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                 ANGLING FEDERATION

              BLOEMHOF DAM:
                ANNEXURE I


     1.1.   The town of Bloemhof is located on the N12 national road from
            Johannesburg to Cape Town via Kimberley and is 350 km from the OR
            Tambo International Airport. The Kimberley airport is 152 kilometres from
            Bloemhof. The N12 is a tarred road which is in a reasonably good
            condition. Roads in the reserve where the dam is situated are generally
            suitable for all vehicles except when exceptionally wet conditions exist.

     1.2.   The town was established on the farm Klipfontein 1864. The town has a
            colourful history, even experiencing a brief diamond rush before it
            developed its current economic activities. Bloemhof currently is a maize
            centre dominated by tall storage silos. Other product7s are dairy, salt and
            malt. The town’s position on the banks of the Vaal River makes it and
            ideal tourism destination.


     2.1.   Bloemhof Dam is situated on the Vaal River, approximately 2km upstream
            of the town of Bloemhof. The dam, originally known as Oppermansdrif
            Dam was built in the late 1960's. The dam is situated on the border of the
            North West and Free State Provinces.

     2.2.   The Bloemhof Dam has a spectacular wall of 4,5Km long across the Vaal
            River. It has 20 crests and is probably the most visited tourist attraction in
            the area. Directions to the dam wall can be found in the town itself. The

            Bloemhof Dam is one of the largest dams in South Africa, covering an area
            of some 25 000 ha and reaching over 100 km upstream from the dam wall.

     2.3.   The dam is fed by the Vaal River. At full supply the capacity of Bloemhof
            Dam is 1 269 million m3 with a surface area of 223km2. It is therefore a
            very large and shallow reservoir in an area with relatively low rainfall
            (474mm/a) and high potential evaporation (~1800mm/a).


     3.1.   The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve lies on the shores of the Bloemhof
            Dam and is home to a rich array of game and bird life. The reserve is a
            12000 ha conservancy in open Kalahari scrub, thornveld country offering
            the visitor a rare combination of game viewing on the reserve while fishing
            at one of the most popular angling sites in South Africa.

     3.2.   The reserve hosts a wide variety of plains game with particularly large
            herds of springbok, black wildebeest, eland and gemsbok. Over 250
            species of birds have been recorded at the reserve including a number of
            rare waterfowl.

     3.3.   The Sandveld Nature Reserve lies on the river’s southern bank, while west
            of the town you will find the SA Lombard Game Reserve.


     4.1.   World Carp Angling Championships Venue :

            4.1.1.   The Championships will take place at the Bloemhof Dam which is
                     the most favoured carp fishing destination in South Africa.
                     Although the 2008 World Carp Angling Championships take
                     place in October, at which time a lot of fish will be caught, the
                     best time for freshwater fishing is actually from November to

            4.1.2.   Bloemhof Dam hosts a number of major local and international
                     angling competitions mostly between South Africa, Namibia &
                     Zimbabwe and other Southern African Countries.

            4.1.3.   Some of the most popular sport and recreational angling venues
                     are situated within the Bloemhof Nature Reserve and the Sandveld
                     Nature reserve. Within both the nature reserves there are certain
                     venues specifically allocated to competition angling. The general
                     public are not allowed the fish on these areas. The most popular
                     organized angling venues are the Sloep, Sandveld, Verlatenkraal,
                     Volstruisbaai and Bamboesspruit. Bamboesspruit is the chosen
                     venue for the 2008 World Carp Angling Championships.

4.2.   Location:

       The venue is situated at Kingswood, 320 km from the OR Tambo airport
       on the N12 highway to Cape Town. From the Bloemfontein airport the
       distance is 230 km.

4.3.   Climate:

       The climate is typical highveld climate. Summers are warm to hot with
       610mm annual rainfall. Winters are dry, cold and frosty.

       The temperature in Bloemhof during the 2008 championships is expected
       to be between 10 and 28 degrees Celsius with the chances of rain less than

4.4.   Angling at Bamboesspruit:

       Bamboesspruit is one of the best venues for carp angling in the world. In
       recent competitions all teams managed to land fish, some even registering
       over 800 kg in a 72 hour session. Species found in Bloemhof Dam is the

       4.4.1.   Common Carp / Mirror Carp

                  Carp is the most targeted species at Bloemhof Dam. They range
                  in size from 1, 5 kg to 8 kg. Although carp of over 20 kg have
                  been netted in this dam they are rarely caught by anglers.

                  Your casting distance will vary from time to time. In the summer
                  you can fish between 40 meter and 110 meter, where in the
                  winter you will have to fish a bit deeper, namely 70 meter to 150

       4.4.2.   Grass Carp:

                  The dam has recently started producing catches of Grass Carp. A
                  very small number of grass carp could be excepted to be caught
                  during the championships. The average size for this fish currently
                  is about 2kg. It is bound to improve in the years to come. South
                  Africa already has a number of destinations producing grass carp
                  of well over 20 kilograms.

