Sunday, August 13, 2017

St Lucia Estuary - Current Conditions

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- Mouth Not Open -
- Fish is on the Bite -

Let us face it. there is no way that one man can steal the splendour of our heritage. These beautiful Golden beaches was occupied by our ancestors for over 200 years now. Changing it into a money making racket will not diffuse our yearning to practice that what we are all well know for.  There is just one thing left to do. Let us enjoy the abundant spoils of our heritage and learn to live together in peace and harmony.

The one thing that is an upside of the destruction, "rehabilitation my arse", brought to us was the total collapse of the off shore prawn trawling Industry. Never before was such a large variety of fish caught from our beaches all year round. It is clear that the net trawling by catches can now grow into  record breaking monsters. We, the Rock and Surf anglers don't need to carry the blame by the likes of Barry Man and his band of merry men.

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The only thing that still boggels my mind is why can we not drive on the beaches. I mean that must really sit well with Mr Valli Moosa. He totally destroyed an economy and took the right of the "previously disadvantaged" away from the, to experience the great life style that whites had during the Apartheid years.

Yes I am referring to the use of Recreational 4x4 vehicles between the low water mark and the high water mark.

I mean look at the extensive "rehabilitation" or as I like to call it ... dam building process that UNESCO undertook to redirect the iMfolozi river. Let us be fair once again. At least the back pressure is such that the iMfolozi retains it's flow a lot longer and we can have drinking water a lot longer in our taps now that it does not run straight into the ocean any more.

So let us recap the destructive restoration process.
  • We now have a man made dam wall separating the ocean from the Estuary. 
  • That was allowed in a sensitive area where we never drove but the reason why we where banned. 
  • We don't have millions of prawns in the Estuary any more, but Bruce man can't blame the recreational angler any longer for something we could never achieved. 
  • We can't drive on our man made beach surface, but our catch size and verity has increased ten fold. 
  • We have water to drink and shower in, but we still concerned about the Estuary being open. 
The long and the short is the Estuary will not be functioning like we know it for at least one maybe two generations. This will have a catastrophic impact on Global Warming. Since there is nothing we can do to force UNESCO to return our functioning Estuary, we can only enjoy the spoils that derived from the management plan. 



- Dirk Nortje -
King Fish early August
Kobus Potgier
Garrick Early August
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Petrus (Bierpens) Viviers
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

23 July 2017 - Estuary Current Condition

No Rehabilitation in Sight

Purely Man Made Manipulation

Photo by: Petrus Viviers
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To claim that this is rehabilitation is total bullshit. It saddens me that UNESCO supports this lie. This is man made manipulation of the truth. Nothing Less Nothing More. It is believed that Mr Zaloumis is well spoken in the art of manipulation. One resident claims that Mr Zaloumis has disclosed to him that as long as you give people hope you can manipulate their support. Well since he is a self proclaimed Gun Runner off the ANC Regime it is clear that he is walking their walk and talking their talk. He also seems to be very good at it.

Well I never though that Conspiracy at this scale is possible, but neither can I believe that all this is a coincident. True it could be that the major role players in the Industry is oblivious to what they are part taking in or it could be that they stupid enough to be manipulated. Either way we have to be careful on who we give our public support to. 

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Now I am not one vetting for public support, but it is clear some one has to state the facts regarding fishing and angling rights and environmental management and affairs. The final evidence that produced my Mr Richard Pen-sawyer on behalf of the state  that permanently closed our recreational use of 4x4 vehicles on the beach ... was a little crab that lived in the mud banks between the iMfolozi and St Lucia Estuary. Since the assistance of this little  crab is so insignificant to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and UNESCO I personally don't see any reasons to keep 4x4 Recreational users of the beaches any more.

Further this bull shit of Catch and Release as per World Best Practice needs to be addressed. The Recreational Fishing Industry is the fastest and biggest out door sport in the World. We are handing our rights to share in this Industry to By Catches on Huge Trawlers that indiscriminately over fish our coast lines or quotas allocated to them on biggest bribe biggest quota system. This has the result of the Recreational Rock and Surf angler that has to over compensate in allocated bag limits and over regulated fraternity.

Bruce Mann for one is totally biased towards over regulating the Recreational Rock and Surf Angler.  It may secure a well funded life style for him, but it is robbing a well balanced poor and under fed society all along the coastal regions. This has pulled the plug on many Domestic Tourism ventures around the country and with its most devastating impact on rural and remote destinations.

