Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Real Life Hero - R.I.P Uncle D

Rest In Peace
Real Life Hero
Uncle D

Uncle D was a Firefighter. Got seriously injured on duty many years ago and suffered the pain and agony with a smile in his remaining years.

I met him as a friend through a very close fishing buddy. It was his Dad, but Uncle D was one of us from the start. He never had old people's syndrome. Always willing to teach through questions and answers. Always had a magnitude of knowledge to share.

Many people pass over. This month alone I lost two mentors. Both hit me hard because as the previous mentor he passed while in What's App Conversation with me at the time.

Uncle D was still exclaiming his last wish to see the ocean. He was very passionate about conservation and fishing. He was disappointed in the National Beach Driving Ban and the effect it had on old and people with limited mobility.

The very conversation he never replied to was about his wish the#BeachBanMustFall. I was awaiting his answer... But nothing... Then within the same 30 minutes my phone rang. It was Donovan... His dad has passed.

Uncle D my your eternal life filled with lovely sunrises and long walks on the beach. May the soothing sound of breaking waves be your companion in the hereafter.

In real life Uncle D was a Hero. In his retirement he was an angel to many. God needed him on an important mission elsewhere.

We will miss you Uncle D...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Importance of a Working Estuarine

Research Tool Google
Done by Petrus Viviers

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
World Heritage Site
South Africa

We are fighting a lost cause against Global Warming if our World Heritage Sites is Raped for Money. Preservation is not Conservation it is only a fancy word for Rich man's playground.

Phytoplankton: (Wikipedia)

Phytoplankton absorb energy from the Sun and nutrients from the water to produce their own food. In
 the process of 
photosynthesis, phytoplankton release molecular oxygen (O2) into the water. It is estimated that between 50% and
85% of the world's oxygen  is 
produced via phytoplankton photosynthesis.[15][16]
The rest is produced via photosynthesis on land by 
plants.[16] Furthermore,
phytoplankton photosynthesis has controlled the atmospheric 
CO 2/2 balance
since the early Precambrian Eon.[17] (See Biological pump.)

Phytoplankton primary production in the world’s estuarine-coastal ecosystems 
J. E. Cloern1 , S. Q. Foster1,*, and A. E. Kleckner1 1US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA *now at: Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Estuaries are biogeochemical hot spots because they receive large inputs of nutrients and organic carbon from land and oceans to support high rates of metabolism and primary production. We synthesize published rates of annual phytoplankton primary production (APPP) in marine ecosystems influenced by connectivity to land – estuaries, bays, lagoons, fjords and inland seas

Short Story

Self Description
Petrus Viviers
I was basically dyslexic on school and suffered because of reading and writing abilities. This has its advantages because the defect comes with an almost photographic memory. Basically I was one of the condoned students at school and this gave me a below average matric which did not allow much opportunities for higher education. With a drive to be the best at anything it was important to watch videos or listen when people speak. During 1996 and 2000 I was a tour guide in St Lucia.
With the stakes being high in the competition and no formal training I subjected myself to the knowledge of Tourist on my tours. One day a very friendly elderly lady sat me down on the rocks at Cape Vidal and explained to me the building blocks of Carbonated Sand stone Rocks.'
From there the expertise to consider my knowledge us relevant and with these references I intent to make waves.

The point is if a substandard education like mine can see through the bullshit of iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority ... the question is where is the brains of the people following the unplanned no public participation meetings that has destroyed our fragile ecosystem?

If an Estuary is considered as Earth's most important life sustaining system on earth why does St Lucia Estuary non functional over 16 years while climate change is a concern that keeps World Leaders awake at night.

Dr. Andrew Venter... you should have taken notes the day I was accusing you of cheering for Mammon... I told you it will go down in history books that you single handedly killed all the Mangrove Swamps of St Lucia Estuary. Well here it is. Filed for prosperity.

Also explained here - Estuary 101 for middle school

Tourism industry urged to cater for people with disabilities

Pretoria - Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says the tourism industry must become fully adapted to catering for people with disabilities.

He said there is an urgent need to provide accessible airport transfers, wheelchair-adapted vehicles and appropriately designed streets and pavements to accommodate people with disabilities.

"Hotel rooms, restaurants and other facilities must cater to the needs of the blind, the deaf and people with physical disabilities," he said.

Addressing a public lecture in Bloemfontein on Monday during Tourism Month, Minister Hanekom said the overall challenge is to provide for the specific needs of domestic and international tourists with disabilities.

"We want all our people and our tourists to have equal access to our attractions and facilities. We also want them to enjoy the dignity they deserve, so they are not kept from enjoying the things that most of us take for granted," the Minister said.

Minister Hanekom said his department and SA Tourism (SAT) are working hard on promoting domestic tourism. SAT has been allocated just over R100 million a year for the next few years, specifically for domestic tourism.

