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Everyone who has ever taken a orphaned bird or injured animal to Free Me Wildlife Rehab Centre will want to petition this road.

The Rietfontein Nature reserve is a pristine, 24 hectare bushveld nature reserve stretching over a rocky ridge and forms part of the green belt that runs all the way to Kyalami in the north.  It is managed by city parks, is populated by countless small mammals and birds, but most importantly, Rietfontein is also the home of Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation centre. For those that don’t know, Free Me is the biggest rehab centre in Gauteng in number of admissions. Last year alone Free Me admitted around 10 000 wild animals affected by urbanization.

Now, ironically, urbanization is threatening to bring Free Me to a standstill.

A 62 meter wide, 4 lane provincial road, so close to our enclosures and our most sensitive cases, will not only affect Free Me’s ability to do successful rehabilitation of the animals in our care, but will also cause irreparable damage to the Nature Reserve and the wildlife that lives here.  Free Me has always been dependant on the sanctuary of this nature reserve to provide our injured and displaced wildlife a quiet and safe place to recover. The K60 is threatening to put an end to that.

If you have ever driven along Witkoppen road at rush hour you will know that alleviating the traffic congestion in the area is a priority. We are not saying we don’t need the road, we surely do! But what we are saying is that, considering the large budget set aside for this road, there must be a way that some of that money can be spent on finding a solution that does not cut through a green belt and possibly destroy the biodiversity of this area. (It would cost a lot less for example to upgrade Witkoppen road.)

The K60 was planned back in the 1970’s as a way of transporting army troops around the country. Since then times have changed, the country has changed, environment policies have changed, and now a greener, more environmentally conscious option needs to be found to solve the traffic issues along Witkoppen.

The Provincial Roads department has appointed an Environmental Assessment company called Rock Environmental Consulting (REC) to “investigate the terrain”.  Part of their job is to inform all “Interested and Affected Parties” and to gather registration forms. They have not done that very effectively! 
So now a deadline of the 30th of April is looming and we are calling on everyone who has an interest in following the planning of the K60 to file your registration with REC.

To be clear, this is not a protest against a new road, we do need a new road, but we need to look at the route this road is following and we need to be informed about the Environmental impact it will have and the damage it will cause to the Rietfontein nature reserve and to the Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation centre.

You can get further information or register by emailing  [email protected]

You can also download the registration form and find additional information at the Paulshof Residents and Rate Payers Association web site www.paulshof.org

or via the Free Me web site www.freemewildlife.org.za

or join the Friends of Rietfontein Facebook page.


Signed,

Michelle Bertschinger- Watson

This petition closed over 1 year ago

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A busy road of this size, so close to our enclosures and our most sensitive cases, will not only affect Free Me's ability to do successful rehabilitation of the animals in our care, but will also...

A busy road of this size, so close to our enclosures and our most sensitive cases, will not only affect Free Me's ability to do successful rehabilitation of the animals in our care, but will also cause irreparable damage to the Nature Reserve and the wildlife that lives here.  Free Me has always been dependant on the sanctuary of this nature reserve to provide our injured and displaced wildlife
a quiet and safe place to recover. The K60 is threatening to put an end to
that.


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