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Chatsworth Nature Reserve has potential for eco-tourism
​City offi cials and stakeholders attended an action
plan meeting to map out the way for the next step
in revitalising the Silverglen Nature Reserve.
THE Silverglen Nature Reserve (SNR) has the potential to transform into a lucrative eco-tourism hub and city officials have committed themselves to tackling the challenges that the conservation site faces in order for the public to visit and enjoy the tranquil reserve.

City officials met at the Burman Bush Nature Reserve recently for a brainstorming session to develop strategic action plans that will ensure that the improvements made are sustainable and to also reflect on the progress made at the reserve. Area Based Management (ABM) Head Linda Mbonambi said that the City is committed to protecting and preserving the area for generations to come. He said: “Our main objective is to alleviate crime and strengthen the relationship between the Chatsworth community and the reserve.” Mbonambi added that the revitalisation of the SNR has gained international attention and is being used as a case study in Germany to highlight the positive impact of revitalising green spaces.

The 460 ha conservancy has historic significance as it is home to the Silverglen Nursery which was the first medicinal plant nursery to be established in Africa. The reserve is also the largest conservation site in the eThekwini area.

Progress thus far includes the installation of signage and bins and two alien clearing contractors have visited the site. Alien invasive species consume larger quantities of water and pose a serious threat to indigenous species. In the meantime the City is attending to the grassland and has received positive feedback from the South African National Parks after they conducted a site visit of the reserve. The City is in the process of revamping the picnic area. The reserve is located between two of the largest townships in Durban, Umlazi and Chatsworth.
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