Minutes for the 14th ZEMF meeting on 12 November 2014.
CAPE Estuaries Programme: Implementation of the Estuary Management Plan (EMP) for the Zandvlei Estuary, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Starting at 13h30 to 16h00 on 12 November 2014 at the Zandvlei Sports Club / Imperial Yacht Club.
ZEMF 14 Minutes ver A 20141112
SUMMARY OF FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS.
1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
The Chair welcomed all present.
1a. Marina da Gama Association had requested to give a 15 Minute presentation.
2. Adoption of the Minutes of the 13th ZEMF Meeting
Proposer: Martin Thompson. Seconded: John Fowkes.
3. Matters arising from the 13th ZEMF Meeting
Dealt with under agenda items.
4. Pondweed Management
JG reported that the Pondweed is growing back quite slowly. Weed harvester is up and running.
5. Communication and partnerships
5.1 Update on articles to publicise Zandvlei
5.2 Marina da Gama issues:
SF sent an email to MdGA Chair asking for a copy of the newsletter and date for copy to go into the next newsletter to exercise right of reply. To date, two weeks later, no reply had been received.
In addition the Chair was also informed about a presentation on 20 October to Subcouncil 19 by Mr Bob Craske in which he chose to continue an apparent campaign to discredit ZEMF. Dalton Gibbs was present at the Subcouncil and able to give information to counter errors of fact. SF has also been in discussion with the Subcouncil about this presentation and ZEMF’s future proactive communication with the Subcouncil.
JF noted that from City official’s point of view, they should know what is being said and requested that the relevant extracts from MdGA newsletter be forwarded to MT by the Chair.
It was felt that the statements in the MDGA newsletter cannot be ignored. The MDGA needs to understand that the publication of factually incorrect and defamatory comments is out of line. The specific facts need to be communicated by MDGA to all recipients of its newsletter. Chair to compose an appropriate communication to MDGA about the reports in the newsletter and have the legal aspects checked.
6. Mouth Management
6.1 Action item completed: JG Follow up on analysis of sediment cores taken near the mouth in order to inform options for disposal dredge spoil. Nov 2014.
6.2 Action item addressed: BMB/CSRM Initiation of discussions around EIA on Mouth Management options c/f April 2014.
6.3 Dredging. MT reported that May is considered the desirable time to start dredging. Results from both Scientific Services and Dr Brent Newman report no significant contamination in the sediment to be removed so it could be used eg for landfill, cover material at the False Bay site etc. A check may be done to establish salt content. A sign should be erected warning that the spoil is not suitable for use in buildings. A suggestion was made that the spoil might be used in sandbags that could be used in the rubble weir. MT identified the need for publicity early next year in advance of the dredging.
6.4 Impact of weir lowering. MT reported that Talcott says there is more sea water flowing in and water levels are higher than expected. It is also more difficult to close mouth.
The third bathymetric survey will be undertaken shortly so we will have some quantitative data.
G Laing commented that the fundamental issue is the sewer line. The weir lowering is mitigating some of the resulting problems but there is a danger that perceptions are created that Zandvlei’s problems are solved which is not the case.
7. Any Other Business
MT to communicate with BMB colleagues to view the constitution of PAACs and then to communicate with Chair to plan ZEMF’s response.
SF to request Dalton G gives his insights on ZEMF and PAACs when he returns from leave.
G Laing raised the option of ZEMF becoming part of the Berg and Olifants Catchment Management Agency (CMA) which is being established. MT noted that a previous CMA initiative struggled for years as it worked on such a big scale.
The experience of working with the Constitution prepared at the start of the Forum now enables ZEMF to amend its weak areas it so that it better guides the work of the Forum. This review will be scheduled once there is clarity on the PAACs and the relationship of ZEMF to PAACs.
Action item in process
7.2 Annual timetable of activities: The following activities need to be included in the planning for ZEMF’s work in 2015: input into budget and IDP; planning of clearing around events – yachting, paddling; submit research requests; M&E of the ZEMP detailed action plan; feedback meeting to public. ZEMF members requested to check this list and add or alter as necessary.
GL said that mouth opening times are still to come from Talcott.
JG to work with recreational user representatives to compile the pondweed clearing schedule for 2015.
7.3 Finalising EMP Detailed action plan.
7.4 Coral worm status. Research hopefully leading to improved control, championed by LJ has stalled with responsibility and budget in SANBI having fallen between 2 people. Suggestion that informal discussion held with one of the 2 by SF to get clarity from SANBI on coral worm status and raise the profile of the ZEMFconcerns.
8. Date and focus for next ZEMF meeting 21 January 2015. Focus PAACs and ZEMF, status of pondweed.