Are you visiting this page to find out about the progress on our petition for Magaliesberg park to become a city park? In that case, please scroll down to below the pictures on this page!

Are you in or around the neighborhood of Pretoria and would you like to go hiking?

Come hiking with Henry!!!

Especially in October the Jacaranda’s are showing the awesome purple colors of the trees lining the streets.

My favorite trail takes you over a large portion of the Magaliesberg with beautiful views of both sides of town, left and right, namely on the one side is the Centre, (see picture below) and on the other side is Wonderboom/Sinoville/Pretoria North/Onderstepoort. This trail is a walk of approximately 3 hours. The climbs and descends are generally quite gentle, suitable for average hikers like myself….

There are of course shorter hikes for the elderly and those who are not so fit.

What is required is good hiking shoes and good protection against the sun (+hat). Bring your own fruit, sandwiches and water that you may need along the way.

To make an appointment you can send an e-mail to:  henrypool7@gmail.com giving me your contact details and then I will contact you! Alternatively you can send an SMS to 0836297690.

Participation is of course for free to all members and donors of CCMSA and Heart for Children. Otherwise, we would ask you to just make any contribution to CCMSA and /or Heart for Children.

Dogs just love it up here!!

Dear visitors of the Magaliesberg Park.

Following the placement of my letter (scroll down further below if you have not read it) at strategic locations in the Magaliesberg Park, there have been ca. 20 people so far who have indicated their support for our idea. It is a beginning, but obviously we still need many more people to start an official  petition. You can help us by copying and pasting the link of this hiking page in your relevant wattsup groups asking people to join our petition? We will show their names [but not their contact details] at a later stage if support grows and when we get closer to finalizing the details of our petition. Please ask your family / friends who want to join our petition to mail their names and contact details to:  henrypool7@gmail.com

I have noted with regret that some of the letters that I placed in the park have been torn up and the pieces strewn around. I wonder if the people who did this realize what statement they are making about what they think of Magaliesberg park, littering the place like that.

I had one negative e-mail and  I conclude from this letter that the ‘Friends of Magaliesberg park’ claim or think that Magaliesberg park is already protected as a world heritage site, at UNESCO. Hence, their belief that our idea of rather turning it into city park won’t work. We have found out that this is simply not true. It is not at all a world heritage site. However, it is true that it is a protected area and therefore there is a standing restriction that people may not build up to a certain height because of the fact that the hills of the Magaliesberg are [now] in a protected area. [I must say that I am puzzled that in the case of the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve this rule/ restriction was never applied?]. It may well be that if we turn Magaliesberg Park into a city park, it would mean that this restriction will be lifted. Do we want that? Perhaps we have to re-think this? What is your opinion about that? Please let me know, anyone who has an opinion on this, no matter what it is – even if you own property on the hills – by sending an e-mail to henrypool7@gmail.com.

I must admit that my main problem was the game that they brought in, and, as most of you seem to agree with me, dogs –  with or without leashes – and bucks, just do not go together.

I know that in the 40 years that I have hiked up there, there has never been any big game. It was always just the occasional dassie and perhaps a few hasies. The proof: there is no natural running water anywhere? So, the antelopes were brought in illegally and would depend on getting water from the neighbouring houses.

Apparently the reason why they say the place is so special is mostly because of the special flora and not so much the fauna. In that case, game is not a good idea as they will just destroy all the special flowers – and is that not what we/ they wanted to protect?-

So really, the idea of bringing in wild animals into the Magaliesberg park is bad, bad, bad from whichever point of view you look at it….

Anyway, the good news is that the Tshwane City Council seems to have accepted all our arguments and the wild animals have been removed or are still being removed as we speak!

As far as the entrance to the park on the south side is concerned (32nd avenue): They (‘The Friends”) want to lock it and make everyone ‘buy’ a key.
I have told the TCC that there must be free access to the park for everyone, just like it is on the far western side. I also told them that they must rather make an official TCC entrance at the school, one street further on, as there is much more parking space in that corner.

Myself, we live in the east, and would love an entrance to the park from the far eastern side….hopefully, one day….

Original letter to the visitors of Magaliesberg Park

Dear visitor and dog owners,

I am sure you have all become aware of the signs erected by the “Friends of the Magalies” in our Magalies park warning dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash.
Their actions are coinciding with the appearance of some buck that were illegally released in the park by one or more of the so-called “Friends”. They are also petitioning the TshwaneCC to adhere to an idea proposed long ago by the PretoriaCC, namely that Magalies park must ultimately become a nature reserve.
Many of us, (i.e. mountain bikers, dog owners, runners, hikers, stappers, star gazers and other concerned Pretoria citizens) do not want Magalies park to become another “Nature Reserve”, where buck and other wild animals can roam freely. We need a park just for ourselves? You will re-call that with the introduction of buck and zebra in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, it became impossible for some of us to visit that park as the zebra came after us for food (apparently some people fed them). During one of those incidents, exactly with my dog on a leash, my dog got hit by the back foot of the Zebra. And that was the end of me being able to visit the FGNR. Do we really want to repeat this very same error here in Magalies park?
We therefore want to petition our councilors to rather develop the Magalies as a city park where people can freely walk, hike, bike, run, ride horses and take our dogs for a run, etc. Because of its central location in the greater Tshwane area, it makes much more sense to develop the Magalies park as a park like they have in New York and other big cities. Some suggested improvements to the park are:
1) Addition of some seating benches at viewpoints.
2) Addition of a trim park.
3) Separate bike and walking trails, clearly marked, for safety.
4) Areas where dogs do not have to be on a leash (such as on top of the hills)
5) Narrow paving of the school path so that older people will be also able to climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the view of the City Centre.
To help us with this quest, we need to have an impressive list of local citizens who clearly do not want Magalies park to become yet another nature reserve, but rather want it to be developed as a city park with simple and free entry for all. Please e-mail me at henrypool7@gmail.com to have your name, address and contact number added to our petition. Alternatively, you can send an SMS to 0836297690.
In due time, I will publish our petition on the website www.breadonthewater.co.za on the hiking page.

Please place this letter back exactly where you found it? Many thanks!