Monday, November 30, 2015

Removal of Sediment may not function

Removing Sediment between Mphelani and St Lucia is not a guarantee that the Estuary will function. It is merely an action of which the consequences is not
yet tested.

The fact is this "Management Plan has been delayed for 3 years".
The non functioning of The Estuary is now in progress for 15 years.

If the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Authority think they can use this phase to buy time out of this mess that not only leaves the Marine Eco System Cripple,
but have destroyed various Estuary Species, they are gravely mistaken.

We are bringing the Mandates to them now. Not Them to the public any more.

This is the heritage of our children not a toy to use in a social economical manipulative manner.

#iSimangalisoMustFall
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Opening of Estuary to fail

22 November 2015
St Lucia Estuary
ISimangaliso Wetlands Park

The dire call from nature to have St Lucia Estuary functioning againg is seemingly falling on death ears.

First round of Tenders was a dead end. The requirements was to high to be financially and physically met in the field.

New promises of action early in 2016 is being circulated, but with out rain no pumps will be running. This is a big part of the plan to excavate millions of tons of sand in several phases between the Mphelani Basin and St Lucia Eastern Shore, roughly where the skiboat club is situated.

This is not viable without ample water. We know with past experiences as soon as sufficient water is available the Monzi Flood farmers, UCOSP, will come with a court order to drain their flooded farms.

So even if this plan of action to amalgamate the iMfolozi River Mouth with St Lucia Estuary Mouth comes to full term the farmers still has the right to drain the access water flooding their farms.

Since The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is well aware off these Farmers Rights and the consequences it leads to their plan is a legal failure before they execute it.

Why will The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park be flogging a dead horse?

Is the current management The Right People for The Job?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

St Lucia Needs Dash of Salt

St Lucia Estuary
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
Current Conditions
19 November 2015

An Estuary is a body of water influenced by the Tidal movement of the ocean.

It is in these tidal zones where various species of Mangrove Swamps can be found. These Mangrove Forests has an air root system that is nursery to millions of microscopic life forms in the making.

Without functioning Estuaries The World has no reproduction system for Phytoplankton. Potato Bass Hatcheries will be non existent. Prawn and Crayfish Larvae can't hatch.

For The laymen. THE PLANET WILL DIE without functioning Estuaries.

St Lucia Estuary is a interracial part of The Greater St Lucia Lake and Wetland System of 36 000ha. Now dysfunctional for 15 years and counting.

St Lucia must be saved.
St Lucia needs a working and proactive functional management plan. URGENTLY!!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Estuary Bone Dry

St Lucia Estuary
ISimangaliso Wetlands Park
Current Conditions
18 November 2015

Point Off Reference
Wind must be blowing 110km/h to blow the water away up stream.

The sad fact is there is just not enough water in the system to sustain water displacement even 30km/h wind brings to the table.

We can not look past the fact that in the absent of an active management plan gross misconduct has taken place. Sediment that was brought in with the iMfollozi River, which has no filtration system since 1938, was left un attended.

This is clearly a matter for the powers to be to investigate. The Great Plan for The wondrous iSimangaliso Wetlands Park has failed. We need intervention and we need it now!!!

This is a disaster that could have been avoided if more attention was paid to detail.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Even with Big Smiles The summer looks bleak

iMfolozi River
Current Conditions
16 November 2015

Does not matter how many times you tweet your jubilation at night it won't change the fact that certain areas need to get rain to make a diffrance.

No Rain Reported in
Vryheid
Louwsburg
Melmoth

This means neither the iMfolozi, Hluhluwe or Mkuzi Rivers will offer much relieve to the badly stricken man made disaster that over run St Lucia Estuary.

Two weeks ago exposed mud banks was claimed to be the results of wind direction change in the lower parts of the Estuary.

Sadly the wind changed back and there was just not enough water to return to the Southern Regions of the Estuary.

Mud build up is due to POOR MAINTANCE of the system. This is a failure than can only be contributed to failure of an active management plan to avert such disaster.

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Estuary Mouth Maintenance

These pictures where taken before 1984, The Year of The Great Flood.

There was a massive machine digging a "Sand Pit" to catch the sediment that entered the Estuary. The Estuary was healthy with millions of Shad coming in, not feeding, just to breed.

