MDGA Excom portfolio reports and minutes July 2021

TREASURER REPORT

Bank Balances: as at 09/07/2021
Cheque A/c                              R      30 801.30
Archcom A/c                             R    330 566.66
Money Market A/c                     R    771 767.79
Total                                        R 1,133,135.75

ARCHCOM – PAUL HIGGINS
Archcom meeting was held on 24 June 2021 attended by Gordon Hart and me.

Five new plans were submitted, and four plans were approved. One submission needed some clarification or minor changes before our consent will be given.

No objection to one departure was dealt with.

EVENTS – VALERIE BENSON

No upcoming events due to level 4 restrictions

ENVIRONMENTAL LISE CARSWELL
Regular testing of the vlei shows that the E.coli levels are still elevated and the Zandvlei waterbody remains closed.

Next set of tests to be taken today, 8 July.

CWAC bird count is on the 17th July. All are welcome. Notice is on FB

Nick and Lise working on the resolutions tabled by Gordon Laing at the AGM

PARKS AND GARDENS – LISE CARSWELL
Valerie Benson resigned the position and Lise Carswell has taken it up in the interim.

A very productive meeting was held with the Garden Reps where discussions were had regarding protocol, gardening spend and council

Raincoats purchased for Staffa’s team

Cutting back a 1.5 meter firebreak/security break at Geneva Drive has started and approximately half of the work has been done. We had to break for the rain, but will get back to it once the weather improves

Work is underway in Baalen Close in Uitsig for a community garden. The Marina gardeners have helped dig up the bed and the residents have got together to source plants, water and compost. Residents will have a planting day on Saturday.

Flower beds in Canon Island, Park Island security hut and the bridge between Park Island and Eastlake have been upgraded and improved

Thank you to Cherry and Pam for donating the off cuts from the fig plants for use in Marina da Gama

There was some vandalism in Uitsig Park. The bin contents were strewn across the park and the well-point was switched on and left to run. Residents reported the problem and we were assisted by Errol and Sharon Gunn and given a lesson in how the well-point works. It is in good working order and Errol has offered to fix a small fault so that the system is ready for the summer months

STANDARDS

13 new infringements in progress, none finalised

COMMUNICATIONS – PATRICK McKENNA

We are now emerging from the intensive workload associated with the AGM to re-focus on our core communication channels: the weekly newsletter, blog, Facebook page and website. The focus will be on updating the website to include our two new members, Tharwah and Nick, and originating fresh new content for the other channels. After a rather long delay, we need to discuss and vote on options for monetizing our channels. My first suggestion is to appoint 5 Star Stories to explore our options. Another project involves updating our welcome pack for new homeowners and tenants – as well as existing residents who still need guidance on the Marina’s regulations. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like us to write up any reports on your portfolio.

SECURITY – PETER ALLEN

Herewith the DBS Crime stats as from 06/06/21 to 08/07/21

East LakeEastlake DrATT Theft out of MV06.06.202107h59Yes MuizenbergSuspect known to owner tried to break into their bakkie
Spearhead quayAt entrance on PGDAtt Robbery08.06.202120h07No1 x M, 2 x F with baby and Pram and 1 x boy tried to rob two pedestrians on PGD
UitsigRed RomanATT Car break in14.06.2102h35Yes MuizenbergCombat saw two guys on CCTV at canal. They caught one and handed him over to SAPS. Wiped the window on a car to see what is inside
UitsigPGD close to Uitsig EntranceRobbery19.06.2121h14Yes MuizenbergResident of Uitsig was walking back home and was robbed on PGD close to Uitsig Entrance by 1 x M
UitsigShearwater drATT Suicide21.06.2110h04Yes MuizenbergBoy 17 years old on house roof threatening to jump to commit suicide. DBS convinced him to come down and arranged that he sees Trauma Councillor at SAPS. Escorted him and the lady who took him to SAPS to see Trauma Councillor
UitsigMulletTheft27.06.2110h06NoResident notified that at some time the previous week they had things stolen from their garden. Only noticed today.
East LakeFootbridgeAssault27.06.2118h03NoResident saw a guy with flowers in Park Island near footbridge. Approached the guy about where he got the flowers, an argument broke out and resident was assaulted by the guy. Resident notified guard at entrance bridge at about 18h13. Suspect could not be found after residents and DBS searched the area.
Cannon IslandAdmiralsIntruder28.06.2103h30NoResident woken up by a loud sound in his yard, saw a M dressed in white shirt and black pants in his yard. Shouted at him and he disappeared. Was not seen entering or exiting by CCTV
Battle RidgeBattleridgeTheft of bicycle29.06.2114h21NoDriveway gate was forgotten open. Suspect walked in and stole a Kiddies bike. UPDATE – SUSPECT WAS NOTICED ON PGD ON SATURDAY EVENING, TOOK HIM TO HIS HOUSE IN CAPRICORN WHERE BICYCLE WAS RETRIEVED. BICYCLE HANDED BACK TO CLIENT.
UitsigCormorantAtt HB01.07.2121h26NoSuspect entered garage. Garage door was closed. Suspect jumped over wall and climbed through open window. Suspect ran away when resident screamed.
UitsigRed RomanATT HB02.07.2115h30NoSuspect jumped over wall from open field. Wall is in blindspot of camera. When resident shouted, suspect jumped out and fled. Suspect was chased by DBS till by Lavender Hill where traffic held them up and they lost sight of suspect. Nothing taken.