We must re think on who we give our public support to. Public perception plays a major role in decisions making. If we do not know what the facts are we should not get involved.

By Petrus (Bierpens) Viviers
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fishing Report SA - St Lucia Estuary 22 July 2017

Fishing Report SA
St Lucia Estuary

Today the people were catching a shark bigger than 300 mm at Ingwe Beach St Lucia. They also caught some nice size Grunter and cob yes Dusky kob but they were mostly undersize people had to return them. The weather was very nice and we could see with the mist early this morning it would have been a great day for shad fishing.

Some people it easy for the bicycle boxes more than once and they called much more than the quote for the extra fish where retuned  safely to the water. We hope that on Sunday and Monday the fishing will just be as good.

To be added to the Fishing Report SA WhatsApp list please add Petrus Viviers to your contacts and his number is 083 584 7473. Sending a message fishing report and you'll be added to the broadcast list.

By Petrus Viviers

Friday, July 07, 2017

St Lucia Estuary - Ingwe Beach/View Point

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

06 July 2017

Finding Sea Lice (Mole Crabs)

St Lucia Estuary Beaches has an abundance of Sea Lice or rather let us stick to the correct word, mole grabs. This is an excellent bait and so far has proven to be very abrasive, unlike the ghost crab, to human interference both in the Catch Ment of iMfolozi River and beach users along the Coast Line of Southern Africa. both the Ghost Crab and the Mole Crab are very sort after bait by the Recreation Angler, whether they hook and cook or catch and release angler.

Over the past 40 years there has been a dramatic decline in the Ghost Crab in the areas between Maphelane in the South and Mission Rocks in the North. Even the Southern beaches of Cape Vidal. The Anti 4x4 Lobbyist has placed the blame squarely on the Recreation 4x4 beach users, but the past 17 years it seems that my early predictions it has more to do with affluent water run off from the iMfolozi River carry more weight than very expensive manipulated scientific reports.

I call all Scientific Reports, even the very expensive GEF funded Unesco supported iSimangaliso funded research as manipulated. With hard copy evidence to support my claim. No Scientific report can be bias, because the scope off reference is pre determined and in the case of iSimangaliso very aggressively managed by Andrew Zaloumis and Terry Custard. 

Any way let us return to the main focus of the entry.

Fishing Report SA 

While Andrew Zaloumis mechanically manipulate the Estuary's natural functioning with GEF funding and UNESCO support ... We will have zero Phytoplankton Production along the East Coast of Africa. It seems these people uses failing Lagoon systems as points of reference as models for long term Estuary Management and blame the decreasing fishing population on Recreational Anglers, but refuses to publish the findings of human contraception usage as a factual implication. 

But yes. Bell Pottinger's, Victoria, has proven to us that money above God's Creation. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Failing Restoration Project

Inconstancy with Facts

The Truth Will Prevail

A May 2017 photograph showing the significant progress been made by removing over 1 million
 m3 of dredge spoil that separates the Mfolozi River from Lake St Lucia Estuary. 

Photo: Courtesy of iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Over the 17 years many hap hazard truths and public rumors has stalled the 1958 Estuary management plan. It is cruel of Andrew Zaloumis to slam previous conservation authorities. They had a functional World Renowned Estuary by the end of 1999. (World Heritage Status was declared on 15 December 1999)

"“The [R63 million] rehabilitation project comprises the removal of dredge spoil that was artificially placed in the Mfolozi River course by conservation authorities at the time to protect the estuary from what were believed to be damaging effects of the canalisation of the Mfolozi River and the draining of the uMfolozi floodplain for some 9 100 hectares of sugarcane farming,” said a statement by iSimangaliso."

They manage a healthy system with out World Bank funding and bail outs. There is also a question mark on the Nett value of the so called Rehabilitation project. There was a total of three grants/bail out given for this project, but I will supply facts in a latter entry. The current inconvenient truth is regarding the water level.

As per video Record 

17 May 2017

20 May 2017

25 May 2017

In Your Face 

Now if the World Renowned Scientist can please explain to me where did the water go between the 17 th of May 2017 and the 25th of May 2017 we can put the argument of Rehabilitation to rest. Then we can commence on the net Worth of a Failing World Heritage Site and its inclusion of local communities and misrepresentation of the law and failure to execute a Mandate.

Public Rumor 

It is a public Rumor that the Estuary will breach at the end off July of 2017 and the Facebook page creating the miss information that it could be should be reported as #FakeNews. Here is the facts from the Horses mouth.