The Salmon Hole in front of Honey Moon Bend was over 11 meters deep. The oyster banks on The Island was alive. Crayfish was living against the rock face of the Island and the man Made Sandbag Wall.

Life was good for Spawning Fish and Dusky Kob was in abundance. The Bag Limit was 10 and the minimum size 400mm. People came down in their hordes to enjoy recreational fishing.

The Flamingo count was anything between 50000 and 76000 per year.

Bird Specie count was set at 530 just for The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park Alone. The cry off The African Fish Eagle was so synonymous to St Lucia that Vinyl Records was made from them.

Hippos Migrated up and down the system to give birth and keep young Bull Calves away from dominant Bulls.

The Marsh behind the dunes was so healthy it supplied the town with water.
Oxy Eyed Tarpon made it one of the only two Breeding Habitats in The World.

St Lucia was one of the first signatory to RAMSAR. a Wetlands Of National Importance. Today it can't support a Healthy Dusky Kob population. Grunters is dying of in the nurseries and Flamingos are limited to a flock scavanging on the beaches.

When Last did you experience The Call of an African Fish Eagle?

a Mere 15 years of World Heritage Site Status.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Water Shortages iMfolozi River

05 November 2015
The iMfolozi River

The main artery of liquid life is almost dry to the bone. The Nyala Municipality of which St Lucia Town is part of has severe water restrictions.

St Lucia is an Island Comunity with a lot of demand on its limited resources and with Foreign Toursit markets being exploited this time of the year we all have to pitch in to make it as bearable as possible with what we have.

Many Resorts has gone to extreme lengths to bring water to their residents.
In some cases it is just not enough. People on Holiday demand to be treated like V.I.P.

In which case iSimangaliso Wetland Park should not be for you.

Patrons must bare with service providers during these trying times.

Don't use the water as if it is your last day on earth. Use it as if you want it to last until the last day on earth.

We can only hope the catchment areas get rain soon so the drought stricken Zululand can get back to Business as usual.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Umhulungu - White Foam of The Ocean

03 November 2015

When at first The uMuntu of South Africa called the White Sea Fairer uMhulungu it was very racial, but when one looks at the meaning one realize that this white foam is the life line of the planet.

What you see in this photo is zoo plankton having sex. That is the sticky foam that creates sand dunes, carbonated sand stone rocks and is the food source for all marine creaters of the 7 seas.

This is the Birth of all mollusk, invertebry and many small other species including Blue Bottles and Jelly Fish.

This Foam needs to be washed into a prestine Estuary and stick to the Mangrove roots to hatch and populate the ocean.

As Long as The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority hides behind excuses this very important life cycle can not be completed and we steal another generation from the heritage of our children.

Scientis has found that the total Bio Mass of Plankton is the biggest single inhibitor of Green House Cases produced by mankind.

So the next time Julius Malema calls for Industrialization of South Africa let this single photo remind him who brought this knowladge to his disposal and what is going to counter balance the impact on Greenhouse gases.

Before his plan to save the poor can move forward he needs to get the mechanisms in place that will save his "kingdom" from himself.

With out a functional Estuaries like St Lucia, Kosi Bay and Richards Bay he will turn South Africa into a desert in a time frame less than his own lifetime.

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No Water St Lucia

04 November 2015
Boat Cruises Future in The Balance

Not only have the main water supply to the small Town Called St Lucia Estuary been damaged again. The Estuary is about to dry up.

Severe drought may be the major cause of this disaster, but neglecting a tried and tested management plan had a far more severe impact than nature can handle.

With winds blowing in the excess of 100km hour in a northerly direction all the water was blown North.

This is not an extraordinary phenomenon since wind direction has always played a major role in tidal movement in the Estuary and can make a difference in water level between North and South of up to 900mm.

Now let us face it if this is left after a difference off 900mm The Estuary had no water to begin with.

Some of the water has found its way back to the Southern regions but unfortunately the Northern Regions was so water starved that many millimeters of water stayed behind in the nooks and crevasses.

Whether the main artery of the Tourist Industry will be functional before the next flood remains to be seen.

The only attraction left now is the beach.

Large establishments will feel this pinch hardest. Domestic touris market are far more robust to these type of disasters than The Up market "Eco Tourist."

