Social activities (We need champions to head up these subjects.)
Climbing the nearby mountains.
Robin Burnett taking
these children from a school holiday club up the mountain above
They have come down
Bailey's Kloof onto Boyes Drive after walking about observing
Scouts and Guides.
2016. new 11/04/2016.
Kontiki "Star Wars 2016" Weekend in April 2015.
The Zandvlei Trust donated R1 500 as a contribution towards a cleaner environment and keeping plastic out of our seas. You may have heard about the plastic islands in all our oceans. They are massive areas where plastic debris is accumulated by ocean currents with billions of pieces of plastic in them.
Zandvlei Trust will award 3 prizes of R500 each to the three troops that come up with the best idea to help stop the plastic getting into our waters.
To qualify for the prize a troop must collect at least two bags of rubbish from the Vlei or its shores and must hand their idea in by 09h00 tomorrow Sunday morning and Zandvlei Trust will decide which are the best ideas.
Good luck with the raft building and think about how to keep the waters you are staying on tonight clean for all of us Ė you and the animals and plants that live in or around it.
Laing for Zandvlei Trust, who did his first Kontiki in 1971, handing a
prize to the
1st Muizenberg Sea Scouts representative receiving their prize.
And the 2nd Kenridge Air Scouts representative with his mask on doing the Scout shake and receiving their prize.
Many troops proposed some form of a netting system to catch pollution.
Muizenberg Junior trying to find their way to the start line in a September 2013 practise.
The Muizenberg Senior team ready and waiting.
There goes the Muizenberg Junior team.
The main team!! They came 2nd.
This group of Muizenberg
Scouts did some hacking in their October
Getting ready for the 3 lap event.
Even a surf ski can be paddled on Zandvlei.
What wonderful weather for kite surfing.
Getting ready to turn around.....
......and off he goes again.
Flying through the air 3 metres above the water.
Even with a gentle breeze they can zip around.
A group of young sailors being guided from the rescue boat.
Getting ready for a mornings sailing.
We got some wind in our sails.
It is not only the boys who have fun.
The yacht with the orange sail passing the Optimists.
A lone sleek yacht racer out on the water practising.
Sailing of another kind.
mouth of the vlei has been deepened last week and a British galleon has
slipped into Zandvlei unnoticed and is tacking inland.
Have the flamingos been fired on and taken flight?
It is a radio controlled yacht out on this wonderful July 2015 winters day.
Snow was to be seen on the mountains behind Stellenbosch in June 2014.
...and this rowing boat is being readied for a Saturday afternoon training session.
The older boys being careful not to fall over in their full uniforms. The water is cold.
The boys had formed a
chain to pass the dead Pondweed out and onto a pile being
The girls were also busy removing the dead Pondweed from the other launching ramp area.
He was making the best of the situation having fun while collecting the weed.
Training in the rowing boat in the bay.
The dead Pondweed material being stacked on the banks for removal.
makes a very good compost material or soil conditioning additive.
Pondweed dies back in the winter months and regrows in the summer
months. It is indigenous and is vital to the balance of the water
quality in Zandvlei. Many of the fish species and other aquatic animals
require the Pondweed for their survival in the estuary.
School Community Projects.
Cherry Giljam reports - I have been supervising a project with James Blyth, a Sea Scout who did his 40 hours of community service in January 2014 on Park Island and Australia Island in Zandvlei, for his Springbok Service Award.
Cherry Giljam reports -
I have been supervising a project with William Dry on Park Island.
William with bunches of
Wild Mustard he has been removing from Park Island.
My name is William Dry and Iím a grade 10 student at Michael Oak Waldorf School. My parents live on a farm near Plettenberg Bay and I went to a Waldorf school there until the end of 2011. I then moved to Cape Town staying with my uncle and aunt (going home for the holidays) to go to Michael Oak. I have mixed interests in sciences and arts; I am good at maths and interested in science and physics but I am also musical and have also been playing the clarinet for 4 years.
I was lead to doing community service through the Presidentís Award although I am also interested in the environment anyway. The Presidentís Award is an award offered by the government where you have to do a certain amount of work in 4 different areas: sport, skill, community service and a journey. If you complete the time/distance etc. required for each category within the time period you receive a certificate signed by the president.
All the areas except the community service I am already doing anyway. I do a martial art which counts as sport, my clarinet playing is a skill and we are going on a class camp down the Orange River later this year which my teacher says will meet the specifications of the journey. The bronze level (the first of 3 levels) is the level I am aiming to achieve this year and it requires you to do 24 hours of community service between January and November.
When I was looking around for something to do, after looking at various things and not being particularly interested in or inspired by any, I found Cherry Giljamís number on the Zandvlei Trust article on Scenic Southís website. So I called her and asked if there was anything I could do to help. She told me about an infestation of a certain type of weed on Park Island which is about to go to seed. So since the end of July I have been going there for about 2 hours a week and pulling up weeds.
So far I have been enjoying it although it can get rather tedious and make me feel a bit hopeless at times. It is good to get out of my house for a while and take a cycle over to Park Island and spent some time in the fresh air!
Cherry Giljam reports -
During the June/July 2013 school holidays a number of Peninsula High Schools have encouraged their pupils to take part in community activities where they could contribute and learn.
Clearing litter from the shoreline, where the best access was by canoe.
also did some alien invasive plant removal too. This is a Brazilian
Here we are on Australia Island and about to fill up bags of litter washed up onto the shoreline.
Litter Cleanups in the Nature Reserve areas.
We need people to record the litter quantities and type to be able to manage the problem better.
On 21/04/2016 - Barry
Parker reports "Today my son in law and I removed this pile of
The first pile we tackled today.
This pile was soggy, rotting and smelly.
The cooldrink bottles help give scale to the the amount of junk discarded.
The pile bagged and ready to be collected.
Barry is a nearby concerned and pro-active resident who loves living next to the Nature Reserve.
On 06/06/2011 - World Enviroment Day and the Peninsula Paddle these visitors to from Fish Hoek and Simons Town collected a canadian canoe full of junk washed into Zandvlei via the Sand River.
L to R - Jane and David Hofmeyer, Viv von der Heyden, Chris Kruyshaar, Kriss Barker, Kim Kruyshaar
We filled 6 bags and then had the equivalent of another four in the form of plastic crates with bottles, a 25 litre paint bucket. Part of a TV housing and 3 x computer monitor housings.
David Hart and Karen Cousins from the Marina cleared bags of litter July 2009, motor car bumpers, cushion seats and other junk from the northern shoreline of Zandvlei. Large amounts of litter are washed down the rivers in force as the canals were designed to move water from the "Flat areas" as quickly as possible. Our litter nets cannot hold back debris moving in this fast and powerful flow.
Sand River just after the 19/05/2007 storm,
Debris being removed in July 2009.
Alternative use of a home swimming pool.
The Rise of the Blue Moon Hotel by Lin Sampson.
Last twist at the Blue Moon Hotel - Duncan Hammond wrote the musical.
Lea Road Hop - Nick Taylor recalls the days of....