Draft minutes for the Meeting on 24 April 2012.
CAPE Estuaries Programme: Implementation of the Estuary Management Plan (EMP) for the Zandvlei Estuary, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Minutes of the 1st Meeting of the Zandvlei Estuary Management Forum (ZEMF): 24th April, 2012, Muizenberg High School.
1. Welcome and introduction
2. Election of Chairperson
There was unanimous support for this nomination, and Sandra was duly elected. Given that she was not present at the meeting, Pierre de Villiers continued in the Chair for this first meeting.
3. Draft Constitution/TOR for ZEMF
4. Establishment of Technical Working Groups
The establishment of these groups was supported and revised TOR and lists of proposed members for each TWG can be found in Annex 2. It was agreed that Lynn Jackson would circulate potential meeting dates with a view to having a first meeting of each group by mid-May. It was also agreed that given the need to involve governmental officials in these groups they would probably need to be held during the day. On the other hand, since some members are self-employed and are giving of their time and expertise for free, a compromise time of 16:00 was proposed.
There was also a proposal from Bob Craske to establish an additional TWG on the recreational and other commercial aspects of the estuary such as sports tourism and bird-watching i.e. to look in more detail at the economic value of the estuary. It was pointed out that the City had undertaken an assessment of Zandvlei Users, and that this could be used as a starting point. In addition, Turpie and Clark (2007) had estimated the recreational value as between R 1 - 5 million / year. It was agreed that this additional group be established.
5. Forum Meetings
For the interim, Lynn Jackson would act as the Secretariat for the Forum.
6. General discussion
With respect to law enforcement:
The meeting was reminded that the City does have
emergency numbers which can be utilised during a crisis. These should be used in the interim – prior to the
drafting of the proposed contingency plan.
Councillor D’Alton requested that in future he should be notified of emergencies as soon as possible and noted that in the recent case, he had only heard about it through the press;
It was suggested that the Forum could act as a “Neighbourhood Watch” for the vlei;
A question was raised about where all the documents relating to the Forum – and the Zandvlei EMP generally – would be archived. It was agreed that in addition to the City and CapeNature websites, they would be put onto the Zandvlei Trust website;
Concerns were raised regarding the City’s communications during the recent event. It was explained that according to the City’s media policy, individual departments are not permitted to make media releases which instead have to go through their Corporate Communications Division. This is quite cumbersome and can give rise to delays.
It was proposed that the Forum could be used as a channel for the release of information in an emergency, and that consideration should be given to using Facebook.
The meeting was concluded at approximately 19:15.
Annex 1: List of attendees at the 1st meeting of the Zandvlei Estuary Management Form 24 April 2012.
Annex 2: Establishment of TWG’s under ZEMF.
TERMS OF REFERENCE.
TWG on Management of Pondweed.
The management of pondweed in Zandvlei is an ongoing problem and has been exacerbated by the lack of availability of a second weedharvester. It is therefore proposed to establish a TWG to:
i) To review current management measures for pondweed and propose
changes / additions / alternatives
Proposed Members: see the list of names under Pondweed.
TWG on Hydrodynamics and Water Quality at Zandvlei.
The recent fish kills and illegal fishing at Zandvlei appear to have been precipitated by water quality problems in the vlei combined with mouth management measures which prevented the fish from escaping from the low oxygen conditions and toxins caused by a bloom of the Golden Alga (Prymnesium parvum). It is therefore proposed that a TWG be established to look at the following:
i) To revisit the current monitoring programme to consider where adjustments could be made so as to have an “early warning” system in place for such events in the
It was noted that most of the discussion had focussed on the main body of the estuary and the Marina canals, and that no mention had been made of Westlake and its role as a filter for water quality.
Proposed Members: see the list of names under Hydrodynamics and Water Quality.
TWG on Fish and Fishing at Zandvlei
While the current EMP (2010) deals with fish, and factors affecting fish populations (such as salinity and mouth conditions), it does not specifically deal with fishing as an activity and the regulation thereof. In light of recent events, it is suggested that more detailed management proposals should be developed for inclusion in the EMP. Proposed TOR for such a group include:
i) To review the legislation and assess the need to develop new by-laws;
Proposed members: see the list of names under Fish and Fishing.
Fish Crisis Group.
The following individuals volunteered to be available to assist during a crisis situation.
2. Turpie, J. and Clark, B. (2007). Development of a Conservation Plan for Temperate South African Estuaries on the Basis of Biodiversity Importance, Ecosystem Health and Economic Costs and Benefits. Report prepared for the CAPE Regional Estuarine Management Programme. 109 pp.
3. Bob Craske has subsequently agreed to draw up Terms of Reference for the group.
4. Apologies - none.
5. Since Janine Adams is based in PE it might be difficult for her to attend meetings, but she could be requested to review the proposals. It was also noted that one of her former students is now lecturing in Cape Town and might be an alternative.
6. Ken Findlay volunteered to try and get a mandate to represent both the PCC and the Yacht Club (as Zandvlei Sports Club).
7. It was noted that there is a need for an MoU between the City, CapeNature and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) with respect to law enforcement. This cannot be done by the TWG, but it should put pressure on the relevant departments to ensure that it happens as soon as possible.