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and its management team will be forced to look at a wider scope of user groups if they want to keep the Park sustainable.

It is fast loosing all its glammer

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Umhulungu - White Foam of The Ocean

03 November 2015

When at first The uMuntu of South Africa called the White Sea Fairer uMhulungu it was very racial, but when one looks at the meaning one realize that this white foam is the life line of the planet.

What you see in this photo is zoo plankton having sex. That is the sticky foam that creates sand dunes, carbonated sand stone rocks and is the food source for all marine creaters of the 7 seas.

This is the Birth of all mollusk, invertebry and many small other species including Blue Bottles and Jelly Fish.

This Foam needs to be washed into a prestine Estuary and stick to the Mangrove roots to hatch and populate the ocean.

As Long as The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority hides behind excuses this very important life cycle can not be completed and we steal another generation from the heritage of our children.

Scientis has found that the total Bio Mass of Plankton is the biggest single inhibitor of Green House Cases produced by mankind.

So the next time Julius Malema calls for Industrialization of South Africa let this single photo remind him who brought this knowladge to his disposal and what is going to counter balance the impact on Greenhouse gases.

Before his plan to save the poor can move forward he needs to get the mechanisms in place that will save his "kingdom" from himself.

With out a functional Estuaries like St Lucia, Kosi Bay and Richards Bay he will turn South Africa into a desert in a time frame less than his own lifetime.

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Monday, November 02, 2015

No Water No Trips

St Lucia Estuary
02 November 2015

Water Levels in The ESTUARY (Not as some tour guides and iSimangaliso refer to as "Lake") is at an all time low.

This is sad and nothing short of a disaster. For 15 years a very small group off people has manipulated this fragile ecosystem for what can only be explained as "The Paul Watson Syndrome".

Now this is a very complex syndrome but it is well deployed by its author Paul Watson. Paul Watson's most famous words is ... "Due to the nature of mass media the truth is irrelevant."

Well Paul Watson makes millions of Dollars from all over the World in the form of Sympathy Donations.

The louder the out cry the more money is donated from all walks off life.

In this case we are facing an Ecological Disaster for Generations to come and yet for 15 years, since the beach ban. Very little money was spend on Estuary Maintenance.

Many years ago the beach driving permits sponsored the St Lucia Estuary Mouth Maintenance Plan.

This was a very basic plan. The Ocean washes sediment into the system. The sediment is trapped in a sediment pond/pit in front of the Ski Boat Club and pumped out to the ocean.

Why was this plan abandoned before a new one was implemented?

Follow The Demise of an Eco System on Youtube Channel "The St Lucia Estuary" at www.youtube.com/thestluciaestuary

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Alcohol Control Points

St Lucia Estuary

Sadly about a year ago The Park Authority started implementing Alcohol control Points during School Holidays to St Lucia Beaches.

This raises some Questions.

Why is there no control on year end functions.

Why is Alcohol Sold at Cape Vidal Shop

How can a Private Security Company been given powers over riding my Constitutional Rights

Why is certain user Groups Privileged and others discriminated against.

The Wetland Park Authority has a clear agenda to Discriminate Against Recreational Anglers.

We demand some goodwill from The Park Authorities.

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hunting Dogs in River Bed

01 November 2015
Imfolozi River
Current Conditions

With my drive by this morning me and Pardette encountered some distant relatives of her in the river bed.

This was an exceptional large pack of Africanus Hunting Dogs still used by Local Zulu Tribes to scavenge the lands in a quest for substance living.

African Hunting Dogs is deep rooted in The Zulu Culture. Pardette is a direct X Breed descendant from this great linage. A very loyal and Family Friendly Dog.

Rapidly becoming part of Western House Hold with LOADS of affection.

Back to Topic
Even with the recent Localized rain the water table in The River did not raise much. We are great full for ever drop we get.

Recently Thousands of Bore Holes was drilled/dug/escavated using very crude manual labor extracting upto 3000 liter of surface water per hour from each of them.

This is the very first and irrevocable step towards Desertification.

Well Established Coastal Dune and Riverine Forests are no robbed of a very precious live giving liquid.

Sadly The Failure of The ANC is felt on many levels and has changed the survival rating of rural South Africa to below the recuperating Thrash Hold of sustain ability.

Failing our Children in so many ways.

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