J. P is currently busy with his MSc on ecological restoration in a semi-arid savanna region in Ganyesa, North-West Province. This region is under the influence of bush encroachment (woody tree and shrub species out-competing grass species for resources). Local farmers utilize the grazing capacity of these lands for production of their cattle, donkeys, goats etc. Due to the ever increasing number of trees and shrubs, the grazing capacity declines along with livestock production as well as biodiversity.
The aim of his MSc is to restore the proposed area in Ganyesa to a state where grass species dominate with only scattered trees and shrubs. The MSc project is in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs where they lunched a Land Use Initiative (LUI) along with the Working for Water program to eradicate species that cause bush encroachment. Restoration technologies will be implemented with the aim to restore the grass layer, various data sets will be conducted through vegetation and soil surveys in order to quantitatively evaluate the efficiency of the restoration technologies.