NBI Annual Review
Chairman 's Report
HR & Finance
- Over 1 million people visit the National Botanical Gardens (NBGs) during the year and visitor numbers increase at the Pretoria, Witwatersrand, Free State and Harold Porter NBGs.
- The Witwatersrand NBG receives the Sanlam Business Achiever's Award in the category of Ecotourism.
- The construction of a new Visitors' Centre and Environmental Education Centre is completed at the Pretoria NBG.
- Kirstenbosch NBG receives the Best Tourist Attraction award in the Cape Metropolitan Area in the MTN Premier Tourism Awards.
- New garden displays and visitor attractions are created, including a Secret Garden at the Natal NBG and a Dune Walk at the Harold Porter NBG.
- Upgrade of the entrance area and tea garden facilities at the Witwatersrand NBG.
- Another book is published in the Kirstenbosch Gardening Series: Grow nerines.
- The 10th season of Appletiser Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch raises over R1 million for the Garden.
- The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on the Environment visits both the Karoo Desert NBG and Harold Porter NBG.
- The Natal NBG wins an award for the best plant on show at the annual Natal Clivia Show.
- Guided Garden visits are provided for 20 800 learners through the environmental education programmes at the Pretoria, Witwatersrand and Kirstenbosch NBGs.
- The Kirstenbosch Outreach Greening Programme begins five new school greening projects and extends 11 existing school gardens.
- The NBI's herbaria undertake over 11 500 plant identifications.
- The Zulu Botanical Knowledge Project begins with funding by WWF-SA and the National Research Foundation (NRF).
- A new species of Clivia is discovered in the Northern Cape.
- The Department of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology awards a grant to a consortium which includes the NBI to develop anti-malarial drugs from the medicinal plants of the country.
- NBI publishes a colourful popular booklet summarizing the results of earlier climate change research, The heat is on - impacts of climate change on plant diversity in South Africa.
- Extensive research by the NBI into South Africa's land degradation problem results in the publication of a popular book titled Nature divided.
- The NBI is instrumental in completing a status survey and action plan for the world's cycads for the IUCN.
- A new and very unusual species of Leucadendron is discovered by the Protea Atlas Project.
- The Old Mutual-Kirstenbosch exhibit scoops its 24th gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
- Hits to the NBI website (www.nbi.ac.za) double while the use of the www.plantzafrica.com site triples. By March 2002, both sites are averaging 5 000 hits per day.
- A new directorate is created within the NBI to focus on issues of biodiversity policy and planning.
- The NBI's Marketing Department receives two Marketing Excellence awards from the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM).
- The NBI's Edith Stephens Wetland Project receives the Cape Times/Caltex Outstanding Environmental Management Project Award.