for the presentation to Sub Council 19, Fish Hoek,
CAPE Estuaries Programme: Implementation of the Estuary Management Plan (EMP) for the Zandvlei Estuary, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Pic 1 aerial view looking south: shows the varied land uses and indicates something of the users and interested parties. Zandvlei is an important recreational facility. It is connected inland through the catchment of the several rivers that drain into it. It is connected to the sea and contributes significantly to fishing in False Bay with the resulting economic benefits.
Pic 2 from mouth looking north: It is no longer a natural system, being changed by: sewerage pipe built in 1930s, with a rubble weir to protect it; canalising the mouth, road bridge. Therefore Zandvlei has to be managed to best meet the needs of a functioning ecosystem vs the desires of users & residents. The core work of ZEMF is the understanding the varied needs and wants which are often conflicting and collaborating to find workable and acceptable solutions.
ZEMF came into being in April 2012 after the preliminary work by consultants. It is part of a country wide initiative to set up Estuary Management Plans (EMP) as required by the Integrated Coastal Management Act and the National Estuary Management Protocol. To date 26 EMPs and Forums are in place. There are over 200 estuaries around the RSA coast.
What has been delivered:
The key outcome has been improved communication:
Pic 3 Lowering of the rubble weir.
Pic 4 Surveying the bottom of the vlei at the mouth: ongoing measurement will tell how effective the weir lowering has been.
Benefits to the City:
In response to some Marina da Gama Association (MDGA) issues;
ZEMF and various supportive Marina da Gama residents concerned about the actions of the MDGA, have initiated a number of approaches to try to re-build constructive communication with MDGA.
Of the future – The City is implementing PAACs for 18 Nature Reserves and is advertising for applications from people wishing to serve on these advisory bodies. As the estuary is the major part of Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, ZEMF will become a major part of ZPAAC . This will give an opportunity to build on 3 years of experience and relationship building. Incidentally ZEMF has informed the 2 parties withdrawing from ZEMF (MDGA and Muizenberg and Lakeside Ratepayers Association) of the applications for membership of PAAC.
Thank you for your time. As I have tried to respect the time allocation there may be points that have not been adequately covered. However I believe that there is some time for questions.
Sandra Fowkes Chairman ZEMF.