Report back ZEMF meeting on 20 March 2014.
CAPE Estuaries Programme: Implementation of the Estuary Management Plan (EMP) for the Zandvlei Estuary, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
The Report back meeting started soon
as there were a number of late arrivals for the meeting. More than 50 people
arrived for the meeting. The weather was warm and it was the start of a long
Across the yacht bay, the Scouts and Guides were starting their "Tontiki weekend". They have to build a floating raft, launch it, sleep on it and prepare their meals on board. The rafts are anchoured at different points in Zandvlei and are montored by the judges to see they they comply with all the rules.
Alderman Felicity Purchase the
Chairman of the meeting,
Councillor Dave Dalton (in the
centre) was also present. The persons with their backs
The meeting room was filling up. Brian Nicholson and Martin Thompson in the front row.
Sandra Fowkes, the Chairman of
ZEMF, introducing her presentation
Dr David Walker introducing the
Pondweed presntation. He is currently
There was reaction to the
new City of Cape Town logo on the screen.
Josh, about to introduce his
presentation, and commenting on
Josh gave feedback on the management process and documentation which will help with the daily management and annual cycle of harvesting the weed, for the balanced needs of the waterbody and the user groups.
The general meeting consensus was that the management had dramatically improved water quality. There are still management issues which will improve with fine tuning and with future budget approvals.
Felicity stressed the point, that everyone, review the City of Cape Town advertised proposed annual budget, and feedback information quickly if they want changes to take place in their field of interest.
There was a question and answer session on the Pondweed, and then followed by a general question and answer session taken up mainly about fishing, lack of law enforcement of the bylaws related to illegal fishing, bait collection, fish removal, etc.
Pat Garratt expressed his thanks to Sandra for her Chairing the Forum so well.
The meeting closed at about 19h40.