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Pringle Bay Hacking Group

The purpose of the Hack Group is to eradicate, or at the very least, to limit the growth and spread of invasive alien vegetation in the area with a view to protecting the natural fynbos. That is being done by cutting down and poisoning or uprooting alien plants and trees. Many of the trees are too thick to cut by means of a handsaw and for that reason, a chainsaw is used. The vegetation that is targeted consists mainly of Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops), Port Jackson (Acacia saligna), Pepper Wattle (Acacia longifolia), Australian Myrtle (Leptospernumlaevigatum), New Zealand Christmas Trees (Metrosideros excels), Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii), Pine Trees (Pinuspinaster), and many others listed in the schedules of the relevant conservation legislation.


The Hack Group meets on the last Saturday of the month in Pringle Bay and focuses on chosen areas in Pringle. In addition, some members, in conjunction with members of the Betty’s Bay Hack Group and Rooi Els, form a weekly Wednesday Hack. They hack where the threat is most urgent within the Kogelberg Biosphere area. It is essential that all residents of the Kogelberg Biosphere take note of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA), Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations of October 2014. It is our duty to ensure that we secure our heritage, the fynbos, for the generations to come. There are some stiff penalties for landowners who do not comply with the eradication of invasive exotics. The sooner you address the invasion, the easier and cheaper it is to address!


If you want to find out where the hacking team has been busy, you are welcome to read the monthly Hack Reports. Find out which invasive aliens have been tackled and share in the team's successes.


Anyone who wants to become involved in the fight against the invading exotics is welcome, all ages, shapes and sizes can make a contribution. All you need to provide are sturdy shoes and gloves. Feel free to liaise with Chris Geldenhuys (082 900 8299), the Hack Convenor for Pringle Bay.