Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Warning to Visitors over the Festive Season

December 21, 2009;

 NEWS ITEM No: 2009 - 12 - 21  

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) appeals to all visitors to the many protected areas under its management to take care of themselves and their loved ones during the festive season holidays.
Visitors to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park are reminded that they need to fill in the hiking and rescue registers if they are going out on any walk or overnight hike in the Park.
The registers are available at all EKZNW reception offices in the Park and provide critically important information for search and rescue teams in cases of emergency.
It is essential to complete these registers legibly and as accurately as possible because this information could save lives.
Visitors are reminded that the weather in the Drakensberg can change very rapidly and they should equip themselves accordingly.
 
Visitors to EKZNW coastal parks should pay particular attention to local conditions of surf, current and estuary flow, and should preferably get local advice on prevailing conditions.
Visitors to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park are also reminded that almost all water bodies within the Park are potentially inhabited by crocodiles and visitors should keep well clear of the water’s edge and under no circumstances wade or allow their children to paddle or play in or near any pools, vleis, pans, estuaries or lakes.
The St Lucia Estuary at the town of St Lucia requires particular vigilance as there are many large crocodiles that can be regularly seen basking on the sand and mudbanks in the estuary.
Crocodiles are also present in the Umalalazi River where it flows through the Umlalazi Nature Reserve near the town of Mtunzini.
Visitors are also reminded that while wildlife is often seen amongst the chalets and campsites in the protected areas, these animals are not tame and members of the public should not try to touch them or feed them.
 
 AJG/ News Item No: 2009 - 12 - 21 
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Almost a winner - Maritza

This beautiful 16kg Cuda was leading the competition by the end of day
one... Sorry it was not the biggest Fish ...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

St Lucia Hippo

The world famous Hippo are doing well in front the Ski Boat Club St Lucia Estuary iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Elephant Coast Website updated

Since the lawyer letter received claimed that the words Elephant Coast
was the exclusive usage rights to The Elephant Coast Tourism
(Maputuland Tourism) we had no other way than to re-brand the domain and
recreate it completely. This is a tedious job and will take some time to
complete. So far we have done an amazing job and the text will change
over time as the copy writer is doubling as a web page designer.

Check out the new site at http://www.elephantcoast.co.za and see how it
grows daily.

Petrus Viviers
domain owner
083 584 7473
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Friday, December 04, 2009

Elephant Coast Tourism Web Site

It is scary that one person or organization is attempting to dominate the key words and domain names surrounding Elephant Coast. On 04 December 2009 I joinded their domain to find that the newest news entry was last updated:

on 2007/10/31 15:30:00 (471 reads)
The name of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park changes tomorrow to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, as per the announcement by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism at Indaba in May this year. In order to celebrate this occasion, we have arranged an event with our neighbouring communities to celebrate the miracles and wonders of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

As the domain owner of http://www.elephantcoast.co.za and Marketer for various products in this Tourism region I find it very strange that people object to my domain when the flag ship is not flying any flags.

Petrus Viviers
Domain Owner
http://www.elephantcoast.co.za


All Domains under one Umbrella - Elephant Coast

Property rights are violated in the attempt to posses all domain names to a region. This alone is bad marketing? Yes I agree. For 14 years I have spend my money on promoting the area. This when our Municipalities did not have the vision on the power of the Internet. I had all the time in the world to amalgamate as many domain names as any one person could. But Google, as a search engine, does not recognize this practice. To dominate a key word is futile, ludicrous and impossible.

If all peoples intention around a key word is to respect the word and to built the products behind th word way will one person or organizations attempt to fall pray to the mighty Internet domination thought and attempt a Hitler style take over of Key Words. This to me is short sightedness. I will have to write a report and submit it to the relevant authorities to clear this matter.

Search engines  base the power of a web site to the size of the site, the age of the domain and the relevance of the content.

Search Engines look at:
  1. How many relevant pages link to this site
  2. How relevant is the content towards the key words
  3. How old is the site
The ElephantCoastCoZa domain is now six years old. For Africa has invested a lot of time and money into this venture when nobody else believed in it. Why should I surrender all this time and money invested in this product for Free. It is stupidity. Their is many variants of these keywords still available in domain name form. No one will be able to dominate all of them. You have your domains ... why not focus on Branding the area. This is why you get all our tax money from the Government  any way.

by Petrus Viviers
Domain Owner
http://www.elephantcoast.co.za

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Domain ownership is a Right

Domain ownership is property right and is covered by South African law which is in line with International law. It is basically  works on a first come first serve basis. What it means is that if some one has registered a domain name for a valid reason then the domain remains that entities legal property. Freedom of speech stretches the meaning of valid reason far and leaves it widely open for interpretation.

