A Rocha South Africa (ARZA) is part of the global family of organizations in A Rocha. Since 2002 ARZA has been coordinating community conservation projects and environmental education in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Gauteng (2018).
In 2007 the Msunduzi Municipality approached us and allocated a portion of the forest to A Rocha for restoration. A Rocha started working to re-establish a felled timber plantation of approximately 2,5 ha’s. The Ferncliffe Reserve is situated on an escarpment overlooking the city of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. It is approximately 250 ha’s in extent and is made up of highly degraded mist-belt forest, a small area of degraded grasslands and patchworks of exotic timber plantation. The forests, situated close to the city, became the primary source of timber for the construction of the Victorian era buildings built since the mid 1850’s. Much of the area was later established to exotic Pine and Eucalyptus forestry and left to degrade to alien invasive vegetation upon harvesting of the timber. The reserve has been largely neglected for the last 20 years allowing for continued degradation. Situated only 6.5km from the centre of Pietermaritzburg, the area is enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts. At present we host a volunteer work parties when possible, but we’d like to do more!
"The earth is in ICU!" That has been the urgent warning of scientists for some time now.
Does the church have an eco-calling and an eco-task?
Bishop H Mvume Dandala said: The ecological challenge is not a simple theoretical matter for many communities in South Africa. Neither is it a matter of fanciful indulgence among those who seek to respond to it. It is a matter of life and death.
The 9th Lausanne Creation Care and the Gospel conference took place in Pietermaritzburg from 19 - 23 February 2018. The conference theme is: Jesus Christ is Lord of all Creation. Join us as we explore God's Word, God's World and God's Work
The Kuilsriver is one of the largest rivers in the greater Cape Town area and is about 23Km long. Unfortunately it is polluted and the water quality poor. Indigenous fish have practically disappeared and a large part of the river is canalized. A Rocha South Africa has a dream of a healthy river system being cared for and enjoyed by Christians and the community.
A Rocha South Africa is partnering with African Enterprise in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, to develop and implement an environmental management plan for their 66 hectare mist-belt property and collaborate on creation care.
The A Rocha Community Conservation Group at the Rosebank Methodist Church in Cape Town was launched in 2007 and over the years they have been creating awareness by leading worship services focusing on environment, arranging appropriate Sunday school programmes and by producing pew leaflets on topics such as energy saving and recycling.
In July 2018 during the 30th ICC session of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme meeting in Palembang, Indonesia South Africa's 10th Biosphere the Marico Biosphere Reserve (BR) received UNESCO's seal of approval and recognition.
In 2013/14 A Rocha South Africa partnered with the Marico River Conservation Association (MRCA) in the North West Province to establish the Marico Biosphere Reserve.
After many years of intense negotiations with government departments, local stakeholders, tertiary institutions and others the application process was put into motion.
During 2014 A Rocha South Africa participated in two workshops arranged by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Responsible Tourism Foundation for church leaders to raise awareness and impart knowledge about the plight of the rhino and the Biblical calling to care for the whole creation.