       4.4.3.   Sharp Tooth Catfish:

                  Catfish forms a very big part of Bloemhof Dam's fish population.
                  Good catches have been reported at Bloemhof Dam in recent
                  years. Catfish of well over 20 kilograms are caught regularly and
                  they are not that difficult to catch. Depending on the weight of
                  your tackle, a catfish of over 20 kilograms can keep you busy for
                  more than an hour.

       4.4.4.   Mudfish:

                Mudfish are found in the dam, but are rarely targeted or caught.

       4.4.5.   Yellow fish:

                Although Yellows Fish are found throughout the Vaal river
                system, they are rarely targeted or caught by bank anglers in the
                Bloemhof Dam.

4.5.   Compliance of the Venue with FIPS-ed Rules:

       4.5.1.   Although the Bloemhof dam is situated in the Vaal River system
                the water at the competition venue in not directly in the river and
                therefore no stream will affect the anglers.

       4.5.2.   The width of the water at the angling venue differs from 500-1500
                meter. All participants will be angling form the same shore
                (bank). The banks are reasonable flat and easy to access.

       4.5.3.   A stretch of 3.5 km waterfront is available at this venue that
                makes it suitable for the hosting of this event.

       4.5.4.   The dept of the water over the entire competition area exceeds the
                require 1.5 meter dept. The average dept at 40-60 meters is
                between 4-7 meters.

       4.5.5.   At the angling venue there is no interruptions caused by power
                lines, bridges, etc.

       4.5.6.   The selected angling area has equal angling opportunities for all

       4.5.7.   The fish density is very good with catches of ranging from 15-45
                fish per peg per day. About 70% of all fish weigh between 2kg &

       4.5.8.   The venue does not present any danger to anglers or spectators:

                (a)   The competition venue is situated in a nature reserve with
                      entrance restricted to organize angling. The criminal
                      element is therefore eliminated. In addition to the entrance
                      being restricted their will be visible policing on the terrain.

                (b)   There are no land or water predators in the Bloemhof Nature
                      Reserve that could be harmful to participants.

                (c)   The dam water is of good quality and not polluted. There is
                      therefore no danger or risk of infection to participants.

                            Drinking water straight from rivers and streams could put
                            participants at risk of waterborne diseases. Borehole or
                            bottled mineral water should rather be used.

                     (d)    The angling venue is in a malaria-free area and therefore do
                            not pose malaria risk. We however recommend the use
                            mosquito repellent at night time. There are no other
                            dangerous insects that participants should be aware of.
                            Honey bees could however be attracted if sweet ingredient
                            is used. In such cases bee traps is recommended.

                     (e)    Bloemhof Dam is bilharzias free. Bilharzias can be a
                            problem in some of the east-flowing rivers. In die Vaal
                            River being a west-flowing river this is no problem.

                     (f)    Although the water is clean of Hepatitis B it could in rare
                            instances be a problem in which participants must then be
                            inoculated. Water test are done regularly to ensure that there
                            is no risk for participants.

                     (g)    Although the competition is taking place in mid summer the
                            sun can be very harmful regardless of whether there is cloud
                            cover or not. Sun block and protective clothing like hats,
                            long sleeve shirts and sunglasses are recommended between
                            10:00 and 16:00.


     5.1.   Hospitality Tent:

            A 9 meter x 21 meter tent will be erected at the competition site as a dining
            room, beer garden, community hall, media centre and for the purpose of
            conducting meetings. The tent will be fully equipped with lighting, tables,
            chairs crockery, cutlery and dinner-ware. Coffee and some other beverages
            will be available at the tent on a 24 hour basis

            Meals will be delivered to participants in cooler bags fully equipped with
            knives, forks, glasses and soft drinks. Meals will be serves to officials and
            dignitaries on a formal sit-down basis in the hospitality tent.

     5.2.   Field Kitchen

            A fully equipped field kitchen and sleeping quarters for ten hotel personnel
            will be erected on the angling site. The infra-structure to be erected will
            have no disturbing effect on anglers.

5.3.   Technical Officials Tent

       A separate tent will be erected for the Angling Officials. The updated
       scoreboards will be displayed at the Technical Officials Tent as well as the
       Hospitality Tent.

5.4.   Flagpoles

       Flagpoles will be erected at the angling venue. Participating countries are
       requested to bring their National Flags to be mounted to the flag poles.

5.5.   Chemical toilets

       Sufficient chemical toilets will be erected at the competition area. The
       toilets will be service daily to ensure that toilets are in a good working
       order right through the championships. Toilets will be inconspicuous and
       ecologically acceptable.

5.6.   Refuse:

       Black plastic bags will be supplied to each pen for rubbish disposal. Refuse
       will be removed from the terrain on a daily basis. Littering of any kind is
       strictly prohibited. Refuse may not be burnt or buried.

5.7.   Medical facilities:

       Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class, but in rural
       areas the clinics and hospitals deal with primary health needs, and
       therefore do not offer the range of medical care that the large metropolitan
       hospitals do. Medical ordinance services will be available on the
       Bamboesspruit terrain. A doctor, pharmacist, paramedical team and
       ambulance services will be on standby.

5.8.   Security and Safety:

       Law Enforcement and visible policing will be done at the competition

5.9.   Freshwater:

       Fresh drinkable water derived from a borehole will be available at the
       competition venue.

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