“The area being removed was shown to be the most important portion of the dredge spoil island to remove. Removing the eastern area of the dredge spoil will help to reinstate the hydrodynamic processes and allow a much more natural mouth dynamic to Lake St Lucia,” said estuarine ecologist, Nicolette Forbes.
“Lake St Lucia Estuary’s lifeblood has been returned and this puts the system in a good position as we move into the naturally dry winter months where we can expect water levels to reduce through evaporation,” said iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis.
iSimangaliso expects the dredge spoil removal operation to be completed in early July this year.

Failing World Heritage Site

To put this in laymen terms ... iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority has no management plan in place to mechanically manage the sediment built up from the iMfolozi River.  iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority has no management plan to open the Estuary Mouth Mechanically.  iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority did not adhere to public outcry to stay with the Government Approved Management Plan of 2012. iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is failing it's mandate to include public user rights as per 15 December 1999. iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority has failed to keep the integrity of a healthy World Renowned functioning Estuary system over the past 16 years. 
By Petrus Viviers
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mission Rocks - Eastern Shores Destination

Mission Rocks

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Satellite View (2016)

Gate Times
Open 06:00 to 18:00
Strict Park Rules obtainable at the entrance gate. Please read before you sign.
Mission Rocks is generally open to the public unless they are doing road maintenance. No one one can really tell you when that is. The contractors can and will close the road to mission rocks at their own discretion.
We where there 16 March 2017 and no work was done on the Mission Rocks Road or Parking. Great to drive with any vehicle in dry conditions. Have not been there on a wet rainy day since the upgrades to the road.
What To Do
It is a Rocky shore best visited over the Spring Low tides. That would be ideally 2 - 3 days before Full/New Moon until 2 - 3 days after, Best times would be 2 - 3 hours before low tide until 2 - 3 hours after low tide.
Snorkel Masks can be use, but only recommended amongst the inter tidal pools. Those are the pools this side of the shore break.
Sun Bathing is unavoidable. Take hats, sun block and extra water at all times. When going North (Towards Cape Vidal) it is a easy walk back on high tide this side of small bats. Going South is a low tide walk and high tide can be very unforgiving. Take extra food and water when walking towards St Lucia. You may have to stay over the high tide before walking back.
Remember the Gate Times. Large Penalties is payable when you are late. No excuses is accepted by the current Park Management.
Fishing Ultra Light/Light/Medium and Heavy is a great experience at Mission Rocks. You will need your Recreational Angling Licence. You should consider your Natal Rock Lobster and Bait Collection Licenses ass well.
Please make sure that if you are tempted to remove shells of the beach that they are not inhabited with little inter tidal creatures.

By Petrus Viviers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The enormity of Soil Erosion

When Smart catch his boss

Born 2 Fish

Over many years it has proven that Anglers and Hunters are the most level headed conservationist under the sun, but Dear Mr Zaloumis disenfranchised us. Now he has much bigger fish to fry. #Conservation101 was started to teach people they are all just puppets and stupid emotions normally cost the environment more than a few animals and fish caught annually. Yes you may think, as a snow flake, you have the rights of emotions on your side, but the World is over populated and people will eat. You can either protect the habitat and feed them from it. Or Huge Corporations will over run the habitat and feed them from that.

Snow Flake ... the choice is yours. I will gladly go for the Hunter Gatherer Scenario, but as all humans are .. if I can't have so can't you. Plain and simple. Hope people realise this next time they get all emotional about a little fish or a Rhino Horn being Sold. Yes I am not stupid. I am all for conservation, but the luxury of Conservation is expensive. If you don't fund it or starve it's funds some one else will find better use for the Real Estate.

Short and Sweet. Andrew Zaloumis and Valimoosa disenfranchised a World recognised customer base and it will be relapsed with another more lucrative more powerful customer base. 

Thank You

Snow Flakes      

Friday, March 03, 2017

Where has the water gone?

Public Perception

Managing The Truth

"Due to the nature of mass media the truth is irrelevant". - Captain Paul Watson

Well that is not quite as simple as that. Paul Watson has made a life out of managing public perception through emotional mass media statements. Yet nothing he does is relevant in saving the planet. Japan still kill whales. Some species of whales has become the rodents of the ocean and we are still very much emotional about Trophy Hunting.  Social popularity dictates that we have to be the Alpha Sheep to be acceptable. 