When a person or legal entity wants to obtain some one else's property rights to a domain name it means you need to negotiate some sort of deal with the legal domain owner. The regulator body has a system in place when two parties agree to transfer such a domain they fill in a transfer request form. This transfer request form or ticket is presented to the domain owner for his/her approval.

On requesting such a ticket without the domain owners knowledge or permission is not only rude but it reflects poorly on your intentions and is similar to some one that attempts to transfer your legal ownership of your car or house with out your written consent. It is not on. Every web site manager  will object to such methods of dealings.

by Petrus Viviers

083 584 7473
domain owner
Elephant Coast Co Za

St. Lucia Estuary
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
kwaZulu Natal
South Africa

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

When dealing with the public

Elephant Coast of South Africa is a claimed Trademark

It is a fact that their is a legal battle between the Domain Owner of http://www.elephantcoast.co.za and The Maputuland Tourism association  regarding the use of this domain, but it is hardly a domain dispute. This domain was registered by Petrus Viviers in June 2003 and has since been used to promote The Elephant Coast, its culture and the Accommodation provided on the World Wide Web.

For Africa is the sole property of Petrus Viviers and was a brand name chosen in 1997 to promote and market products and Travel related news on the Internet. http://www.elephantcoast.co.za, http://www.stlucia.org.za and http://www.isimangaliso.co.za has been products that where the result of this venture. Like it or not it remains the products of Petrus Viviers.

The dispute that are now being legally resolved is between MAPUTULAND TOURISM ASSOCIATION (complainant) and Petrus Viviers (defendant). The matter is of a Trademark infringement nature where the lawyer objects to the fact that Petrus Viviers uses the words Elephant Coast in his marketing since it is the alleged property of  Maputuland Tourism Association.

"
Our client is the proprietor in South Africa of the trademark ELEPHANT COAST. Our client’s South African registration includes the following: "
"NO: 2009/15559 ELEPHANT COAST IN CLASS 35 IN RESPECT OF: Advertising, business management, office function, tourism region.
"
"
This registered right entitles out client to prevent the use of the name or trademark by any other person, which is confusingly or deceptively similarly to ELEPHANT COAST trademark in relation to the goods or services for which the trademark is registered, or similar goods or services, where the use by the other person is likely to cause deception and/or confusion. Section 34 (1)(a) and 34(1)(b) of the Trademarks Act Number 94 of 1993 apply in this regard."

The matter is been dealt with and the domain http://www.lephantcoast.co.za will point to http://www.isimangaliso.co.za until this matter is resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience.

by Petrus Viviers
083 584 7473
Domain Owner
http://www.elephantcoast.co.za



Saturday, November 28, 2009

Trademarking a Tourism region

How does the trademarking of a Tourism Region affect you?

Have you expensive printed marketing material that cost you a fortune
for design and printing. Do you run a Tourism Business with in the
region. Do you run a marketing campaign with in the tourism region. What
services do you supply relating to Tourism. As a supplier of Tourism
products you need to be affiliated to an association that represent such
a region. But if your product is of service to general public and does
not constitute to a tourism product what is the implications to you in
such a case.

It will be advisable to see what your local tourism office has to say
before you land into legal hot water for merely trading as you have for
more than six years.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT Notice!! your tourism region might have been trade
marked
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Elephant Coast has been trademarked

This came as a shock to me because it use to be a tourism region that combined the some splintering associations  with in and around the previously known Greater  St. Lucia Wetlands Park. It is also now the sole right of The Elephant Coast Tourism Association to advertise products "Advertising, business management, office function, tourism region." in this region. Since the region was named through many public meetings of which many was postponed.

At the end of the meetings the name was put forward for the region to be The Elephant Coast. As such a new tourism region was declared by  the Authorities and people have since been trading with reference to this tourism region. It now dawn on some web site owners that by way of trade mark proclamation it is no longer their to use the phrase Elephant Coast in your marketing material. It is not clear how one that trade in this region will refer to the region and how will you be able to market your self with in this confines.

