The fields are alive
These days, it’s not only rhinos and other game happily trotting around Tala Collection Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Local residents are also happy that they now have much-needed work opportunities and new skills thanks to a successful veld management and rehabilitation project started in this 3 000ha reserve.
“The collaborative project has advantages for everyone,” says general manager Mike Nunan. “Husqvarna sponsored professional equipment – brush cutters and chainsaws – for a work team to eradicate exotic and alien vegetation. This local labour, in turn, is sponsored thanks to a generous donation from sugar producer Illovo. The team also does some major rehabilitation.” Removing alien vegetation is essential, but it is just as important to thin out overgrown indigenous plants. “Some areas of the park are covered in thick vegetation and thorn trees with a dense canopy that blocks light and inhibits grass growth, so browsers and grazers, like rhinos, won’t graze there.” Read more tala.co.za husqvarna.co.za illovosugar.com