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Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts

Rural Development - Kwazulu Natal - South Africa

Rural Areas of Kwazulu Natal - Many areas experience difficulties such as no water, lack of sanitation, no quality education, no libraries and gravel roads... Many teachers, nurses and hard working individuals strive everyday to make the places better, the children smarter and life easier...

Empower Those Around You... Look After Each Other... Try To Provide Opportunities
South African Building Contractor Group





Douglas - Mhlumayo - Mhlabathini - Pomeroy - Uitval - Kwazulu Natal




Sibongintuthuko Primary School - Mhlabathini - Umhlomayo - South Africa



Tugela Ferry and Church of Scotland Hospital


Tugela Ferry Mall - Tugela Ferry - Kwazulu Natal - South Africa



Hlabisa - Hlabisa Hospital - Umkhanyakude District Municipality


White Mountain - Sobabili - Wembezi - Pisgah - Ntabamhlope



Going Green in South Africa - Waste Management and Recycling

Why Waste in conjunction with the Kwazulu Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism recently hosted a Waste Management and Environmental Conservation Workshop at the Ladysmith Department of Public Works Auditorium. Stakeholders from Business and Government were in attendance.


Topics Presented included:

1. Pollution and Contamination of Water and Air Resources.
2. Waste Management.
3. Waste Disposal and Contributing Factors.
4. Recycling and Job Creation within South Africa.
5. Waste Recovery and Prevention.
6. Environmental Degradation.
7. Education and the Environment.
8. The South African Waste Act.
9. Individual Accountability.
10 Waste Business Opportunities.


Presentations were conducted and various stakeholders present included:
DET - Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
DAFF - Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry.
NDEA - National Department of Environmental Affairs.
Uthukela District Municipality.
Okhahlamba Local Municipality.
KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife.
Alfred Duma Municipality.
Coca Cola.
Boston City Campus.

Mr Sengalele Mgaga - Integrated Approach to Waste Management


Definition of Waste - (of a material, substance, or by-product) eliminated or discarded as no longer useful or required after the completion of a process.


"ensure that waste materials are disposed of responsibly"


Why Waste Recycling Ladysmith has been serving the communities for over 40 years...

Mrs Razia Patel - Why Waste Core Business Practices

REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE

Mr Lindani Nene outlining the importance of Consumer Rights and the Consumer Commission...

Mr Lindani Nene - EDTEA - Consumer Rules, Regulations and Rights

Uthukela District Municipality - Environmental Health Practitioners are enabling individuals and businesses achieve positive waste management results...





Rural Access Roads - Deep Rural South Africa - Makekeni and Ezimbokodweni

Access roads provide opportunities for sustainable development to deep rural communities. These vital roads allow movement of both people and goods. The Okhahlamba Municipality has undertaken the initiative to provide access roads to the rural communities of Makekeni and Ezimbokodweni.


The Drakensberg Mountains world heritage site is home to thousands of  local and international tourists.


Madudla Contractors together with Maxode Projects and Geotechnical Solutions have lent valuable expertise and experience.



Job Creation, Skills Development and Women Empowerment in rural areas build confidence and improve the local communities.







More Drakensberg Videos... Drakensberg Adventure

On Other Travel Blogs ... Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve








Geotechnical Investigations - Compaction Testing - Mod AASHTO - Soil Grading Analysis - Atterberg Limits - DCP Testing - Concrete Cube Crushing - Concrete Strength Testing - Block Strength Testing - Water Quality Testing...

www.geo-sol.co.za

Durban - Pietermaritzburg - Newcastle - Harrismith - Johannesburg - Pretoria - Bloemfontein - Bethlehem - QwaQwa - Kestel - Reitz - Vereeninging - Ladysmith - Dundee - Estcourt - Glencoe - Vryheid - Greytown - Muden - Colenso - Winterton - Bergville - Drakensberg


More Adventure Videos... GeoSolutions Adventure Videos




My Little Africa - Kestel Lion Park - Free State - South Africa

Our staff visit My Little Africa - Kestel Lion Park - Free State - South Africa... Located off the main N5 Highway between Harrismith and Bethlehem... Nestled within the small cosy town of Kestel...


