The SANIRE Gauteng Branch members and their families engaged in a slightly strenuous start to a Saturday morning at the picturesque Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden as we commenced with the walk. The breathtakingly beautiful waterfall, great weather and the promise of cold crisp beers soon dissipated all threats of tossing the branch committee members from the top of the ridge!

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The smiling explorers…before we summited the waterfall

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Enjoying the scenery while trying not to assess the stability of the slopes

Interesting facts about the history of the gardens, the geological sequences of gold-bearing quartzites and magnetic mudstones as well as spectacular flora, bird and bug life were picked up along the trail. We were also lucky enough to spot a Giant Kingfisher!

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Taking a break to admire the view, fun facts and the top-of-the-range sports model of all locusts

Everyone was rewarded with a wide variety of cold drinks and a scrumptious 3-course lunch at the Eagles Fare Restaurant.

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Recharging at the Eagles Fare Restaurant

One of the attractions that the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is famous for are the Black eagles (Aquila verreauxii) which nest on the cliffs adjacent to the Witpoortjie Falls. This nesting site is believed to exist prior to 1982 when the garden was officially established. The website boasts that initial sightings of these raptors date back to the early 1940’s and the present-day female eagle could well be the third or fourth generation since that era. The SANIRE Gauteng Branch managed to raise a total of R840 from generous contributions made by its members for the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans (BEPR). More information on the BEPR initiative can be found on the web-site www.blackeagles.co.za

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Handing over of the generous contribution from the SANIRE Gauteng Branch

The year-end function was summed up to be an eventful and relaxing end to a busy and tiring year. SANIRE Gauteng Branch would like to extend a great thanks to our sponsors, Timrite, New Concept Mining and Mid-dindi Consulting, without whom the event would not be possible, the committee members for the hard work in event organisation and dedication throughout the year and especially to the members who take time out of their busy schedules to attend such events.

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