In order to save the Planet from greedy people and that includes Paul Watson, we have to embark on a fact finding mission. For many years a big concern was where does the water go. Well the answer is smoked screened in wind directions, evaporation and even tidal movements. So let us forget about all that. Let us focus on Mathematics. Something we can compute with out expensive computers to do the algorithms. 

To pump sediment from the beach we need to do it at a flow rate of 7 litres of water for every 1 kg of sand. Now that is easy to calculate how much water you need if you know how much sand you have to move. So the question begs it self to be asked. Why does one start with a water born sediment removal program in the begging of the winter (April 2016) in the height of a drought? The asthmatics is basic (Sediment Volume x 7 = Water Displacement).

Any way so the project was set at 11 years for completion. This was clearly not acceptable because in January 2017 mechanical equipment was brought in to move 96 000 cubes of sand. This is at the height of the Turtle Hatching Season.

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St Lucia Estuary Hatchlings
But it did not stop there ... a total of 19 dump trucks and some excavators and bull dossers was incorporated to complete the next phase of the rehabilitation plan. Today it seems that the excavators has run into some difficulty digging out the mud from the previous iMfolozi River Flood plain. Any farmer can tell you that mud is the seal of a dam. Now the Estuary is no dam. but something has to keep the water above sea level. Sine the current water table is 1.2 meter above mean sea level. 

Some more food for though will be coming this way soon.

   Petrus Viviers

Monday, February 06, 2017

Fish Size Failing Recreational Angling

Minimum Fish Size 

Argument Sustained 

Bruce Man (Page 32)

Fishery impacts on biodiversity

The linefishery itself has a relatively low impact on marine habitats in comparison to other fisheries. Impacts are limited to littering and disposal/loss of fishing line and tackle, and damage associated with legal (i.e. harvesting of mussels, red bait, sand/mud prawn, etc.) and illegal (i.e. mussel worm [Pseudonereis variegata]) harvesting of bait organisms. The major impact of this fishery on biodiversity has been the serial overfishing of larger predatory fish species resulting in associated changes in the fish community (Dunlop & Mann 2012). Levels of bycatch of undesirable species (e.g. evil‐eye puffer Amblyrhynchotes honckenii) are considered to be relatively low overall. However, the bycatch of sub‐legal sized individuals of preferred species can be substantial in the absence of adequate policing. Dunlop & Mann (2012) highlighted that the minimum legal size limits were more often violated for larger species such as dusky kob Argyrosomus japonicus and yellowbelly rockcod Epinephelus marginatus. There is an increasing tendency towards catch and release in the recreational shore fishery, particularly by organized competitive anglers (Pradervand et al. 2007). Although this practise should be encouraged and supported, post release mortality is still likely to be quite high in some more sensitive fish species (B. Mann, ORI, pers. obs.).


While total participation appears to have remained fairly constant, total annual angling effort in the KZN shore linefishery has declined substantially in recent years. This is important since KZN historically has had substantially higher levels of shore angling effort than elsewhere along the South Africa coast and was a fishery that was considered to be under great pressure (Brouwer et al. 1997). Analysis of overall CPUE, catch composition and total catch from three independent surveys conducted in KZN suggests that this fishery is currently in a relatively stable condition and that relatively little change has occurred over the past 30 years (Joubert 1981; Mann et al. 1997; Dunlop & Mann 2012). However, comparisons of species‐specific CPUE values from these studies suggest that some species (e.g. dusky kob) are overexploited (Table 1). Over the past few decades there seems to have been a gradual transition in landings from long‐lived, high trophic level, piscivorous fish (e.g. dusky kob) to more short‐lived, low trophic level species (e.g. karanteen). In addition, recent analysis of catch trends of shad, which is the most sought‐after species in the KZN recreational shore fishery, have shown a gradual decline in CPUE over the past 30 years (Maggs et al. 2012). The results therefore suggest that present exploitation levels may not be sustainable for certain fish species. Furthermore, in relation to the catches recorded during the early parts of the 20th century, current catch trends suggest that linefish resources have been fished down to very low levels which are only ‘superficially’ sustainable at current levels of fishing effort (Dunlop & Mann 2012). This has been highlighted by research fishing conducted in no‐take marine protected areas (MPAs) along the Maputaland coast where catch rates of more resident fish species are orders of magnitude higher than in adjacent exploited areas (Mann 2012)

Conclusion By Petrus Viviers

Very selective interviews are made and it is well know that Mr Mann only includes close friends and admirers in his sample studies. We, the recreational Angler, has fought for over 30 years for the maximum Size limit to be enforced. Larger fish are well established in self preservation and their reproduction heeled is far bigger than small fish. Smaller fish is undesirable for the hook and cook market due to low body mass to edible flesh ratio. Larger fish is not suitable for eating since the meat is already hard and filled with cartilages ... These Trophy Species are mainly taken purely for bragging rights. 

