Zandvlei Trust


Minutes of the quarterly committee meeting held at the Zandvlei Imperial Yacht Club on Wednesday, 
19 January 2011 at 14:00.

1. Opening and welcome

Cassy Sheasby opened the meeting and welcomed all present. An attendance register was sent around and apologies received were read out.

Attendance Register

C Sheasby
M van Heerden
E Rayners
M Thompson
P Joubert
J Fowkes
V Wilson
J Ridley representative Bob.
Cllr. D Qually representative Cllr. D Dalton


D Gibbs
A Roji
C Haskins
L Swartz
P Hepple
S Fowkes

1. Management Plan
Management plan available on the Zandvlei trust website. Motivation sent to council for more funds for working groups. Action plan for the next five years.

2. Water levels
The mouth is currently open and will close on Friday. Bob enquired the use of the sand bar. Send Lynn information about sand bar.
Action MT CS

3. Water Quality
New water testing points around Zandvlei, done by Scientific Services.No sewerage spills.

4. Pondweed
Bob: Management Plan states that the blind canals are cut once every season, should the blind canals not be cut more regularly.Cassy: February and March is the switch over time for new operator so weeds will increase. Will look into a cutting schedule.Martin: Suggests information on a website concerning pondweed such as no fertilizer on lawns.
Action CS

5. Litter traps
Peter will put wheels on traps.Vanessa raised a concern about the amount of litter around Zandvlei.Cassy: A need for law enforcement.Cllr. Dalton: Will take the matter up with local cleansing. Vanessa suggests that law enforcement participates in the meeting.
Action PJ

6. Doggy Doo bins and cleanups
Vanessa will follow up on bags for bins. Cassy: Stated that bins are not used much.
Action VW

7. Park Island
Theft of irrigation system therefore water is switched off.The public will be fined for dogs that are not on a leash. Sent in application to burn the brush piles.
Action CS

8. Tube worms
Cassy: Management plan states that the tube worms in this area are not indigenous. Student to see which areas are active with tube worms and what species.Residents are not allowed to remove any tube worms as they are good for the system, they filter the entire volume of Zandvlei in 24 hours.

9. Mallards
Cassy: Another Mallard count will be done as there are estimated to be over 500 birds.

10. Fish
Cassy: Try to organise another fish trek with Oceans & Coast.Bob states that the carp are less.

11. Invasive Waterweed
Cassy: Having a meeting with IAS to discuss using Zandvleiís nursery to house bio-agents. Sand river has a hyacinth problem.Keyser and Westlake river is full of every invasive water weed. Cape Winelands needs to be contacted.Scientific Services needs to do adhoc water tests at the bottom of the Constantia wineland areas.
Action MT

12. Signage
Submit application for no fishing off bridges signage. Will enquire about anti graffiti film.
Action CS

13. Other business
a. Boardsail Inn
Nothing new to report
b. Mowing of areas
No complaints.
c. Henley on Vlei flats
Nothing new to report
d. Visitor controllers and Law Enforcement
Cassy: One and a half months the controllers were not on site, but they have returned.The contract ends at the end of April. The Western shore is a lot better with the controllers present.

14. Closure and date of next meeting
The next meeting scheduled for 30th March 2011 at 14:00 at the Educational Centre at Zandvlei Nature Reserve.


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