Our Grass seeds (Thabakholo Seeds (Pty) Ltd) are locally harvested, cultivated and non-cultivated, indigenous seeds of a broad variety. Due to growing demand, the operation is constantly expanding, reflecting the growing global ecological awareness to safeguard our natural resources.
To be the preferred supplier of non-cultivated seeds locally, and throughout Africa.
To supply superior quality indigenous/endemic grass seeds, demonstrated by high standards over time.
Sustainable Ecological Rehabilitation
The concept of sustainable ecological rehabilitation essentially received the necessary attention during the mid-1970's, mostly on road projects, progressing to mine dumps. It has developed into the norm for civil engineering, mining and other environmental projects that cause ecological disturbance in South Africa, the Sub-Continent and further afield.
The North West University (NWU), formerly known as Potchefstroom University (PU for CHE) was asked by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) to conduct further studies on harvesting indigenous material, that were previously done for the former Transvaal Provincial Administration (TPA).
Improved biodiversity equals improved sustainability
Significant research was conducted on this matter by Prof. Koos van Wyk, of the Research Institute for Restoration Ecology (RIRE) at the University of the North West. This concept was vigorously suggested in several publications, i.e. that the sustainability of re-planting indigenous grasses by removal/harvest from their natural habitat far exceeds that of commercially cultivated grasses of the same types. Insofar as the biodiversity of a certain area is concerned, the variety of types, consistent growth and ground covering required will be obtained by a more natural process.
Initially, rehabilitation was performed by utilising commercially cultivated grass seeds. Commercially cultivated grasses were used for rehabilitation with some success, but sustainability and diversity could not be achieved.
Commercially cultivated grasses are more dependent on frequent fertilisation and irrigation, especially on deprived soils (mine dumps) and more often than not a "mono" stand establishes. Approximately 6 indigenous grass species are commercially cultivated, which impedes the potential to revert back to diverse grassland.
Indigenous/endemic grass species were found to be the most effective in the pursuit of diversity. The well-known "Potch mix", indigenous grass seed combination (Cultivated & Non-Cultivated mix) was developed in order to suitably attain diversity.
Harvesting projects were initiated in the early 1980's by EKO-REHAB (previously RIRE) from the North West University (NWU). Subsequently the research institute privatised and became involved in doing additional asbestos mine rehabilitation locally for the Department of Minerals & Energy (DME). Legislation was implemented for mining in South Africa based on the outcome of this research. The studies were furthered by several other South African academic institutions and a whole new era arrived for restoration in this country. EKO-REHAB dissolved and the remnants of the company were absorbed into the North West University.
Thabakholo Seeds (Pty) Ltd has assumed management and ownership of the Indigenous seed harvesting and general distribution operation. With the required expertise and extensive experience, the Company has developed into a long term, responsible solution to an essential need.