LPR alerts for the month of June 2021

Wednesday02/06/2113h18Cannon Island/Eastlake DrBlue VW PoloCF272506Armed RobberySAPS Stop Search, ProfileOut of area before vehicle arrived
02/06/2113h18Cannon Island/Eastlake DrBlue VW PoloCF272506Armed RobberySAPS Stop Search, ProfileOut of area before vehicle arrived
   02/06/21  16h46  Park Island/ Eastlake Dr  White VW Polo  CA195701  Suspicious MVMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 02/06/2116h51Park Island/ Eastlake DrWhite VW PoloCA195701Suspicious MVMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
Thursday03/06/2112h52Battle Ridge/Eastlake DrBlue VW PoloCF272506Armed RobberySAPS Stop Search, ProfileOut of area before vehicle arrived
 03/06/2112h53Cannon Island/Eastlake DrBlue VW PoloCF272506Armed RobberySAPS Stop Search, ProfileOut of area before vehicle arrived
 03/06/2113h04Battle Ridge/Eastlake DrBlue VW PoloCF272506Armed RobberySAPS Stop Search, ProfileOut of area before vehicle arrived
Friday04/06/2116h45Park Island/ Eastlake DrWhite Isuzu KBCA878887Suspected Gang RelatedMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 04/06/2116h46Park Island/ Eastlake DrWhite Isuzu KBCA878887Suspected Gang RelatedMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Sunday06/06/2118h10Cannon Island/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 06/06/2122h36Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Monday07/06/2116h17Cannon Island/Eastlake DrWhite Toyota CorollaCA986996ShopliftingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 07/06/2118h05Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfileOut of area before vehicle arrived
   07/06/2118h25Battle Ridge/The RowMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 07/06/2118h26Battle Ridge/The RowMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Tuesday08/06/2123h40Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 08/06/2123h44Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Wednesday09/06/2101h25Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 09/06/2101h28Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFound vehicle at Park Island Way
 09/06/2107h03Cannon Island/Eastlake DrBlue VW PoloCF272506Armed RobberySAPS Stop Search, ProfileMetro Police officer driving vehicle
Friday11/06/2110h27Battle Ridge/The RowMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 11/06/2118h13Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfileFollowed till out of the area
 11/026/2118h27Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfileFollowed till out of the area
Saturday12/06/2112h11Oudevlei/Eastlake DrWhite Toyota Hilux BakkieCA263766Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Sunday13/06/2116h13Battle Ridge/Eastlake DrWhite Nissan BakkieCA530144Burglary ResidentialMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 13/06/2116h14Eastlake Island Way/Eastlake DrWhite Nissan BakkieCA530144Burglary ResidentialMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
  Monday14/06/21  19h25Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3  CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Tuesday15/06/2119h50Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousParked at Park Island Way
 15/06/2119h51Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousLeft area
 15/06/2120h45Cannon Island/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 15/06/2120h49Eastlake Island Way/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 15/06/2121h37Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
   15/06/2123h23Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 15/06/2123h30Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
Wednesday16/06/2100h10Park Island/ Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 16/06/2100h20Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 16/06/2100h23Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 16/06/2116h31Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 16/06/2116h34Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
Thursday17/06/2117h56Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfileFollowed till out of the area
   17/06/21  18h16Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan Sentra  CA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfileFollowed till out of the area
Friday18/06/2117h54Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfileFollowed till out of the area
Sunday20/06/2113h22Cannon Island/Eastlake DrRed Honda BrioCA551613Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 20/06/2118h35Cannon Island/Eastlake DrRed Honda BrioCA551613Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Monday21/06/2109h52Oudevlei/Eastlake DrWhite Toyota Hilux BakkieCA263766Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
Tuesday22/06/2108h20Oudevlei/Eastlake DrWhite Toyota Hilux BakkieCA263766Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
  Thursday24/06/2118h01Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfilePicked up a person and left area
Friday25/06/2116h55Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfilePicked up a person and left area
Sunday27/06/2115h28Oudevlei/Eastlake DrWhite Nissan LirvinaCY159276Att Burglary ResidentialMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area 2 x Males
 27/06/2115h33Oudevlei/Eastlake DrWhite Nissan LirvinaCY159276Att Burglary ResidentialMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area 2 x Males
Monday28/06/2117h21Cannon Island/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 28/06/2117h26Eastlake Island Way/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
Tuesday29/06/2118h17Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfilePicked up a person and left area
Wednesday30/06/2112h09Cannon Island/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousFollowed till out of the area
 30/06/2117h32Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfilePicked up a person and left area
 30/06/2117h34Park Island/ Eastlake DrRed Nissan SentraCA350618Plates false/ClonedSAPS Stop Search, ProfilePicked up a person and left area
 30/06/2117h39Cannon Island/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 30/06/2123h04Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived
 30/06/2123h08Oudevlei/Eastlake DrMaroon Audi A3CA62218Drug DealingMonitor, SAPS Stop if Crime or SuspiciousOut of area before vehicle arrived

Gardening inspiration for tough times

Marina da Gama is such a gorgeous suburb with numerous green spaces and wonderful nature to enjoy. But many of us come unstuck when trying to beautify our own spaces. Gardening in the sandy soils of Marina da Gama isn’t for the faint-hearted. Long time resident, Jenny Wilkinson, wrote “Gardens in the sand”, which was published in 2014 and is an enormous help to any Marina gardener.

