Over the next three years, he and a team of over 100 workers planted 1,500 hectares of his farm with millions of cuttings of an indigenous succulent tree, the spekboom (Portulacaria afra) which can grow well even in dry conditions.
In mountainous areas, spekboom trees can grow even on steep slopes.
Spekboom, which absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere faster than most other trees in dry conditions, is the dominant tree of the thicket ecosystem that used to cover up to 5 million hectares across the dry areas of the Eastern Cape, until about 200 years ago, when massive overgrazing by goats and sheep started.
A group of adults plodded off to munch at spekboom
bushes, whose leaves are said to taste like bacon.
The first step of the rehabilitation is to replant spekboom
(pork tree), a rambling bush that is usually the biome's dominant plant.
She specialises in water-wise species such as fynbos and spekboom
, which she sells in compostable pots.
These, however, vary greatly in plant composition from forest to mixed woody thicket, spekboom
thicket (Portulacaria afra Jacq.), Aloe--Euphorbia dominated scrub and, at higher altitudes, shrubby rock outcrops in more open Karoo escarpment grassland.
The people of Burgersfort and near by towns will soon have a new and electrifying shopping experience once the retail shopping mall with modern design, easy admittance to the location as well as parking facility for 1000 vehicles comes up in the valley of the Spekboom
River in the greater Tubatse Local Municipality.
The 32 000sqm shopping mall is located in the valley of the Spekboom
River in the Tubatse Local Municipality.