Save the Black Eagles

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Save the Black Eagles

For those of you who don't know the Black Eagle cam has a long history but unfortunatly might not have a good future! please read this below and help if you can.

The Black Eagle Project and its sub committee the proposed Sisulu Urban Wildlife Reserve, are a Non-profit section 21 company.We are a group of volunteer conservationists fighting to save the Roodekrans Ridge Eco System and all the fauna and flora that resides on it. !
To protect this eco-system from collapse the Black Eagle Project and Sisulu Reserve Working Group need urgent financial support to prevent developers from destroying this habitat of high conservational value.
Our petition and our many appeals were completely dismissed by Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) with no reasons provided. Our attorney (S Gore) wrote a letter to the MEC demanding he give reasons for dismissing our appeals - this letter was never replied to. In the mean time the developer started to clear certain sites in phases 1 & 2. After an urgent meetings with senior counsil and Birdlife South Africa we were advised to lodge an urgent legal review against the MEC & GDACE, (1st Respondent), the HoD - DACE (2sd Respondent) and the developer, Landev (3rd Respondent). An urgent interdict was lodge against Landev to cease all construction until the legal review has been heard and decided by the High Court.
According to our advocate Peter Lazarus, we have an extremely good chance of winning this case and preserving the Roodekrans Ridge eco-system. This eco-system is of high ecological value and hosts certain red data species, besides being the hunting ground of the black eagles, caracal, black backed jackal and many more smaller species. All of which will disappear should this development go ahead.
The notice of motion has two parts being the review application and the interdict. The interdict is set down on an urgent basis and shall be heard on Wednesday 14th Feb. GDACE have indicated that they will not be opposing the interdict which leaves the developer. The developer has agreed not to develop on Phases 3,4 & 5, unfortunately because the vegetation on Phases 1 & 2 has been damaged it is unlikely the court will preclude the developers from continuing construction on those sites.
In respect of the draft settlement the respondents have 30 days to furnish documentation to our senior counsil and so it goes on until a court date is set for trial.
We now need urgent financial support and appeal to you to please help us with this. Would it be possible for you to forward this appeal to as many friends, colleagues and corporate campanies as possible. Those who would like to donate to our cause can deposit directly into our account -details on attached proposal.
We have managed to collect approximately R60 000 (8500 $US). but need to collect atleast R200 000 (28 000 $US). There really is no voice for the environment in this country and unless we all stand up now there will be nothing left for future generations.

Any donations towards this project are welcome. For further information kindly contact:

Arthur Albertson (Coordinator, SRWG):
Cell: +27 82 336-2207 E-mail:

Or:

Libby Woodcock (Coordinator, BEPR):
Cell: +27 82 667-7097 E-mail:

Black Eagle Project Roodekrans
South Africa
P.O.Box 119, Randpark Ridge 2156
Fundraising number: 99/26574/08
Tel: +27 11 795-3622
www.blackeagles.co.za

Banking Details:
Old Mutual Bank / Nedbank
Northgate Branch No. 179-105
Account Number: 2791013474
Savings Account
Account Name: Black Eagle Project Roodekrans

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I`ve tried to sign the petition - but they demand some ID number and I have no idea what this might be :? Any clues ?

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I just found this petition.
Please sign it !!!!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/568954514

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I read the original post, but don't see any updates regarding donating on line or any such thing. Has anyone heard of a way to contribute online?

It also seemed quite odd that they did not provide email addresses to contact those involved - since that is free and international phone calls can be pricey. It could cost $5US to have a decent international call these days, $5 that could not subsequently be contributed. Something for them to think about.

Neal

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I, too, would prefer PayPal or some safe group way we could donate. When I emailed The Black Eagle moderator for an address, they gave me a different P.O.Box number than appears on the original forum.

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You can send a donation straight away from Paypal, nothing in the way of doing that now. Thanks

I've never seen a Black Eagle, and might never get the chance when I visit south africa one day but I want the chance so it is a great cause and if it succeeds could lay foundations for the future of an increased role of conservation in South Africa.

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Would it be possible to set up a subtopic [Africamers for Eagles, or something such] where the users on this site could jointly contribute in some way? If a method were given, there would probably be lots of direct donations. (To write checks & mail them might actually stop some from giving.)

We would need a unified depository system set up - a paypal type of thing. The cause would need a unique number to use to make certain donations were directed correctly.

Whatcha think?[/i]

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HI Tabs what method of payment is the best? I though pay pal was alright?

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I don't suppose that there is a facility to donate online?

I find this much easier and cheaper (as long as it is not via Pay-Pal, which I hate) than sending money via the bank as I end up paying a large fee to the bank - which I resent doing as I would prefer the money to go to the cause.

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So many terrible things are done for the short term gain of individuals and we are losing too much. Wishing you success with your project.

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I don't know how anybody in his right mind can even consider developing this area? :shock: Evil

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