The Birth of a Star

We have been searching for a popular name for one of the most beautiful indigenous orchids which is on the verge of extinction.

Plans are afoot to develop land at Proteadal, bordering the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Mogale City (Krugersdorp). The last known viable colony on the planet of Brachycorythis conica subspecies transvaalensis occurs in these hills. If these plans are allowed to go ahead it may put paid to the species.

A campaign is being waged by the Proteadal Conservation Association (PCA) in the HIGH COURT to review the Record of Decision (ROD) by the Gauteng MEC approving the development that is a serious threat to the colony.

In this campaign we needed to find a common name that can be pronounced and will be recognized as the rallying point of the campaign.

We have selected the name Albertina Sisulu Orchid, honouring one of the shining stars in our history. This name has been endorsed by the Sisulu family and we have designed this logo from the painting of the flower and plant by botanical artist Daleen Roodt.

  • Brachycorythis conica ssp. Transvaalensis by Andrew Hankey

Prepared by Bill Mincher Chairmen WOSA



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