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by: By Hazendal on: January 25, 2022

How You Can Get Involved In the Bee Project at Hazendal

Have you heard about the bee project at Hazendal? It’s the latest buzz, honey! Sorry, we just had to get all the puns out of the way straight off the bat. Otherwise, we would hive (hee-hee) driven you nuts with our swarms of quips and stinging double...

Have you heard about the bee project at Hazendal? It’s the latest buzz, honey! Sorry, we just had to get all the puns out of the way straight off the bat. Otherwise, we would hive (hee-hee) driven you nuts with our swarms of quips and stinging double entendres.

Okay, we’re done. Now for the good part!

The Hazendal team is very proud to announce that we are officially collaborating with the CCFA (Community Conservation Fund - Africa) and Honeybee Heroes as a Mantis property in support of their Bee Kind Adopt a Hive initiative. This is just one of the steps we’re taking to ensure that our estate becomes ever more eco-friendly and sustainable.

Why should you care about the bees?

Good question. After all, there are so many animals (and plants) that are threatened that it can be easy to get compassion fatigue after a while. Your brain just stops computing the bad stuff because it can’t actually deal with all the unpleasantness. So by the time the bad news about insects, like bees, comes along, it often reverts to screensaver mode.

However, it’s quite important that everyone should get very concerned about the plight of bees. Because if we don’t we could end up without food.. This is not an exaggeration by any means. See, bees serve as pollinators for many kinds of fruit and vegetables.

So, if bees go extinct, it is postulated that “the availability and diversity of fresh produce would decline substantially, and human nutrition would likely suffer. Crops that would not be cost-effective to hand- or robot-pollinate would likely be lost or persist only with the dedication of human hobbyists”.

This is because these wonderful little creatures have evolved alongside the specific types of flowers they pollinate for centuries. There are around 20 000+ kinds of bees in the world. Each with its own flight patterns and floral preferences. They have become the perfect size and shape to work alongside these flowers over hundreds, even thousands, of years.

So, even if you feel okay about living in a dystopian world where people and robots are literally pollinating certain plants by hand, you will have to get ready for things like chocolate to become super expensive. Cacao tree blooms are crazy hard for even bees to pollinate, so when that job falls to a human or a droid, the price of your chocolate fix will likely skyrocket.

What’s the deal with African honeybees - are they okay?

Yes, and no. The good news is that the African honeybee is not officially classified as threatened, which is amazing. However, they are experiencing threats, which include diminishing forage resources as their natural habitat gets destroyed; pests and diseases; as well as problems arising from the misuse of pesticides and insecticides.

As such, it’s important for us to stay ahead of the curve and support our bees in any way we can to prevent the widespread colony collapse that has been observed around the world. After all, if Morgan Freeman is turning his ranch into a giant bee sanctuary, who are we to not follow suit?

DID YOU KNOW? The Hazendal team has taken great care to foster and preserve indigenous plants and trees on our estate in order to allow native fauna and flora to flourish. This includes pockets of natural foliage throughout the Hazendal golf course, as well as a beautiful garden below the Pivnuvhka Beer Garden that guests can stroll through when they visit.

How the Bee Project at Hazendal and the CCFA Adopt-a-Hive program works

CCFA has been hard at work creating bee sanctuaries at various Mantis hotels throughout South Africa, which now includes Hazendal.

Aside from providing African honeybees with a safe environment in which they can flourish and multiply, these hives also serve to promote skills development and employment in under-resourced communities. Upskilled individuals are trained to extract tend the hives and extract honey, which is sold at Adopt-a-Hive locations, such as Hazendal, with the help of Honeybee Heroes to generate an income for the communities involved.

You can adopt a honeybee hive at Hazendal or another Mantis property by donating
R2 000 to this worthwhile cause. In return, you will receive:

  • A personalised plaque on your beehive (this can either be for yourself, a partner, business or a gift for someone special)
  • An official adoption certificate
  • Hive progress updates
  • A beekeeping experience (Ts & Cs apply)

Click here to adopt a hive, or click here to donate to this project if the full rate is a bit steep.

Find out more about the bee project at Hazendal

If you would like to learn more about the bee project and Hazendal and how you can get involved, feel free to get in touch with our team at reception@hazendal.co.za or +27(0)21 903 5034. We would love to get you involved in helping to safeguard our incredible African honeybees.

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