What it means to learn about fynbos

An account from farm worker Francois Rooi after participating in the Fynbos Ecologyarticle1_2 module, as part of the Agulhas Plain Fynbos Monitoring project.

I grew up in the Overberg and have lived here my entire life. I have always been a person who enjoyed the outdoors, but never really knew what grows and lives in our fynbos veld. This was my first course about fynbos, and I found it very interesting.

I learned about the plant families and the different habitats. I can now tell you about proteas, ericas and restios found in fynbos veld. I now know that the Cape Floristic Region stretches from Port Elizabeth to Niewoudtville, is home to 9000 indigenous plants, and is the smallest floral kingdom, covering 90,000 square kilometres. To study something so valuable is wonderful.

I now look forward to learning about sustainable harvesting and much more, and know I’ll appreciate the environment more following this course. Maybe one day I can become a veld ranger, and help keep our world green.

What more can one ask than to live in such a floral kingdom as this.