Smaller size Shad has a buffer zone restricted to fishable days due to weather conditions and tidal movement of the ocean that does not bring them inshore so they are in reach of the anglers. This is a huge problem to convey to the authorities and since my platform has made head way in The iSimangaliso Management saga I would like to use my little soap box to address this one sided conversation. Let us have a more transparent public participation and more input so we can exercise our rights to our very popular and lucrative Sport.

Local Crafts and Curious  

Mr Man also neglects to include in his reports the huge spin offs Recreational Anglers bring to lower skilled workers and their crafts. This was calculated in 1996 - 1997 financial year in the region of R65 000 000.00 rand compared to the R75 000 000.00 turn over off the formal sector in the immediate St Lucia Estuary financial hub. I understand that the impact on local indigenous resources is high but to put a handy cap on the customer base does not solve the poverty problem and is merely a Macro Management Style implemented by the previously Advantage to rid their work load of a micro management problem.

Skills development in these areas should have underway many years ago to teach crafters to establish their own resources to harvest and the importance not to harvest natural resources. This is a Hubris failure and not a man made flaw that should be corrected by lazy Government Officials looking for the next Kentucky Drive Through. 

Any Way that is my six pence and the angle I will keep on hammering over the next few months while I have the exposure created by Mr Zaloumis management style of The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park and the lack of Empathy towards species and bio diversity protection.

    Petrus Viviers

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Moenie my kom Tos vertel nie

St Lucia Estuary

Mens Gemaakte Ekologiese Ramp 

Water Vlakke hoogste in lang ruk

Die eie ek ... mens mag mos niks in die dorp se nie dan word jy gekruisig. So lank die hoog heilige beskerm word. Ek is jammer niemand staan op en stap saam my die pad om verdere slagting te voorkom nie. Dus word dit nou my geveg. Wel ek het niks meer om te verloor nie. Aangesien die 'n Wêreld Erfenis gebied is kan ek in Hongkong gaan woon en nog steeds 'n mening hê. Die gesondheid en welstand van die gebied rus nie op 'n paar wanne bees se vermoeë om kak te praat nie. Ek het net soveel reg soos die volgende persoon.

St Lucia gaan gebuk onder droogte, maar die see het baie water. In 2000 was dit 'n mens gemaakte besluit om die mond toe te stoot. In 2007 was dit 'n mens gemaakte besluit om die mond toe te stoot. Die kanaal wat die Estuarium en die see verbind het in 2015 was 'n mens gemaakte kanaal en was nie volgens daai mens se voorgeskrewe bestuursplan, soos Dr Barry Clark aan ons voor gehou is in 2013, gegrou nie. Geen insette van MY kant af was aangehoor gedurende 2015 nie. Die aanloop van die ramp was voorspel. 

Deur die afsterwe van die See Lewe in die meer nou af te maak as n natuur ramp is kinderagtig en uiters onprofessioneel. As mense wat in beheer is ophou om Rekenaars Spelletjies met ons pragtige erfnis (As julle so wil ... my pragtige erfnis) te speel en bietjie meer op die strand kom sal hulle self kan sien hulle jaag kak aan en dan nie sluwe boelies huur om mense soos ek stil te maak nie.

Julle mors julle tyd en julle geld om te dink ek gaan ophou om julle aan die publiek uit te lewer. Daar is net een manier hoe die ding uitspeel. Gee die hengelaar sy reg wat hom toekom en hou op kak praat in n poging om die meer dood te maak....

Lionel Pretorius Net so in Zululand. Hluhluwe dam 19% vol. Lake St Lucia "world wetlands heritage site" vat 180 000 vierkante water en 30% vol alle selewe so te se uitgesterf. Ons bid vir oorvloed reen deur die land. Amen
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As jy jou gewete wil sus Lionel sal jy baie meer moet bid my vriend of begin die waarheid praat. Ek is nie dom nie. Ek gaan nie weg gaan nie. Die stryd vir die werkende Estuarium gaan nie ophou nie.  Hoe langer julle met julle mens gemaakte leuens aanhou hoe verder gaan die park in anargie verval .... Dis n onvermydelike politieke uitkoms. Dit word Demokrasie genoem. Ek skryf nie die toedrag van sake en die uitkoms nie. Ek lig net die feite uit vir die mense wat voor gelieg word.