My Little Africa Map



Address: Jan Van Riebeeck St, Kestell, 9860
HoursCloses soon: 5:30PM ⋅ Opens 9AM Sat






This lion park is lovely... We were able to Interact and Play with the Lions and Snakes... A thrilling experience that built Trust, Confidence, Team Work, Courage and Personal Development ...





My Little Africa has a variety of animals such as Lynx, Wildcat, Snakes and Lions...


The park relies on visitors and donations and is ideal for a school excursions that wont break your budget... My little Africa has been in operation for a good number of years...



For Guided Safe and PRIVATE South African Rural and Animal Tours email geosollab@gmail.com...

More Drakensberg Videos... Drakensberg Adventure

On Other Travel Blogs ... Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve



Adventure - Cape Town and Table Mountain on Foot

A Scenic Tour around Cape Town and Table Mountain on Foot using various public transport systems like the Red Tour Bus... This Tour around the City of Cape Town visits Historical Landmarks like District Six, Kirstenbosch Botannical Gardens, World of Birds, Cape Town City, Clifton and the V&A Waterfront. To Name a Few ...


The City is Vibrant and Classy and Accommodation is all around... Food Restaurants and Retail Shopping Malls make it a shoppers paradise. Cape Town is however pricier than most of South Africa... Pity the poor souls who live here...


The V&A waterfront is vibrant with entertainment and tours. Tours can be arranged to Robin Island as well as around the Cape Peninsular ... Cape Town and Table Mountain with a Helicopter...


The 2 Oceans Aquarium features the Cutest Penguins showing themselves of. A variety of Sea Animals are found at the Aquarium located within the Waterfront in Cape Town. Animals include Seals, Fish, Penguins and Snakes.









Hout Bay is a Must See... The Red Tour Bus makes its way along this route... Wild Seals and Seagulls together with the salty smell of the sea make this place enchanting...


and World Renown Salt and Vinegar Fish, Chips and Calamari...


A Local Cape Malay Feeds Seals with his Mouth in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa...


Table Mountain is Recognized Among the 7 Wonders of the World... On Windy and Rainy Days the Mountain is Closed. So if the Weather is clear head on over... The Lines are Enormous in the morning so we recommend the Afternoon Lunch Sunset Shift...


Going Up the Table Mountain Cable Car ...



The View from the Top is Stunning... Food can be bought from the Summit Cafe located on the Summit.


Our Crew Love Business Trips to Cape Town...

GeoSolEarth Staff






Cathedral Peak Resort - Central Drakensberg - South Africa

A Scenic Drive to the Cathedral Peak Hotel and Resort located within the Central Drakensberg.


The Hotel and Resort is an Upmarket Facility featuring all the best entertainment and hikes... For a Full List of Facilities have a look at our GeoSolutions Review... Google Maps Cathedral Peak Review...






The Entrance to the Cathedral Peak Hotel is warm and welcoming...



Hikes include:
1. Blue Pools
2. Neptune's Pool
3. Ribbon Falls
4. Rainbow Gorge
5. Baboon Rock
6. Ribbon Falls
7. Mushroom Rock
8. Doreen Falls
9. Cathedral Peak
10. The Bell



Helicopter Charters over the Mountains can be arranged. Quad Bikes and the Mike's Pass 4x4 Trail allow adventurers deeper access to the Drakensberg Mountain. The Restaurant and Bar offer delicious lunches for guests and day visitors with spectacular views.



More Drakensberg Videos... Drakensberg Adventure

On Other Travel Blogs ... Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve




Rural Skills Development and Job Creation - South Africa

GeoSolEarth is proud to be a part of rural skills development and job creation. Most of the areas we service are poor with high unemployment rates. The roads we travel on are gravel dirt roads and the areas lack electricity, sanitation and clean drinking water.

