Successful jazz concert in Paulshof

Community members were treated to Afro soul and jazz music at Paulshof at a local nature reserve on September 4.

Kerry Mawson and Ishmael Douglasdale at the jazz concert at Paulshof. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

The community association Friends for Rietfontein was created in 2012 by locals who love nature and wildlife.

Residents enjoy their time at the fundraising jazz concert at the Rietfontein Nature Reserve in Paulshof. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Member Kerry Mawson said turnout for the event was great and R5,660 was collected on the day and then donated to the group that performed that afternoon.

Sibongile Wendy Zwane, Gloria Mpolobosho and Zandile Nyaweni at Paulshof for the jazz concert. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
Participants Thembisile Louw and Kerry Mawson of the Friends of Rietfontein embrace at the jazz concert. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

“Based on community feedback, they have never seen the reserve so busy. The visibility of security inside and outside the reserve also reassured people to come in and join in the fun. This year we have decided to reinvigorate our campaigns and from this turnout and requests it seems there is a need for outdoor relaxing events.

Kerry Mawson and Ishmael Douglasdale at the jazz concert at Paulshof. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

“With the reserve on our doorstep, we embarked on a journey of raising awareness of this beautiful space and our need to maintain this treasure in its natural state. Awareness is created by organizing community events, such as Christmas in July, cancer awareness, bird walks and music events which have been very successful in the past,” she said.

Tshepo Ntladi serenades the crowd at Paulshof. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
Leanne and Casey-Anne Mitchell at the Jazz Concert in Rietfontein Nature Reserve. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Currently the nature reserve needs a permanent garden maintenance service, reactivation of the electric fence around the perimeter and solar security lights to name but a few.
Mawson said the Friends of Rietfontein would work closely with the ward councilor and other municipal entities to protect the nature reserve.

Sasha-Leigh Ally and Sarah-Jane Haupt enjoy the jazz concert at Rietfontein Nature Reserve. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
Senate cook, Sipokazi Faku and Phumeza Satyo share a drink while enjoying the jazz concert at Rietfontein Nature Reserve. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

“We want this reserve to be a sister nature reserve to Kloofendal Nature Reserve. However, we do not have the authority to make the physical changes as any upgrades or physical changes are the responsibility of the City of Johannesburg to fulfill its mandate. Budgets are allocated by the City for the maintenance of the reserve.
“We work closely with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo [JCPZ], local businesses and residents, hence the high attendance. We recognize that JCPZ has made some upgrades lately, but there is still a lot to do. »

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