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									    EnNEWS                                        Vol. 02/2004               Utilitas Building, 1 Dorp Street
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         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
                                                         money.
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
much.

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
`back-of-the-envelope' calculations
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.

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This year comes to an end on a high note for     Dié jaar eindig op 'n hoogtepunt vir hierdie departement.
this department.
                                                 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.
Kind regards,
Minister Tasneem Essop                           Vriendelike groete
                                                 Minister Tasneem Essop
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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
eNtoshona Koloni.

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.

Iminqweno emihle.
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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COMMUNICATIONS                                         Haal die telefoon van die mik af, skop jou skoene
                                                       uit, gooi 'n lekker koue drankie in 'n glas, sit terug,
                                                       ontspan en maak gereed om jouself oor te gee.
WISHES                                                 Hierdie weergawe van EnD NEWS is vol glans en
                                                       styl en, soos gewoonlik, baie insiggewend.

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
                                                       Vriendelike groete.
Department, how you've enjoyed Sports Day, as
                                                       Kommuniksiekomponent
well as the successful Women's Day we
celebrated.

Thank you to our reporters who assisted in
keeping us up to speed with the latest
Departmental developments.

Have a pleasant festive season, drive carefully
and remember to forward all breaking news to
us in 2005!

Keep well,
Communication Component


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
zeliSebe.

Nibe nolonwabo kwiholide zenu zehlobo, niqhube ngenyameko nikhumbule ukuqhubekeka pahmbili
ukubhengeza iindaba ngo2005.

Nizigcine niphilile
Icandelo Lonxubelelwano

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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
up.

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
                                                    project.
   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.
 A. DAMANE
       .
 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
                                                 ground floor.
Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.

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       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


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        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
               some fun.

               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.

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                                                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.”
overcome anything.

The excitement in the air was tangible, with
women running up and down in the train
                                                                       Xhosa available on Portal.




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                                                          WOMEN'S DAY
                                                          CELEBRATIONS
                                                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
                                                   democracy.

                                                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.



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                                                                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

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  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
budgeting.

It is a specialised system with
easy-to-understand visual
products and consists of five
elements:
! GIS software
! Trained/skilled staff
! Cutting edge hardware
! Accurate data
! Methods (Standards,
     guidelines, procedures)

The Sub-Directorate
Information Services, within
the Directorate Functional
Support, boasts all of the
above-mentioned elements.
                                        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
                                                          Email: lfouche@pgwc.gov.za
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




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  PATERNOSTER FYNBOS
         PARK
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
prerequisite.
                                                               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
SUSTAINABLE SURVIVAL
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.

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   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
 Committee.

 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.

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                                                           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,
Department.
                                                           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
MARINES programme
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

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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
   EnD NEWS.
                                                                  Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.


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.
                                                          Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
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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
     WORKPLACE                                                around.

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
                                                              to do.
                                                                         Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.


   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.

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   ROADSHOWS 2004
  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.
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     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
customers.

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.




                                                SNIPPET
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.




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                             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.
                                                              Shadley MacKenzie
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!
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                                                           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
                     rd
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
management programme.

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.

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     INVESTIGATION INTO SUSTAINABILITY
         OF LEISURE DEVELOPMENTS
           NEARING COMPLETION

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
Garden Route.

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
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                                                      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
                                                      time.
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
                                                      Credit:
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
                                                      Presidency, 2004.
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.

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                                                       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
programmes".

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.



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                                 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
                                               st
                                   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


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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
Partners
!  City of Cape Town assisted financially,              Afrikaans and Xhosa available on Portal.
   contributed to the panels and helped man the
   exhibition.

!   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
    Africa.

!   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


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                                      CAPE TOWN SYMPOSIUM
                                       HOSTED BY THE SCIENTIFIC AND
                                      TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL (STAP)
                                       OF THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
                                              FACILITY (GEF)
                                        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
                                                           New York;
!   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
                                                           Switzerland;
    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,

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                                    !   Conservation Strategies at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New
                                        York;

                                    !   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
day.

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
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              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;
   and

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


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     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:

!   Biodiversity
!   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)
                                                                                     Ocean, Biodiversity,
                                                                                     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
4) mountains.
                                                         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.


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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,
Table Mountain
National Park
(including the
Kirstenbosch Botanic
Garden), De Hoop
Nature Reserve, the
Boland mountain
complex, the Groot
Winterhoek wilderness
area, the Swartberg
mountains,
Boosmansbos
wilderness area, the
Cedarberg wilderness
area and
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

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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.
                     .E.
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
                                                          Cape Town.

                                                          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
                           Site.




                              Sunset over Khayelitsha from the Macassar Dunes.




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