EnNEWS Vol. 02/2004 Utilitas Building, 1 Dorp Street
Private Bag X9086, Cape Town, 8000
Tel No.: 021-483 2990
Environmental and Development Planning News Fax No.: 021-483 3211
2WISE2WASTE Cape Town was then enlisted to open up the
meters in our basement and sure as can be, the
numbers downstairs didn't correspond to the R80
The Departmental waste minimization project now 000 account. We then found another account for
has a name, 2wise2waste, courtesy of Rowan our building from Public Works and this turned out
Barker. This project is really only starting now, to match the meter downstairs. This amounts to
what has happened so far? R11 000 for a month! Much better, but still a lot of
As most of you are aware, a survey went around by
email asking various questions about water, waste, We realised that the provincial government (Public
electricity and other related issues. Included in the Works) is not only doing nothing to minimize its
survey were a few fun quiz questions with prizes
attached. The winners of these were Peter Visser - continued on page 5...
for guessing how much waste leaves
the building daily, Nicole Petersen
and Rowan Barker for good name
suggestions (in the end we used
Rowan's great suggestion) and
Gerhard Gerber for his overall
excellent effort. Lerato Moja guessed
the huge electricity bill, which at the
time we were confused about. We
now know the truth and it tells us
The truth about our electricity bill is
that it is not the horrific R80 000 or
so per month. Public Works were
giving us bills for “Utilitas Building, 1
Dorp Street” so we all thought these
must be the bills. After making a few
on how much power we should be
using, we realised that it cannot Minister Tasneem Essop talking to members of the community during
possibly be our office building. An her visit to the Overstrand Municipality. This clean-up operation
electricity inspector from the City of was part of the Western Cape Government's 100-day deliverables.
! Please note that the correct acronym for the Department of Environmental Affairs and
Development Planning is: D:EA&DP and not DEADP .
Notice ! Owing to limited space in this edition of EnD NEWS, translated articles in your preferred
language, where indicated, are available on the Portal. Editor.
This year comes to an end on a high note for Dié jaar eindig op 'n hoogtepunt vir hierdie departement.
Ek is bewus daarvan dat ons departement maande van
I am aware that this department has come moeilike omstandighede tydens die samesmelting van
through months of upheaval, with the omgewingsake en ontwikkelingsbeplanning deurgemaak
merging of Environmental Affairs and het. Maar in die laaste paar maande het die
Development Planning. But in the last few departement kragte saamgesnoer, en ek is oortuig
months this department has pulled together daarvan dat ons in die nuwe jaar met hernieude
and I am convinced that as we go into the entoesiasme die enorme uitdagings vanaf iKapa
new year we will be filled with enthusiasm as Elihlumayo die hoof kan bied.
we take up the immense challenges
presented to us by iKapa Elihlumayo. Aan die einde van hierdie maand (Nov) sal ons die
gasheer wees vir 'n konferensie waartydens daar gekyk
At the end of this month (Nov) sal word na die Provinsiale
we will host a summit to look at Ruimtelike Ontwikkelings-
the Provincial Spatial raamwerk, sowel as die
Development Framework, as voorlopige resultate van die
well as the preliminary results of ondersoek na Gholfbane en
the investigation into Golf polo-landgoedere in die Wes-
courses and polo estates in the Kaap. As minister
Western Cape. As minister of verantwoordelik vir hierdie
this portfolio I am convinced portefeulje, is ek oortuig
that these two important daarvan dat hierdie twee
interventions will have a huge belangrike ingrypings groot
impact, not only for this impak sal hê, nie net op
department, but in the province hierdie departement nie, maar
as a whole. op die provinsie as geheel.
The government has pledged Die regering het homself
itself to working across daartoe verbind om
departments and ministries, to oorkoepelend tussen
cut red-tape, to do away with departemente en ministeries te
duplication and start delivering. werk, om rompslomp uit te
I have committed this skakel, om weg te doen met
department to fast-tracking our
processes when it comes to
MESSAGE FROM onnodige duplisering, en
resultate te lewer. Ek het
approving low-income housing
developments. It is not just low- MINISTER hierdie departement daartoe
verbind om ons werkswyses te
cost housing that will benefit, versnel betreffende die
the Integrated Law Reform TASNEEM ESSOP goedkeuring van lae-inkomste
Process will also assist in behuisingsontwikkeling. Maar
streamlining the procedures for dit is nie net lae-inkomste
all other developments. behuising wat hierby sal baat
vind nie, maar die Geïntegreerde Wet-hervormingsproses
These are some of the immediate and urgent sal ook die verfyning van prosedures van alle ander
challenges we are faced with. As officials in ontwikkelings ondersteun.
this department you will have to re-gear
yourselves, to start thinking “out of the box” Daar is sommige onmiddellike en dringende uitdagings
to come up with cutting-edge, creative and wat ons in die gesig staar. As amptenare van hierdie
innovative ways of dealing with these many departement sal julle julself moet her-instel om wyer te
challenges. begin dink, om sodoende met kreatiewe en innoverende
idees vorendag te kom om uitdagings die hoof te bied.
Let us all commit ourselves to building “A
Home for All” in the Western Cape. Kom ons verbind onsself tot die bou van “'n Tuiste vir
Almal” in die Wes-Kaap.
I wish you well over the festive season.
Seënwense vir die Feesseisoen.
Minister Tasneem Essop Vriendelike groete
Minister Tasneem Essop
Lo nyaka ufikelela esiphelweni ngezinga eliphezulu kwelisebe. Ndiyazi elisebe lidlule kwinyanga ebinzima,
ekudityanisweni kobume bemeko bendawo yemicimbi kwakunye nokulungiselela inkqubela. Kodwa
kwenzinyanga zimbalwa zidlulileyo eliSebe litsale kunye yaye ndiqinisekile okokuba njengokuba siqala
unyaka omtsha sizakube sigcwele lihlombe njengokuba sizakube sithatha ukuxhokonxwa okukhulu
okuziswa kuthi liKapa Elihulmayo.
Ekupheleni kwalenyanga (Novemba) sizakuba sisizondli zesamithi ukjongana nophahla lwenkqubela
evelelekileyo yephondo kwakunye nesiqalelo seziphumo zophando lwamabala eGolufa ne-polo esteyiti
Njengomphathiswa walepotifoliyo ndiqinisekile okokuba okukungenela kubini kubalulekileyo kuyakuba
nokukhulu ukungquzulala, kungekkuko kwelisebe kuphela kodwa kwiphondo liphela. Lo rhulumente
usithembisile ngokusebenza kuwo onke amasebe nabaphathiswa aqhawula iteyipu ezibomvu, ayeke
uphindaphindo koko aqalise ukunikezela iinkonzo.
Ndilibophelele elisebe ekulandeleni ekhondweni ngokukhawuleza kwinqubekeko zethu xa sisiya kwimvume
yomvuzo ophantsi kwinqubela yezindlu.
Kodwa asizizo nje izindlu zexabiso eliphantsi eziyakuxhamla kwiNtlanganisela Yomthethe Wenguqu
iyakuncedisana ekubekeni ngolandwlwano lemigaqo yazo zonke iinkqubela.
Zikhona nezinye ezisondeleyo nezibalulekileyo iimbono ezixhokoxayo esijongene nazo. Njengamagosa
kwelisebe kufuneka uphindile iziqu zenu nizilungisele niqale ukucinga ukuphuma apho ebhokisini nize
kusika imisonto ukwakha nokwazisa indlela ezintsha zokusebenzisana noxhokonxo.
Masizibandakanyeni sonke ekwakheni "Ikhaya lethu sonke" eNtshona Koloni.
Ndininqwenelela impumelelo ngelixesha lolonwabo.
Minister Tasneem Essop
I would like to take this Ek wil graag van hierdie
opportunity to thank all staff for geleentheid gebruik maak om die
their valued contributions during personeel te bedank vir hul
the past year. The year that lies waardevolle bydrae die afgelope
ahead holds exciting prospects in jaar. Die jaar wat voorlê, beloof
terms of our new strategic opwindende vooruitsigte in terme
direction under the leadership of van die nuwe strategiese rigting
our new minister, Minister Essop. wat ons inslaan onder die
leierskap van ons nuwe minister,
I would like to wish all staff a Minister Essop.
peaceful and joyous festive
season. Graag wil ek al die personeellede
vrede en vreugde vir die
Mr Theo Tolmay feesseisoen toewens.
Mnr. Theo Tolmay
MESSAGE BY HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT
Ndithabatha eli thuba lokunibulela bonke abasebenzi ngentsebenziswano negalelo elikhulu
abalenzileyo kunyaka ophelileyo. Unyaka ozayo, uzele zizinto ezintle kwimbono zethu, phantsi
kwenkokeli yethu entsha, uNkos Essop.
Ndinqwenela bonke abasebenzi ixesha elimnandi ngexesha lekhefu elizayo.
Mr Theo Tolmay
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YOU Ons het al die lesers se voorstelle in gedagte
gehou toe ons die Departementele mondstuk
WELL! in 'n A4- tydskrif omskep het. Hierdie laaste
uitgawe vir 2004 dek 'n interessante
verskeidenheid, vanaf Wêreld-Omgewings-
dag tot en met die Jaareindfunksie, nuwe
aanstellings in die Departement, hoe julle
Take the phone off
die Sportdag geniet en 'n suksesvolle
the hook, kick off your shoes, pour yourself
Vrouedag gevier het.
a cold drink, sit back, relax and get ready to
indulge. This edition of EnD NEWS is sleek,
'n Hartlike dank aan ons joernaliste, wat ons
stylish and as usual very informative.
gehelp het om op die hoogte van die nuutste
Departementele ontwikkelings te bly.
We've taken all readers' suggestions into account
and revamped our Departmental mouthpiece
Beste seënwense vir die Feesseisoen, bestuur
into an impressive A4 magazine. This last edition
versigtig en onthou om die jongste nuus in 2005
for 2004 covers an interesting variety, from
aan te stuur!