We are however very fortunate to still see smiles on the faces of local kids and people... Our Geotechnical Solutions staff are always blown away by the warm welcomes and happy faces.


Happy Faces at Dukuza High School...





Emkhuphula Learners always had the most interesting stories...



Skills Development and Job Creation in Emmaus... Empowering the Community within the Building and Construction Sectors...







Learners at Nteneshana Primary School faces challenges of No Water and No Electricity...


The little ones at Mzomusha Primary hardly left us alone...


There is also a lack of classrooms and no maths or science teachers...




Geotechnical Investigations - Compaction Testing - Mod AASHTO - Soil Grading Analysis - Atterberg Limits - DCP Testing - Concrete Cube Crushing - Concrete Strength Testing - Block Strength Testing - Water Quality Testing...

www.geo-sol.co.za

Durban - Pietermaritzburg - Newcastle - Harrismith - Johannesburg - Pretoria - Bloemfontein - Bethlehem - QwaQwa - Kestel - Reitz - Vereeninging - Ladysmith - Dundee - Estcourt - Glencoe - Vryheid - Greytown - Muden - Colenso - Winterton - Bergville - Drakensberg


More Adventure Videos... GeoSolutions Adventure Videos




Spioenkop Dam and Spioenkop Nature Reserve

An Adventure to the Scenic Spioenkop Dam and Spioenkop Nature Reserve.

Day visitors are welcomed as well as campers, fisherman and boating enthusiasts.




There is a Park Entry Fee to the access facilities. If you prefer luxury accommodation the Spioenkop Lodge is available for Bookings.




Spioenkop Dam Seen from Spioenkop Monument. Tours can be arranged with Spioenkop Lodge ...

This vantage point allowed soldiers who controlled the Hill a 360 View of the surrounding area. The Hill was integral during the Siege of Ladysmith.

Zebra at Spioenkop Nature Reserve - The Location is Awesome and you can embark on mini wildlife safari with your own vehicle...

Fishing is also permitted within the reserve and the Spioenkop Dam forms part of the Tugela outfall...





Animals and Wildlife include Giraffe, Zebra, Eland and numerous other Antelope species. Fish include Carp, Barbel, various river fish and occasionally bass in certain areas.






Spioenkop Lodge and Tours - Raymond Heron - Heron Tours ... Spioenkop Lodge Contact

Article by: GeoSol Earth Staff  

Contact us if you want to be featured on our Earth Blog - GeoSolEarth Contact





On other Blogs ... Cape Town and Table Mountain by Helicopter





On other Blogs ... Lions Rock Wildcat Sanctuary



Giants Castle Nature Reserve - Central Drakensberg South


A Scenic Drive Towards The Giants Castle Nature Reserve...

Turning off from the Estcourt N3, winding through Wembezi ...




Giant's Castle is a mountain peak in the southern African Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Giants Castle offers visitors to the regions hiking opportunities with panoramic views. The Nature Reserve offers secluded accommodation, bushman rock art with easy access for everyone and about the best base to start a Drakensberg hiking experience. The area is one of many of South Africa's adventure areas, and plays host to the Giants Challenge MTB marathon in April each year.

Lying at the southern end of the central Drakensberg Giant’s Castle, which gets its name from the outline of the peaks and escarpment that combine to resemble the profile of a sleeping giant, is essentially a grassy plateau that nestles among the deep valleys of this part of the Drakensberg.(Wikipedia)




Giants Castle Game Reserve is considered the home of the eland as well as the bearded vulture. Another Giants Castle highlight is the superb bushman rock art at main caves which is easy to get to and well presented.(Wikipedia). Formerly the renowned Lammergeier Hide was open for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered bird species. This facility has since fallen into disrepair. (Wikipedia)





The Giants Castle Campsite and Chalets offer the best Base for all Eager Hikers and Climbers wishing to venture deeper into the Drakensberg Mountains. The Bushmans River can be fished for many Kilometers however only Fly Fishing is Allowed... Giants Castle Fly Fishing



The iZimbali Restaurant provides delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners with comfort, cleanliness, warmth....







