Minutes for the 12th ZEMF meeting on 16 April 2014.
CAPE Estuaries Programme: Implementation of the Estuary Management Plan (EMP) for the Zandvlei Estuary, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Starting at 13h30 to 16h00 on 05 February 2014 at the Zandvlei Sports Club / Imperial Yacht Club.
ZEMF 12 Minutes ver 1 20140416
SUMMARY OF FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS.
1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
Given the number of apologies it was decided to hold the physical meeting at Sostanza, circulate the minutes of the meeting and give absent members of ZEMF 2 weeks
from the date of sending out the minutes to make additions and alterations. Items highlighted in yellow are particularly drawn to the attention of the absent ZEMF members.
A copy of the Agenda is at Annex 2.
2. Adoption of the Minutes of the 11thth ZEMF Meeting
The minutes of ZEMF 11 will be amended based on any feedback given and taken as adopted after the 2 week period referred to above.
3. Matters arising from the 11th ZEMF Meeting
3.1 Follow up with DEA & DP regarding the question of reporting of sewage spills As there has been no feedback from DEA & DP this item is to be removed from the agenda. If there are any significant spills with no appropriate response from the City - both in treating the spill and in communicating with ZEMF - the item can be returned to the agenda.
3.2 Circulation of contingency plan (DG) Carried forward in the absence of Dalton G.
3.3 Completion of revisions to Mouth Management Protocol and submission to DEA & DP for approval (MT/CH.
Note: On the basis of past experience DEADP responded within 2 months the last time the mouth management plan was submitted for approval.
3.4 Further lowering of the weir on a trial basis. SF and Gordon Laing
(GL) (MdG engineer co-opted onto the Working group to communicate about weir lowering) met with MT on 28 February to get responses to possible risk issues related to weir lowering. The main concerned parties were identified as being canoeists and Marina residents. MT pointed out that any risks could be managed by re-instating the weir should there be problems as it is not an expensive or complex exercise to rebuild the rubble weir.
3.5 Initiation of discussions around EIA on Mouth Management options. GL observed that the EIA could perhaps have been done in Muizenberg Phase 3 development. However, the developers did not come with the funding. ZEMF will need to consider how best to take this item forward.
4. Pondweed Management
4.1 Action to improve Kingfisher efficiency – SF reported that she and JG had met with Damian who had found a report by RYA (Royal Yachting Association) on pondweed control tests done in the UK. This has given ideas for some initiatives to test having cleared them with the Pondweed Working Group and received written permission from the reserve management.
4.2 Report on discussion with Ken Findlay – KF had withdrawn from being the formal representative of the Peninsula Canoe Club (PCC) due to work pressures (see 7.1 below). No other members have come forward to take the role. KF has suggested that PCC communicates directly with the reserve manager. The ZEMF chair and chair of the Pondweed working group will be copied in on any correspondence. KF also reported that PCC members had cleared coral worm from the Park Island bridge which has made a significant difference for canoeists. Cherry Giljam had photographed the work and brought Easter eggs to thank the clearing team. Material removed was supposed to have been removed by reserve staff who were also supposed to have assisted with the clearing.
5. Communication and partnerships
5.1 As part of the important initiative of increasing awareness of Zandvlei ZEMF would continue to collaborate with ZVT to produce regular articles for the printed media,
websites, local newsletters, Facebook and any other channel of communication. The first article appeared in the False Bay Echo of 13 March. The overall theme is to
uncover the value of Zandvlei through the stories that people have about how they use Zandvlei, what it means to them.
6. Mouth Management
6.1 The general authorisation given to the City by DEA&DP allows for the weir to be managed between 0.6 and 0.4 AMSL. (It is currently at 0.6 AMSL). Stormwater and Catchment Management will make the judgement call on if and when the weir will be lowered after the start of winter. The existing communication channels established in ZEMF will be used to inform I&APs of any changes to be made, explaining that the purpose is to increase scouring and to reduce risks identified in the general authorisation application.
7. Any Other Business
7.2 Offer of a gap analysis and an audit of ZEMP. The Chair had received an email from Bob Craske offering these services free of charge. (The offer was repeated at the public meeting). ZEMF members requested that the Chair express appreciation of the offer and say that the time was not right at present as work was on-going on honing the detailed action plan.
8. Date and focus of the next meeting
LIST OF ATTENDEES AT THE 11TH MEETING OF THE ZANDVLEI ESTUARY MANAGEMENT FORUM (2nd February, 2014)
12th Meeting of the Zandvlei Estuary Management Forum (ZEMF) Wednesday 16 April 2014 at Yacht Club
Item Please note it is important that Forum members read the updated EMP’s section 7.3 Detailed action plan, to prepare for discussion of agenda item 7.1
1 Welcome and introductions, apologies etc.