Zandvlei Trust

Muizenberg East Satelite Conservation Area - Month Report.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town, the Resident Home Owner Associations and Zandvlei Trust.

Monthly Report for September 2012.


photograph by Cassy Sheasby.

Reserve staff and local volunteers translocating the Cape Dwarf Chameleons from the Chevron Site
during September 2012.


 

Soralia Village.

The stormwater outlets were inspected on 5 occasions during the month (3rd, 4th, 7th, 13th and 19th September).

Sunrise Boulevard stormwater drains became clogged during the heavy rain and storm events causing the road to flood. The stormwater drains were cleaned and 5 black bags of litter were removed, most of which came from Sunrise Blvd. Litter catch fences will be designed and installed once approved by the Trustees.

Actions and sightings during the reporting period:
The area was checked on a regular basis for any sign of animals in distress. On 12th September a ginger cat was seen catching a striped field mouse in the wetland area. Three cats (totally ginger cat, a white and ginger cat and a white and brown cat) were seen on a daily basis in the conservation area. Cats hunting in the conservation area are going to have a serious negative effect on the indigenous fauna. There were 6 mortalities recorded for the reporting period of which 50% were suspected or confirmed domestic cat kills. This is excluding any animals that are removed by cats and taken into private residencies.

 


Muizenberg East Private Nature Reserve.

  • Site inspections were not undertaken during the reporting period.
  • MEEF involvement and South Break HOA: The Conservation Manager attended the Community Complexes Joint meeting on 10th September. A letter of invitation to join MEEF was handed to Mr Robert van Kerpel of South Break. The management of this land was discussed as well as joining the Muizenberg East Conservation partnership.
  • The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) was contacted by Mr Dalton Gibbs regarding the South Break OEMP and the future of the conservation area and protection of the land. This issue will be followed up with Mrs Joy Garman and Mr Howard Gold of City of Cape Town and a report will be issued once the site audit has been concluded. MSP informed the conservation officer that they have ceded over the land to the other remaining Trustees – the conservation officer is awaiting the details of the owners as well as the report from DEA&DP.
  • The Community Policing Forum was attended on 11th September and feedback was given regarding illegal activities in the coastal dunes and Muizenberg East area.

Sunrise Villas Conservation Corridor.

Site inspections were undertaken on 17th and 19th September.

The majority of the alien plant material originally occurring on the site (Rooikrans and Manatoka) was removed during the construction phase. On-going management of alien species will, however be required for a period of time, as a number of woody plants removed from the site coppice (re-sprout) easily and/or produce large quantities of seeds that can remain dormant for long periods. Re-growth of alien plant species can be expected to continue for a number of years, particularly in the POS and dune conservation area adjacent to site and will need to be managed, in order to allow the indigenous species to become established.

 


Capricorn Business Park.

Two meetings with Capricorn Business Park POA were attended by the MEEF Conservation Officer (17th and 21st September) to discuss the possible take over of ESQ management from NCC.

A report of a single male Western Leopard Toad calling from the Capricorn Business Park pond on 31st August 7:30pm was received from Andy Greenwood. A report of a road mortality within the park was also received from the POA.


Capricorn Beach Coastal Corridor.

The coastal dunes were also inspected for vagrants and dumping. A man was found living in the dunes opposite Capricorn Beach. Half a truck load of litter and general debris was removed from this area on 11th September. There is evidence of dumping along Baden Powell Drive and reports of dumping along the Capricorn Business Park access Road received from residents of Capricorn Beach have been noted. This will be investigated by the Conservation manager and tended to by City of Cape Town staff if possible.

Indigenous fauna management:
The wetland was inspected for Western Leopard Toads (WLT) on the nights of 31st August and 2nd September. A dead WLT was found by Lynn Hains on Sanderling Road and a female WLT with eggs was found alive on Sanderling Road on 31st. This toad was moved to the wetland area.
Western Leopard Toad posters were printed and laminated by Lynn Hains to be erected around the complex. Due to the WLT season having been completed, these were kept for next season.

 


Chevron Development Site.

A report was received from Councillor D’Alton that the shrubs at Chevron development site were to be cleared and cut down at the end of September. Previously over 200 Cape Dwarf Chameleons were removed from this site and translocated to Zandvlei Nature Reserve and the Muizenberg East Cluster.

On 6th, 11th and 19th September Chameleon translocations were undertaken by the Conservation Manager and the Zandvlei staff. In total 44 individuals were translocated to Bath Road, Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

 


Meetings and Administration.

The Community Complex meeting was attended on 10th September at the Capricorn Beach Club house. The draft MEEF constitution was handed to Mr Farhad Hassam and Mr Robert van Kerpel of Aurora Sands and South Break. Various issues affecting the complex residents were discussed.

A presentation on MEEF and the Muizenberg East partnership was given to the residents committee of Evergreen Retirement Village on 5th September. This was well received and a follow up presentation to all the residents has been requested once their new bistro has been completed.

The Capricorn Beach Nursery meeting was held on 13th September with the Trustees, the ME Conservation Cluster manager and Neil Major of the Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery.

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) was contacted by Mr Dalton Gibbs regarding the South Break OEMP and the future of the conservation area and protection of the land. This issue will be followed up with Mrs Joy Garman and Mr Howard Gold of City of Cape Town and a report will be issued once the site audit has been concluded. MSP informed the conservation officer that they have ceded over the land to the other remaining Trustees – the conservation officer is awaiting the details of the owners as well as the report from DEA&DP.

The Community Policing Forum was attended on 11th September and feedback was given regarding illegal activities in the coastal dunes and Muizenberg East area.

 


Issues and challenges.

The City of Cape Town Muizenberg East vehicle (1400 Nissan) was replaced with a newer vehicle on 4th September and transferred from the City of Cape Town Library Department. This vehicle is however being shared with Zandvlei Nature Reserve while the Ford Ranger is in for repairs.

 


                                                                                                                                             

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