We are living in a very Interesting Democratic South Africa.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Guilty plea in fisheries case


November 4, 2009;

MEDIA RELEASE No: 2009 - 16  

 GUILTY PLEA IN FISHERIES CASE
For Immediate release:
 
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) coastal staff report that David “Clive” Kenton (63)  of 1122 Bluff Road, Durban, has again been sentenced in court on charges relating to a contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act.
The case arose when EKZNW Fishery Control Officers approached Kenton and two companions on 01 September 2009 at Banana Beach.
Kenton made a dash for the sea while the EKZNW officers were inspecting the bags of his two diving companions, and was seen to empty the contents of his bag into the water.
He was subsequently charged with obstructing a Fishery Control Officer in the course of his duties.
His two companions each paid fines for being over the bag limit of East Coast Rock Lobster.
A plea of guilty was tendered by Kenton on the 02 November 2009 in Port Shepstone B Court in front of Magistrate Karen Scheepers and he was sentenced to R10 000 or 10 months imprisonment, half of which was suspended for 5 years.
Kenton made front page headlines in 2003 when he was arrested in Pretoria with nearly 250 kg of illegal crayfish and was sentenced to R60 000 or 2 years imprisonment.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife reminds the public that the closed season for East Coast Rock Lobster began on 01 November, during which time it is illegal to catch and keep or to possess them.
The Admission of Guilt fines for marine offences have been increased in most courts in KZN, with the fines in respect of East Coast Rock Lobsters being increased to R500 per offence.
 

 AJG/ Media Release No: 2009 - 16 
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Sentence in iMfolozi firearm case


November 4, 2009;

MEDIA RELEASE No: 2009 - 15  

 SENTENCE IN IMFOLOZI FIRE-ARMS CASE
 
For Immediate release:
 
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff report that Mr Mandla Peter Manqele (34) of Sangoyane village, was found guilty of possessing an unlicenced fire-arm in the Ntambanana magistrates court recently and sentenced to 15 years in prison with five years suspended, as well as a fine of R60 000 of which R20 000 was suspended.
 
The case arose from an incident on 14 February 2009 when a field ranger contacted his senior ranger at about 19.15 one evening to report hearing a shot in the Skwebezana area of the Imfolozi section of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
The senior ranger immediately mobilised more field rangers and moved into the area where three men, two of whom were armed, had earlier been seen moving near the fence of the Park.
The EKZNW team set up an ambush on a well known path just outside the game reserve.
About ten minutes after taking up their positions the team heard voices speaking in isiZulu as a group of men approached them.
The EKZNW team identified themselves verbally as conservation officers and instructed the men to stand still, but as the EZKNW team approached the men ran away.
 
As it was now fully dark and the men were known to be armed, the senior ranger used an illumination flare to light the area.
One suspect was seen to be carrying a rifle on a sling over his shoulder and was arrested.
The other two men managed to evade the field rangers and escaped into the dark.
The EKZNW team recovered various items that had been abandoned by the suspects during the chase - these included another R1 rifle, a rifle bag and 7.62mm ammunition as well as items of clothing.
 
The suspect was taken to the Ntambanana police station and charged with the illegal possession of a fire-arm.
A later, daylight examination of the area and the routes the suspects had taken both inside and outside the Park revealed further items belonging to them.
 
“We are very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize.
“The heavy sentence sends a very clear message to those who would plunder our wildlife resources that we will not tolerate poaching under any circumstances and that our staff are prepared to take swift and effective action,” he said.
“Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has a mandate to protect the wildlife assets of this province and my staff - particularly the Imfolozi field rangers and senior ranger in this case - are to be commended for the dedicated manner in which they perform this often dangerous task,” he added.
 
AJG/ Media Release No: 2009 - 15 
Media:
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Friday, October 09, 2009

St Lucia web site



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: St Lucia web site.
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 08:15:45 +0200
From: Chris Barnes <chris@cjderm.co.za>
To: <webmaster@forafrica.co.za>


THE WORST SITE  I HAVE EVER SEEN……………..

 

 

 

Chris Barnes

Brand Sales Manager

Chrysler Jeep Dodge

East Rand

 

16 Cynthia Road,

Bardene Ext 18

Boksburg.

