Feature: Old Trading Post Coffee Shop and Deli

Continuing with our features of establishments around Magaliesburg, today we highlight the Old Trading Post Coffee Shop and Deli run by Martie van Wyk and her family. It’s no secret that Magaliesburg is the top weekend getaway from the stresses of city life in Johannesburg and Pretoria and is merely an hour’s drive from each metropole. It’s not just any old drive, it’s a super scenic relaxing drive through the Cradle of Humankind and the …

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Feature: Faerie-Nuff at the Old Trading Post

This is the first in our features of places to visit and things to do in Magaliesburg. Lauren Robers run’s the Faerie-Nuff outlet at the Old Trading Post (1902) which carries one of the biggest ranges of Sterling Silver Jewelery, Clothing, Incense’s, Faerie’s and Dragon ornaments. Her collection is quite outstanding and is by far better than anything you will find anywhere in the city. Lauren’s range has grown so big she has had to …

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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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Nothing grows under Alien Vegetation?

A card that is commonly played by developers and mines seeking environmental authorization’s is the alien vegetation situation of an area. Environmental consultants will often paint pictures of doom and gloom about how the alien vegetation in an area has taken over and how they will be the very one’s who will remedy this and save the day. While Alien vegetation is indeed a serious problem, it is a problem we will continue to face …

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Protea caffra (Sugarbush / Suikerbos)

Common Sugar Bush (English); Gewone Suikerbos (Afrikaans); isiQalaba (Zulu, Xhosa) Family: PROTEACEAE These photo’s are of Protea caffra (Sugarbush / Suikerbos) growing on the protected highveld grassland ridges of Magaliesburg or Themeda triandra open woodland. This very prolific bank of Protea’s sit directly inside the areas where multiple prospecting applications have been lodged in the last year. This Protea species which has proven incredibly difficult to germinate in a nursery or garden environment has no …

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Cotyledon orbiculata (pig’s ear / plakkie)

Cotyledon orbiculata, (Common names: pig’s ear (Eng.); plakkie, platjies, varkoorblare, varkoor, kouterie (Afr.)), one of the beautiful succulents that grows in the Magaliesburg area. This is a well-known medicinal plant. The fleshy part of the leaf is applied by many South Africans to soften and remove hard corns and warts. The Southern Sotho use a dried leaf as a protective charm for an orphan child and as a plaything. In the Willowmore District, the heated …

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Agriculture Minister says Boost Small Scale Farming to drive Economies

By Nthambeleni Gabara Source: Buanews Pretoria – Small-scale farmers need to be encouraged to produce and drive economies in their respective communities, says Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Speaking after receiving signed copies of Delivery Agreements for Outcomes Seven and Ten from her department’s stakeholders in Pretoria on Monday, the minister said the industry had become central to job creation and the economic growth of the country . “To drive this further, we …

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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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