Delta’s 40th Anniversary

2015 is the year of Delta’s 40th anniversary!

COUNTDOWN OF HISTORICAL EVENTS LEADING TO DEC’S 40th ANNIVERSARY ON 23 APRIL 2015

25 July1934 – Foundation stone of Delta building is laid. It was constructed as a sewage treatment plant serving Johannesburg’s rapidly expanding northern suburbs.

June 1963 – Delta ceased operating as a sewage treatment plant.

1963 – 1974 – The original Delta building lay unused, empty and neglected. Its potential as an environmental centre was recognised by DEC’s founder, the late Norman Clifford Bloom. During this period, in 1973, the City of Johannesburg decided to establish a public 104 ha park in Delta and to fence off 10 ha as the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary, named after Norman’s mother.

On 12th September 1974, the inaugural meeting of the Board of Honorary Directors of the “S.A. Nature Conservation Centre” (SANCC) was held, under the Chairmanship of the late Norman Bloom. A Section 21 Company (SANCC) was registered on 24 April 1975 and a 30-year lease was granted to the SANCC commencing in 1976.

ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE OUR 40th ANNIVERSARY

On Sunday, 12 April, Geoff Lockwood will be giving a talk on “40 years of bird recording in the Delta Park area”. 11h00 to 12h30. R50 per person includes tea/coffee/biscuits.

The Water Wise Gardening Team will be giving a brief talk and practical demonstrations/activities in the Rand Water Water Wise Garden on Sunday, 19 April.

An Open Day will be held on Thursday, 23 April, to celebrate our achievements and partnerships. Everyone is welcome to come and join us!

Watch this space for details and further events!

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