Drakensberg Hiking Trails from Giants Castle ...

There are in excess of 25 walks in the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve. The 285 kilometres (177 mi) network of trails here includes 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to 30 kilometres (19 mi) hikes, spanning from 1 hour to overnight.

There are currently 14 recognized escarpment passes in the region (listed north to south):

Corner Pass
Around the Corner Pass (variation route on Corner Pass with alternative summit) 
Judge Pass 
Gypaetus Pass (opened in September 2012) 
Bannerman Pass 
Thumb Pass 
North Hlubi Pass 
South Hlubi Pass 
Langalibalele Pass 
Bond Pass (opened in 2014) 
North Jarding/Jarateng Pass 
Central Jarding/Jarateng Pass 
South Jarding/Jarateng Pass 
Giant's Castle Pass...

The Bushman’s River Trail is one of the most popular walks in the reserve. Points of interest along this route include Sandstone View and the historic Rock 75, where a cook from the 75th Regiment on Foot carved the figure 75 into a boulder during the Langalibalele rebellion in 1874. The highlight of this trail is the Main Caves, with one of the best known rock-art sites in South Africa... (wikipedia).




Article by: GeoSol Earth Staff  

Contact us if you want to be featured on our Earth Blog - GeoSolEarth Contact


A Gorgeous Drive through the Central Drakensberg - South Africa - Towards the Cayley Lodge Resort and Monks Cowl - Fishing can be done at Bell Park Dam as well as Drakensberg Sun - The Yummy Valley Bakery as well as the world famous Waffle Hut are must stops. 





Central Drakensberg Adventure Through Winterton



A Gorgeous Drive through the Central Drakensberg - South Africa - Towards the Cayley Lodge Resort and Monks Cowl - Fishing can be done at Bell Park Dam as well as Drakensberg Sun - The Yummy Valley Bakery as well as the world famous Waffle Hut are must stops.



The Best Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menu can be found at Drakensberg Sun. Other resorts include Champagne Sports Resort, Dragons Peak and Monks Cowl Campsites, Champagnes Castle Hotel, Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort for Golf and Relaxation Sunsets - Cathedral Peak Hotel and the Didima Campsite.



The World Famous Drakensberg Boys Choir lies En-route. Cathkin Estates allows investors to purchase a small piece of this paradise for the price of a body part. So if you can afford the home you will die a happy soul.






The Monks Cowl Campsite allows hikers and climbers to venture deeper and higher into the Drakensberg Mountains. It is also the last of the Tar Road as 4x4s would now be required to progress further.






Article by: GeoSol Earth Staff 

Contact us if you want to be featured on our Earth Blog - GeoSolEarth Contact




Tugela Ferry - Msinga - Muden Adventure - Rural Skills Development - Job Creation

The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Public Works has undertaken a school sanitation project to construct new toilet blocks for male and female, grade R learners and teachers in the Umzinyathi District Municipality located within the Kwazulu-Natal province.

Various schools were identified within the Muden, Tugela Ferry and Msinga areas for geotechnical investigation studies. The Ramgoolam Group together with Naidu Consulting Engineers have requested Geotechnical Solutions (Pty) Ltd to carry out geotechnical investigation studies for selected schools.

Here is our Adventure...




Tugela Ferry is a town on the northern bank of the Tugela River, in central KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. During the apartheid era it formed part of the KwaZulu homeland, and at present it is included in the Umzinyathi District Municipality....

Schools included:



GeoSolutions List of Learner Schools
Emachunwini - Holwane - Mzomusha - Ntshishili - Sibumba - Nomaqulu - Bethulo - Pano - KusaKusa - Zizi - Osuthu - Mabedlana - Nomahaye - Makhankana  - Mfunzi - Zimiseleni - Mhlangezulu - Mhlumba - Kwavulamehlo - Gayisani - Phumela - Mpikayizekanye - Fabeni - Ngongolo - Mabizela - Nkamba - Mbondweni - Mfenebude - Umbonje - St Benards Julwayo - Mashunka - Ntokozweni - Themane - Nyoniyezwe - Kwazenzele - Emkhuphula - Mathinta - Mpompolwana - Bhekabantu




The Stories were endless and the little learners provided us with tons of comfort and warmth. Clean Drinking Water remains a problem as most schools and learners have none. The delivery of water is totally reliant on water trucks which seem to speed past the schools with little consideration for the children.





