Msinsi Grassland Restoration

Project Budget

R455,000 over 3 years

Project Background

The 8,5ha Msinsi Grasslands Reserve is located in the suburb of Kloof. It consists of approximately 7ha of highly threatened KZN Sandstone Sourveld Grassland and approximately 1,5ha of riverine forest.
The grassland section contains a wealth of grassland species including the rare Eulophia cucullata (foxglove orchid). The forest section contains a number of epiphytic orchid species and is also home to the endangered Kloof Frog and the threatened Natal Leaf-folding frog.
The restoration project has been in progress since 2011 but is yet to be completed. This projects aims to complete the restoration of the Reserve and institute a maintenance plan.
There is an ongoing need for maintenance as well as the need for some infrastructural improvements to build wooden walkways in some marshy sections.

Project Duration

MARCH 2017 – FEBRUARY 2020

  • Phase One: Implementation. 2017 – 2018. Eradication, clearing and transport of alien plants in Forest section, purchase and planting of indigenous trees, shrubs and ground cover, creation of wildlife niches. Elevated wooden walkways, viewing platforms, signage and fencing.
    Budget R320,000
  • Phase Two: Maintenance. 2019 – 2021. Infrastructural maintenance. Ongoing plant rehabilitation and maintenance, development of flora and fauna data lists. Patrols and security maintenance. Marketing programme. Community use and facilitation, educational activities, walks and talks.
    Budget R135,000

Contact Details

Name: Kloof Conservancy 143-531NPO
Location: Kloof, Upper Highway, Durban (See Google map below)
Contact person: Paolo Candotti
Contact number: 083 626 8684
Facebook @kloofconservancy

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