Spectacular Sunsets of Magaliesburg

On Sunday some spectacular cloud formations covered Magaliesburg skies towards sunset. Most spectacular were the high stratospheric / cirrus clouds which were being shaped into beautiful plumes by a double Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from recent solar activity which only hit earth early on Sunday. Resident landowner Mark Helfrich snapped this beautiful sky from the valley of Koesterfontein just outside Magaliesburg.   Rate this post

Cussonia paniculata (Cabbage Tree)

Cussonia paniculata is a short, thick-set tree, rarely exceeding 5 m in height. It is sparsely branched with grey, longitudinal fissured, thick and corky bark. The evergreen Highveld Cabbage tree makes for a beautiful focal point in a garden as it has an unusual shape, interesting gnarled bark and stunning, large, grey-green leaves. This tree is considered a pachycaul succulent on the basis of its swollen stem base or tuber which forms early in plants …

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Petition for the Magaliesburg Biosphere Project

This is a petition which promotes the development of a biosphere in the Magaliesburg District. It is aimed at creating real employment for local people in the hospitality and tourism industry. This development is expected to be driven by local companies and disadvantaged communities many of which are foreign that seem to exploit the area without proof of real sustainability for local people. We need your support urgently as we have to meet a deadline. …

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Fire Protection Association (FPA) of Magaliesburg

Dear Magaliesbuger’s, we are well into veld fire season now with several fire’s already having broken out around Magaliesburg, Koesterfontein and Golden Valley over the past week. The Fire Protection Association (FPA) will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday 12th June 2012 at the Salvation Army in Rietpoort at 7 PM. Please attend the meeting to learn more about the Fire Protection Association and how to join. Important info on what to do and …

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Bark Spider (Caerostris sexcuspidata) – Magaliesburg

This is a female Bark Spider (Caerostris sexcuspidata) found in Koesterfontein, Magaliesburg. Bark spiders are nocturnal orb-web spiders that construct a large orb web, up to 1.5 metres, stretching from one tree to the next. The abdomen is cryptically coloured and adorned with numerous horny projections and viewed from the rear a definite animal face can be perceived. When she is off her web she retires to a branch and packs her legs tightly next …

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Koesterfontein, Magaliesburg

Koesterfontein is found within the Crocodile primary catchment area bordering on the town of Magaliesburg in Gauteng, South Africa. The land use is predominently eco-tourism and agriculture and is zoned this way by Mogale City Local Municipality. Magaliesburg was declared a protected environment in 1977. The vegetation of the area is described as Bankenveld (Acocks), Rocky Highveld Grassland Ridges (Low & Rebelo) and Moot Plains Bushveld in the North and Gauteng Shale Mountain Bushveld in …

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Birds of the Magaliesburg – Species List

Herewith a Bird Species List from Koesterfontein, Golden Valley area’s in Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Magaliesburg is reported to have over 300 species of Birds and is an area rich in Biodiversity. Birds of the Magaliesburg – Species List Bird Name Roberts / Newmans Number Whitebreasted Cormorant 55 Reed Cormorant 58 African Darter 60 Grey Heron 62 Black-headed Heron 63 Great Egret 66 Little Egret 67 Cattle Egret 71 Hamerkop 81 African Sacred Ibis 91 …

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Mountain Dew “African Train” Commercial Filmed in Koesterfontein, Magaliesburg

Magaliesburger’s may remember in July 2010 when film crews took over the train crossing into Koesterfontein, Magaliesburg for about 4 days to shoot a Mountain Dew TV Commercial. We eventually found this video on youtube and felt it appropriate to share it with the community of Magaliesburg. The commercial is called African Train and having spent 2 days on and off watching production it is great to see the final product.  The entire production was …

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