 

 

Tel                    :         011 826 6376

Fax                   :         011 826 7316

E-Mail                    :            chris@cjderm.co.za 

 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

WHALE UPDATES and interesting titbits

 

Dear All

 

Whale Watching has been spectacular this season, with the regular operational hazards in-between driving US crazy, but something we handle without you even knowing we went through those stresses.

We’ve been blessed with regular sightings of mother-calf pairs, extra Southern Right bonus visits overall Humpbacks behaving very well for memories that will last a lifetime!

Keep on sending those clientele – and t.h.a.n.x.x.x. for your continued support!

Remember whale watching STARTS beginning of JUNE and carries until 1st/2nd week in DECEMBER.

 

Don’t always let overcast conditions outside put your client off, don’t tell your clients we’re not operating due to what what what what, please leave the cancellations-due-to-rough-seas-decision for us to make, we will know when conditions are unsafe to operate and will then cancel.

 

WHY ARE CETACEANS BORN TAIL FIRST?

So they don’t drown! The birth of a young whale or dolphin takes place underwater, of course, and can last a few hours. If it was born head first the calf would be unable to breathe until it was free from it’s mother and may drown.

 

ARE WHALES BORN IN NURSERIES?

Sometimes. A number of whales, including the southern right whale, use sheltered bays and other protected areas along the coast as nurseries where they can safely give birth to and care for their calves. Some of the favorite nurseries of the southern right whale include sheltered areas between False Bay and Algoa Bay in South Africa, in the Great Australian Bight and also off Warrnambool in Australia.

 

CAN WHALES HAVE TWINS?

YES! In fact, they can even have triplets, but this is very rare and it is highly unlikely that all the calves will survive. Most whales and dolphins carry their unborn calf for about a year, and produce only one calf every two to three years. Female killer whales and pilot whales give birth to only four to six calves in a life-time, and stop breeding when they get older. This is rather unusual as most other whales breed throughout their adult life.

 

WHALE BEHAVIOUR AT CAPE VIDAL

Some of you and your guests observed whales just behind the backline at Cape Vidal last week, the tail last week up in the air, and staying like that for a looooong time, just lying deadstill – we did have some request about WHAT this whale was doing - ???? – it’s called SAILING – at times whales position themselves head down in the water with their tail flukes being exposed above the surface. This could be a form of display using the tail as a sail, but it might also be a form of thermoregulation, allowing heat to dissipate through the tail.

 

Okeeeeeeeeee – enough for one day – I’ll give more interesting info next week –

KEEP IN TOUCH!

WARM REGARDS
RIETTE

advantage@zululink.co.za

035 5901259

  

 

TourNet KZN - Ezemvelo-KZN Wildlife - your chance to speak out


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From:  ug4balu@durbs.com [ ug4balu@durbs.com] On Behalf Of Ula Groos
Sent: 22 September 2009 04:57 PM
To: TourNet KZN
Subject: TourNet KZN - Ezemvelo-KZN Wildlife - your chance to speak out

 

Hello Members of KZNTGA-e

 

Could you please forward to me – by latest 14th October 2009 - any comments / queries / complaints or suggestions related to Ezemvelo-KZN Wildlife to enable Ian Porter and Gladman Buthelezi to investigate and revert with the answer at the next Provincial Meeting that takes place on October 28th.

 

Looking forward to many replies.

 

Kind regards

Ula

_______________________________________

ULA GROOS
ug4balu@durbs.com
Chairperson KZN Tourist Guides Association eThekwini






 

 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Living and Leaving St. Lucia #1 1976 - 1983

After looking back after living in St. Lucia for 37 years it was a sad day to dust once feet for the last time as a resident. Since the seventies St. Lucia estuary was the playground for this little trooper and the development of the little town was very strict controlled under the Provincial Government with their Head Offices based in Pietermaritzburg.