Resident, Tina Roberts, is planning a community garden in Baalen Close in Uitsig and has spent a lot of time researching which plants grow best in our suburb. She spent time looking at gardens and taking photographs of plants. She then approached Jenny to help her identify the plants. Below you will find photographs of plants, with their names, to help you with your gardening efforts. And then, as Jenny says in her book: Compost! Compost! Compost! And then: Mulch! Mulch! Mulch!

To give you a little inspiration, Marina resident, Margaret Richings, has a wonderful verge with a plethora of waterwise plants.

Marina da Gama Association AGM 2021

AGM 2021: MDGA ExCom’s final position on quorum and voting numbers
The following post includes a number of changes to the quorum and voting numbers that we implemented after we received the full list of members who participated in last month’s AGM by Zoom.

Fortunately, there are no material changes to our original calculations. All resolutions that passed remain passed and all resolutions that were unsuccessful remain unsuccessful.

The MDGA ExCom has explained its position on the AGM in previous posts and this post now states our final position on voting and quorum numbers.

Interpretation of Clause 18 page 23 of the MDGA Constitution
18.1 – Should any dispute or doubt arise as to the interpretation or meaning of this Constitution or any rules and regulations of the Association, ExCom shall be the final arbiter and its decisions shall be binding upon the members.

The Companies Act states that a person ‘present at the meeting’ means being present in person, or able to participate in the meeting by electronic communication, or to be represented by a proxy who is present in person or able to participate in the meeting by electronic communication.

In light of COVID-19 and the move to adjusted Level 3 lockdown, ExCom decided, overwhelmingly, to invoke Clause 18.1 of the MDGA Constitution (see above). Accordingly, all proxies could be included as present at the meeting and, therefore, included in the quorum count. We originally published this decision in the notice we sent out on 10 June 2021.

After the results were published under the Chairman’s name, we received the full listing of members present at the AGM on Zoom. We have had difficulty in verifying all Zoom participants because their given names or descriptors – for example: Gary iPad – do not always give sufficient information for us to verify any duplications and/or the member’s current status.

So, to be absolutely sure that we do not double count, we have excluded names that we cannot verify and/or confirm. The purpose is to avoid duplication by counting participants in on Zoom and also counting them in through proxies.

Each member’s vote is important to us. Technology is a wonderful tool and we all have all learnt from this exercise.

With this background in mind, here is the final count on the AGM quorum and resolutions:

Quorum count
At 19.00 hours on the 22 June 2021, we had achieved quorum with 46 proxies, 10 members present at the Masque Theatre and a minimum of five confirmed Zoom participants. This gives a total of 60+. As such, the AGM was quorate and could continue.

  • Present at the Masque Theatre 10
  • Present on Zoom but didn’t vote and had no proxy 14
  • Present on Zoom and voted 6
  • Total verified proxies present 46

We confirmed all these figures on 30 June after we received the full list of Zoom participants.

Therefore, the actual total for the quorum is 76.

Resolution count

Appointments to ExCom – less than 12 nomineesNO VOTE REQUIRED 
 FORAGAINSTABSTAINRESULT%
Acceptance of MDGA’s AFS to 28 February 20214556PASSED59
Appointment of IC Mackay as Auditor5253PASSED68
Acceptance of minutes of AGM on 10 September 20204259PASSED55
Acceptance of resolution 1: Ongoing sewerage issue5071PASSED66
Acceptance of resolution 2: Impact of the weir45122PASSED59
Special resolution – required 75% approval Approval of Standards Manual and building regulations40170UNSUCCESFUL53

ExCom owes a debt of gratitude for the assistance we received from our office staff, ExCom members and their partners. Many thanks

Richard Midgley

MDGA ExCom Chairman

ExCom portfolio reports and minutes (June 2021)

Below, you will find the portfolio reports submitted by each ExCom member for June 2021, as well as a report from the Treasurer.

We have also attached the minutes from the the ExCom’s last monthly meeting at the bottom of the page.

PORTFOLIO REPORTS – 8JUNE 2021

1 Treasurer                                                                      
1-2 Long-term projects                                                       
2 Events                                                                                                         
2-3 Parks and Maintenance                                                  
3-4 Environmental                                                              
4 Communications                                                            
4 Archcom                                                                         
4 Security                                                                         
4 Standards                                                                      
4 Waterways                                                                    

TREASURER REPORT

Bank Balances: as at 04/06/2021

Cheque A/c R51,124.30
Archcom A/c R329,942.93
Money Market A/c R789,690.80
Total R1,170,758.03

LONGER TERM PROJECTS – LATHIF GAFOOR

To The Outgoing Members of EXCOM

Fraternal Greetings

Having reached my Fifth year of service to EXCOM, in wishing everyone goodbye I thought it fitting that I submit a report in view of misgivings which members have shared regarding the performance of my portfolio.

