One of the major threaths facing the fynbos biome is alien invasive plants, like the Port Jackson willow (Acacia saligna). It grows rapidly in soil with low nutrients and produce large quantities of seeds. In a drought-stricken country like South Africa it is essential to preserve water and indigenous habitats. Nonophela Craft uses cleared vegetation to make unique objects.
Typha (bulrush/cattail) are often among the first wetland plants to colonise areas of newly exposed wet mud. With their abundant wind-dispered seeds and dense canopy, they often exclude other plants. Human habitation increase nutrient levels and can contribute to uncontrolled growth and wetlands drying out. Controlled removal is therefore important. The wetland area in Lake Michelle, Noordhoek needs to be cleared regularly to prevent overgrowth.
Nonophela Craft works with talented people in Masiphumelele to develop a range of bulrush baskets.
PRODUCTS MADE FROM TYPHA HARVESTED IN LAKE MICHELLE, NOORDHOEK, CAPE TOWN.