneilwe Crèche cash account have been opened at Rooiberg One Stop providing those visiting, the opportunity to deposit cash into the account which will assist Bewaria to purchase fresh produce when needed. We appreciate any contribution in supplying beverages or any rations for dry food e.g. rice, macaroni, spaghetti, salt, mild spices, cool drinks, etc. Interested parties can contact Annelie Becker or Andre Weeks at Rooiberg One Stop for banking details if they want to financially contribute to the fund.
We look at supporting the children on two educational field trips per year. During 2014 a day trip to the Marakele Predator Centre, near Thabazimbi, Limpopo, South Africa the children had the opportunity to see lions, cheetahs, hyenas, monkeys, etc. Kindly contact Annelie if you are able and willing to accommodate the children for a day trip to your facility.
Meletse Private Game Reserve sponsored the Christmas party for the children during the past two years. The idea is however to get more sponsors involved providing not only meals but also gifts and a Christmas tree with decorations that we can also add to the Christmas party.
Please contact Annelie Becker for more information or if you are able to contribute towards improving the lives of the children at Reneilwe Crèche.
The Rooiberg Clinic is also situated in the RDP and is a Government funded facility where all community members are welcomed for illness and accidents.
The total population in South Africa was estimated at 55.0 million people in 2015, according to the latest census figures. The unemployment rate is estimated at 27,1% and is expected to increase.
Game farmers and local businesses employ locals from the community for farm maintenance, housekeeping of lodges, firefighting and other activities involved within the community.
Whilst employed, many people are educated about the aforementioned, thereby obtaining experience in various fields and providing them with better employment opportunities.
In addition, several of the farm owners offer their employees accommodation and meals on the farms.
Many game farmers have succeeded at turning their farms into successful businesses by diversifying into the breeding of game and exclusive sustainable hunting.The game population is extensive and include amongst others:
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger)
Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinis)
Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Red Hartebeest ((Alcelaphus buselaphus caama)
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
Nyala ((Tragelaphus angasii)
Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibious)
Impala (Aepyceros melampus)
Gemsbok (Oryx gazelle)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Brown Hyena (Hyaena brunnea)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia)
Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus)
Steenbok ((Raphicerus campestris)
Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)
Blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi)
African Civet (Civettictis civetta)
Porcupine (Atherurus africanus)
Caracal ((Caracal caracal)
A huge variety of smaller animals and birds.
To view the full list of wildlife, fauna and flora, download the PDF below.