I say this, as I was emailed at the beginning of my fifth year of office informing me that I’ll have to prove myself to EXCOM as a prerequisite to being welcomed to the team. The words are not verbatim, however, I found this to be a strange introduction to the team. This was only the beginning of other unfortunate emails I received. As proof, the following are some of the projects and interventions which I successfully resolved during my initial terms in office with members I truly enjoyed working with:

a. the reconstruction of the entire Eastlake island bridge b. the resurfacing and reconstruction of the arterial Uitsig road c. likewise with Oudevlei road from the robot to the confluence of Uitsig rd. which was done later Projects “b” and “c” were initiatives before joining EXCOM d. initial successes regarding the reduction of the noise factor emanating from the Cogella plant after numerous engagements with Congella management and the COCT e. a four year battle with the COCT culminating in a meeting in Rondevlei informing me that an allocation for a new Weedharvester was now budgeted for. At this meeting I also raised the necessity for funds for the dredging of silt at the mouth of the estuary. Subsequently an allocation of R500000.00 was made available for dredging purposes. Councillor Kuhl acknowledged my contribution in making this possible.

f. a number of road signs and road markings in accident prone areas were installed g. at the height of community unrest the VCDF was addressed by me in my pointing out the futility of some of the protest actions which were alienating communities rather than building bridges e.g., damages to the robot and petrol bombing of homes in San Marina.

The appeal seems to be holding thus far. Meetings with the Vrygrond taxi Association regarding their intervention was also solicited and noted h. there was also subtle talk of marching into the marina en masse in response to security companies stationed at the Marina entrance of the robot. This would have negatively impacted on house prices in the Marina and difficult if not impossible to reverse. I unequivocally advocated against this line of action based on misconceptions in that San Marina was an elitist enclave. I conveyed to them that the demographics of San Marina was changing thus reflecting a cosmopolitan kaleidoscope of an area in transition i. at a Ward meeting specifically constituted with role players in addressing the water crisis four years ago the subject of a desalination plant in the precinct was on the agenda for discussions. The pressing challenge was one of electricity in driving the project. I introduced the viability of harnessing methane gas from the dump site in Vrygrond in addressing this challenge. This was accepted and escalated to departments concerned and is now on the agenda for further discussions with the possibility of implementation.

j. the Marina originally had two Weedharvesters, one of which is now permanently based in Little Princess Vlei. Much effort was exerted in attempts to relocate the machine to the Marina where it is most needed including addressing sub council on the subject. Subsequently, undertakings were made that the machine would assist the Marina waterway when needed. An undertaking taken at subcouncil level that was reneged on. How unfortunate!

k. Together with the Living Hope Foundation, Rotary club and others we put together a two day programme affording free health services to the people of Vrygrond in terms of HIV testing, high blood pressure tests, diabetes prognosis, BMI testing, eye tests with specs sponsored by Specsavers. We serviced close onto 900 people. This was before Covid.

l. installation of a right-hand turn arrow at the M5/Military rd. juncture to Seawinds. Council has informed me that this has now been approved j.my engagements with the media, Cape Times/ Cape Argus in exposing and finally halting the futile attempts of the Department of Public Works in allocating R100 million in the reconstruction of the Muizenberg police station. Money which could be more productively spent in the building of a police station in Capricorn, thus my continued engagements with all spheres of government in realising this dream despite pushbacks from other departments

There are many other interventions I engage in and structures I serve on, including in Vrygrond, in helping create a sense of community in dispelling an us and them syndrome. Peter is aware of some of the projects I worked on in the interest of the Marina. Unfortunately, for the past year my portfolio was systematically whittled away from me on a journey of marginalisation culminating in my being nullified to a persona non grata.

Of course, the response I am expecting from some members of the committee is that I am on a self-glorification journey. I don’t mind criticism, as I merely responded to the negative perceptions of my portfolio leading to an unfortunate premise based on ambiguities culminating in misconceptions that it was a dysfunctional one.

Concluding, there are people who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened.

Forgiving is my gift to you. Moving on is a gift to myself.

Wa alaykumu s -salaam (May peace be upon you) Lathif

EVENTS – VALERIE BENSON

No upcoming events

PARKS AND MAINTENANCE – VALERIE BENSON

Gardening equipment purchased as follows for the use of the Marina Gardeners:

Hoes, pangas, 1 axe, 6 pairs gardening gloves, brooms, pans, 1 large and 1 small saw, 1 pick

Having the Ryobi weedeater serviced in June as its not working. Also purchasing a medium saw and raincoats for the team

Gardeners tidied up and replanted flower beds in the following areas:

Turks Head, Eastlake Island
Cannon Island Way
Oudevlei Road entrance, Uitsig
Uitsig Security hut garden area
Park Close, Park Island
Park Island security hut garden area
Tiller Arm, Cable Close, Cutter Close, Eastlake Island
Eastlake Drive/De Lille Square slipway, Park Island