         Petrus Viviers

Friday, February 03, 2017

Beware of overselling iSimangaliso - False Advertising

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

The Status has changed in 2012

To Claim the 1999 World Heritage Facts is False 

Today is 03 February 2017. Back in 2012 the health status has officially changed from pristine marine ecosystem to Class E Estuarine, basically a mud bath. Lodge Owners, Advertisers and Tour operators can no longer offer the health status at time of World Heritage Proclamation as the point of reference in their marketing. People want to get their money worths. For domestic tourist it means a whole year of saving. For the International Tourist it mostly mean a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Many people are deeply disappointed that they can no longer drink a sundowner on the beaches like way back then. Unfortunately it does not stop there. Back in 2012 The Scientist employed by Andrew Zaloumis has admitted to the degradation of the system healt. In 2015 a total collapse incurred when the Estuary dried up completely due to a sudden wind direction change. The Total Aquatic Marine Biomass was lost. Currently The St Lucia system no longer presents the functioning of an Estuary.

With this came a decline in the biomass off bird species that frequent the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park. (iSimangaliso Wetlands Park). The road infrastructure and hides has impacted negatively on the sense of space. Prior to World Heritage Status you arrived at a mystical point. It was more about the journey than the destination. Today everything is so clinical First World Development. nothing is majestic or mythical any more. You see your destination a mile away and you drive on tar roads and cement highways to get there.

So people just a word of caution. Please inform you clients
  1. Reduced Parking Spaces
  2. No more Sundowners
  3. No more Marine Biomass
  4. Reduced Bird Biomass
  5. Non Functioning Estuary
  6. Random Mission Rocks Access Closure
  7. Elephant Road Blocks costing R500.00/vehicle
  8. Men in Camo Uniform searching private vehicles
The list may be longer. This is the key futures the public express their concern about.

    Petrus Viviers

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Paradise Under Pressure

Paradise Under Pressure
ISBN 1 86812 277 8
Alan Mountain

Inside Cover
"Maputaland stands at the cross roads. It's unspoiled Golden Beaches have witnessed the ancient annual ritual of turtle breeding since time immemorial."

Now this word candy continues for pages on end. Also the referring to this area as a wonder.

So the name change is very befitting from Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park to iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, but that was before World Heritage Status. In 2012 it was Scientifically proven that this splendour was lost.

Today the tree canopy that hid humans from the Turtle Breeding Beaches has been destroyed by light pollution. Something nobody is taking notice of as the hunger for glamour destroying this wonderful Heritage through Hubarism.

The newly founded CTO helplessly captured and dragging St Lucia Estuary, the town, away from the majestical ambiance that it was forged in over generations. People's might proving to be the only measurement that progress has to adhere to.

The splendour swallowed. 

    Petrus Viviers

Thursday, January 12, 2017

We have reached Insanity - Bierpens vs Zaloumis

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Andrew Zaloumis

St Lucia Estuary Drought

The Price of Greed

This is the lies abuse and bully tactics we, the public, has to endure in a effort to safe our beautiful pristine Greater St Lucia Wetlands System. Today my blood is boiling because very powerful people keep on putting me down ... I wanted to tell my story to a Court of Law, but Andrew is to yellow bellied to take me on a third time. Clearly he now knows what I am up to ... So by the power vested in me I will expose him and Mike Bower for defrauding the public from their rightful inheritance and rights to this World Heritage Site.

Mike Bouwer It's spelled save.......... UNESCO is the body who declared it a World Heritage Site and use it worldwide as an example of sustainable management which includes local communities, so sending a petition to them when it is them who audit the Park seems a bit odd. It's also The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, not the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. It was renamed when it became the first World Heritage Site in South Africa and was signed into law by Nelson Mandela. "Nature at it's best. Untouched." hmmmm...Except for 19 disparate parcels of land under land claims, 18,000 ha of gum plantations, destroyed wetlands bisected with forestry roads and levies, the legacy of a failed dredging attempt with an estuary mouth hardened with concrete, the threat of mining and cattle herding on the eastern and western shores, and thousands of hectares of alien plants. Oh, and, no buffalo, elephant, lion, wild dog, or cheetah. No coherent road system, no formalized day visitor sites, no water for animals during drought conditions, no thriving tour boat industry, no thriving game drives or turtle tours, no increase of 4,000 related jobs. And so on........ So I guess you are right! It is safe! Thank you for pointing that out to us!