This arrangement had some advantages but many disadvantages. Since the Town was controlled from Pietermaritzburg the residents had very little say o the day to day management although may of them have contributed daily in the physical running and maintenance of the services that the small town needed. With the closing of Mozambique borders in the late 1960's and early 1970's it resulted in the diversion of many Domestic Tourist to flock to the beaches of the East Coast of South Africa for Holiday's

Since all development North of the iMfolozi River was closely controlled by Natal Parks Board(KZN Wildlife), since 1820's, much consideration was given to Nature Conservation and Protected areas. This resulted to a serious of Game Reserves proclaimed by the Royal English Crown of which St. Lucia Estuary, Lake and Islands was one of them. (27 April 1895). With the first Game Rangers appointed as custodians they founded The Natal Parks Board incorporating the management of these protected areas under one management authority.

Many treaties between local Zulu clans and the Governments of the day where negotiated to protect these areas. Since many Domestic Zulu Wars broke out the management of these treaties was adapted to suite the safety of the Colonialist and Farmers as well as the Hunters that moved through or conquered the area. Then Apartheid followed and the Political trend in the management of this treaties continued.

With commercial pressure mounting in the early 1970's the business sector wished more control over the local decision making in the daily management of the area. In the wake of the followed the control needed of land usage and the power trickled down from Provincial to Local Government. with very little thought given to the right full land owners. St. Lucia as a town was Proclaimed a township in 1822 with the town boundaries probably negotiated and traded by the British with the Locals.

Since the locals where subsistence farmers migrating with the seasons the deal probably where worked out around possible grazing, mosquitoes and conservation needs. For that reason town boundaries Game Park and Game Reserve boundaries where proclaimed. From with in this boundaries a well established flourishing business community where founded that grew from strength to strength. Adapting as the economy and Political powers shifted as the time went by.

Some of the domestic tourist that started the economy of St. Lucia was the Transvaal Holiday maker. (Leisure Fisherman and Sun Seeker). Other user groups was Group bonding weekends and Motor Bike Raleigh's. Any one that could bring money into the fairly poor and under developed area with in the constrains of Nature Conservation.

Natal Parks Board realized the need for Public education in Nature Conservation and many workshops, Movies and interpretation Centers where erected and small or now entry fees where charged. It is during this period that the love for Nature conservation where embedded by many South Africans. The main role players during this time was Dr. Ian Player, George Hughes, Nollie Zouloumas and many other BIG names that will be mentioned later. Some will be forgotten since the History of the area is very Jealously guarded by a few.

by Petrus Viviers
to be continued....

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Room Availability at Parkers


 

We've had a late cancellation from an Indian family of 4 guests who were supposed to be arriving tomorrow.   

 

We now have 2 rooms available in the house for the public holiday weekend - one large en suite double and one slightly smaller en suite twin.  Both are available for B&B (but not self catering).  If anyone has couples wanting B&B accommodation, please could they phone us on 035 590 1576 or 082 679 0133.

 

Thank you very much for your help.

 

Jan

 

Jan Dunbar

Parkers Cottages

Isibaya, 55 Hornbill Street,

St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal,

South Africa.

Tel: +27 (0)35 590 1576

 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who is the true Custodians of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park?

"Conservation authorities have exposed at least six more illegal tourist resorts being built in the heart of the country's first World Heritage Site - the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal." Sunday Times.

The fact of the matter is that World Heritage Status has

  1. Robed the Wetlands of its true custodians - KZN Wildlife since 27 April 1895
  2. This land belongs to the Thembe people..
  3. Do The Park Authority wish to develop this land in a way they reap the benefits?...
  4. Vali Moosa closed the beaches to 4x4 access because of World Heritage Status
  5. Cape Vidal will get a second gate and developed for exclusive tourist
Do we really need World Heritage status or do we need true True Custodians...



Thursday, September 03, 2009

When housing makes way for Bed and Breakfast

The remains of a residential house. This Family home was demolished to make way for a Bed and Breakfast establishment.

St Lucia ... The other side!

The other side of Eco Tourism. The sudden influx of World Tourisim into South Africa is pushing the services beyond maximum.

Friday, August 21, 2009

StLuciaOrgZa Up For Salee

St. Lucia.Org.Za is up for grabs...

Hosting Fee R1500.00 per year Remainder of three year hosting
Web Site Development R185.00 per hour (no contract ... user name and password will be supplied)

Price R45 000.00 non negotiable ...

For Information call


Petrus Viviers
0835847473

New owners New Receipes

The only hand made samoosas in town. Best Curries and Bunnies made to traditional Indian receipes.