Articles written and published in Marina newsletter and on Facebook on Andrea Pycroft (Cannon Island/Eastlake Island rep) and Silvia Stringer (Park Island rep)

ENVIRONMENTAL – LISE CARSWELL

Sewerage spills:
10/11 May – medium sized sewerage spill from the Sand River side
22/23 May – large sewerage spill in Marine estate that entered the vlei near the caravan park. This resulted in Muizenberg beach being closed while the mouth was opened to try to flush the system.
28 May – a spill in in Rutter, Lakeside, entered the vlei

The vlei was also closed on 25 May, after results came in from tests taken on the previous Friday. The vlei remains closed this week as rests taken last week show that, while the water quality has improved, the levels are just above what is acceptable for intermediate contact. Further, comprehensive, tests will be taken next week.

There has been talk that ZENR purposefully kept the vlei open for the canoe race on the weekend of the 22/23 May, even though they knew that the E. coli levels were too high. However, it must be noted that the canoe race went ahead based on water quality tests taken earlier that week. The vlei was closed, based on testing taken on the Friday before the race, with the results coming out on the 25th and therefore too late to stop the race.

NOT a Sewerage spill!
There have been numerous reports of a sewerage spill at the Eastlake Bridge and Dabchick area. The Kingfisher spent several days in the Marina canals, churning up the water. Because the Kingfisher has been out of action for so long and because of the large amounts of algae that rotted and sank, the smell that this is causing is very unpleasant. It isn’t a sewerage spill.

Promenade road restoration:
The Promenade road wetland restoration project started this week. The idea is to turn this forgotten piece or land into a wetland area to attract the frogs, as it forms the last remaining part of the link between the Table Mountain National Park and the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve. In the second week of June they will start planting and have asked residents to assist. More information will be posted.

Zandvlei Video
There is an interesting video about the history of Zandvlei and the ongoing conservation efforts. You can watch it here https://youtu.be/CF5qk8wVF7U

ZPAAC
Paul, Nick and I attended a meeting yesterday which was basically a friendly meeting with the friends of Zeekoevlei and PAAC to get some sort of working relationship going. The Friends of Zeekoevlei are very active in their community and fund raise, educate, do clean-ups and generally get people involved.

It was a more interesting meeting this time, with a slightly clearer view of how to move forward. There is no actual ZPAAC at the moment. The thought was to use the Zandvlei Trust in the roll of bring everyone together and getting things moving on a community level. The Zandvlei Trust needs to be overhauled if this is to work.

Invitations have been sent out for the new ZPAAC committee and applications must be in by 28 June. Please find attached.

City responds to petition:
The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has given its formal response to the recent Zandvlei petition, including feedback on the area’s water quality and the new Kingfisher. You can read more here:

Kingfisher
The tender for the new weed harvester tender has been awarded. The MOA was signed, and the vendor has indicated that the anticipated delivery date is December 2021 / January 2022.

COMMUNICATIONS – PATRICK McKENNA

Our Communications team has established a good working relationship with Janine Avery at 5 Star Stories that is helping to produce a regular flow of good quality information across our three platforms: the blog, Facebook and our weekly newsletter. I am currently finalising up a proposal for monetising these platforms through advertising. I plan to present this proposal to our Communications team and the chairman later this month and follow-up at our next ExCom meeting. There appears to have been a drop-off in the frequency and intensity of negative and abusive social media posts. While this is welcome, it does not mean job done. We will continue to use our voice to address issues that concern our community. We are equally aware that there is always room to improve and increase our output. June is likely to be a busy month with new ExCom members to introduce and an AGM to report on. Meanwhile, we held a useful meeting towards the end of May with a group of local estate agents to discuss the draft welcome pack that we plan to produce for newcomers to the Marina. We hope to finish drafting by the end of this month before circulating the document for ExCom’s approval and comment.

ARCHCOM – PAUL HIGGINS

Archcom meeting was held on 27th May 2021.

5 plans scrutinised
5 passed

Design Manual revised completed

SECURITY – PETER ALLEN

Uitsig quotes in hand for covering the Public Open Space from North Wall to Coniston Park – approximately

6 cameras dependent on configuration and poles.

Battleridge Security meeting postponed to 14th June

Herewith the Crime stats from DBS.

UitsigHeron Place, Shearwater DrHBT08.05.202115h40NoSuspect entered Uitsig under pretence of coming to work at a resident. Suspect was caught by DBS with stolen goods but resident did not want to open a case.
Cannon IslandCannon Island WayTheft from washing line23.05.202114h17No2 x C/M stole clothing and bedding off washing line

STANDARDS

Approximately 12 new cases are in the pipeline

City responds to Zandvlei petition

ATT: Save the Zandvlei petition promotors/concerned residents

Dear Sir/Madam

Subject

CITY RESPONSE TO CONCERNS ABOUT INLAND WATER QUALITY AND POINTS RAISED IN “SAVE ZANDVLEI” PETITION

The City notes the concerns raised in the “Save Zandvlei” petition, as well as the broader water quality challenges across the metro, and would like to engage residents in the most meaningful and transparent manner possible.

