The Palmiet Nature Reserve (PNR) is the only Reserve in the eThekweni (Durban) Metro Region that is managed by the local community. It is headed up by a Reserve Manager who is a municipal employee. There are three field rangers and Durban Metro contributes to an alien plant removal team on a rotational system. The management Committee members are drawn from volunteers from the Westville area as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus

Management Committee

'The Committee comprises

  • 4 elected members of the Friends of PNR
  • The PNR Manager
  • 1 City Councillor (same ward as PNR)
  • 1 Representative of the Palmiet River watch
  • 4 Representatives from each of the adjacent urban conservancies: Westville,Umvuzi. Loerie Park and University of Kwa Zulu Natal Westville campus.
  • 1 Representative of the Wildlife and environment society of SA (Highway Branch)
  • 1 Representative of Ezemvelo KwaZulu Natal Wildlife.


  • To recognise that PNR is part of a wider Metropolitan Open Space system
  • Preserve a witness area of the former natural heritage of this region
  • Ensure the maintenance of bio-diversity and the removal of alien species
  • Encourage public usage for passive recreation & and education programme
  • Engage in research, monitor,document ecological systems & human impact to provide management strategies.
  • Maintain harmonious relationships with properties adjacent to the PNR.
  • Management Plan (Draft Version March 2004)

.Palmiet Nature Reserve3 Aug 2009
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