World Environment Day to what is in store for the
end of year function, new appointments in the
Department, how you've enjoyed Sports Day, as
well as the successful Women's Day we
Thank you to our reporters who assisted in
keeping us up to speed with the latest
Have a pleasant festive season, drive carefully
and remember to forward all breaking news to
us in 2005!
Khupha umnxeba wakho kwihaki, khulula izihlangu, zigalelele isiselo, hlala phantsi woyame, khululeka
ulungiselele ukuzonwabisa. Eli hlelo lwendaba ze-END zimsulwa zinenkazimlo, nohlobo oluthile ezibhalwe
ngalo kwaye njengesiqhelo zinengcombolo.
Sizithathel'ingqalelo zonke iingcebiso zabafundi saguqula isithethi seSebe lethu yaba yimagazini
enomtsalane eyi-A4. Olu papasho lokugqibela lika2004 liquka iintlobo-ntlobo ezinomdla ezivela kwingingqi
ngemini kazwelonke ukuya kwinto esevenkileni ukwenzela umgcobo wokuphela konyaka, ingqesho entsha,
unyuselo eSebeni, indlela owonwabela ngayo imini zemidlalo kwakunye nombhiyozo wosuku
lwamakhosikazi olwaba yimpumelelo.
Siyabulela kwiintaitheli zethu ezincedisileyo ekusigcineni ngokukhawuleza ngenkqubela zakamva nje
Nibe nolonwabo kwiholide zenu zehlobo, niqhube ngenyameko nikhumbule ukuqhubekeka pahmbili
ukubhengeza iindaba ngo2005.
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electricity bills - it doesn't even know how much it is paying for the various departments and buildings
around town! We aim to change this attitude and make everyone aware of electricity consumption and
how to reduce it. One quick example as the summer heat arrives: when YOU arrive at work, open a
window to let fresh air in while the day is young and the air is cool; you can close it later once the day heats
What are we doing now?
The team is busy designing small information posters to go up next to paper recycling bins. (By the way, we
are about to purchase 25 more bins for our building.) These mini-posters will explain what is recyclable
and what isn't. A good example is the red and white paper ream wrapper. It has a waxy moisture-proof
paper wrapper and cannot be recycled, so please put it in your normal bin.
The Utilitas building is about to have an airconditioning refit to remove the ugly, noisy, inefficient window
mounted `boxes'. We are working closely with Public Works to ensure they install a clever system that uses
the least energy and provides you with a comfortable office environment. More on this later.
Well done to our prize winners, keep taking part and let
NEW us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for this
APPOINTMENTS Roger Diamond and Berneditte Moitse
There are so many people popping in
and out of our Department that it is
often difficult to know who is a new WE HAVE MOVED!
staff member and who isnt. As the
main source of news, EnD NEWS The Directorate Functional
would like to update you as to who's Support is a newly formed
new in the Department. We therefore component within the Chief
would like to welcome the following Directorate Environmental & Land
people: Planning. It consists of 3 Sub-
Directorates, namely: Law
M.C. FORD Enforcement & Compliance;
Z. TSHANGELA Operational Policy & Transversal
C.W. NORMAN Co-ordination; and Information
M.R. SAMAAI Services.
C.M.P WILLIAMS During the week of 2-6 August 2004 the Directorate was
M. LYONS permanently housed in Leeusig Building. Office space was
S. FRIDAY thrown into disarray with the packing of boxes and the
G.G. SNYDERS dismantling of furniture and computer equipment! For at
T.V. TAUTE least 2 weeks, proper functionality within the Directorate
R.C. BEZUIDENHOUT came to a standstill, while the furniture and computers
J.C. FILLIS were transported to the new building and then
E. DE WAAL reassembled.
S. VAN ROOYEN
K.S. TE ROLLER We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Public
C.J. STEYN Works Department (especially Mr David Aitchison), our
M.M. CELE Department's Supply Chain Management (Mr David
N.C. CROWSTER Motzemi and his team) as well as all the other role-players
S.R.V. GOVENDER who assisted in ensuring a smooth transition for our
E.D. DE JAGER personnel. An invitation is also extended to the rest of our
Department as well as our existing and potential clients to
If we missed any names, please let us visit our stylish new offices at Leeusig Building, 4th Floor, 4
know and we'll include them in the Leeuwen Street (diagonally opposite the High Court
next edition of EnD NEWS. entrance), where there is also a cosy restaurant on the
Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
MONITORING POPULATION FLUCTUATION
The Department of Environmental Affairs and both serviced and unserviced houses information
Development Planning, together with the on the household size was collected in order to
University of Stellenbosch, has embarked on a calculate water usage per person per day.
study to develop a suitable model to monitor the
fluctuation of population in the municipal areas of The total number of households included in this
the Western Cape. phase was 15 in three different municipal districts:
the Saldanha Bay, Stellenbosch and Breede Valley
There are three objectives to the study: Municipalities. The 15 households consisted of five
! Estimating water consumption per person per informal dwellings (shacks), 5 RDP houses
day; (serviced) and 5 other formal houses (serviced).
! Identifying best practices for data collection of
municipal indicators; Identifying best practices for data collection of
! Developing and testing a model to monitor municipal indicators
population fluctuation and putting together a The objective here was to identify possible best
manual describing the model. practices already used by municipalities regarding
indicators such as informal settlement unit counts,
Estimating water consumption per person per establishing mean household size, regular
day. monitoring of water and electricity consumption,
For this phase there were two factors in the etc. Data collected by the research team was
research that needed controls to be established. analysed and a number of 'best practice'
The first was a control for seasonal differences in municipalities were visited to establish the method
water usage, and the second was the use of used to collect data on the aforementioned
communal taps in unserviced areas together with indicators. Best practices identified thus far include:
inaccurate population numbers and lack of water ! System for the effective management of
meters in unserviced areas (for communal taps). In informal settlements in Overstrand
order to establish a control for the first factor Municipality;
(seasonal patterns) it was decided to divide the ! Interpretation of water consumption by using
collecting of data on water usage into two stages. Sewer and Water model Interfacing to Financial
Water usage is measured for two weeks in winter Treasury Systems (SWIFT) system;
and two weeks in summer. ! Interpretation of electricity consumption as
noted on the National Electricity Regulator
Regarding the second factor it was clear from the report for Pre-paid and conventional meters;
onset of the study that measuring water usage in ! A practice to avoid the so-called 'silo-culture' in
households in unserviced areas would have to be municipalities, which entails a monthly Joint
treated differently from households in serviced Committee Meeting in the Swartland
areas. For those in serviced areas a weekly water Municipality.
meter reading was taken for three consecutive
weeks. This data was used to determine a water Developing and testing a model to monitor
consumption pattern for two weeks. For unserviced population fluctuation and writing a manual
areas it was important to determine the different To be developed and tested from November 2004
ways in which people get water, the number of to February 2005.
times a day a household will have to go and fetch
water and general problems and 'politics' around Research Team
water in the community. Simon Bekker, Ilse Eigelaar-Meets, Gerald Muller
Kozette Swart [All the research members are
Before the actual measuring of water consumption affiliated to the Department of Sociology, University
in these unserviced areas commenced, focus of Stellenbosch.]
groups were held with the households included in
the study in order to establish such practices. The
research team also measured all containers used
to fetch water by the specific households.
Thereafter each household received a schedule on
which they had to indicate on a daily basis the time
they fetched water, how much water, for what use
water is fetched, and who fetched the water. For
ENOUGH SYMPATHY TO SHOW EMPATHY
Counselling HIV and AIDS requires a different approach compared to general
counselling, and certainly poses a challenge not to become personally
involved. When the opportunity arose, Deidré Foster from the
Communication Component seized the opportunity to be trained to
become a lay counsellor. Said Deidré: “After five weeks of intensive
training, I most enjoyed the sessions with the practical role players”.
Although counselling HIV and AIDS only formed part of the training
curriculum, special emphasis was placed on the different kind of
approach required for HIV positive individuals. The training did cover
universal counselling skills to suitably equip the lay counsellors for almost
any case in hand. “I feel strongly about HIV and AIDS, which is why I
attended the course,” Deidré said, “and would certainly recommend the training
to everyone that is prepared and willing to just listen without getting involved”. This is
particularly difficult since most cases are traumatic, and is why trainees are equipped to become emotionally
removed from their cases. Coping mechanisms are also provided for dealing with these highly traumatic
instances. You are allowed to show empathy but not sympathy, which indicates the fine balance between
counselling and listening.
EnD NEWS wishes you well in your new challenge.
VINUM ET VERITAS LAETIFICANT COR!
The time is nigh for all to get into the mood and party the old year out and the new
year in. 2004 practically flew out of the window and now we have to reflect and
think back on all the decisions made, the changes being implemented and the
strategies for 2005. Before we do that though, the Department needs
to get together and have a fun-filled day, full of laughter, excitement,
games and relaxation and what's better than to celebrate with all your
colleagues at a huge END OF YEAR function.
Yes, you are not imagining things! We are going to have a smashing
END OF YEAR function at Nelson's Creek just outside Wellington.
This will be held on Friday, 10 December 2004. Bring your picnic
blankets, a little cash for alcoholic beverages, your swimsuits and
most important, bring yourself. You don't have to be concerned
about transport - that is taken care of! Just come out and have
It is going to be the best day of the year, to chill out,
unwind, have a drink and be merry with the rest of your
colleagues. These socialising opportunities seldom arise
between staff members, so this is a chance for you to
celebrate the past year and to create a better team spirit
for the year to come.
Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
singing, “Wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokotho
(You strike a woman, you strike a rock!).” As
the train moved along from town to town more
women were collected and they all had
something to say about their trip to Pretoria.
Thelma Vuyiseka Mapeyi, a student Social
Worker from Bellville said, “Women still need
to protest in the year 2004 because men still
think that they rule. In those years women
protested against Apartheid regulations, but
now we have the freedom to fight for gender
MARCH TO PRETORIA equality and like in 1956, if women stand
together, we can achieve anything.”