A local stakeholders meeting took place on 23 April 2021, at which key information regarding pollution abatement efforts were communicated to attendees. The City’s Catchment, Stormwater and River Management Branch, in collaboration with Cllr Aimee Kuhl, are planning a Sand River Catchment public open day, where various line departments responsible for pollution mitigation will have various exhibits. Respective line department officials will be available at these exhibits to answer questions relating to their core expertise. As the Sand River catchment is a much bigger catchment, spanning many wards, the other relevant local ward councillors will also be available at this public open day.

Current status
The Zandvlei waterbody was closed to members of the public today (25/05/2021) due to compromised water quality as a result of damaged pumps at the Clifton Road pump station, which led to sewage entering the vlei. Microbiological test results indicate that E.coli levels exceed the thresholds for safe intermediate recreational contact with water.

Observations on site indicate that foreign objects in the sewer line were likely the main cause of the fault. A replacement pump was installed by Monday morning, which has reportedly stopped the overflow.

This closure shall be in effect until water quality returns to satisfactory levels.. Comprehensive follow up sampling is scheduled for this week and will continue until it is determined that the water is safe for intermediate recreational usage.

This is the fourth occasion in two years that Zandvlei has been fully closed due to contamination associated with sewer spills.

The Clifton Road Pump station linked to the Royal Road Bridge spill has been operational since 11h30 Monday 24/05/2021.

ZANDVLEI ESTUARY – WATER QUALITY CONCERNS

Background
The City of Cape Town manages the three large recreational vleis (Zandvlei, Zeekoevlei and Rietvlei) which are used for a variety of water sports, namely sailing, power boating, canoeing, rowing, windsurfing, and fishing. All three vleis are located in proclaimed nature reserves.
Zandvei is the only functioning estuary on the False Bay Coastline. Estuaries are generally highly productive ecosystems, and provide a range of goods and services ranging from nursery areas for juvenile fish, to stopovers for migrant birds, and recreational opportunities for local inhabitants. The diversity and amount of fish and other life in Zandvlei is staggering (30 fish species) and include sandprawn, white steenbras, leervis and harder. For example, in the 2012 fish die off in Zandvlei as a result of a golden algae bloom, it was estimated that only 10% of the fish actually died. You might remember the large volumes of fish that surged out of the vlei over a period of about a month.

Detailed Water Quality results
Over the last 2 years, Zandvlei was fully closed to recreational activities due to sewage spills on four occasions:

14/05/2019-15/05/2019 (partial);
15/05/2019- 31/05/2019 (full)
26/06/2019 – 04/07/2019 (full)
27/09/2019-04/10/2019 (partial);
04/10/2019-10/10/2019 (full)
25/05/2021: Current

Two of these closures began as partial closures and were upgraded to full closures after further testing was done. Whilst the Zandvlei waterbody was closed at times during 2020, these closures were solely due to lockdown regulations and not linked to water quality issues.

The continued and numerous sewage spill incidents into the Zandvlei waterbody have been a long standing concern, with particular apprehension around the cumulative impacts on the water quality and ecological health of the system.

Discussions initiated by Biodiversity Management in 2018 with all relevant line functions around short and long term interventions to prevent this contamination resulted in a very positive collaborative effort. The area subject to most of the recorded incidents was identified as the Sand River Canal, in particular the storm water outlet below the Coniston Park litter trap. The Water and Sanitation department was already in the process of implementing a significant intervention to address challenges confronting the reticulation system, which entailed the upgrade of Lowlift Pump station in Retreat and the replacement of specific pipelines (further detail on this project may be found below, under the section outlining specific sewer infrastructure projects, both operating and capital, that have either been completed or are underway).

As this was an effective long term solution, focus was shifted to a short term intervention that could be implemented during the above-mentioned construction phase. Stormwater Management and Sanitation staff assisted in providing a final design and the subsequent implementation of a portable wooden weir structure that would be fitted to the side channel of the Sand River canal (containing the stormwater outlet through which sewage overflows are channelled into the canal). This structure would effectively dam up and contain spill events that would then be removed from the canal via a Honeysucker vehicle to prevent the pollutants entering the Zandvlei waterbody. This system was made operational and used successfully to contain a sewage spill on 24 January 2020 for the first time. This structure has significantly reduced pollution of the vlei. This partnership collaboration delivered an inventive solution with significantly positive results for this system. The commitment and dedication of the teams involved in taking on challenging situations and improving service delivery are commendable.

The City has a dedicated water quality monitoring programme which measures chemistry, bacteriology, and algae at these vleis. The best indication of water quality and ensuring that the water is safe for recreation is to monitor the bacteriology as well as the algal species and their abundance. Blooms of algal species, such as the golden algae and blue green algae can cause health issues for humans and wildlife. Thresholds for Microcystis (toxin produced by Blue-green algae) and Chlorophyll speak to algal blooms, and may be viewed in the link below (as published in the 2021 Inland Water Quality Report available on the CCT website).

http://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/nature-and-outdoors/rivers-
and-wetlands/cape-towns-rivers-and-wetlands#Heading2). The intermediate contact is most relevant for Zandvlei as the water sports (such as sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing) conducted in the vlei are all intermediate contact.

