GEESE invite you

to the

Simon’s Town Coastal Forum Quarterly Meeting

 to be held

on Saturday 25 May 2013 starting at 09h30

in

St Andrew’s Church, 71 Glen Road, Glencairn

        It is advisable to wear walking shoes and be dressed for the weather!

 Programme

09h30  Presentation on Research being done by the City of Cape Town, Darryl Colenbrander, on the future of Glencairn Beach & the Railway Line, followed by a site meeting at the beach.

Return to St Andrew’s for an update on GEESE projects – those achieved, those in progress and future hopes and dreams as well as the problems facing GEESE.

 This Open Event will be followed by the usual Quarterly Meeting of the Simon’s Town Coastal Forum at 11 am in St Andrew’s Church

 

GEESE Glencairn Education & Environment Support Enthusiasts

Chairman, Sir Rupert Bromley & Secretary, Lady Bromley

Phone 021 782 6400 :  Fax 021 782 5016 : Cell 083 610 1619

 

Agenda for the Quarterly Meeting of the Simon’s Town Coastal Forum

1. Reports on recent activities and events.

Dog walking; Simon’s Town Penguin Advisory Committee; Institute for Maritime Technology Annual Report Back; Coastal pollution; My False Bay; etc.

These and other Reports are attached for information, with the need for further action discussed at the Meeting.

2. Beaches and Beach Facilities.

There are some eleven beaches within the area covered by the Forum, and concerns have been raised about the condition of  these beaches, and their surroundings, at the end of the summer season. A Report is attached and the need for action will be discussed.

3. Awareness and Communication.

These matters have been recognised as crucial to the success of the Forum. We need to decide how awareness and communication may be handled within the Forum, highlighting how recognition can be given to the activities of all organisations who are members of the Forum. Proposals are welcome.

4. Any other business.

 

Calendar from 26 Feb – 25 May 2013

 

Events by invitation, and attended by many Forum members.

27 March 2013:                 The 13th Environmental Public Feedback meeting hosted by the SA Navy’s Environmental Office and the Institute for Marine Technology (IMT) was held on the 27 March 2013 at IMT. After the welcome by Dr Carl Wainman, Captain Glen Knox gave feedback about the upgrading of the naval harbour, of staff accommodation in Simon’s Town and Da Gama Park and of other naval properties in Simon’s Town. Speaking on environmental issues, Captain Knox said that the birdlife has flourished in the harbour area with many terns, cormorants, black oyster catchers and seagulls making their home there. After a nourishing refreshment break, Mr Mjikisile Vulindlu of the Scientific Services branch of the City of Cape Town gave feedback about the water quality in False Bay and the new water quality guidelines, which are more stringent than previous ones. The water quality of all the local beaches except Fish Hoek beach was found to be acceptable over the 25-26 samples taken twice monthly in 2012. Prof Geoff Brundrit of the Simon’s Town Coastal Forum which was established by the Simon’s Town Civic Association in Nov 2012 gave an overview of the organisation which is open to all individuals and groups “who have the well-being for Simon’s Town’s coastline at heart.” The Simon’s Town Coastal Forum meets quarterly and all are welcome. The next meeting will be held at the end of May. Dr Wainman concluded the meeting with the comment that we can be proud of what has been achieved along our coastline.

14 April 2013: SEA Pledge Talk by Dr Sylvia Earle at Lawhill Maritime Centre in the Simon’s Town School.

23 April 2013: Launch of WWF/CoCT My False Bay Initiative at False Bay Yacht Club.

Correspondence on items of interest

Humpback whale disentanglement from lobster pot off Cape Point: Operation partially successful: Dave Hurwitz 27 Feb 2013.

Cape Town Spatial Development Framework: Technical Amendment for Public Participation. Alignment  of urban edge and coastal edge at Glencairn estuary and Silvermine river mouth Clovelly. The proposal was to use the existing urban edge. Our appeal was to rather use the existing coastal edge which would enlarge the areas under coastal protection. The appeal was upheld: Kim Kruyshaar and Cilla Bromley from 5 Mar 2013 to 9 April 2013.

Long distance swimming incident off Boulders Beach. Matter investigated and resolved by SANParks: Craig Foster 6 Mar 2013.

Design of Clovelly Pump Station for improvement to the water reticulation system for the City of Cape Town. Query on adequate protection for new infrastructure from flooding from river and sea, and reassurance given from sub-Council. Geoff Brundrit 14 Mar 2013.

Unsuccessful attempt to rescue stranded false killer whales from Noordhoek beach by transport to Simon’s Town and release into False Bay. Geoff Brundrit 25 Mar 2013.

Ocean water quality monitoring for marine plankton by citizen scientists using smart-phone apps. Links from Geoff Brundrit 26 Mar 2013.

Decrepit state of Seaforth Beach resulted in on-site review by interested parties, and on-going improvements to Council procedures proposed: Alison James 13 April 2013. Also see ST Penguin Advisory Committee Meeting below, and Agenda for Forum Meeting 25 May 2013.

Orca sightings in False Bay: Photographs from Dave Hurwitz circulated on 19 April and 30 April 2013. It appears that at this time of the year the Orcas are to be found in the fishing grounds to the south of Cape Point, and pods occasionally venture into the Bay. See also http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/05/another-pod-of-orcas-killer-whales-in-false-bay/

Simon’s Town Penguin Advisory Committee meeting on 30 April 2013. Three items are relevant: Dogs on beaches, where a proposal by the Coastal Forum and a response by the Amenities Department of the City of Cape Town were sent to the sub Council so that the proposed procedure, including recommendations for specific beaches, may be advertised for public comment. The state of Seaforth beach was reviewed and improvements to Council procedures approved. Traffic arrangements for visitors to Boulders were seen to be in need of review and progress was made at an on-site meeting with traffic officials on 20 May 2013. Geoff Brundrit.

Octopus fishing is being undertaken as a pilot project on the coast between Muizenberg and Smitswinkel Bay. The national Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries has given a five year licence, but how DAFF can authorise this in part in a No Take Marine Protected Area for which DAFF is responsible, is incomprehensible. John Walmsley and Wilf Nussey 2 May 2013.

A Call for Volunteer Law Enforcement Officers by the City of Cape Town was circulated, emphasising the need to support the Marine Law Enforcement Unit. Geoff Brundrit 9 May 2013

Scientific meeting to suggest projects for oceanographic research in False Bay was held at the Institute for Maritime Technology, with participation from IMT, SAEON, CSIR, UCT, SAWS and CoCT. Follow up meeting planned with wider participation. Carl Wainman 10 May 2013.

A Planning Meeting for GEESE Activists was held in Glencairn on 12 May, with a Report of progress and decisions available on 14 May 2013.

More information from Geoff Brundrit or the Forum member indicated in the item.

Geoff Brundrit
00 27 21 786 2308
oceangeoff@iafrica.com