Zandvlei Catchment Forum (ZCF).
This is a City of Cape Town
and a civil society initiative.
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At the meeting on 11 November 2015, those present at the meeting decided
the Sand River Catchment Forum to the Zandvlei Catchment
Forum as it was felt this name would better describe the catchment area of
Few people understood or knew the reason for the old name as the Sand River is
only one of the feeding rivers of the catchment flowing into Zandvlei.
This meeting was chaired by Abdullah Parker (TCT) and at the meeting Bob Craske was
elected as Chairman along with Deputy Chairman Eugene Moll.
The initiative of the CSRM Branch (Catchment, Stormwater and River Management) of the TR&S Directorate
(Transport Roads and Stormwater) of the City of Cape
Zandvlei Trust members lobbied the City to start a forum to discuss the
issues of the catchment, and interact by exchanging all relevant information.
This Forum started in 1998 and provides the opportunity for civil society, local and
provincial government to discuss and formulate management options for the catchment;
so as to enhance water quality,
minimize flood risks and
increase general amenity value of the drainage system and its immediate environs.
The draft minutes of the meetings,
are below and are not signed or approved.
These are for general
information, so that the workings and discussions of this group may be
Their concern and focus is the management of the catchment of Zandvlei.
The Zandvlei Action Committee
(ZAC) minutes are annexed to the Sand River Catchment Forum minutes. This
group of City officials and civil society user groups of Zandvlei,
meet to discuss and "put into action" measures to
help with the overall management of this estuary, river systems, wetlands
Martin Thompson is the Chairman
of the Forum.
date the following organisations and businesses participate;
City of Cape Town - Transport
for Cape Town,
City of Cape Town - Environmental Resource Management,
City of Cape Town - Planning,
City of Cape Town - Health,
City of Cape Town - Parks,
City of Cape Town - Utility
Table Mountain National Park,
Friends of Constantia Valley
Friends of Tokai Planations,
Friends of Die Oog,
Friends of the Kistenhof
Friends of Park Island,
Friends of the Keysers River,
Working for Wetlands, Western
SANBI – Urban Conservation,
Constantia Property Owners
Constantia Hills Residents
Constantia Wine Route -
Buitenwerwachting Wine Estate.
More info about;
Zandvlei Catchment Rivers.
catchment poster by
Level Management of Zandvlei,
a Z- fold pamphlet
||Rivers and Wetlands in our Backyards
a Z- fold pamphlet produced by the Environmental Resource Management and Catchment, Stormwater and River
|Read the content.
A lobby / petion letter
to Parliament in September 1913, by Henry Cloete, the owner of the
Alphen Estate, about the afforestation on the Table Mountain and the
Read the document.
|It is our pleasure that you publish the letter on your website. It is reproduced with permission of the
Trustees of the
Henry Cloete, CMG of Alphen was my great great grand father and the owner of Alphen at the time the letter was written in 1913 (not 1813). Apart from being a farmer of distinction, he was a advocate and had been a member of the Cape Legislative Assembly. During his time at the Pretoria Bar he had the distinction being appointed British Agent to the Kruger Republic and represented the British Governments interests for a period after the withdrawal of their diplomatic representatives. For this Queen Victoria awarded him the CMG.
Alex Cloete - Hopkins (Nov 2009)
|| The Early Detection and
Rapid Response Programme
has a number of teams operating across the
Metropole creating employment, skills training previously unemployed
people, documenting problem areas, removing invasive species in a planned
co ordinated and methodical way.
the "most wanted" species on the Peninsula.
article from the City of Cape Town magazine Enviroworks.
a threat to our heritage.
Old Dutch East India survey
maps from the 1700's of the Constantia valley with the catchment rivers
Buffers for Rivers and
Protecting Cape Towns rivers
and wetlands with ecological buffers.
Issued by CRCM (City of Cape
Sustainable Urban Drainage
A tool to improve the quality
of Cape Town's stormwater and aquatic environments.
Issued by CRCM (City of Cape
|Download the pdf.
100 years Amalgamation of Water Services
1913 - 2013.
The history of water supply services in
|Download the front page pdf.
Download the back page pdf.
The map of the City of Cape
Town - Catchment Management boundaries November 2015.
|Download the pdf.
On 11 November 2015 the Forum reconvened after a long break, due to Catchment
Management reorganisations within the City of Cape Town.
|11 Nov 2015
||Speaker presentations meeting 11/11/2015.
|11 Nov 2015
minutes. updated 09/12/2015.
| ZAC meeting was postponed
to 31 January 2007.
| ZAC meeting minutes
Further background information
- The Forum reconvened
after more than a years break due to re-organisation within the Catchment
Management devision of the City of Cape Town. Abdullah Parker chaired the
meeting on the 11 November 2015. At this meeting Bob Craske (Marina da
Gama representative) was elected as Chairman. He was nominated by Abdullah
Parker for the position. The Deputy Chairman elected is Eugene
The name of the Forum was also changed by concensus to the Zandvlei
agenda for the first re-instated meeting on 24 July 2007 has been sent to the
outcome of the last Mayoral meeting is that the Forum will start again. Martin Thompson
will Chair the meetings.
Zandvlei Trust proposes these meetings should be held quarterly with all the
representatives of the civil society and the relevant City officals in the
catchment of Zandvlei.
Mayor asked Barry Wood to start the Sand River Catchment Forum Meetings again.
- Zandvlei Trust is lobbying to
have these importnat meetings re-instated.
Meetings with the Mayor of Cape Town took place.
2005 - Chairman of the
SRCMF left the City, and no further Sand River Catchment Forum
meetings have taken place.
The founding Chairman, was Bryan
Nicolson from Catchment, Stormwater and River Management of the City of Cape
Town in 1998.
Vincent Marincowitz, a Zandvlei Trust Exco member, lobbied for the
formulation of this Forum, along with others.