Modderfontein Conservation Society to host May meeting

Pylons installed in 2014 in the Modderfontein Reserve which supply power to the new Busamed Hospital in the Longlake Development.

The Modderfontein Conservation Society (MCS) May meeting will take place at the Modderfontein Town Hall at 1 Casino Road on May 18 at 7.30pm.

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The talk, which will be presented by Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)’s Programme Manager Constant Hoogstad, will focus on how the negative effects of providing humanity with electricity impact on the animal kingdom.

Hoogstad is the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)’s Programme Manager:Wildlife and Energy Programme and works closely with Eskom in implementing an integrated management system to minimise negative impacts.

“Eskom and the EWT formalised their already long-standing relationship by entering into a partnership in 1996 to address the problem of wildlife interactions with electrical infrastructure in a systematic manner and on a national basis,” said Hoogstad.

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The partners are celebrating 21 years of being world leaders when it comes to responsible wildlife and electrical infrastructure management.

“The development of mitigation devices like the world-renowned OWL nocturnal device for birds was developed as a result of the partnership,” said Hoogstad.

“The EWT also assists Eskom Generation with biodiversity management at all power stations, and Eskom Renewables Energy to do post-construction monitoring of bird and bat impacts at renewable energy sites like wind farms and concentrated solar plants,” he said.

Over the last five years the Eskom/EWT partnership has trained more than 10 000 Eskom employees on wildlife and electrical infrastructure interactions.

Visitors are welcome.

For information, contact Jenny Gough on 011 452 2201 or 082 685 0959.

Buli Sonqishe

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