Emkhuphula Learners with the most stories... There are Zero to No Maths and Science Teachers.






The areas are deep rural and forgotten by the big city politicians....
The schools and areas are lacking electricity, water, roads and sanitation...


Our Geotechnical Solutions Crew...


Geotechnical Investigations - Compaction Testing - Mod AASHTO - Soil Grading Analysis - Atterberg Limits - DCP Testing - Concrete Cube Crushing - Concrete Strength Testing - Block Strength Testing - Water Quality Testing...



More Adventure Videos... GeoSolutions Adventure Videos









Waterfall - Hart Hill Falls - Tugela River

The Stunning Hart Hill Waterfall is located a stones throw away from Colenso... Downstream of the Falls - Hart’s Hill is a hill and is located in uThukela District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 999 metres. Latitude: -28°40'53.04" Longitude: 29°49'59.12" The Falls is Located very close to the small town of Colenso...

Downstream of the Falls




Top of the Falls is equally Breathtaking... The Tugela River (Zulu: Thukela; Afrikaans: Tugelarivier) is the largest river in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. It is one of the most important rivers of the country. The river originates in Mont-aux-Sources of the Drakensberg Mountains and plunges 947 metres down the Tugela Falls. The Mont-aux-Sources is also the origin of tributaries of two other major South African rivers, the Orange and the Vaal. From the Drakensberg range, the Tugela follows a 502 kilometres (312 mi) route through the KwaZulu-Natal midlands before flowing into the Indian Ocean.

The total catchment area is approximately 29,100 square kilometres (11,200 sq mi). Land uses in the catchment are mainly rural subsistence farming and commercial forestry.



The Waterfall Itself...








Lions Rock Bigcat Sanctuary - Bethlehem - South Africa

On Safari at Lions Rock Bigcat Sanctuary located in Bethlehem, Free State Province, South Africa...

The location is Really Stunning... As part of FOUR PAWS’ work for wild animals in captivity, we focus on the situation of big cats in zoos, in private captivity and in the entertainment industry. The area was was taken over by FOUR PAWS in 2006. During the early days at the newly acquired big cat sanctuary, huge demands were placed on the local team. Massive structural changes had to be made to the area to bring up to FOUR PAWS´ rigorous quality standards










LIONSROCK is also home to a variety of game - Wildebeests Blesbuck, Burchell’s Zebra, Duiker, Eland, Impala, Letchwe, Mountain Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Reedbuck, Springbuck, Steenbuck and Waterbuck. There is also a wide variety of bird species that have found refuge on the farm.





Other Big Cats include Tigers... All cats have been rescued ... Four Paws...





Contact GeoSolEarth for Private Tours to any of our Blog Sites...



On Other Blogs ... South Africa to India by Car - Ayob Vawda

On Other Blogs - Rural Skills Development and Community Upliftment






Gold Exploration - Central Rand Goldfield - Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG'S gold mining industry was established when a large gold reef was accidentally discovered on a remote farm in 1886, triggering a massive gold rush by thousands of speculators. 


































The City of Johannesburg is littered with Defunct shafts, Old Mine Workings and Mine Waste Dumps... all a history to the name Egoli - The City of Gold... The Powerhouse of Africa... 



































Within 10 years, there was a fully fledged town on the same spot; within 30 years it was South Africa's largest city. Today Johannesburg is Africa's biggest city, ringed by the deepest gold mines in the world.




The Central Rand Goldfield - Johannesburg



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RC Gold Drilling - Crown Mines





Nullagine Gold Exploration - Australian Outback


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