Melville Koppies Central (Nature Reserve and Heritage Site) is open every Sunday in 2021 from 8am to 11.30am. No need to pre-book. Adults R80 and children R40; season ticket for a year per adult – R500 (not transferable). All income used for maintenance and security of the Koppies – R22 000 per month needed. Security on the Koppies is provided; park in secure parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park in Judith Road, Emmarentia. Mid-week school tours and ordinary tours can be arranged.

On 27 June president Cyril Ramaphosa gave us the bad news that we must all stay in Gauteng instead of taking a break and going on our planned holidays to warmer places. He quoted our former president, Nelson Mandela, who once said that in the long road to freedom he had discovered that ‘after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are more to climb.’

But parks and outside places like Melville Koppies are still open. And you can experience first-hand what Mandela was talking about. At the entrance, you see one hill, but just like Mandela said, when you reach the top of that ridge, there is another. But the climb is not too severe and once you’ve summited it, you’ll be rewarded with views across the entire Joburg and a feeling that you’ve got on top of something.

Contact wendavid@mweb.co.zaCheck out www.mk.org.za for more detailed information about the history and what you can see.

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