Firstly Mike employing security companies to take over jobs is not job creation. It is purely employing someone out of the region that was done by people from within the region. So how many jobs did you guys really create and how many was merely replaced and how many was destroyed?

But let us get down to the facts at hand because this will end here even if it does not end well.

Killing For Money

 Estuarine ecologist Nicky Forbes holds up the remains of a barracuda found on the bed of the St Lucia estuary this week. Picture: Amanda Watson
Estuarine ecologist Nicky Forbes holds up the remains of a barracuda found on the bed of the St Lucia estuary this week. Picture: Amanda Watson

From the article  -
(Ero 7 500 000.00)
As the carcasses of fish and shells show, little survives these conditions. iSimangiliso Wetland Park CEO Andrew Zaloumis said an initial spend of R10 million – courtesy of grant money from the Global Environmental Facility and the World Bank – will see nearly 100 000 cubic metres of nearly 65 years’ worth of dredging, dumped into the estuary to close off the feed from the uMfolozi, reduced to slurry and pumped back into the ocean by Cyclone Engineering Projects.
After the initial work, there’s another R20 million to continue if the progress is good and the work done to specifications, Zaloumis says. It is key to remember the St Lucia estuarine system bed is below sea level, which means once opened, the uMfolozi River will continue to obey physics by flowing from a high point to a low point.
Good news from the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is that the World Bank has invested additional funds to restore Africa’s largest estuarine lake.
Last week, the authority signed two new contracts, valued at R23.41 million each, with T&T Marine (Pty) Ltd and Scribante Africa Mining (Pty) Ltd. Both contracts will run until the end of June and are for the loading, hauling, tipping and disposal of material obstructing the natural flow of the uMfolozi River in the mouth area of the Lake St Lucia Estuary.
“This brings the total value of iSimangaliso’s Lake St Lucia restoration project to R62 million,” said iSimangaliso Business Director Terri Castis.
This is on top of the 1999 US$9 500 000.00 for the same project. Just to point out. Andrew instructed the manual closure of St Lucia Estuary mouth in 2000 and 2007. This after it has natuary breached. Bull shit baffels brains they say. How stupid can any individual be to prey on my Dyslexia and cheer this death and destruction ...

The Futuristic Park
Automated Gates - Automation is job creation?
Engineered Bridges - Keeping Nature intact?


We all grew up next to a functioning Estuary and know what life was flourishing in the system. How vibrant the shallow waters were at dusk and dawn. We remember the lovely open space that we could all enjoy. Nature at it's best.…

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mike Bower vs Bierpens Slugging it out on Social Media

Lourens Engels shared a link.
Please Read, Sign and Share this Petition to save St Lucia

We all grew up next to a functioning Estuary and know what life was flourishing in the system. How vibrant the shallow waters were at dusk and dawn. We remember the lovely open space that we could all enjoy. Nature at it's best.…

Mike Bouwer It's spelled save.......... UNESCO is the body who declared it a World Heritage Site and use it worldwide as an example of sustainable management which includes local communities, so sending a petition to them when it is them who audit the Park seems a bit odd. It's also The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, not the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. It was renamed when it became the first World Heritage Site in South Africa and was signed into law by Nelson Mandela. "Nature at it's best. Untouched." hmmmm...Except for 19 disparate parcels of land under land claims, 18,000 ha of gum plantations, destroyed wetlands bisected with forestry roads and levies, the legacy of a failed dredging attempt with an estuary mouth hardened with concrete, the threat of mining and cattle herding on the eastern and western shores, and thousands of hectares of alien plants. Oh, and, no buffalo, elephant, lion, wild dog, or cheetah. No coherent road system, no formalized day visitor sites, no water for animals during drought conditions, no thriving tour boat industry, no thriving game drives or turtle tours, no increase of 4,000 related jobs. And so on........ So I guess you are right! It is safe! Thank you for pointing that out to us!
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Petrus Viviers Yap the thieving tour boat industry... Not yours to claim sorry... You where no were near when the pioneer work was done for that.

Dredging ... I don't remember it as failing. As far as I remember oyesters grew in the Estuary during that time. Mangrov...See more
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Petrus Viviers Oh you also claiming the turtle tours... You really pushing your dignity... Eish...
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Petrus Viviers As I answered on your one photo... Excuse my Dislexic right to Freedom of speech, but the irony is that St Lucia Estuary needs to be kept safe from Andrew Zaloumis..
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Dale Fiene Things are MUCH BETTER there now, according to media reports.
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Petrus Viviers We will raise the truth out above the media curtain.

