Background of the Trust
Established in 1988 from an environmental sub-committee, of the Ward 17 (Muizenberg) Rate Payers Association. On Wednesday 23rd March 1988 the inaugural meeting at the Imperial Yacht Club took place with the following present;
Zandvlei Trust is a civil society,
volunteer and apolitical organisation with an Executive Committee;
it has a Constitution and is a registered non-profit organisation.
Through its dedicated members, the Trust has continuously lobbied for better management of the vlei. They have provoked officials into carrying out technical reports on many different aspects of the vlei, i.e. the salinity, the weed growth and tube worm, all necessary for a healthy water system.
Membership is by subscription and open to anyone. Currently there are +/- 200 paid up members. For the subscription monies members have received 4 newsletters a year and numerous members activities have been arranged over the years. A typical years activities may be, World Wetlands Day, River Day, Arbour Day, AGM, and a members workshop. Guest speakers are invited to address the meetings with Conservation / Environmental topics. Task Teams address ongoing and specific issues to further the aim of the Trust.
The Executive Members sit on numerous local environmental related committees,
sub committees and Forums to monitor legislation, developments, which potentially
effect Zandvlei and its catchment. They also lobby, monitor and attend public meetings, which affect the
rivers, which feed into Zandvlei, e.g. Sand River Catchment Forum,
Zandvlei Action Committee, False Bay Ecology Park Steering Committee.
The Executive work with, consult and network with a number of qualified, professional, experienced and knowledgeable people on the natural environment, who have regularly contributed articles for the Newsletters.