Land Development
What we do
By developing economic infrastructure, the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area has positioned itself to unlock the area's sustainable capital. What does this mean? Well, the Nuwejaars Wetland team must take advantage of the physical assets to benefit the Special Management Area. In conjunction with our natural capital (the uniqueness of the area), and the human capital (those skills found within the Agulhas Plain), true sustainability can be achieved.

Through funding received from the German government for the initial climate change project, physical infrastructure was acquired and built on the Special Management Area. Perhaps the greatest success was the construction of the
buffalo boma - considered to be the best planned and developed in the Southern Cape. The boma is positioned to offer tourists ideal viewing opportunities of the buffalo at a drinking dam. Camps were constructed for the buffalo to live in. Facilities were built for vets to work with the buffalo, and ramps were built for loading animals for translocation.

Another feat was the 120km-long game fence, erected round large sections of the Special Management Area. Much planning went into the placement of the fence. Core conservation areas and buffer zones were fenced in, and agricultural land had to be fenced out. At the same time, natural corridors could not be broken up by the fencing. These corridors are vital in the face of climate change, allowing animals (and vegetation) to move out of areas over the long-term, as changing temperatures affect them. Without this, survival would not be possible.

Infrastructure was also acquired to climate-proof the Special Management Area. Working with
SANParks, we acquired a custom-made fire engine and other fire-fighting equipment. Because of the number of invasive alien plants on the Agulhas Plain, the threat of wildfire is pervasive, and the impacts thereof often devastating. With this new equipment, the Nuwejaars Wetland members are now better prepared - thereby better protecting our natural capital and those jobs dependent on it.

Sustainable use of electricity was also highlighted as a major focus area for the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area. As a result, we acquired four renewable power facilities, and set them up at the energy-intensive wine cellars within the
Elim wine ward (found within the Special Management Area). These wine cellars now run on power generated by solar panels and wind turbines. And income made from the facilities is paid into our Section 21 Not-for-Profit company, the Nuwejaars River Nature Reserve.

Together these facilities (along with our new road infrastructure, Special Management Area signage, and all our tourist amenities) are key in securing the long-term management of the area, and the wellbeing of all who live here.

Fire Management
Veld management also involves controlled burns. Fynbos needs to be burnt every 12 to 15 years to
regenerate growth and create grazing for wildlife. But burning the veld also promotes the regrowth of
aliens, and will require financial and physical input for many years after the burn.

SMA members have already completed a 605-hectare block burn across a number of farms in 2010
and plan more in the coming years.
The Nuwejaars Wetland SMA is rehabilitating its key areas and cultural features. More
Our tourism venture will include training for operators and entrepreneurs. More
Production and food security is enhanced through sustainable use of land. More
Sustainably-utilised products will prove a key
economic driver for communities here.
By developing the SMA's infrastructure, we can
unlock the area's sustainable capital.
Enhancing the wellbeing of all who live here is an imperative for the SMA. More