Dolphin Street
St Lucia
072 053 7594

Monday, August 10, 2009

What People write about St. Lucia



This is an area rich in wildlife, due to the close proximity of the lakes, swamps, rivers and coast which is home for birds, hippos, crocodiles, turtles, dolphins and whales to name but a few.
On arriving in St Lucia we took a short, narrated, riverboat trip and spotted fish eagles, herons, pods/herds of hippo, and crocodiles basking in the sun.
We later took a drive through the park and viewed white rhino, red duiker, steenbok, monkeys and a distant view of a colony/stand of flamingos on the lake. The area is also known for leopards, but we were not fortunate in spotting any on our trip.
From inside the park we accessed the coastal reserve area, in the hope of spotting turtles, (this area was quite rocky, so sensible footwear and a good sense of balance is required), some people in our party were lucky enough to spot a turtle, but I must have been looking in the wrong direction at the time. However, I did spot a school/pod of dolphins swimming quite close to the beach.
We also accessed a second beach from the park. This was a vast area of beautiful soft sand, with some huge sand dunes. It was "playtime" for the younger/fitter members of our group, who had challenges of "who can leap the furthest" and races to the bottom of the biggest dunes.
Other tours available from St Lucia are Whale Watching and a Night Drive through the park. We had hoped to do the Whale Watch, but the sea was too rough so our trip was cancelled (full refund given), however, we did go on the Night Drive. The vehicle has a huge spotlight, which is focused on anything of interest. It is open to the elements and, at the time of year we visited, keeping warm was our biggest concern. We did not not see the elusive leopard, and the wildlife that we did see was not really any different from any already seen in daylight. It was also more difficult to take any clear photos (possibly due to the spotlight, or maybe my camera skills).
I would definitely recommend a visit to the Greater St Lucia area, the town of St Lucia has several good restaurants and lots of accommodation available. Also a good supply of local craft shops for the all important souveniers.


What People write About St. Lucia - Lake St. Lucia Lodg

"This is Africa" have no idea

LeeAnn13 1 contribution
Durban
Apr 16, 2009 | Trip type: Couples

We have been going to St Lucia since we were toddlers and hate the build up cement structures all around St Lucia. If you want a real taste of what St Lucia is really about then this is the place to go. I love the outdoors and the fact that the Rondawel is a house in one with everything you... more



Saturday, August 08, 2009

Man made wind breaks

These exotics planted to reduce the natural wind flow patterns

This result into man made sand dunes

World Famous St Lucia Sunrise

Even with no easy beach acces and the mouth still close... it is beautifull

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bikers are welcome

The Bikers are back. In the current economic client any form of income should be welcome, yet there are many residents in St. Lucia object to this type of tourism.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Richards Bay - Tourism Growing

It is clear that positive attitudes attract positive things. This weekend there is a walk/run in St. Lucia ... The area around Pelican Island is cordoned of and the public is anxious to join in the fun. Next Weekend is the Dollos Fees, starting on Wednesday, and the first two events is sold out ...
 
With such positive attitude it is clear that any endeavour has a prosperous future ending in a fun filled victory. Richards Bay is a vibrant hub and Tourist Destination in Zululand.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The power of Marketing

When looking at the effort and return on marketing under current economic trends one can not think that marketing paying for it self is a great idea.... when direct marketing is profitable and has a high return on investment even better.

What better than to organize clubs and companies to have their annual functions in our  struggling little town. When people come into St. Lucia on such functions it is marketing extravaganza.

The service providers get to show case their products to a participating audience with out occurring cost. When service providers run up marketing bills and burning the ozone running across the world to participate in flea markets, trade shows and annual meetings they seem to be blinded at the enormous income potential of having these types of exposures on home ground.

One will think that a owner of a multi million Rand establishment will realize the potential when St. Lucia Estuary is host to such functions. When such owner/managers start shouting pollution and alcohol abuse, I say ditto to your trade shows and breakfast meetings....

More will follow....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park - under lying threats

St. Lucia Estuary is facing a economical disaster with the new SAMSA
Marine Act as published in 2007. This will leave most of the Lake
Cruises stranded. Although this is just a reinforcement of an 1954 act
many operating vessels does not comply with the bouncy regulations.

Contributing to this, the conversion of normal residential properties
into Guest Houses or B&B's as left the small towns services under great
pressure. The main concern here is the fact that these properties where
taxed at residential when the service infra structure where developed.
This user group has also supported the National ban on RUV's on the
beaches.