As dawn broke on a cold winter Monday
morning women from all over Cape Town met The train departed at 06:00am on August 30
at Cape Town Station to attend a march from and arrived at Klerksdorp at 04:00am on
Pretoria's Art Museum to the Union Buildings. August 31. From here the women were taken
by bus to Pretoria to participate in the march.
On 9 August 1956, 20 000 women from all
over South Africa marched to the Union Attending the celebration was reminiscent of
Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the the past, having to travel the distance by train
proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act was an adventure of a lifetime, but being
of 1950. This march was a re-enactment of together with about 15 000 women was
the historic 1956 protest and reinforced the completely liberating. “Wathint' abafazi,
idea of womens' resilliance and ability to wathint' imbokotho.”
The excitement in the air was tangible, with
women running up and down in the train
Xhosa available on Portal.
The Department of Environmental Affairs and
Development Planning (D:EA&DP) hosted Women's
Day celebrations from Wednesday, 11 August to
Saturday, 14 August 2004. All staff were invited to
participate in the various activities that took place
during this week.
The activities included women sharing their
experiences about working in their different
environments; exhibitions of various stories relating to
the roles of women in society; and photographs of
women in the Department giving their views of what
they envision for the future.
The objectives of the celebration were
! To create awareness of gender issues, which exist
in our Department,
! To recognise the valuable contribution of women
towards a sustainable environment inside and
outside of the department,
! To embrace what women have achieved over the
last decade and
! To outline the mission and vision for women and
the environment for the next decade of our
Emphasising the Department's determination towards
equality, D:EA&DP together with CapeNature and the
South African National Botanical Institute (SANBI),
presented a programme at Driftsands on Saturday, 14
August. Women in the community came together to
participate in workshops, which were hosted by the
Minister Essop delivers an inspirational various organisations. Skills were acquired in terms
speech during Women's Day of starting and maintaining income-generating
celebrations at Driftsands. projects for the improvement and development of
their immediate environment.
The Women's Month celebration
highlighted equity concerns of
women. It gave women a chance to
give their opinion without being
singled out. Women stood together
and said what they had to say. This
was a refreshing way to explore the
concept of change and women are
looking forward to the
implementation of the issues raised
during the celebration.
As with any soccer team, they had some downs
SOCCER SCENE… when a few key players left the department towards
the end of the season. They said goodbye to Percy
In July this year Johnathan Klaasen had a brain Langa, Siyabulela Dywili, Fabian Williams, Wezzo
wave, which was to start a Departmental Soccer Boylitye and their Vice Captain. Hendricks has
team. Gareth Hendricks and Peter Visser quickly however made it known that his loyalties lie with
jumped into action organizing a team. Environmental Affairs and Development Planning,
and he is looking forward to the next season, as is
The guys appointed Edward Arthur Sias as team the rest of the team.
manager and Roderick Seentleng as captain.
Garth Hendricks was chosen as vice captain. When asking the fans what they thought about the
team, many had this to say: “Hot Rod!” “Rod's the
After the first match at Cape Town High School, man!” While cheering for Vuyani, JJ innocently
the guys played the rest of the league matches at caught on and started shouting, 'Go Breyani Go!!'
Rygate Park. They played every Wednesday for Needless to say, we had loads of fun!
two months and persevered in rain and sunshine.
During the first few matches, the team seemed to The season has ended; maybe it's time to start
have difficulty in getting the game to flow. As time something new… LIKE CRICKET. The only thing,
progressed, the fitness levels improved and so did which remains to be said, is that we look forward to
the team spirit. The team may not have stuck it the next soccer season.
out without the assistance of their technical
advisor, Mr Joseph Beckles, and the support of
their loyal fans. It seems that the more mature
players, Anwaar Gaffoor and Rubin Arends, were Xhosa available on Portal.
the only ones who never really had problems with
muscle cramps and injuries!
Our own soccer team. Veni vidi vici. They need your support.
Front Row - left to right - Marlin Williams; Shawn Le Roux; Jonathan Hanabe; Anwaar Gaffoor; Wezo Bolitye;
Roderick Sentleeng (Captain)
Back Row - left to right - Gareth Hendricks (Vice-Captain); Kamaseelan Chetty; Fabian Williams; Peter Visser;
Rowan Barker; Vuyani Sikawuti; Rubin Arends; Jason Fillis
Edward Arthur Sias - Manager
JA Beckles - Technical Adviser
Photograph taken by - Deidré Foster - No.1 Supporter
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)
AN ATTEMPT TO DEMYSTIFY
Properly used, GIS is a
decision making tool. It is not
just a mapping programme it
provides a visual
representation of the elements
on the ground, but also allows
spatial data to be queried so
as to establish trends, predict
outcomes, and possibly affect
It is a specialised system with
products and consists of five
! GIS software
! Trained/skilled staff
! Cutting edge hardware
! Accurate data
! Methods (Standards,
Information Services, within
the Directorate Functional
Support, boasts all of the
From left: André van der Merwe, Victor Nicholson, Trevlyn Davies,
Information Services assist
Akhona Damane, Kitta Saayman, Simphiwe Vanqa, Pumeza Matiwane
various clients with their Front: Lehan Fouché
mapping needs and also
supply spatial data extensively.
In addition to this, recent
projects such as the Provincial Spatial
Development Framework (PSDF), the State of the
Environment Report (SoER), the Growth Potential For more information about GIS products and
of Smaller Towns study (GPST), as well as the services, please contact:
Local Government Disaster Management Mr. Lehan Fouché
Programme have been embarked upon. Deputy Director: Information Services
Tel: (021) 483-3688
The imagination is the only limitation in GIS! Fax: (021) 483-4440
GIS provides the following products and services: Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
! Map Production
! Spatial data provision
! Demographic / Socio-economic data
! Statistical Reports
! GIS Support & Co-ordination
The purpose of the Paternoster Fynbos Park Clean-up
Project is to contribute to the improvement of the
physical environment and eradicate poverty within the
Saldanha Bay area. Pollution and littering is one of
the environmental issues of concern to the area and
needs to be addressed. Saldanha Bay is a well-known
tourist destination and in order to promote tourism in
the area and enhance the standards of living of the
community, a clean and healthy environment is a
Minister Tasneem Essop donating and planting
a tree with the community of Paternoster.
The project has already started with a clean-up and
collection of refuse which is within the Integrated
Development Plan (IDP). The establishment of the project will create jobs for the poor and the unemployed
in six towns where the project is to be implemented. Six individual towns will be cleaned at least 2 weeks
per month with ten workers, 12 times per year. One week is required for each clean-up and each worker
receives R300 per week.
Intensive environmental and rehabilitation operations will result in a litter-free environment, for example,
Paternoster Fynbos Park. The municipality is planning to extend their waste minimization and recycling
efforts through private sector and community involvement.
AREAS OF DECLINE TO BE HIGHLIGHTED FOR
HUNDREDS of delegates are expected to descend on the Cape Town International Convention Centre
(CTICC) within days to debate the Provincial Spatial Development Framework (PSDF). The one day
consultative summit, which will be held on November 29, has been organised by the Department of
Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. This comes after months of investigation and analysis by a
team of consultants.
During October six community workshops were held across the province to obtain input from residents and
local organisations. The PSDF will address Apartheid spatial planning in the Western Cape, provide a
detailed map indicating areas of economic growth and, more importantly, areas of potential growth.
Implementing the plan will have a huge impact on areas where little economic activity takes place.
In striving to create a home for all, the PSDF will also indicate the best locations for sustainable human
settlements. For the first time the Provincial Government will be able to pin-point areas of decline that need
special intervention to ensure their sustainable survival.
The framework will also have an impact on how, where and on what Government spends money. Provincial
Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Tasneem Essop said: “Government will also be
able to encourage private sector investment where it is needed most, with a view to maintaining and
enhancing the Province's unique environment and ensuring that our biodiversity and our cultural
environment are conserved for future generations.”
The importance of having a PSDF has become apparent during the workshops, as concerns around the
sustainability of our electricity, water supplies and sewerage systems have already become apparent. But the
Western Cape economy is diverse and growing, this province has the lowest unemployment rate in the
country, with agriculture, tourism and financial services earmarked as areas of huge potential growth.
Delegates will include representatives from government, labour, business and related organisations.
WESTERN CAPE STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
REPORT (SoER) - 22 OCTOBER 2004
SRK Consulting has recently been appointed to commence with Phase 2 of the provincial SoER for the
Western Cape. The Western Cape SoER initiative began with an SoE Overview Report (Phase 1), which
was completed by SRK in June 2004. Phase 2 will involve the development of indicators and the
production of the Year One SoER. Sixteen themes covering a range of biophysical, social and economic
issues will be addressed in the report.
The SoER will be updated on a yearly basis and will use indicators to track environmental change and
highlight issues in order to facilitate sustainable development. Additionally, it will give effect to the legal
requirements for granting access to environmental information and will promote environmental
awareness within provincial government and the wider public. The SRK team for Phase 2, which includes
consultants from the CSIR, will work closely with the PSDF project team and with the PSDF/SoER Steering
SRK Consulting (Johannesburg) has also recently completed the Gauteng SoER and has been appointed
to compile the National SoER. The Cape Town team will be working in close co-operation with their
colleagues in Johannesburg to ensure the Western Cape report integrates well with the National initiative
as well as with other provincial and local SoE initiatives. The Year One SoER for the Western Cape is
expected to be completed by May 2005.
