FISH HOEK VALLEY RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
MICROMINUTES OF THE QUARTERLY GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON 29 NOVEMBER 2012 AT 19H30
IN THE CIVIC CENTRE MAIN HALL, FISH HOEK
- 1. ATTENDANCE AND WELCOME
Present: Janet Holwill (chair) + as per the attendance register – which included Ald Felicity Purchase
Apologies: As per the apology register
Janet welcomed everyone, especially the guest speaker, Dr Phil Richardson.
2. GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Phil Richardson: “Human Wildlife Solutions and the management of baboons inCape Town”.
Dr Richardson summarised the goals, management principles and successes of HWS’ approach to baboon management in Cape Town.
With baboons, the social system is very important, and you need to disrupt it as little as possible. Furthermore, baboons are typical territorial animals and they mark their boundaries with scent marks (which works by means of intimidation). HWS intends to manage baboons using similar tactics: let the baboons know that when they come into ‘our’ territory they are in trouble, and that the territory is ‘defended’. This they will accomplish through using hides and ambush tactics. “We create doubt in the minds of the baboons: are the humans there or not. They don’t want to get a paintball on their backside, so they won’t take the risk of challenging us…”.
The tender for a baboon monitoring service required:
- new ideas
- innovative methods
- new technology (or more technology than had been used before)
This HWS have achieved results through:
- A high supervision ratio
- Seven vehicles in the field
- Radio telemetry
- Satellite and GPS collars
- Establishment of a virtual fence
- Aversive techniques to establish boundaries: paintball markers, bear bangers and pepper balls
The team has had significant success in saving the lives of baboons and preventing human / wildlife conflict. In 2008, for example, there were about 45 deaths per year – baboons were being shot, run over, killed by dogs, or electrocuted. These deaths dropped to 5 in 2012. Hotline calls and comparative data indicate a dramatic decline in baboon raiding and aggression.
The City’s tender required that the service should keep baboons out of urban areas 80% of the time. HWS reports that they have exceeded this requirement every month. For example the overseeing of waste management in the problem area of Da Gama flats has resulted in a dramatic decline of baboon raiding in this area. Once the baboons raided Da Gama, they’d head into other residential areas and raid all the bins. With the bin problem dealt with elsewhere as well, raids by baboons have declined.
NOTE: Paintball guns are not for use by the general public. PLEASE report if you see people shooting at baboons.
3. MINUTES OF THE QUARTERLY GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 24 MAY 2012
Approved and signed.
4. Councillor’s report BY ALD. FELICITY PURCHASE
Baboon monitoring: The City ofCape Town – despite all the media controversy – is happy with the work of Human Wildlife Solutions: ‘certainly it has made life a lot more relaxed for us, in terms of the constant complaints and attacks’.
Shark nets: The shark net for Fish Hook beach will be ready before the company closes in the 2nd week of December. The moorings are being cast, and they will need to be anchored in their strategic places on the beach and rings on the catwalk. The buoys, which need to be anchored to the moorings, have still to be acquired. The nets cannot be left in the water overnight as they deteriorate.
The total budget for the shark net project is ZAR 700 000, and the work has come in lower than expected.
[Update Note: although the shark nets were due to be trialed toward the end of December, the requirement for an EIA has meant a delay in installation].
Main Road: From 14 December Main Road will be open for two-way traffic, and will close when visitors leave (this date is flexible).
Ou Kaapse Weg: Despite the perception of an increased traffic load, surveys have indicated that there is almost the same number of vehicles as before the start of the roadworks.
Silvermine Road: The upgrading of the intersection with Ou Kaapse Weg is planned for 2013.
Kommetjie Road: The 2000 Arcus Gibb study is being updated and further action considered once this is complete.
Black Hill: Work is complete, with the creation of another lane.
Ward Committees: The committees for Wards 61, 64 and 69 are up and running and meet jointly.
Zoning: TheCape Town integrated zoning scheme has been promulgated with an effective date of 1 March 2013.
Wildevoel Vlei: The e.coli content is consistently lower than world standards, although the City would prefer to reduce this further. Work will begin on removing the sludge soon.
Firebreaks: The contract has been awarded, and firebreaks will be cut and monitored for the duration of summer.
Law enforcement: There will be an increase for the summer season, mostly in the form of ‘blitzes’: visible control points, checking car, licences, drinking, etc.
Masiphumelele: Talks have begun with the minibus taxi industry to improve and upgrade the rank.
Rail upgrades: All the cement sleepers have been replaced and new train sets have been acquired. Additional security will soon be in place, in line with the City’s commitment to increase the number of rail users.
Housing projects: Three housing projects in theFarSouthPeninsula are in process:
- Ocean View: 600 houses
- DidoValley: one objection has been addressed and now withdrawn. The process will now run its course.
- Masiphumelele: two projects (including the development of flats)
General Valuation: The new valuation roll will be open for inspection from February to April at the Sub council offices. Please inspect these, and object if you believe your valuation to be too high.
5. TREASURER’S REPORT: Allen Rose-Innes
Balance: The Association has a balance of R35 000. There have been no major legal expenses this year, but secretarial services needed to be paid for.
Subs: Exco has proposed that subscription fees remain at R60 for 2013 and the meeting formally agreed to this.
Donations: The meeting agreed to a proposal to donate R1 000 toFalse BayHospital and R1 000 to MercyNet (as part of a risk reduction intervention fund established by the FSPCF following the recent fires in Masiphumelele.
6. CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT – Janet Holwill
Recycling: The ‘dump’ behind Compass Bakery (Kommetjie Road) is a model of cleanliness and order, so please make use of it – there is also a facility for recycling of glass, plastic, and even household appliances if necessary.
Noise bylaws and roadworks: The City has stringent noise level bylaws, so anyone who intends to make a noise after 6pm has to obtain the written permission of everyone within 100m. For this reason, the contractors onMain Road are not able to work later at night and complete the road works any sooner than scheduled.
Property issues: The Association is considering 12 requests for departures at present.
Lighting on Jager Walk: Copper cabling has been stolen for the second time and it is unlikely that the City will keep replacing it. An alternative lighting source therefore needs to be installed. Solar lighting has been considered, although the panels have high value and theft is again a likelihood.
The meeting closed at 21h00.