Test results from the recent spill currently affecting the vlei are being processed and will be communicated once finalized.

The below information from the database also shows the results for Jan and Feb 2021. This indicates 4 consecutive months (with the March and April results) of E.coli counts well within the threshold for intermediate contact recreational use. There have been no sewage spills recorded during March that I am aware of, apart from a sewage spill on the 13 April 2021 which was contained to the Sand River canal by using sand bags. This helps demonstrate that there are only limited windows in which intermediate contact with the water carries increased health risks. Where there is a water quality incident a co-ordinated response between the Environmental Management Department and Water and Waste, as well as a number of other line functions, is undertaken to both limit pollution and mitigate risks to water users.

Most issues highlighted emanate from outside the nature reserve and include sewage overflows and spillage, solid waste washing in from canals, and polluted stormwater. Civil unrest in the Capricorn/Vrygrond area in the past few years has exacerbated the issue with the blocking of waste water reticulation pipes and the destruction of sewage pump stations. The resultant sewage overflows reach Zandvlei through the storm water system. There is an action matrix after each major incident which is drawn up by the relevant official from the Catchment, Stormwater and River Management Branch in collaboration with other line departments (EMD, Health, Water & Sanitation and Solid Waste Management), and where necessary the vlei is closed until water quality improves to acceptable levels again.

In summary, Zandvlei’s water quality challenges are generally in line with what is expected for an urban system and are normally well within acceptable water quality standards. The City continues to strive towards improving the water quality of Zandvlei and our other watercourses despite the many challenges these systems face within the urban context. A more comprehensive explanation of the current status and long term trends of the water quality in Zandvlei and other waterbodies across the City is provided in the reports available on the City website, as indicated above, and provides a very succinct summary of the conditions of these urban settings to the public.

SEWAGE LEAKS AND POLLUTION
We therefore ask for:
A written undertaking outlining the short term achievable actions (12 months max) of the CoCT to protect Zandvlei from future sewage and industrial spills.

Sewer infrastructure projects, both operating and capital, that have either been
completed or are under way

The City allocated approximately R350 million between July 2019 and June 2021 on upgrades and rehabilitation of the sewage network.
Items specific to Zandvlei:

New Pump Station in Military Road; Refurbishment of Retreat Main Pump Station; Lining and re-laying of the main sewer through Seawinds / Vrygrond

The new pump station (Low Lift) is almost completed and should be commissioned by the end of May 2021. We have already seen a dramatic reduction of sewage flow into the Sand River, the regular spills will certainly cease. The new station has vastly enhanced backup systems in place to deal with challenges like loadshedding.

The sewer pipeline between Low Lift and Retreat Main required refurbishment. This 1200mm sewer was rehabilitated (CIPP) and a section re-laid as part of the pump station contract – we are now blockage / sewer spill free from that source, so a huge success there (completed).

Further to this Retreat Main pump station was also refurbished and brought up to modern standards (completed).

All of the above works were executed as part of the Low Lift contract. This project has recently been completed and will be commissioned shortly despite the attacks and damage to plant and equipment on site during the construction.

Re-lining of the sewers on the Muizenberg beachfront to prevent sand ingress into Axminster Road

Scope: CIPP Lining of the sewers in Beach Road, Atlantic Road and the Roads on the mountain side of Main Road
Status: completed Budget: R4.5 million
Benefit: reduction of blockages, improving the water quality of the Muizenberg beachfront as well as the Zandvlei Estuary

Cleaning of sewers in Axminster and Clifton Roads
Scope: Removal of sand from the 800mm diameter sewer in Axminster and Clifton Roads
Status: completed Budget: R 1 200 000
Benefit: reduction of blockages, improving the water quality of the Zandvlei Estuary

Cleaning of sewers on Albertyn Road
Scope: Removal of sand from the 300mm diameter sewer in Albertyn Road Status: completed
Budget: R 50 000

Benefit: reduction of blockages, improving the water quality of the Zandvlei Estuary

This is over and above the regular day to day blockage clearing and other maintenance work.

A Pollution Abatement Strategy and Action Plan (PASAP) specifically for the sand River catchment is in development and is expected to be finalized by the end of August 2021. This forms part of the City’s Water Quality Improvement Programme and will include sewer spill pollution.

The City will continue to respond to sewer incidents as timeously and effectively as possibly, as per the Sewer Incident Management Protocol. The emergency protocol for Zandvlei involves direct communication with stakeholders and resident groups.

SEDIMENTATION AND SILTATION
We therefore ask for:
the current plans of the CoCT that will be implemented to effectively resolve the silting and sedimentation problem.

· Opportunities for silt and litter traps within the broader catchment will be identified through the PASAP (refer above)
· The City has also initiated the Liveable Urban Waterways (LUW) Project. The project intends to naturally canalise sections of river and construct nature based solution/wetlands to assist with water quality and biodiversity improvements. It is intended to address multiple issues regarding water entering Zandvlei. The overall goal is to intercept and clean water coming down the Sand River and Langevlei rivers, focusing particularly on nutrient loads, litter, sediments and sewage. Extensive public participation will be involved and the project has already been introduced at the recent ZPAAC meeting held on 30 March 2021. What’s exciting about this project is that we can address water quality before it enters the vlei and improve the ecological habitat of the area.