"Our overall challenge is to provide for the specific needs of domestic and international tourists living with disabilities. Facilities in public places, like washrooms and waiting areas at bus stations, should be designed for universal accessibility," the minister said. 

Minister Hanekom said his department has surveyed provincial Tourism Departments and government-owned provincial parks and found a lack of technical knowledge on what needs to be done to achieve compliance.

"More training is required to enable staff to serve people with special needs. South Africa will become even more competitive as a barrier-free global destination when our infrastructure, facilities and attractions are suitable for use by all tourists.

"The biggest opportunity of all is to make a positive difference in the life of that one person who will now have access to a place they could not visit before, to expand their experiences and open up their lives in fresh and exciting ways," Minister Hanekom said.

Minister Hanekom said many South African establishments demonstrate excellent compliance with universal access principles.

Most SANParks camps provide ramped access and many have accessible ablution facilities with selected accommodation units that have been adapted for use by tourists who have mobility or visual impairments.

The Department of Tourism has also engaged Blind SA, Deaf SA, the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa and the South African Disability Alliance to improve access for local and international tourists. –

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How Safe is St Lucia

St Lucia Estuary Safety and Security

St Lucia Estuary as a town is very secure. It has one entrance and the same road is an exit. There is 24/7 Security Patrols inside the residential and commercial area conducted by three independent Security Companies. Both the Main Beach and Estuary Beach has day time employed Security Guards. Most of the shops has security guards at the door with panic buttons linked to professional armed reaction services. St Lucia also has a satellite Police Station that is manned with trained SAPS 24/7.

One ask one self how can such a peaceful little town with such high security precautions fall victim to an armed robbery. Well it could be a lot of factors. Firstly it is the laid back relaxed atmosphere of a holiday destination. No one is military style vigilant at any point of time. The town is seldom under attack from such violent type criminals. Even snatch and grab and house burglary is not very high compare to the high density of Tourist through out the year. 

There is also the factor of job security in an uncertain economical climate that South Africa is presently in. Then we have the divide. All factors taken into account the divide between rich and poor in this region is unhealthy large. Their is just not enough job security to employ every one and the region use to be reliant on domestic tourist market. This is the whole coastal region from Tugela Mouth in the South to Kosi Bay in the North. Since the deceleration of World Heritage Status with a vision of preservation rather than conservation the local arts and crafts completely collapsed. 

Focus on Taxed based Revenue income far outweigh's the social need of the region. Income Tax is a good monitory revenue for the Government, but taxing to strict creates Government dependency by other wise self employable individuals with very little formal education. This is where a Socialist based Ruling party has faltered in creating security for the rural lower income bracket of the population. One would think that a socialist party would find the sweet spot between Capitalism and Socialism while the country is growing. 

Unfortunately that did not happen and these coastal and rural communities are poor and have to look at all the riches on the other side of the fence. Hungry people will eat. That is a severe fact of life. Whether they commit the crime them selves or sell information that could help the criminal is immaterial. The dire need for money to buy food is ever increasing as the riches of the area is exploited by a few hard core capitalists. 

By Petrus Viviers

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Armed Robbery Tourist Traumatised

Braking News
St Lucia Estuary
Armed Robbery

Late afternoon of 26 September 2016 Four black people entered St Lucia with a Toyota Silver Hilux. They instructed St Lucia Pep Stores staff to close the doors after two armed males entered the shop and the other two stood guard at the door.

The clients where instructed to lie on the floor and the staff was forced to hand over the money. The armed Robbers took the daily takings from two tills and is still at large.

How Safe is St Lucia

By Petrus Viviers

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

St Lucia Jabula Beach

Fishing Report SA
St Lucia Estuary
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
14 September 2016

Johan Dumas
6Kg Garrick
Live Shad on Slide
Jabula Beach

14 September 2016 Rainy

St Lucia Estuary
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
Fishing Report SA

The past three weeks some Shad in nice quantities was landed along Jabula beach. Very few Garrick and other fish saw the light of day.

Cape Vidal had some success with shad on the 13 September 2016.

Deep-sea mainly produced Tuna.

Water Supply is still irregular but seems to have stabilise for time being.

Very little progress has been made with the Estuary mouth management and all the promises made by the Wetland Parks Authority that ocean water will be let in on regular basis has been discarded.

So for those who are interested ... The Estuary Mouth is Still Closed and it won't be open soon.

Today and Last Night Richards Bay to St Lucia had a fair amount of rain. If this will have a huge impact on the water levels remains to be seen.

By Petrus Viviers

Although these photos were not taken in St. Lucia, I thought I would share them here, as St. Lucia is full of hippos.

A Curious Baby Hippo

This little fellow had no fear. He came to see what the strange thing on the edge of the dam was. (Me) All the while the mother was grunting warnings, I know not if they were directed at me or her baby. The hippo, although not rated as one of the Big Five, kills more... Continue reading