The South African Botanical Society acknowledges the importance of the project by generously funding a weekend walking trail for a group of Grade 10 learners from Mary Waters Secondary School from Grahamstown. The learners, together with facilitators Dr Michelle Cocks from the ISER, Tony Dold from the Selmar Schonland Herbarium, Mluleki Nkosi and Nkosana Yeye both from the Mobile Science Lab, celebrated Heritage Day 2010 walking in the pristine thicket at Assegaai Trails near Salem. Highlights of the walk included seeing the imula plant, used to make traditional Xhosa mead called iqhilika, and a family of intlekabafazi birds (Red-billed Wood-Hoopoe). The walk was followed by a “show-and-tell” competition where each participant presented a story about an object collected along the walking trail. The winner told how members of her church indicated their affiliation with a special stone placed at the entrance to the home. The second prize winner told of the use of cow-dung and Aloe sap to polish floors. After the much anticipated braai a silent night walk was a first-time experience for all.
Inkcubeko Nendalo and the Mobile Science Lab gratefully acknowledge the South African Botanical Society and the Albany Branch of the Botanical Society for their generous support.