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  Proteadal Conservation Association

.... the voice of our environment!

The Proteadal Conservation Association (PCA) is a community based organisation of residents and concerned citizens, formed in 2012, in response to the pressure of unsustainable development along the Roodepoort/Krugersdorp Ridge system, which includes the natural areas around Little Falls, Kenmere, Sugarbush, Roodekrans, Paardekraal and Kings Kloof.

The PCA strives to uphold the ecological integrity of the ridge system as a valuable asset to support social and economic sustainable development. We believe this can be achieved through innovative solutions in the active management of our remaining green infrastructure and urban open space.



PROTEADAL.... the current threat and challenge

According to all current national and provincial legislation and guidelines, PROTEADAL is one of the most important remaining biodiversity conservation areas in Gauteng. It also supports the last remaining viable population, of the red-listed critically endangered orchid Brachycorythis conica subsp. transvaalensis.
Despite this, Mogale City Local Municipality (MCLM) and a private developer, have been granted environmental authorisation to develop 3000 residential units, comprising 3, 5, and 7 storey flats and surrounding park-lands on a portion of land bordering on the southern boundary of the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens Nature reserve, part of the Krugersdorp Ridges known to many residents as PROTEADAL – the proteaveld visible from the R28, between the Roodekrans and Paardekraal ridge crests.
The Proteadal Conservation Association (PCA) is opposed to this approval for many reasons, including infrastructural incapacity (roads, water and sanitation, electricity and schools to support densities of 88 units/hectare) but specifically make a stand on environmental grounds.We view the approval as seriously undermining the significance of the Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) process, biodiversity policy and guidelines enacted to protect biodiversity in South Africa.


Call to Residents and the public to help protect the ridges,

and pledge your support

Initially, in 2014 the Gauteng provincial department refused the development application based on the EIA report, and other supporting documents, effectively denying development rights. This decision was subsequently overturned on appeal in July 2015 by the Gauteng MEC for Agriculture and Rural development, without public consultation on the new site plan that was approved.
For these reasons amongst others, we instructed our legal team to proceed with a High Court Review Application of the MEC’s decision in late 2015. Fortunately, Webber Wentzel Attorneys  have committed to represent the PCA in this matter on a Pro-Bono basis going forward.
Our appeal to the public, local business and key institutions, is to pledge support, financially and otherwise, to assist our cause and vision for PROTEADAL to be properly managed and protected for future generations.
To realise the vision of PROTEADAL becoming a protected area we need  resources for education, awareness and specialist input. Please consider joining our association as a member, either volunteering time, skills or material contributions, that would help us achieve our goal.... visit and like our  Facebook Page  for updates on the area, our fundraising events, and progress on our legal action.

Brachycorythis conica subsp. transvaalensis

The late J.P.H. Acocks, well known for his vegetation map of South Africa, first recorded this beautiful orchid in our area in 1956. In 2007, after a long absence of sightings, it was re-discovered by Andrew Hankey of SANBI, on municipal and private land adjacent to the WSNBG nature reserve.

This species was once more widespread in Gauteng but due to habitat loss only three colonies remain worldwide. The PROTEADAL population has just over 100 individuals, while the other two remaining colonies both have less than ten individuals. It is therefore critical that remaining habitat for these plants is preserved to avoid their extinction. To help save this orchid and protect it in future, please donate to the Wild Orchid Trust.

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