Zandvlei Trust

Chairmans Report from the Winter 2002 Newsletter

Our AGM has come and gone and another year has officially started. There were a number of changes on the executive committee. Una Hartley was unable to stand again as Chair and has stepped down after a long and fruitful term for which she deserves many thanks. As the new chairman I would like to welcome Gavin Lawson (Vice Chair), Joye Gibbs (Secretary), John Fowkes (Treasurer), Cherry Giljam and Vic de Valdorf to this committee.

The Zandvlei Trust is facing a large number of challenges this coming year, mainly from proposed major developments in the area and we will have to find ways of dealing with these issues. In this, we need the support of our members to assist on the Task Teams.
In our opinion the prime challenge is the proposed development of the R300 / N21 Toll Road. We understand that there are different points of view on this road, but it is essential that we find commonality and limit the most damaging aspects of this road if it should go ahead;

  • The Trust subscribes to the opinion that freeways are in themselves major generators of traffic, seldom provide the solutions they promised and deny access and mobility to large portions of the population.

  • The environmental damage during construction and operations must be understood and limited as far as possible.

  • Of particular concern is the proposed section of the route through the Rondevlei/Strandfontein Waste Water complex.

  • The route and scale of the road throughout.

Gavin has done a lot of work on this project and there is a lot of additional information on our website. We need to find out as much as we can and ensure that the most beneficial solutiion is followed. There are alternatives.

A large number of projects and challenges were disscussed at the reconvened AGM/Task Team Meeting on 6 June 2002. These included; 

  • Ongoing and new developments in our Catchment. 

  • The formation of the 'Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, proposed solutions for the Westlake Wetlands and the development of Park Island as part of the Reserve. 

  • Our Education/ Outreach programme 

  • Zandvlei Inventory and Monitoring Programme (ZIMP)

 Vincent Marincowitz.

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