SAND RIVER CATCHMENT FORUM
Minutes of meeting held on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 at 13:30 in Room A, Plumstead Office (Plessey Building)
CoCT: CSRM (Chairman)
Linda Scholtz CoCT: R & S
CoCT: Disaster Risk Mgment
CoCT: City Parks
CoCT: Scientific Services
F of Kirstenhof Wetlands
F of Kirstenhof Wetlands
CoCT: Invasive Species
CoCT: Invasive Species
Councillor: Ward 62
Sandra Hollermann TMNOP
Brian Ratcliffe Constantia Valley Greenbelt
Talcott Persent CoCT: R & S
Prof Denis Davey
Cllr David Dalton
As per the attendence register.
1. Welcome / Apologies & Attendance Register.
The Chairman welcomed those present to the meeting and handed out copies of the agenda and previous minutes.
2. Approval of the previous Minutes.
No amendments to the previous Minutes.
3. Action items from the last Minutes.
There were 2 Action Items:
(i) Westlake Management - looking at improving the quality before it reaches Zandvlei.
Cassy explained that it is quite a contentious issue as the Wetland area is of primary concern because there is not much flow in the water. Because of this the Wetland
cannot function and be purified naturally. She had a meeting with E Moll and Kirstenhof area.
A burning application permit was submitted to the Fire Department so that they could see what is happening underneath the reed bed. This has not been very successful.
Burning applications were submitted where it would have been much easier to burn and she received one back stamped unsuccessful.
This area would be much more difficult as reeds burn very hot and easily which would be hazardous with the railway and houses being in close proximity. It would be a
massive operation with Traffic and other departments involved. If this is to prevent a potential disaster then Disaster Management would also get involved.
The Chairman (MT) suggested that a permit is put together with full motivation and an enquiry is made to meet with the Fire
Department. Disaster Management would also have to be involved. A few dates to be considered so that a meeting could be arranged. Mr John Fowkes agreed to go along.
The Chairman invited all to email any further suggestions to him.
(ii) New Westlake school
The contact person is a teacher named Cameron James who is in contact with Lindie Buirski (Building Capacity and Training) of ERM. Patrick Dowling of WESSA has also
agreed to meet with them. Hopefully this will develop into a sound environmental partnership with the school.
4. Additional items under
Quality Report - Candice Haskins.
Candice presented a very informative and detailed water quality report for this Catchment.
The reporting was for Zandvlei, Marina da Gama and Westlake Wetland, Die Oog, Little Princessvlei, Langevlei and the various rivers. The report indicated various bacterial
levels and the quantity of algae in these systems. Salinity levels in Zandvlei were also presented.
Copies were handed out and is
An interesting presentation was done by Mjikisile which he introduced with the common Water Cycle.
Following are a few facts that he highlighted:
This topic is of utmost importance to expand our thinking on water pollution and bacteria
Various sources and pollutants were discussed which cause elevated bacteria levels in water
Health effects caused by faecal pollution
Infections caused by water borne diseases
Sewerage discharges into the water
Stormwater system or pipeline where there is a buildup, needs to be cleaned
Open channel water
Bacteria multiplies when the nutrients have the temperature which is conducive for proliferation
Useful Indicators for Water recreation
Other sources of bacteria beside sewerage are birds, animals etc.
a copy of the presentation.
7. Westlake River Pollution
Tracking - Melissa Tang.
Samples are taken at various points a quick update on the Westlake
I. Shopping Centre has been sorted out ongoing monitoring required.
II. Problem from the housing development where a lot of contaminated grey water is discharged via the stormwater to the river.
III. Below School bridge stormwater outlet from the low cost housing reading of 840 000 cfu/100ml
IV. Outlet Pollsmoor Prison A milky discharge was observed which could not be analysed. A new sample will be taken an scientific services will undertake a
different analysis method.
V. Pollsmoor reading was 24 000 cfu/100ml.
VI. Jean Fillis noted that she had spoken to the Councillor with regard to services for the many backyarders in the housing area.
Martin said that there is a programme in place for backyarders however it is a long term process. Melissa will keep checking on these points.
8. History in the Catchment -
Introduction - James Forsyth.
James Forsyth presented some interesting maps dating back to 1902. He pointed out some historical facts on these maps. These are some of the issues mentioned:
Boundary - road to Wynberg
Stream - drinking water for Manor House (Prins Kasteel)
Palmiet Vlei area for Asylum
Manor House taken over by Forestry Department
1902 - drawn up by Henry Forcade who attended SACS and became a Botanist
Modern version Convict station Convicts were used to plant trees
1902 - Prison authorities took over
Stream - Paddock valley
Picture of dam
Maths & Science Centre
Boers from Cape Colony
2 Convict Stations
Plan for the Forest
Vineyards Bergvliet Farm
Martin thanked James for his input.
Martin enquired whether this lady who put the historical facts together could put something together regarding the rivers.
the presentation here.
9. Integrated Sand River Catchment
Management Plan (Alien Invasives) Louise Stafford.
The presentation was very informative and enlightened everyone regarding their work with the alien vegetation clearing. A lot has happened since she last attended the
The Kader Asmal Project. The more that people know about this project the better they will understand. R5m has been allocated for the clearing of alien plants on Council
Budget has to be spent by June 2012 - R5m for wages for Integrated Projects
A contingency plan - R9m additional funding over the next three years.
Our water is in trouble.
Do not recognise boundaries
Historically the departments are all doing their own thing, eg with the removal of aliens. Contractor expertise is appalling and it is unsustainable. Integrated Catchment
Management means working together at different levels.
Systematic approach cannot take cognisance to each individual request
Improve ecosystem health
Maximise job opportunities
Need a system for sustainability
Create 400 job opportunities what then?
Funding of R9m for next 3 years
Spreading the message
Roads network this is where we have control. Where we access land owners will follow.
Since January Total 82 jobs - sourced from local labour.
Trained team is brought in and local labour is used. Those that remain after a period are used as team leaders.
Pollsmoor is Chandres project: Inmates at Pollsmoor are used commitment to absorb them into the team once released.
Westlake Water safety training and pep talks.
Monitoring all sites
Integrated control methods;
Chemical, mechanical or other all methods have to be assessed.
A question was asked if anyone falls ill? Chandre uses Kendal Road Clinic. Water safety training and hygiene precautions are encouraged.
Louise called on the Councillors for their support as there are some unrealistic expectations.
Conflict of interest does not exist in this catchment area as Talcott knows exactly what is required
Funding cycles 2- 3 month gap (until end of June).
Unskilled labour teams
Team work this is very important.
Cassy: what are we doing about the Mexican Water Lily?
There are 18 species that are emerging weeds.
Jean enquired: should we not get to the rivers before April rainy season?
The Citys Operational budget would also be available over and above the R5m allocation.
Compliments and thanks were extended to Louise and Chandre on what they are doing.
The Chairman invited all to forward any proposed topics for further discussion which could take place at future meetings.
The meeting ended at approximately 16:05.
11. Next Meeting.
8th May 2012 Venue to be confirmed. The
Tokai Research Centre was proposed as a suitable venue.