Supporting and driving conservation initiatives in Cape Town.

Nature Care Fund

Nature Care Fund

The Nature Care Fund was established to support conservation activities in Cape Town. The fund is structured to invest and disburse monies from Private individuals, Corporate companies, Friends groups and other bodies towards nature conservation projects.

The focus is predominantly on supporting the efforts of the City’s Biodiversity Management Branch that works to uphold the Cape Town Biodiversity Network. This is a network of conservation areas with varying status levels of priority aimed at ensuring the conservation of biodiversity and ecological processes and maintenance of ecosystem functioning. Project funds for over 30 ring-fenced accounts are tightly monitored, regularly reported on and audited annually.


Acres of endangered vegetation
under conservation


Endangered species

R 20 029 419

Investment into conservation projects
since 2008

Gantouw Project


In an attempt to conserve the biodiversity and natural ecological process of the endangered Cape Dune Strandveld occurring in the False Bay Nature Reserve a project was launched in 2015 whereby 5 young eland were reintroduced onto the nature reserve, the first time eland have been present for over 200 years.

In addition to the desired reduction in spread of certain bush and tree species, a phenomenon known as bush-encroachment, the project will yield some valuable scientific results with close monitoring of changes to floral and faunal composition over time as well as seasonal diet shifts of the eland. The value of the project has also been towards the appointment of three graduates of CTEET’s training programmes as eland monitors.

Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area


Contained within the Kenilworth Racecourse is 52ha of one of the last and arguably the most important conservation sites of the critically endangered vegetation Cape Sand Plain Fynbos, hosting a number of rare and endemic plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world and the remarkable story of reintroduction of a plant species, Erica verticillata, that was extinct in the wild.

Managing the site is Rob Slater assisted by Ismail Wambi and Tania Snyders and a team of expanded Public Works Programme staff.

Burghers Walk African Penguin Conservation


The endangered African Penguin is battling depleted fish stocks and reduced nesting grounds across its historic range with numbers of birds having plummeted from 4 million birds at the turn of the 19th century to an estimated 21 000 breeding pairs today. The numbers continue to drop dramatically with the population having declined by 75% since 2000. In the 1980’s penguins that were historically confined to islands began nesting on the mainland at Boulders beach near Simonstown which and subsequently spilling over onto adjacent land.

To manage the birds that were settling out of the Boulders Beach penguin colony a partnership between SANCCOB, CTEET, SanParks and the City of Cape Town was established in 2010 and which saw the appointment of 4 conservators to monitor the penguins population and breeding, controlling access to the penguins by the public, moving the penguins off the roads and out of peoples gardens, and collecting injured birds for rehabilitation at the SANCCOB facilities. This project would not be possible were it not for the generous financial support rendered by SANCCOB and the determined collaboration of all parties.

Milnerton Racecourse Conservation Area


Nestled in the heart of the Milnerton racecourse is a remnant patch of 19ha of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, containing 260 plant species 34 of which are Red Data species. Despite being of such small size a population of grysbok remains and evidence of their low browse line can be seen when going on one of the season walks through the reserve.

Landi Louw has been responsible for managing the site for the past two years and knows the whereabouts of all the endemic plants on the site.

Strandfontein Birding Area


Considered as one of South Africa’s IBAs (Important Birding Areas) Strandfontein contains a number of important breeding and migratory bird species and contributes to the Ramsar status bestowed on the False Bay Nature Reserve in 2015.

In partnership with the Cape Bird Club and Birdlife SA conservators have been placed on the site for the past 8 years in order to manage the site and monitor the bird populations of the 202 species found there. Erica Essig, formerly a CTEET employee was appointed as the site manager in 2013 and is assisted on site by Clint Williams.

Atlantic Beach Conservation Area


In partnership with the Atlantic Beach Golf Club and the City of Cape Town an important ecological corridor between the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve and the Melkbos/Koeberg conservation area will be maintained through conservation of the 22ha of dune strandveld protected within the golfing estate.

Louis van Wyk together with two recent graduates of the CTEET Training and Development programme are responsible for on-site activities.

Alien Invasive Programme


Aquatic and terrestrial plant species introduced to South Africa from other parts of the world form one of the greatest threats to the Cape Floristic region and may be responsible for the loss of species and shifts on the functioning of the ecosystems. Billions of Rands and a great deal of resources have been directed towards controlling the densification and spread of alien invasive plants and a National drive towards job creation through Expanded Public Works Programmes has taken place.

In Cape Town over 750 unemployed people have been employed through the EPW Programmes and managed by the Green Jobs Unit, a division of the Environmental Resource Management Department. CTEET currently contracts 20 people to assist with the Administration of the Unit as well as the scientific and technical aspects of alien plant control across the City.

Conservation Endowment Fund


Whilst CTEET is opposed to the negative environmental and ecological impacts of urban development that threatens many species and ecosystems we realize that the social pressures exist to accommodate the burgeoning population and annual immigration to Cape Town.

To this end CTEET has created a Conservation Endowment Fund aimed at investing and directing monies generated out of development activities towards conservation projects within the City. These development activities include Biodiversity offset capital as well as conservation levy contributions placed on property owners within new developments. The creation of the Endowment Fund will ensure continuation of the longterm and collaborative efforts towards conservation of the Cape Town Biodiversity Network.


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