Botanical Society of South Africa - KZN Coastal Branch

Coming events

Join BOTSOC KZN Coastal branch on our exciting outings and events programme. This year we have a more ecological slant - plants with birds, bats, butterflies… something for everyone- young and old, beginner or expert !

Attendance at any of our functions / outings is at your own risk and neither the Botanical Society nor this Branch can be held responsible for any injury or loss that may occur. You are required to sign an indemnity form for all outings.
Booking is essential, as arrangements may change at the last minute.
Non-members are most welcome and are asked to pay R20/pp. donation. Unless otherwise stated, please book /enquire /arrange lifts through the BotSoc branch office: email: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za.. Tel: 031 201 5111 (Mon and Thurs after 10:00) Cell: 071 8693 693

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Talk: Environmental Justice – and threats to it

Monday 27 August 17:30 for 18:00

Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

 Our August speaker is tireless campaigner Dr. Desmond D’Sa, Office Co-ordinator of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), whose motto is ‘The Right to Know, The Duty to Inquire, The Obligation to Act’. Des will talk about injustices that have faced South Durban and that, in fact, affect all of us. Vocal and vigilant, Des has spoken out fearlessly on behalf of the poor and marginalised on issues like air pollution, trucking, offshore gas and oil exploration drilling, the proposed port development, Clairwood Park development, and market gardeners’ and fishermen’s rights; he started benzene monitoring, a cancer registry, and much more. With SDCEA Des has educated the community and youth on broader economic and political issues as well as facilitated practical skills development. Winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize that acknowledges unsung heroes and the difference one person can make, Des was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences from DUT in 2015.
Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students/learners R20. Includes teas at the start.
Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. No need to book.
Enquiries: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693



Outing to Ifafa Chiba Ring

Ifafa Beach Sunday 2 September 09:00

Member Boitumelo George Chelechele will lead a morning walk along the Chiba Ring, a natural area under his care traversing six properties. The trail passes through a grassland, forest and wetland. Bring binoculars to enjoy the bird life. Graham Grieve and Pondo CREW will be there to help us identify the plants. Bring teas and chairs for afterwards.
All welcome. Free for members and students. Non-members R20 pp.
Booking essential with cell number, whether you can offer or require a lift and from where, to Outings Co-ordinator Phili Dlamini on email: dlamininpm@gmail.com or cell: 078 121 0452. Directions will be sent on booking.




Talk: A Greater Maputaland Transfrontier Park - what could this mean for KZN?

Monday 17 September 17:30 for 18:00

Venue: Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens

 Renowned botanist and author Prof Eugene Moll uses the experience he has gained in the Kosi Bay area since 1965 to discuss regional conservation priorities as he sees them. Eugene envisions the area north and east of Tembe Elephant Park combining with the recently formed Maputo Special Reserve.
Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students/learners R20. Includes teas at the start.
Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. No need to book.
Enquiries: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693



One-day Tree identification courses with Prof. Eugene Moll

Burman Bush: Tuesday, 18 September
Hawaan Forest: Wednesday, 19 September

08:45 for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to join a one-day tree i.d. walk with renowned botanist and author, Prof Eugene Moll. All levels of knowledge will benefit. Cost: R145.00 for members and students, R195.00 for non-members. Bookings and pre-payment essential: please contact the Branch office on botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za