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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

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