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Fynbos is not easy to define, but it is essentially a term for an evergreen, hard-leafed shrubland vegetation type, or collection of plants, that is primarily associated with nutrient-poor soils and often, though not exclusively, with a winter-rainfall Mediterranean-type climate. It is characterised by four...

The art of upcycling – Overberg Recycled Crafts

In this week's ‪#‎TMFInTheField we introduce you to Desiré Hearne (Des), one of TMF’s Small Grant recipients. Having grown up in the Grabouw community, Des has always been very aware of the high level of poverty and unemployment in the area. After completing her New...

Nature as the antidote to modern life: Why it’s so good for us

“Imagine a therapy that had no known side-effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost? It exists, and it’s called ‘interacting with nature.’” These words come from a study run by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, US professors of environmental psychology, known...

The Garden of Eden

In this week's ‪#‎TMFInTheField‬ we introduce you to Oom Jack Johnson, one of TMF’s Small Grant recipients. Oom Jack, located in the Slangpark community in Grabouw, is the pioneer behind ‘NuSun Farm Fresh’, a community-based veggie garden that has recently (early 2015) been re-established as...

The Himalayan Tahrs of Table Mountain

Have you ever seen a peculiar, goat-like mammal trotting the slopes of Table Mountain? If so, you’ve stumbled upon the infamous Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), a large ungulate (“hoofed animal”) native to Northern India, Southern Tibet, China and Nepal (ref). The story of how these exotic,...


In October 2012, prompted by her passion and concern for the health, safety and general well-being of the children and youth of the Snake Park Community in Grabouw, Lynette de Bruyn Davids started her Soulfood Feeding Scheme. Every Wednesday afternoon Lynette now feeds over 60...

Why is Table Mountain flat?

Let’s face it: it’s one of those questions our children will probably ask us, and their children will probably ask them - and it would be rather nice to know what to say. The geology behind Table Mountain is something we don’t often engage with, yet...