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 
For further information contact the Media Manager on 033 845 1235; email jeff@kznwildlife.com or fax 033 845 1299.

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

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

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