Dredging:
· Stage 1 dredging within Zandvlei (from the river mount into the vlei) was undertaken using long-boom and amphibious excavators in the 2019/2020 financial year
· Stage 2 dredging was undertaken this financial year (Aug/Sep 2020)
· Stage 3 dredging is planned for this financial year (May/June 2021)
· Mouth management: The opening/closure of the mouth is done using dozers, which is an effective way of moving significant volumes of sand. The mouth is opened in winter to prevent flooding properties adjacent to the vlei. Regarding the rubber weir and mouth closure, it should be noted that without this Zandvlei would completely dry up in summer months as there is simply not enough water coming down to maintain water levels naturally. Zandvlei estuary and catchment was progressively and extensively modified since 1930 which has left a long legacy of artificial manipulation of the system. The City aims to manage the system in accordance with the legislative requirements and in line with the ecological best practice stipulated in the comprehensive assessments and action plans detailed in the Zandvlei Estuarine Management Plans (dated 2010 and 2018 (draft)).

CANAL CLEARING AND LITTER TRAPS
We therefore ask for:

· Confirmation from the CoCT that a contract for the clearing of the canals will be finalised before 30-04-2021 and be renewed on an annual basis.
· Assurance that the canals will be cleared manually or mechanically monthly, as well as before every rain event, should the state of the canals require it.
· An undertaking from COCT that all available measures will be taken to ensure access to the canals at known dumping hotspots is prevented.

· Tender 121S/2019/20 (ref 1st bullet point above) has been active since 01 April 2021 (Inaugural meeting held with Contractors on 01 April 2021) and cleaning activities will start to ramp-up as Contractors mobilize and deploy their teams.
· Canals / litter grids are currently cleaned every two months. Monthly cleaning is currently not viable due to budget constraints, but will be reviewed in future budgetary processes. Litter grids will be cleaned a day before rains, and every day throughout the duration of the rain event.
· Illegal dumping is primarily a Law Enforcement and Solid Waste mandate, but does require the cooperation of multiple stakeholders. Dumping hotspots will be considered in the proposed PASAP (refer above).

Algae in the Marina
The vlei and Marina have been prone to higher than usual filamentous algae growth, this is not unexpected in eutrophicated urban systems. The current situation is thought to be due to a few compounding factors which could include the following: pondweed stands are recovering from an absence in the previous season, which has provided a niche for additional filamentous algae growth in eutrophicated conditions, as well as unseasonably late winds which has led to increased evaporation, lower water levels and higher water temperature. These circumstances compounded by the lack of biomass removal by the weedharvester machine, which also assists with water mixing and aeration, creates favourable conditions for algal blooms. Such algal blooms can reduce dissolved oxygen levels within waterbodies. Low oxygen levels can in turn affect aquatic organisms negatively. The City continues to monitor dissolved oxygen levels in the Marina and main waterbody, as well as the occurrences of algal blooms.

Zandvlei Weedharvester
We therefore ask for:
A copy of the tender issued for the new harvester, written confirmation of the procurement status with a date of delivery, and if complete, the name of the successful bidder.
• If a procurement process has not started, then a copy of the last minutes at which the new harvester was discussed,
• A clear explanation as to why the existing harvester has been inoperative for several months for what is believed to be a minor repair.
• A copy of the minutes of the last meeting where the repair of said harvester was discussed.

• A summary of the monthly operating hours for the past 24 months.

The Zandvlei Weedharvester was inoperable for some time due to a few mechanical faults (such as the bearings on the rear conveyor belt). Notifications for the repair were timeously submitted, however, due to delays associated with a new supply chain management process recommended by the Auditor General, the repairs took months to complete. Repairs have now been completed, and is currently operating.

Furthermore, the tender for the new weed harvester tender has been awarded. The MOA was signed and the vendor has indicated that the anticipated delivery date is December 2021 / January 2022.

In closing:

The City of Cape Town recently released its Inland Water Quality Report. The report covers historic water quality trends in the major rivers and open waterbodies in the city, and also focuses on the five-year period from April 2015 to March 2020. It details key challenges towards improving the health of urban waterways. Going forward annual data will be used to assess the efficacy of programmes and activities aimed at reducing water pollution. The summary booklet and technical report are now available to the public here, Link to the Inland Water Quality Report Summary: http://bit.ly/CCT-
InlandWaterQuality2019; To view the full report,
visit w ww.capetown.gov.za/ThinkWater

The City would also like to invite the petition authors, along with a limited number signatories (due to necessary precautions related to mitigation of the spread of Covid-
19) to join us in officially opening the newly upgraded Retreat Pump Station, whose new design will significantly reduce the number of pump station failures due to blockages, and ensure a vastly improved reticulation of the sewer system in the area. The project is at an advanced and final completion is scheduled for the latter half of June 2021. A formal invitation will be forthcoming once details are confirmed.

Yours faithfully

Michael Killick
Director: Bulk services