The Truth Will prevail.
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Petrus Viviers Mike please answer the lady.

How can the media tell the truth if the CEO, Andrew Zaloumis, uses the South African Broadcast and Publication Board to snub any negative press releases.

How can they tell the truth if Andrew has the final editing rights before something is broadcast.

How can I sustain the truth if Andrew Zaloumis uses Donations to take me to court not once, but twice for domain name infringement?

Shall I go on .? Do you really want to know the truth mam?or do you want to be an armchair wrestler that sit and believe everything you hear on National News.
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Mike Bouwer With pleasure I will answer her Petrus. Dale Fiene, you are 100% correct, things are much better and improving daily!
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Mike Bouwer Petrus, tell us about these donations Andrew is supposed to have used? Tell me how Andrew controls the SABC?
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Dale Fiene Thank you Mike
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Petrus Viviers Mike who said anything about SABC?

As far as public participation goes Mike... It is non existent... So we have to rely on what ever Andrew published when ever he publish it... The park is not running on Self generated funds...

Let us talk about the Gate at Cape Gidal. Why is a security company implemented that is doin a job that was well deserving to being run by Ezemvelo and why is there so many locals upset that the jobs is not filled with local job seekers.

Oh and why did a security company with camo uniforms man the alcohol control points this festive season.

A security gaurd has nomore rights than a civilian... Why do you use people in camo uniform to intimidate public on summer holidays with their families...
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Petrus Viviers Things can not be better mam... We have lost iPiva Camp Site since 15 December 1999. We uave lost the education center.

We have lost bed nights in St Lucia from various self-catering accommodation.

Business has reduced so much that various businesses has closed down.
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Petrus Viviers All function to the Estuary is now lost.

We have lost 3 regular buss routes through Zululand that kept various industries alive...
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Petrus Viviers We have lost more than a this d or maybe more of parking spqfe on Main Beach, Jabula beach and this season The Estuary beach entrance was so badly maintained that park authority had a sign up restricting acces to The Estuary Mouth Parking...
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Petrus Viviers But we can slug ot oit as much as we want on this single post. The drive to stop this cross infringement on public's rights will be stopped...
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Greg Ogilvie Both sides have points but I have to agree with Petrus, the lack of transparency on isimangliso's side is wrong. The estuary has been destroyed, not because of the drought entirely. St Lucia used to full of locals but now is full of foreigners! The whole vibe has been anialated. It feels now like a tourist trap! I can't help but feel the locals are not welcome anymore as foreign tourism is pushed very strongly.
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Mike Bouwer Petrus if you are going to make statements please back them up. You have not answered these yet before we move forward. Petrus, tell us about these donations Andrew is supposed to have used? Tell me how Andrew controls the SABC?
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Petrus Viviers Where did I say he control the SABC Mike? If you going to challenge me then please keep the facts straight...
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Petrus Viviers Any way ... while we on the subject and you don't want to close it down ... let us review your posting regarding hyena's ... have you paid compensation for the attack/attacks at Cape Vidal?
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Petrus Viviers Regarding the Hippo in St Lucia. I on, several occasions, brought it under iSimangaliso's attention that the bull was out of control and human incident where unavoidable ... have you paid compensation to the Ezemvelo Employee that is now wheelchair bound ... ?
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Petrus Viviers Shall we discuss park rules here or are you guys prepared to call a public meeting?
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Petrus Viviers Do you want to discus here the lost of species in the St Lucia Estuary or will you rather wait until we have lodge an official complaint with UNESCO
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Petrus Viviers One More Question ... Who can I contact to verify the barges scuttled of Cape Vidal had their ballast water sanitized ... I have reason to believe it was not ...
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Petrus Viviers Shall we discuss the difference between land ownership and land claims ... I believe you have confused or merge the concept in you statement as per above ...
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Petrus Viviers Please take note The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status as per management prior to the Application of 1998 ....

By way of deduction that was a successful management plan ...
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Petrus Viviers Oh regarding the two legal actions against me ... do you want the Taxed Invoices published here or do you have a legal team where I can forward them to ... ?
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Petrus Viviers on second thoughts ... I will hang on to them a little longer ... you know like an ACE up my sleeve ...
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