Johannesburg City Parks has informed us that they will be performing a controlled burn in the Reserve on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020.
This is a perfectly normal procedure run by the JCP Protected Areas Unit using fire as a management tool where veld is burned for the ecological reasons listed below:
- To burn grass to remove moribund (fuel load or tall grass)
- To stimulate grass growth
- To reduce the amount of alien plants or encroaching plants
- To kill parasites that might be in the grasses
Please don’t be alarmed if you see smoke or flames in the Reserve: this was last performed two years ago and was excellently managed – most importantly no wildlife was harmed in any way during the whole procedure.