PETER SE MUSIEKNOTE LAAT KONTANTNOTE ROL
Met die tweede meeste
prysgeld van R24 600 tot
dusver in een program van
die huidige Noot vir Noot
reeks op SABC 2, het Peter
Visser seker gemaak van 'n
plek in die semi-finaal vir
2004. Dit is net die “berugte” Daantjie
wat meer geld in een program kon maak. Tans werksaam
in die afdeling Steundienste op die vierde vloer in Utilitas gebou,
was Peter baie geheimsinnig oor die semi-finaal wat op 4
Desember uitgesaai word, maar reeds opgeneem was. EnD
NEWS het Peter onlangs gepols oor sy besondere talent, en sy
prestasie op Noot vir Noot hierdie jaar. Peter het aan EnD NEWS
gesê dat die hele Noot vir Noot ervaring onvergeetlik was. Hy
het ook tydens die opnames goed bevriend geraak met Luke van
der Merwe, die kitaarspeler in die Musiekfabriek, en hoop om in
die toekoms, op musikale vlak nouer met Luke saam te werk.
Sy belangstelling en liefde vir musiek was nog altyd deel van sy lewe, sê Peter. Hoewel hy 'n voorkeur vir
Country musiek en Creedence Clearwater Revival se Rock van die sestiger jare het, strek sy kennis van
musiek oor bykans die hele spektrum, en luister hy na alle musiek. Volgens Peter het hy ook heelwat van
musiek by sy oom, Kevin Large geleer, wat baie betrokke was in die musiekbedryf. Laasgenoemde was deel
van die plaaslike groep Rocking Horse, en sy dogter, Cheree, is 'n bekende in musiekkringe, en het ook al
heelparty opnames gedoen. Tans is Peter se musiekloopbaan aan die stillerige kant, en beplan hy om, sodra
die geleentheid hom voordoen, meer aktief op te tree. Hy het ook, onder andere, deel van sy prysgeld vir
die aankoop van musiek verwante toerusting gebruik. En beplan ook om 'n CD in die redelik nabye
toekoms vry te stel.
Namens die Departement wil EnD NEWS vir Peter baie sterkte en sukses toewens met die res van die Noot
vir Noot kompetisie.
new Departmental office opened at Pearly Beach.
MAJOR NEW COASTAL This will be boosted by a plan with the South
African National Defence Force (SANDF) for vessel
ANTI-POACHING and helicopter surveillance in the Overstrand, a
dedicated intelligence operative, a permanent high-
INITIATIVE LAUNCHED speed vessel presence in the area and ongoing
road-blocks. Observation posts will be staffed
around the clock, with strict enforcement of our off-
"It is time for illegal fishing operations that threaten
road vehicle legislation. I also intend to prohibit
the very existence of marine species to feel the full
unregulated diving in the area by prescribing
force of our determination. It is time for these
regulations before year end."
poachers to become the hunted." These were the
words of Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of
Additional plans include increasing the number of
Environmental Affairs & Tourism, speaking at the
fishery control officers in partnership with the
launch of National Marine Week in Hout Bay on
Overstrand Municipality, creating a public-
Friday, October 15. Hout Bay is the largest
participation forum between the enforcement
proclaimed fishing harbour managed by the
authorities, local communities, and rights holders,
as well as the possible establishment of a limited
new boat-based recreational West Coast Rock
The Minister used the event to announce the details
Lobster fishing season in the area from Gansbaai to
of a major new marine anti-poaching operation,
Buffeljags. Cementing the partnership between the
which will effectively replace the existing Operation
Department, the police and provincial government
Neptune. "This new initiative will be a joint
Minister Van Schalkwyk and the Western Cape
operation between our Department, the SA Police
Minister of Community Safety, Leonard
Service, and the Overstrand Municipality. It is a
Ramatlakane also signed a memorandum of
three-pronged strategy to tackle and root out the
understanding launching the new initiative. The
causes of the serious decline in abalone stocks,"
branding and final deployment of the programme
said the Minister.
will be announced before the end of the year.
Expanding on the three focal points of the new
Speaking about the wider importance of Marine
programme, the Minister said: "Dedicated and
Week, Minister Van Schalkwyk said: "Our theme
highly visible policing on shore and on the water to
this year is 'From mountains, catchments & river
deter and arrest poachers will be combined with a
streams to the ocean floor - A Nation at work to
new intelligence and investigation capacity. We will
sustain our seas'. It captures the importance of
prosecute buyers, middlemen and exporters
shutting down the supply chain. The third leg of
our strategy will entail a range of measures to
attempt to limit the migration of West Coast Rock
Lobster into the area east of Gansbaai, which has
also been a major cause of young abalone loss."
The new initiative will see
about R8 million in extra
funding added annually to
the existing Operation
Neptune and Overstrand
resources, bringing the
operational budget to well in
excess of R15 million per
year. "We will be creating a
The new marine anti-poaching
dedicated Operations Room
initiative also aims at rooting out
and help-line with a 24-hour
the notorious and prolific illegal
response capacity to
trade in abalone.
encourage the public to supply more information
on poaching activities," said the Minister. "There
educating all South Africans about the need to
will be dedicated investigation and enforcement
protect our marine and coastal resources, and
teams operating with the Scorpions, much closer
focuses on the fact that much of the damage done
partnership with the Asset Forfeiture Unit, and a
to our coastal environment starts in communities far
from the coast. 80% of all marine pollution is from traditions of Hout Bay this project has much
land-based sources like pipelines and plastic potential for growth and to offer our fishing
pollution flowing downriver and emptying into the community a related but alternative sustainable
sea. One very visible example is the plastic livelihood to direct participation in fishing."
packaging strips and bands that collect in storm- Drawing together the different messages of the day
water drains and wash into the ocean, often the Minister said: "From anti-poaching and
maiming or killing marine animals like seals. To enforcement operations, to education and job
highlight these issues our Deputy Minister launched creation we are demonstrating the value of our
our Entanglement Campaign and announced the marine resources and the fishing sector. About 29
beaches that have been awarded Blue Flag 000 South Africans are directly employed in fishing
recognition." (See page 23 for more information.) with about another 60 000 employed in the related
sectors, but during Marine Week we highlight the
The Minister also officially opened the newly importance to every South African community. Our
refurbished, upgraded, and renovated SA marine environment is one of our most important
Fisheries Museum in the Hout Bay harbour. "Our national assets, and together we must work to
Department has allocated R750 000 for this project protect, preserve and promote its value."
to develop the museum into a financially
sustainable facility promoting education and ENQUIRIES: RIAAN AUCAMP: 083-778-9923
tourism. With the unique fishing history and
CHANGE IS GOOD…
After the first edition of EnD NEWS, the editorial committee conducted a survey to determine the
staff's impression of the newsletter. The response was resounding, so we decided to change the
layout and design significantly.
In general, you thought that the newsletter was good, but felt that there was room for improvement
in terms of layout, size practicality and content. After reviewing all the comments, the design, layout
and contents were changed to to accommodate your needs.
We envisage the newsletter to be more than just an effective medium of internal communication and
greatly value your opinion. We will therefore will be conducting another survey targeting the same
focus group to test the changes we made.
Thank you for your input so far. We trust that you will continue to be involved in the improvement of
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PROTEA COLOURS FOR D:EA&DP TOWN PLANNER
Not even the demands of a prolific professional requires patience and diligence. Residing in
career could stop Alexia Julius from acquiring top Stellenbosch, she at present plays her pool in the
honours for Eight-ball pool. Having received her Helderberg zone.
Protea colours in August at the National Ladies
Pool Championships in Secunda, capped eight Notwithstanding the demands
years of dedication towards the green and gold. of a prolific pool
Inseparable from the game since career, Alexia
1996, Alexia became attracted to pool graduated from
during casual employment at the Stellenbosch not only
Langenhoven student centre's Wonderland with a BA degree and
games facility in Stellenbosch. During that time Honours in Journalism, but
she became a full time member of the Van der Stel also a Masters degree in Town and
Sport Club, affording her the opportunity to Regional Planning. Well done, we at the
represent Boland at provincial level. Although eight Department look forward to Alexia's first
years seem inappropriately extended to become a international pool test for women, scheduled for
Protea, it only proofs that a coveted achievement May next year taking place in England.
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educating employees about the disease, making
HIV AND AIDS IN THE people aware that just because someone is HIV
Positive does not mean that person was sleeping
Imagine walking into a clinic, to go for a VCT Government has realized the importance of having
(Voluntary Counselling and Testing), for the very trained counsellors on duty to assist employees
first time. The nurse sits down, talks for about who are infected, as well as affected, by this
thirty minutes. She asks questions about your disease. After completing a Five day intensive
lifestyle and what has convinced you to come for counselling course at the AIDS Training,
an HIV test. She finally asks what would happen if Information and Counselling Centre (ATICC) it is
you tested HIV positive? She takes blood from your clear that there is much work to be done in this
finger and leads you into the waiting area. You sit field. People still have the mindset that HIV will
for five minutes, you're called back into the room never infect them. WRONG! Live with the notion
and your results are given to you. Scary thought? that it can always happen.
PGWC employees are given positive results on a
daily basis. This is an alarming fact as AIDS
posters, information pamphlets and condoms are
freely available. Yet so many people are still being
infected. What's up, people? Obviously whatever
attempts being made by government to stop the
spread of HIV are not taken seriously enough.
Primarily HIV is spread either through unprotected
sex with an infected person, by contact with
infected blood and blood products or by mother to
child transmission. It all sounds good on paper,
but what happens if someone in the office cuts her
/ himself badly and has blood gushing out of their
hands? Surely most people would jump at the
sight and try to assist. Considering that one in five Mr Theo Gildenhuys enjoying himself during an HIV
persons in the Western Cape is infected with the and AIDS Indaba V, held earlier this year in Boksburg.
virus, it would not be such a good idea to assist
without the use of gloves. Little things need to be The Department of Environmental Affairs and
taken into consideration. Awareness needs to be Development Planning can create a paradigm shift
created with regards to HIV and AIDS to firstly be by promoting and educating staff. Every official
on guard and make use of surgical gloves when has got the opportunity to assist in maintaining a
the need arises and secondly to erase the stigma sustainable home, but we need to be alive and
around HIV and AIDS. How do we do that? By healthy. Protect yourself; it's the responsible thing
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DEMOGRAPHIC ATLAS OF THE WESTERN CAPE
Census data has been a need for many people in different
professions. They are always searching for statistics to show patterns
or to highlight certain trends and fears. Without statistics we would
not be able to spot our flaws and correct them, or highlight potential
strengths and improve on or nurture them.