Now at the front of the fight against "noise pollution" is the same user
group. ....

Will the city fathers, in their great wisdom, find a way to raise taxes
in a fair manner that will include this user group into a tax base to
help fund the rebuilt/upgrade the sewerage works and other services. The
majority of the establishments in St. Lucia Estuary are already faced
with a reduced occupation rate since 2001, increased Eskom rates, water
supply problems and now the World Economical melt down.

Yet these "other" establishments has not filed any complaints against
the foreign user group. They seeked refuge in local tourist markets like
the Drag Races once a month at 121 Battalion. The annual Harley run was
and is a great contribution to the economy. A very strong Green Eco
Tourist lobby group are now emerging from the B&B user Group to curb the
fun in the sun Holiday atmosphere into a Board and Lodging for the old
and retired .... Who will pay for everything if we do not expand ad
utilize the domestic tourist market.

Regards

Petrus Viviers
083 584 7473
www.stlucia.org.za

Seeking other user Groups

Since the World Economic melt down in 2008 it has become necessary to
look other user groups to draw more money to St. Lucia. Since Eden Park
is so under utilized people should think of this as a venue to host The
Ncema Festival. This location would be great because it will draw the
crowds to the town and all along the main road and every body will share
equal and fair in this distribution of trade.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority should be approachable to host
such a cultural integration since cross pollination between Khula
Village and St. Lucia town will bring working relations closer together
and a sufficient job creation will lead to less crime and more
sustainable job opportunities. Employing the masses will lead to less
poverty and better education.

Always seeking a broader base user group to employ more people and built
a broader customer base....

Monday, July 13, 2009

Drugs - Dagga and Drag Races

Today at 11h00 a meeting was held in St. Lucia town hall. Some of the concerns is the noise levels that is created in town. I have a very skew view of this meeting since I had to rush to Mtubutuba for Medical Emergency.

The main concern seems to be the fun places along the main street, apparently these places are over crowded by un wanted elements from out of town...

My observation as a middle age-man living for 37 years in St. Lucia is as follows.

The Foreign  Tourist influx has led to the increase in Drug sales, prostitution and the over consumption of liquor after hours. It seems that some residents want to  bake a cake according to their recipes, but every body has to pay for the ingredients.

For the Sewerage works and Refuse disposal where develop in the years when St. Lucia was flooded during 100 school holidays and a clean up system was in place to revamp the place in 265 days remaining the year.

Then came Guest Houses ... flooding the residential area. Increasing demands on reticulating systems, power grids and refuse disposal developed to suit residential needs. Air conditioning, more staff influx, road traffic and more pressure on the residential areas where taxes are lower have now lob sided the micro and macro economics of this fragile environment.

Burning of the rubbish dump is now a constant daily practice leaving a stench of burning rubber hanging over the town every evening. The smell off wood burning fires and BBQ's with laughing playing kids in the street replaced with roaring Game Drive vehicles, tractors with boats and speeding tour guides. Once a parent could let his children out on the streets in the evening but with the increase in child pornography scares that the influx that short term visitors bring to the area keeps the children off the street and hopefully not in the pubs that sprung up like mushrooms in the wake of strong foreign currencies ...

Where has the days gone that you know the winter Holiday has arrive by the familiar face that greets you in the street. People catching up with local fishing news and more....

My Question is ... Who is going to pay for this very expensive Eco Tourist .... St. Lucia Estuary residents are gullible to be lead by a few Guest House owners and Tour operators ...  St. Lucia has out priced itself from domestic tourism markets with lake cruises running into R150.00 per ticket per adult ... Game Drives of over R450.00 per person per day....

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Specie Relocation - Invader or survivors?


The Sanitizing of ships ballast water is becoming a big International controversy. To understand the hype behind the war of words is to understand the relocation of Large  Mouth Bass. I never payed much attention until a local angler told me a story about a 20l water container filled to the brim with sea water that washed out on the beach in the Southern Regions of The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

The King fish/Travelly inside the drum could net get out the same way it got in. The whole was a couple of months to small for the poor entrapped fish bopping around in the ocean. The poor fish was still alive when the container washed onto the beach in the region of St. Lucia Estuary. Some how the little predictor fed on unlucky visitors that landed in the container with him.