The Sub-Directorate Information Services, within the Directorate
Functional Support, is presently in the process of compiling a
Demographic Atlas of the Western Cape, which will display the
Census 2001 statistics in a spatial format. This project is still in its
early stages and discussions around the format, scale and level of
detail contained in the atlas are currently underway.
It is envisaged that a draft Demographic Atlas will be available by
March 2005. Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
During the last few months we have toured the
Province, launching programmes, meeting
communities at Imbizos, and showing our
commitment to the Premier's 100 Day Deliverables.
Furthermore, the Deputy President, Premier and
Minister Essop planted trees in the Western Cape
as a sign of growth and development.
SECOND IN SA FOR THE SHEER LOVE OF IT!
Imagine listening to music pulsating at 146 decibels, on a sound system
that was judged the second loudest in South Africa. Says Marlin
Williams from Government Motor Transport Section on fourth floor: “I
do it for the pure love of it, as a stress reliever.”
Playing with wires since he was ten years old, Marlin's big love is to
build and customise speaker boxes for sound systems to be installed into
vehicles. What started as a hobby, developed into a passion that
brought him second place over-all at Audio Maniacs' annual sound
competition in Elsies River earlier this year. Competitors from all over
the country take part in this competition, which has run for five years
already. They noisily display amplifiers cleverly transformed into
Leonardo da Vinci-like pieces of sound. After all, the car with the
loudest sound at the event takes home the trophy.
With no formal training in electronics, Marlin, while attending primary
school, would spend hours in the library scrutinising literature on
sound systems. Obviously, together with specialised technical
knowledge and audible results, he became sought after for
installing sound systems for various sound addicts. With
some of them prepared to spend more or less R12 000
to be the loudest, Marlin certainly aims to listen to his
Asked about the secret for the loudest car, he facetiously
admitted to the proverbial ace up his sleeve. Since
there are courses for horses, this is certainly Marlin's
course, and you'll have to cough up to be heard.
The staff in Utilitas and Property Centre generate During March this year we used about 1700kWh
33kg of waste per day. 110 people work in both (kilowatt hours) of electricity per day. That's around
buildings, although with annual leave, sick leave, 20kWh, or 2.5kW, per person per day. That's like
courses, site visits, etc; there are probably no more having a kettle on all the time, or 10 computers. Why
than 80 people at any given time. That gives 400g is it so much? Air-conditioners and lifts probably
per person per day, which is a lot. That includes all account for at least half of our electricity
waste, such as boxes and polystyrene from new consumption.
computers as well.
Understanding kW and kWh: watts or kilowatts
(thousands of watts) are a rate of energy
consumption, like speed in a car. Kilowatt-hours are
a total of energy consumption, like distance travelled.
For example, assume you travel at 100km/h for four
hours, you will have travelled 400km. It's just as easy
with power: If you use a 1000W appliance like a
microwave oven for four hours, you will have used
4000Wh, or 4kWh.
PROVINCIAL SPORT'S DAY
Although the start of the day was a bit delayed, we There were vast amounts of sporting codes to choose
“greenies” had an awesome time at the Sports Day, from (if one can include drinking as a sport). The
which took place on Friday, 15 October 2004. The majority of the officials chose the big walk, and
Department in their green T-shirts really made a unlike other years, everyone who walked and
statement, as always. We were looking very bright, finished the race in a specified time, received a
happy and, of course, sporty. The cloudy start to the medal. Well done to the walkers.
day turned out to be really delightful and with our
main caterer, Mr Sias, we were able to satisfy all our Our very own transport officer, made his braaing
basic needs. Here are a few quotes from staff who debute, as he and his wife had a stall selling
attended the event. delicious boerewors rolls. It seems Sias is gifted in
marketing in addition to other things, as he had the
Trevlyn Davies entire department queuing for his specialties.
Just shortly, I think the day
seemed better organised than For those who could not come, and those who would
when I last attended. However, not come, there's always next year.
there is still the question of
whether the day will EVER start Nicole Petersen
on time & I also feel there should be I enjoyed the fun march and
more announcements made in respect of what's the camaraderie between the
happening at the time / why the delays / etc. This different Departments. Although
time factor caused many participants like me, it started a bit late, I will definitely
dependant on the buses, to arrive home late - attend it next year. I look forward
therefore more effort should be made to start the to seeing more staff members from our department.
programme on time.
As far as the table tennis (TT) was concerned, I found Regarding the Sport's Day. The day
it VERY accommodating that the ladies were allowed was fun. It gave us a chance to
to play during the time the men's matches were network" as well as see each
underway: participants were paired to play as they other in a more social setting,
became available, instead of having to wait until all which I think is important.
the men's matches were finalised which by then the Loved the party atmosphere of
ladies had dwindled off elsewhere & lost interest. the day as well. Being an armchair
Attendance in the ladies' TT this year was bad. I sportsman it was fun seeing my colleagues battling
speak under correction, but I think only 6 or 8 ladies against what their bodies would allow. Maybe next
played. year I will gather enough courage to do the same!
Been training as well.... walking from the car to the
I also took part in the Funwalk & (proudly) received a office. Enjoyed the day a lot.
medal for my efforts! I did not support / watch any of
the other sporting codes, since I watched all the Lynette Speller
men's TT matches, which as usual were well The disappointing part of the sport's day was that the
supported. activities started very late, which meant that the
programme was not adhered to as was advertised
Deidré Foster previously (on intranet as well).
Nothing beats the festive
atmosphere that one experiences I believe the sport's day that was held in the
when attending a provincial Sport's Southern Cape prior to our sport's day, was very
Day. The smell of braai; the cheers successful. The staff at the George office actually
from the stadium, music playing in the "bragged" that everything was on time.
background and the perfect warm, sunny weather.
(It was a bit cloudy in the morning though.) On the other hand I must admit
that the sport's day was better,
What makes this day really special, and totally "Entertainment-wise", than the
different from any other "team building" event is the previous years. The MC was
following. No matter where on the corporate ladder quite good and entertaining and
one is, sport is sport and fair is fair. Secondly, it's the kept everyone on their toes.
only time in the entire year, one gets to meet people
from other departments, in a social manner. The sport's day was otherwise actually quite good!
municipalities according to routine activities aimed
CLEANEST TOWN at improving and maintaining the quality of the
living environment for their inhabitants. Having
COMPETITION tapped into the environmentally related expertise
of various Departments, such as Health and Water
Western Cape Environmental Affairs and Affairs and Forestry as well as experienced NGO's
Development Planning Minister, Tasneem Essop such as the Fairest Cape Association, the
launched the 2004/5 Cleanest Town Competition evaluation panel has positioned itself as a
for Western Cape municipalities at a luncheon in transparent and unbiased adjudicator. The
Cape Town on Tuesday, September 14. Announcing provincial winners will be announced during April
the competition's 3 consecutive run since its 2005, while the national winners be announced on
introduction in 2001 by former Environmental June 5, 2005 - National Environment Day.
Affairs and Tourism Minister Valli Moosa, Minister
Essop emphasised that the focus of the competition Last year 19 municipalities entered the
this year is the effective utilisation by municipalities competition, and this year will see no fewer than
of available resources to realize the environmental 21 out of a possible 24 local municipalities
right for all enshrined in the Constitution. The (excluding district municipalities) vying for the
competition must be seen to have direct benefits coveted prize. Above all, participating in the
for all our poor and marginalized communities in competition requires no additional spending from
the province. entrants as municipalities are encouraged to view
continuous environmental improvement as part of
More than 50% of South African communities, day-to-day business.
especially in townships, rural and informal areas
do not have access to a proper waste collection
system, resulting in a range of negative health and
environmental impacts. “A clean and healthy
environment is inextricably linked to the socio-
economic improvement of all people”, Minister
Essop said. She added that the Cleanest Town
Competition is one of the primary awareness
raising programmes for a National Waste
Management Strategy, which aims to transform the
ideals of South African policies and legislation into
a visible and participatory integrated waste
Aimed at changing attitudes by raising awareness,
and educating our nation towards environmentally
friendly waste management practices, the
competition is a vehicle to encourage South
Africans to pro-actively participate in the moral
regeneration of their communities. This will be Provincial Evaluation Panel.
done by re-introducing pride and commitment to From the left: Stanley Nomdo - Environmental
clean up our environment. Also, consistent Health Practitioner, Department of Health,
improvements in waste management initiatives, at Eddie Hanekom - Deputy Director: Waste
municipal as well as community level, are Management,
acknowledged by the competition, while Thorsten Aab: Department of Water Affairs and
municipalities are encouraged to continuously Forestry,
improve their waste management services. The Alison Davison - Assistant Director: Waste
forging of partnerships between municipalities, Management,
community groups and private sector companies to Russel Mehl - Senior Environmental Officer,
protect our environment is also encouraged, as this Tasneem Essop - Minister
could also become a lucrative venture towards and
sustainable development. Rodney Leak - CEO Fairest Cape Association.
The Cleanest Town Competition does not focus
merely on activities specifically designed to suitably
impress the evaluation panel, but assesses the Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
INVESTIGATION INTO SUSTAINABILITY
OF LEISURE DEVELOPMENTS
The Rapid Review Study into the sustainability
of golf courses and polo estates in the
Southern Cape is nearing completion and
initial findings will be presented at the
Provincial Spatial Development Framework
summit next week.
MCA Planners a consortium of development
planners, engineers and environmental
consultants were appointed in October after a
rigorous tendering process by the department.
The group is now nearing the end of their
mammoth investigation into the sustainability
of golf courses and polo fields. By the end of
March draft policy guidelines will be made
available. Provincial Minister of Environmental
Affairs and Development Planning, Tasneem
Essop announced her intention to launch an
investigation shortly after taking office in May.
Minister Essop made it clear that the socio-
economic impacts, planning consideration,
environmental, cultural and heritage
considerations, services, mitigating measures,
international and South African best practice
needed to be investigated.
Over recent years environmentalists,
communities, many of them marginalised,
and other interest groups, have expressed
alarm at the plethora of golf course
developments along the world renowned
The Rapid Review Study is expected to include
a status quo report, identifying existing
impacts (positive and negative), issues,
practice, existing policy, norms and standards.
They will also produce a map of existing golf
courses and polo fields.
Photos: Kelvin Saunders, CapeNature
According to Mrs August, the aim is to develop the
YOUTH SERVICE young people holistically and, in addition to
technical training, there is a strong focus on
PROGRAMME experiential service learning. They are involved in
several community-oriented activities throughout
LAUNCHED the programme and they cook their own meals,
wash their own clothes and study in their spare
On 16 June 2004 in celebration of Youth Day the
Within 7 months of operation of the CapeNature /
YSP (Youth Service Programme), a joint venture
UYF YSP CapeNature was selected by the National
between CapeNature, the Department of
Youth Commission and UYF as a model for youth
Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
service and was awarded the honour of hosting a
and Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF), was launched
Presidential Delegation headed by Minister Essop
at Driftsands Nature Reserve in Delft.
Pahad. The Event was attended by national and
provincial ministers (including Free State Premier
Seventy previously disadvantaged young people
Beatrice Marshoff and our very own Provincial
are given the opportunity to develop an intimate
Minister of Environmental Affairs, Tasneem Essop),
understanding of mother earth and all that she
as well as many other dignitaries. In recognition of
generates as part of the YSP programme, aimed at
the success of this programme, the UYF has
equipping young people with skills and work
requested that the CapeNature / UYF YSP be
experience in conservation.
upscaled to accommodate more young people
within the Western Cape in 2005. This would
CapeNature's programme co-ordinator, Kahmiela
continue to provide for the personal and economic
August, stated that the YSP in conservation is the
development of unemployed youth within our
first of its kind in South Africa: “Three groups of
Province, equipping them with skills to form part of
about 24 learners between the ages of 18 and 25
the Province's economic and skills base, be it as
years are based at the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
entrepreneurs who create sustainable livelihoods
near McGregor, the Driftsands Nature Reserve in
for themselves and their communities or as entry
Delft; Cape Flats and the Witfontein Nature
level employees within the conservations or any
Reserve in Outeniqua, respectively,” she said.
other sector. In the words of Dr Pahad, “…if our
people are given the opportunity to participate
UYF programme manager, Penny Foley,
actively in something, they will do it.”
commented that CapeNature / UYF YSP fulfils one
of the goals of government's National Youth Service
Programme (NYSP), which is to provide
Acknowledgements to: CapeNature, Umsobomvu
unemployed young people with an opportunity to
Youth Fund & Dr Essop Pahad, Minister in the
acquire skills and become of service to their
communities and the country.
Participants on the programme, who start
at 06:00 and end at 22:00 daily, work
towards achieving a National Resource
Guardianship (NRG) certificate and other
Section Education and Training Authority
(SETA) qualifications including computer,
entrepreneurial and business skills.
Additionally, they acquire “soft” skills
such as self-awareness, teamwork and
conflict resolution, as well as “hard” skills
such as how to handle a job interview
Photo: Kelvin Saunders, CapeNature and how to compile a CV.
In terms of the Blue Flag programme, a candidate
CITY AWARDED BLUE Blue Flag beach must operate as a pilot beach for
one year before application can be made for full
FLAG STATUS FOR status. For the 2003/4 summer season Clifton
Fourth Beach, Mnandi Beach and Bikini Beach were
MNANDI AND identified as pilot beaches and full status
application was made for the 2004/5 season. The
CLIFTON FOURTH City has been successful in its applications for
Clifton Fourth Beach and Mnandi Beach.
BEACH Blue Flag is an international award and countries
from all over the world partake in this programme
Local and international tourism has received a annually. The benefits of having a Blue Flag beach
major boost with Cape Town's Mnandi Beach and includes tourism promotion, top quality beaches,
Clifton Fourth Beach being awarded the sought- standardisation of facilities to international and
after Blue Flag status for this coming season. Blue national standards, less pollution and safe and
Flag is an annual eco award given to beaches and clean beaches.
marinas that are managed in a prescribed manner
according to set criteria. It promotes effective and ISSUED BY:
efficient beach management in terms of facility LISLE BROWN
management, environmental maanagement water SPOKESPERSON
quality, safety and security. CITY OF CAPE TOWN
The launch of the new season of Blue
Flag South Africa and the interpretive
signage programme took place on
Friday, 22 October at Mnandi Beach.
Mayoral Committee Member for Health
Amenities and Sport, Councillor Tozama
Nomsa Mlanjeni said: "Blue Flag for
these City beaches confirms the status
of Cape Town as an international City.
The major benefit is that it will attract
more domestic and international visitors
to our City and boost tourism and
related industries. This needs to be
sustained and taken as a rallying point
to mobilise and unify previously divided
communities through local economic
deployment and recreation
Cape Town has a total of 72 beaches
along a 307km coastline. The City
embarked on the process to attain Blue
Flag status for identified City beaches
approximately 18 months ago. An
internal task team was established
which undertook an extensive process to
identify 15 possible beaches as Blue Mayoral Committee Member for Health Amenities
Flag candidates. and Sport, Councillor Tozama Nomsa Mlanjeni
and Deputy Minister for Environmental Affairs
It was proposed that three of the identified beaches and Tourism, Joyce Mabudafhasi.
be included in the Blue Flag programme per year,
so that over a five year period all 15 beaches can
have Blue Flag status.
EA&DP @ JHB+2
In 2002 South Africa discussions were
successfully hosted largely informed by
the World Summit on the programme of
Sustainable work of the United
Development (WSSD), Nations Commission
enabling the world to on Sustainable
negotiate a plan and Development (CSD).
set targets that would Main addresses were
shift the world onto a given by Mr Nitin
sustainable growth Desai (former UN
path. Under Secretary for
Agriculture & Social
Last year, South Affairs and former
Africa Secretary of WSSD),
commemorated the Ambassador John
1st anniversary of Ash (Chair of CSD
WSSD with a media 13) and Mr Marthinus
campaign and stake- From left: Joos Roelofse, Samantha Govender, van Schalkwyk
holder roundtable Mark Gordon, Russel Mehl and Janine van Rooy. (Minister of DEAT).
discussion. This year,
the 2nd anniversary The Director General in the
was marked with a more orkshops. Government Department of Environmental
substantial suite of high- representatives, Businesses, Affairs and Tourism, Dr
level events. The events took Civil Society and NGO's from Crispian Olver said that “the
place from 1 st to 4 th throughout the African anniversary offers South
September at the Sandton continent, amongst others, Africa the opportunity to
International Convention attended the event. assess the implementation of
Centre, Johannesburg. For the Johannesburg targets,
four days it was transformed The Conference and refine our sustainable
into a vibrant space within Exhibition's themes included development vision and
which the spirit and legacy of Water and Sanitation, Human framework and mobilise key
the historic World Summit on Settlements, Energy & stakeholders and partners
Sustainable Development Climate change, Agriculture behind this vision. It will also
(WSSD) was r e v i v e d . & Food Security, Technology, provided a platform to
Natural resource enhance dialogue on
The event incorporated a management, Means of progress and challenges in
National Sustainable implementation, Regional implementation”
Development Conference Development and New
and Thematic Round Tables, Economic Partnership for For D:EA&DP staff attending
Business Growth and African Development the conference, it proved
Opportunities for Africa (NEPAD). The Exhibition, very rewarding. They were
(BGOA) and Sustainable largely inspired by the exposed to cutting edge
Development Best Practice Ubuntu Village at the WSSD, thinking and debate on
Exhibition, a Learning was erected to showcase best Sustainable Development and
Centre, Media Capacitation practice in sustainable got the opportunity to
Workshop and Doing development. network with people from all
Business in Africa over the Region. In addition
The conference plenary took many partnerships/linkages
place on 1 September, were i n i t i a t e d .
setting the tone for the
thematic roundtables, from
perspectives of D:EA&DP exhibit won an
representatives from Award
government, civil society, the EA&DP was presented with
UN, business, academics and the winning award for its
the media. The conference exhibition in the category
remarks from various participants and written about her in the Beyond WSSD (the
international visitors to the c o n f e r e n c e . official newsletter of JHB+2). She is now a
nationally well known figure. Lulu has since,
The exhibit consisted of panels (text and been nominated as the Western Cape
pictures) that spoke to the individual themes of Community Builder of the year and will compete
the conference. These consisted of statistics, for the National title.
relevant projects and initiatives underway in
the We s t e r n C a p e . EA&DP's appreciation is extended to all our partners
for contributing to the overall success of the
The ambience of the Western Cape was exhibition.
achieved by an amazing display of flowers
from the Cape Floral Kingdom, which was Way forward for WC province
designed by Dave Davidson and Ray Hudson. There are still many challenges facing the Western
This was a huge drawcard and no-one who Cape in terms of Sustainable Development. The
saw the D:EA&DP stand will ever forget this biggest challenge is demystifying the term
display of the rich biodiversity that makes Sustainable Development and translating it into an
Western Cape so unique and special. Wine understandable implementable strategy for the
tasting occurred every afternoon for half an hour Western Cape. Thus it is imperative to get buy-in
and integrity bags, containing products from the from all stakeholders, including other Government
Western Cape, were given to all visitors to Departments. Functional Support sees its role as
D:EA&DP's exhibit. integral to the promotion of Sustainable
Development and for the delivery of a strategy for
Sustainable Development in the province. Our
immediate plans are to host a National Sustainable
Development Conference in June 2005 during
World Environment Week.