This made me think about the ballast water trapped in the Barges Scuttled North of Cape Vidal in the Marine Reserve. Human interference in the Wilderness Area and the Marine Reserve has been limited and strictly controlled until the area was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the introduction of human made objects in such a sensitive area one asks the question .... was the ballast water inside the barges sanitized before their foreign content was introduced  to this sensitive eco-system.

Who will be responsible for the clean up of invading species ...
  1. The Barge owners relinquished their responsibilities
  2. The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Authority protects this area on behalf of UNESCO
  3. UNESCO  - do they have enough control over the management of this World Heritage Site?
Well let us pray to all things Holly that the ballast water of those barges where sanitized before they where scuttled....... Or do we think Big Mouth Bass is a sport fishing indigenous to South Africa ...

by Petrus Viviers

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ice Age - dawn of The Dinosaur

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

iSimangaliso Wetlands - St. Lucia Estuary and Lake System

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Document Date: 2009/04/30
Document Type: Resettlement Plan
Report Number: RP807
Volume No: 1 of 1
Country: South Africa ; 
Doc Name: South Africa - Development, Empowerment, and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project : resettlement policy framework
Keywords: access to information, access to land, acquisition cost, administrative procedures, adverse impacts, agricultural activities, agricultural land, agriculture, asset valuation, auditing, baseline surveyShow More
Language: English
Major Sector: Agriculture, fishing, and forestry
Rel. Proj ID: ZA-Development, Empowerment And Conservation In The Greater St Lucia -- P086528 ; 
Region: Africa ; 
Rep Title: South Africa - Development, Empowerment, and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project : resettlement policy framework
Sector: General agriculture, fishing and forestry sector
Topics: Environment ; Water Resources ; Social Development ; Finance and Financial Sector Development ; Communities and Human Settlements
SubTopics: Wetlands ; Environmental Economics & Policies ; Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement ; Housing & Human Habitats ; Banks & Banking Reform
TF No/Name: TF091694-GEF PPG-SOUTH AFRICA GRANT FOR PREPARATION OF ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PROJ
Unit Owning: AFT: Environment & NRM (AFTEN)

The objective of the Development, Empowerment, and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project for South Africa is to improve access to information that addresses the availability of fresh water of adequate quality to the Lake St Lucia System, a wetland of global biodiversity importance, and to increase access among local communities to conservation, compatible economic opportunities. Negative measures include: loss of shelter, loss of assets or access to assets important to production, loss of income sources or means of livelihoods, and the loss of access to locations. Mitigation measures include: a) avoid involuntary resettlement where feasible, exploring all viable alternatives; b) where not feasible, resettlement must be a sustainable development program, providing investment resources that allow the displaced to benefit; c) the displaced should be meaningfully consulted and have opportunities to plan and implement the resettlement; d) those displaced should be assisted to improve their standards of living or at least restore them to the levels that existed prior to displacement; and e) restoration of incomes, the standards of living and the productivity levels of the affected persons constitute the core of the Bank's resettlement policy. Although resettlement programs should be designed to help improve the standards of living and income levels of the affected population, efforts must at least be made to restore them to previous levels.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Wetting the Wetlands

It is raining. Water in the Wetlands is something we really need.
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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Another Sunset at St Lucia Estuary

Sunset at the Estuary iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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St Lucia Estuary Saturday fishing

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Mangos B & B Guesthouse | Accommodation St Lucia
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Mangos Guesthouse is an elevated ethnic styled log guesthouse, the establishment is based in the St. Lucia World Heritage Wetland Park. Each log room sleeps 3 to 4 people and consists of: ensuite bathroom and airconditioning, dstv, breakfast,coffee & tea fac.

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Umfolozi River Lodge and Bird Park | Accommodation St Lucia
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Lodge in St Lucia

Situated in a tranquil, scenic environment with its spectacular variety of birds, Umfolozi River Lodge is situated on 25 hectares of land, which borders a private game reserve and is approximately 30min from St Lucia world heritage site

Per person sharing R295 Rooms/Units from R590-R930 

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The renowned, four-star luxury Elephant Coast Guesthouse is situated in the picturesque town of St Lucia, Gateway to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site from where you can explore the unspoilt scenic beauty of one of the jewels of the Zulu Kingdom.

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