Functional Support: Operational Policy and
Transversal Coordination invites our fellow
colleagues in the Department to join us in
discussions around our main focus areas:
Development of relevant framework policy and
strategy documents, Cooperative governance,
Sustainable Development and Environmental
Education & Capacity building.
Compiled by Samantha Vijay Govender, Joos
Roelofse, Mark Gordon & Janine van Rooy
! City of Cape Town assisted financially, Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
contributed to the panels and helped man the
! Cape Gateway displayed how the portal
operates as an interface for the public to access
government information and services.
! One part of D:EA&DP's exhibit was dedicated to
socio-economic upliftment projects in the
Western Cape. These included aloe products,
rooibos tea, wine, Yabonga: children's project in
! We were honoured to also have Lulu who
displayed her Lulu doll. She is an exceptionally
inspiring lady! While at JHB+2 she was
interviewed on Morning live and had articles
CAPE TOWN SYMPOSIUM
HOSTED BY THE SCIENTIFIC AND
TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL (STAP)
OF THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Dennis Laidler, Deputy Director: Biodiversity Management
Gerhard Gerber and I attended an enriching one-day seminar on
“Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes and Sectors” at the SA
National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) , Kirstenbosch, Cape Town on 20
September 2004. The seminar and workshop were organised by Professor
Brian Huntly, CEO of SANBI and member of the STAP .
I was also lucky enough to be invited by Professor Huntly to accompany and
guide the international delegates on a field outing around the Cape Peninsula,
including the Cape Point Nature Reserve and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
components of the Table Mountain National Park on the Sunday preceding the
seminar. It was wonderful to be able to engage with the international group of
biodiversity specialists that had been assembled for the event. The group was a
veritable who's who of the biodiversity field and included figures such as:
! Dr. Gonzalo Castro who is currently Lead Republic of Congo, based in the Republic of
Environmental Specialist at the World Bank and Congo;
Leader of the Biodiversity Team in the Global
Environment Facility (GEF), the largest ! Nicole Glineur, formally with the World Bank, who
international mechanism to finance global has recently been appointed as Program Manager
environmental issues. Dr. Castro is ultimately Biodiversity and Private Sector for the Global
responsible for the biodiversity portfolio that Environment Facility in Washington D.C., USA;
includes over 500 projects in 150 countries
with a combined value of more than US$4 ! John Hough, the Principal Technical Advisor:
Billion. Biodiversity at the UNDP-GEF Headquarters in
! Tehmina Akhtar who has been a Technical
Adviser within UNDP/GEF's Biodiversity Cluster ! Jon Hutton, Director of Fauna and Flora
in New York since December 2001. She is International's Africa Programme, Executive
responsible for technical development of Director of ResourceAfrica (UK) and Chair of the
UNDP/GEF's global portfolio of projects IUCN/SSC Sustainable Use Specialist Group;
focusing on mainstreaming biodiversity
conservation within production sectors and ! Pramod Krishnan, Deputy Director of the Periyar
landscapes. She is also the Knowledge Tiger Reserve in India;
Manager on Access & Benefit Sharing and
Traditional Knowledge within the UNDP/GEF ! Kathy MacKinnon, currently the Lead Biodiversity
team and supports UNDP's ABS and TK focused Specialist in the Environment Department of the
projects, and contributes to UNDP-wide policy World Bank;
guidance on these issues.
! Rob McCallum, currently a senior manager with
! Dr. Holly Dublin, for many years a Senior the New Zealand Department of Conservation;
Conservation Adviser for WWF's Africa &
! Jeffrey McNeely, Chief Scientist at the IUCN-The
Madagascar Programme and currently a Senior
World Conservation Union, based in Gland,
Conservation Adviser for IUCN's Eastern Africa
Regional Office in Nairobi;
! Kent H. Redford is Director of the Wildlife
! Paul Elkan, the Director of the Wildlife
Conservation Society Institute and Vice President,
Conservation Society's (WCS) Country Program,
! Conservation Strategies at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New
! Alan Rodgers, presently UNDP-GEF Regional Coordinator for
Biodiversity and Land Degradation for Eastern Africa, based in
Nairobi Kenya, from where he covers some twelve countries;
! Peter Schei, International Negotiations Director at the Norwegian
Directorate for Nature Management;
! Nik Sekhran, Regional Coordinator for GEF, UNDP: Southern Africa
and the Indian Ocean, Biodiversity, International Waters and Land
Degradation whose portfolio is responsible for projects totalling
approximately US$ 100 million;
! Jo Treweek, an ecologist specialising in biodiversity and impact
assessment. She has a background as a senior research scientist for
the UK Natural Environment Research Councils, working on the use
of ecological data for environmental assessment and on wildlife
habitat restoration. Jo is currently employed as Technical Program
Manager for a 'Capacity Building for Biodiversity and Impact
Assessment' project funded by the Dutch Government and
administered by the International Association for Impact Assessment;
! Christopher Whaley, Secretary of the Scientific and Technical Advisory
Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF); among others.
In addition, the workshop involved local biodiversity specialists including,
Richard Cowling (Terrestrial Ecology Research Unit, University of Port
Dr. Gonzalo Castro setting the Elizabeth), Trevor Sandwith (C.A.P.E.), Mandy Barnett (C.A.P.E.), Kristal
scene with a presentation Maze (SANBI), Phoebe Barnard (Global Invasive Species Programme,
on GEF's Strategic Priorities GISP), Saliem Fakir (World Conservation Union (IUCN), South Africa),
and the challenges for Sarah Frazee (Conservation International, CI), Khungeka Njobe
mainstreaming biodiversity. (Environmentek, CSIR) and Guy Preston (Chairperson and National
Programme Leader of the Working for Water Programme), among others.
On the field outing the international visitors were blown away by the sight of two Southern Right Whales
that were almost rubbing themselves on the rocks at Sunny Cove outside Fish Hoek. There was, of course,
the obligatory stop at Boulders to visit the penguins. It's heartening to see the old radar station at Boulders
now converted into a fully functional visitor information centre. At the reserve we were joined by Kristal
Maze, Director: Biodiversity, SANBI and the ever informative Mark Botha of the Botanical Society. Our
international guests were treated to sightings of Bontebok, Eland, Ostrich, Springbok and Cape Sugarbird,
as well as close encounters with a number of endemic species of the local flora such as Mimetes fimbrifolius
and Mimetes hirtus.
After a grand picnic lunch on the Atlantic coast the guests were treated to a funicular ride up to the view
site at the point. There, more whales, seals, gannets and a peregrine falcon shared the biodiversity stage.
The return trip via Noordhoek highlighted the threats and challenges to biodiversity in the CFR where a
proposed expansion of the Ocean View township will cause the demise of the last four specimens of
Gladiolus aureus on our planet. A drive over Ou Kaapse Weg and Southern Cross Drive brought the party
to Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden for an evening stroll through the only botanic garden in the world
that is part of a Natural World Heritage Site.
It was an absolute privilege to be able to participate in both the field outing and seminar held the following
The need for the conscious integration of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use considerations into
all sectors of social, political and economic development programmes was identified by the Ministers of over
120 countries, attending the WSSD Summit in Johannesburg in 2002 as 'the most important lesson of the
last ten years'.
Mimetes hirtus a Cape Peninsula endemic
Peter Schei, International Negotiations Director at the Norwegian Directorate for
Nature Management addressing the open seminar.
The one-day symposium, open to all interested programmes at the biodiversity/ development
parties, was held at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, on interface. In particular, experience in the
Monday 20th September 2004 (08:00 - 18:00), to implementation of investments by the World Bank,
further develop the concept, application, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
mechanisms and outcomes of mainstreaming United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
biodiversity in production landscapes and sectors. European Union (EU) and international NGOs such
as International Union for the Conservation of
The seminar was an open event that preceded a Nature (IUCN), Wildlife Conservation Society
closed three-day workshop of the Scientific and (WCS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Conservation
Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global International (CI) and others were analysed in
Environment Facility (GEF) to discuss terms of lessons learned in attempts to achieve
“Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production social as well as biodiversity goals.
Landscapes and Sectors” held at Erinvale outside
Somerset West. The plenary provided the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production
participants with a fascinating insight into the Landscapes and Sectors”is one of the 5 key focus
subject and the wealth of knowledge and areas of the GEF's Global Environment Fund's (GEF)
experience of the assembled international panel. Strategic Priorities.
The aims of the international workshop were: I would like to congratulate Professor Huntly and
his energetic team from SANBI for bringing such an
1. To determine an operational definition of the erudite event to our country and province. From
concept of mainstreaming biodiversity in what I heard the local scientists really benefited
production landscapes and sectors, building on from their interactions with the international
the work of previous GEF workshops; delegates. It is a great pity that senior managers of
our Department failed to take advantage of the
2. To demonstrate the role of mainstreaming in opportunity and attend the one-day open seminar.
advancing the goals of the Convention on I know that the international delegates were
Biodiversity (CBD) and Strategic Priority 2 of the overwhelmed by their visit to the CFR World
GEF-3 programme; Heritage Site and the outstanding local
organisation, hospitality and biodiversity. I am sure
3. To explore the scale at which mainstreaming that the international organisations represented by
can most effectively be carried out; the delegates will be confident and keen to arrange
future similar events in our region. Please support
4. To critique successes and failures in achieving them when they do.
mainstreaming outcomes to date consolidating
and evaluating experience in different sectors;
5. To brainstorm modified or new approaches and
tools to assist in designing more effective
interventions and achieving more effective
mainstreaming outcomes in future, e.g. models
of best practice, principles and indicators.
The international panel of specialists from Africa,
Asia, Australasia, South, Central and North
America and Europe, presented the results of major
THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY (GEF)
Dennis Laidler, Deputy Director: Biodiversity Management
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established in 1991, helps developing countries fund projects and
programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate
change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
GEF is an independent financial organization that provides grants to developing countries for projects that
benefit the global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities.
GEF projects address six complex global environmental issues:
! Climate Change Nik Sekhran (right),
! International Waters Regional Coordinator
! Land Degradation
for GEF, UNDP: Southern
! The Ozone Layer
Africa and the Indian
! Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
International Waters and
With regard to the Biodiversity focus Land Degradation
area, a wide spectrum of efforts to whose portfolio is
conserve, and sustainably use, responsible for projects
earth's biological diversity makes up totalling approximately
nearly half of all GEF projects. As US$ 100 million
the financial mechanism for the chatting to Jon Hoff (left)
Convention on Biological Diversity of the UNDP during a
(CBD), GEF receives guidance from tea break at the STAP
the conference of parties (or COP) Seminar.
on policy, strategy, program
priorities and eligibility criteria
related to the use of resources for
purposes of the Convention.
Projects generally deal with one or GEF projects are managed by GEF Implementing
more of four critical ecosystem types and the Agencies:
human communities found there:
1) arid and semi-arid zones; ! the United Nations Environment Programme
2) coastal, marine, and freshwater resources; ! the United Nations Development Programme
3) forests; and ! the World Bank
Seven other international organizations, known as
Between 1991 and 1999, GEF allocated $991 GEF Executing Agencies, contribute to the
million in grants and mobilized an additional $1.5 management and execution of GEF projects.
billion in co-financing (from recipient countries,
bilateral agencies, other development institutions, Since 1991, GEF has provided grants for more than
the private sector, and nongovernmental 1,300 projects in 140 countries.
organizations) for biological diversity projects.
Since 1991, the GEF has provided $4.5 billion in
grants in all its focal areas and generated $14.5
billion in co-financing from other partners for
projects in developing countries and countries with
economies in transition.
GEF funds are contributed by donor countries. In
2002, 32 donor countries pledged $3 billion to
fund operations between 2002 and 2006.
HERITAGE DAY EVENT AND THE CAPE FLORISTIC
REGION (CFR) WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Dennis Laidler, Deputy Director: Biodiversity Management
On Heritage Day, Friday 24 September 2004, I within the CFR attain appropriate conservation
had the pleasure of attending an event at the management status, application can
Conservatory at Kirstenbosch to celebrate the
inscription of the CFR on the list of World Heritage be made to have them added to the current areas
Sites. representing the CFR Site. Environment Minister,
Marthinus van Schalkwyk, said shortly after the
At the United Nations World Heritage Committee announcement of the inscription that, "This is
annual meeting in China on 30 June, the Cape another fantastic achievement for South Africa, with
Floral Region (CFR) was inscribed on the list of great significance for our role as global leaders in
Natural World Heritage Sites. responsible tourism and sustainable environmental
management. It underlines our responsibility to
The region was described as one of "outstanding ensure the wise use of resources like the Cape Floral
universal significance to humanity", which, apart Regions. It also places us in an excellent position to
from its exceptional beauty, is one of the richest expand responsible tourism and generate much-
areas of plant species in the world. needed employment."
Shortly after the momentous announcement the Our country's other World Heritage Sites are the
Provincial Minister for Environment and Planning, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the uKhahlamba-
Tasneem Essop, said that, “Having the Cape Floral Drakensberg Park, Robben Island, Sterkfontein
Region declared a World Heritage Site was as Cradle of Mankind and the Mapungubwe Cultural
good as winning the bid to host the soccer World Landscape.
Cup. She said that she was "extremely excited by
this. It is not getting as much popular attention as The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for
winning (the right to host) the World Cup, but it's plants in the world. It represents less than 0.5% of
almost in that league and should be celebrated by the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the
all South Africans. The benefits will accrue to all, continent's flora. The site displays outstanding
especially the communities around the protected ecological and biological processes associated with
areas". the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape
Floral Region. The outstanding diversity, density and
The heritage site is made up of eight protected endemism of the flora are among the highest
areas, considered to be the most important worldwide. Unique plant reproductive strategies,
examples of the Cape Floral Region. They are adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects,
Garden), De Hoop
Nature Reserve, the
complex, the Groot
area, the Swartberg
wilderness area, the
Baviaanskloof, which Minister Tasneem Essop addressing the
straddles the Western and Eastern Cape boundary. Heritage Day event in the conservatory at
It is significant to note that the CFR World Heritage Kirstenbosch.
Site is a serial site. This means that as other areas
as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive
radiation found in the flora are of outstanding
value to science.
At the Heritage Day event at Kirstenbosch Minister
Essop stressed that the primary challenge we face
is to make the province's globally significant
natural heritage relevant to all sectors of society in
our province. She highlighted the need to use this
global biodiversity significance and the recent
inscription of the CFR as a Natural World Heritage
Site to leverage the creation of jobs and alleviate
poverty within our province. We must focus on
achieving 'ownership' of this wonderful natural
heritage by a wider component of society than is
presently the case.
Trevor Sandwith of C.A.P was the master of
.E. The Noordhoek wetlands.
ceremonies. There were also outstanding
contributions by Saliem Fakir (World Conservation The dassies on the cliff were 'on edge', if you'll
Union (IUCN), South Africa) and Brett Myrdal excuse the pun. From the peak both Kathy and
(Table Mountain National Park). Nicole finally made sense of the geography of the
Cape Peninsula. Noordhoek peak sits on the
The celebration of our heritage did not end for my watershed between the two oceans and is an ideal
wife and I at the conclusion of the official event in locality to see almost the entire peninsula at a
Kirstenbosch however. It continued immediately glance, so to speak. I was able to take photographs
after the function and ran through the following of the Fish Hoek gap, and particularly the
day. Immediately after the event, Gigi and I took Noordhoek wetland system. After the recent rain the
Kathy MacKinnon, currently the Lead Biodiversity Noordhoek water bodies and channels are
Specialist in the Environment Department of the particularly visible from that vantage point and one
World Bank and Nicole Glineur, Program Manager day the photos may be useful imparting wisdom to
Biodiversity and Private Sector for the Global some 'summer' developer.
Environment Facility (GEF)
both of Washington D.C., All the while, gazing down on the Fish
USA, on a walk up Hoek gap, Kathy and Nicole were both
Noordhoek Peak in the muttering under their breath about
Silvermine Reserve section potential “Ramsar wetlands”, “short-
of Table Mountain National sighted planning” and the like. Makes
Park. After three days of one wonder doesn't it! At the same
intensive workshop at time however, they were exclaiming
Erinvale they were itching about the unrivalled Hout Bay and
to blow away the cobwebs southern peninsula landscape laid out
and apply 'sole to soul'. before them. The hike back down to
The rain of earlier in the the Silvermine dam was uneventful
day held off and we had a except for noting some pines below
fresh walk up to view the the Noordhoek lookout that need
recently vacated Black urgent clearing.
Eagle nest below the peak.
The Silvermine area is in Black Eagle fledgling in nest The next day dawned bright and sunny
absolutely spectacular above Chapmans Peak drive and Kathy and Nicole accepted an
bloom after the fire of some (August 2004). invitation to join us for an outing and
four years ago and the area short walk to 'Eerste Waterval' in the
around the dam itself Jonkershoek valley. We were not
recovering well after removal of all the alien trees. disappointed by the floral display of Fynbos in spring
We were lucky enough to have a spectacular time. I was able to show our guests the oldest
aerobatic display over Hout Bay by both Black conservation station in the country, explain to them
Eagle parents, accompanied by a cruising Rock the origin of the Department as the Department of
Kestrel. Inland Fisheries. I told them about the
transformation of a department that bred exotic trout
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and introduced them to rivers, devastating our We returned via Khayelitsha, Macassar and the
indigenous aquatic ecosystems and subsidising an False Bay Coastal Road. The view from Macassar
elitist sport, to a department that has been tirelessly over Khayelitsha with the sun setting over Table
pursuing the goal of biodiversity conservation and Mountain highlighted the issues raised by Minister
making relevant the conservation of the CFR since Essop at the Heritage Day event on the previous
before I joined the then Cape Nature Conservation day, namely the challenge of making biodiversity
in 1981. I showed them Swartboskloof, one of the conservation relevant and empowering to the great
focal the study sites of the Fynbos Biome Project that majority of our citizens.
predated the C.A.P Programme and the
Jonkershoek library of priceless literature, also very The Macassar Dunes, the northern slope of which
much part of our heritage, that is lying derelict and can be seen on the left in the picture above, are
decaying after years of neglect due to ongoing one of four components of the Cape Flats Nature
financial constraints. project run by Tanya Goldman and her team under
the auspices of SANBI's outreach programme. The
After a picnic lunch and toasting biodiversity in conservation of the Macassar dunes must involve
general and the CFR in particular, with both benefits to and buy in from the local Khayelitsha
champagne and sparkling Eerste River water, we community. The Macassar area is a focal point of
took a hike up to 'Eerste Waterval'. The Fynbos in the City's Biodiversity programme, being part of the
spring did not let us down. last natural linkage, along the False Bay coastline,
between the Cape Peninsula mountain chain and
the inland mountains. There are also major sand
mining rights and interests in the area that will have
to be addressed if the Macassar Dunes are to be
effectively conserved, to say nothing about
upgrading the Macassar Waste Water Treatment
Works close by to prevent pollution of the lower
Eerste River and adjacent lands. Sand is a major
strategic resource for the construction industry in
It's my privilege to be able to expose international
biodiversity players to the beauty of our natural
resources as well as the pressing biodiversity and
development challenges that face us here in our
province and it remains a challenge to all members
Nicole Glineur, Program Manager Biodiversity and of the Department to use every opportunity that
Private Sector for the Global Environment Facility, such international events hosted in Cape Town
Gigi Laidler (SANBI) and Kathy MacKinnon, Lead present for networking and learning.
Biodiversity Specialist in the Environment Department
of the World Bank toasting the CFR World Heritage
Sunset over Khayelitsha from the Macassar Dunes.