Friends of Rietvlei
Newsletter May 2006
Upcoming activities for your enjoyment and assistance:
AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
At the recent AGM a comment from our members that was taken up by the committee was to arrange an awareness campaign for the general public and members of our local community who live around our beautiful Reserve. Gloria Wilson has organised display space outside Table View Pick 'n Pay Superstore so we need your help to man the display and tell the shoppers what a great reserve is on our doorstep!! This will celebrate World Environment Day which occurs on 5 June.
Date: Sunday 4th June 2006
Time: 09h00 to 14h00 in one hour shifts
Enquiries: Pauline 557 6920 a/h or 464 4748 o/h to take up your time slot
 
EVENING TALK
Although winter has set in we have arranged the sherry to warm you on arrival at our next evening talk. This is a special evening as you will be hearing and seeing presentations from the three students who are doing their year’s practical training at Rietvlei. Please make sure you come and support them.
Date: Thursday 8 June 2006
Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm
Venue: Rietvlei Education Centre, adjacent to Milnerton Aquatic Club, Table View
Topic: Student projects 2006
Enquiries: Pauline 557 6920 a/h or 464 4748 o/h ALL WELCOME
 
RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP
Thank you to those members who paid their subs so promptly on receiving the April newsletter. This is a further reminder that membership renewals are now due. You will find a membership form attached with the bank details should you want to do a direct bank deposit. Please advise payment by email or fax (021 557 3748). You can also use the old method of posting a cheque to our postbox. Please make the effort to renew your membership as soon as possible. Your membership is valued to make this a strong organisation. Your input and assistance with projects is also needed. Should you have already paid your subs please use the form attached to encourage friends and neighbours to join.
  
REHABILITATION
At the end of 2005 there was a fire in the reserve near the Otto du Plessis bridge where it crosses the Diep River. This area has been sprayed to eradicate kikuyu grass. The area is now being rehabilitated with restios that have been rescued from the bulldozers at Century City. Keep a look out for this patch when you are driving to or from the Milnerton.
Alien vegetation clearing (mostly Port Jackson and rooikrans) has been undertaken by contractors along the Milnerton Ridge boundary, Sanccob area, Waves Edge area, Flamingo Vlei boundary and up the Diep River adjacent to Gie Road.
Controlled burning is being done on suitable days in the “bird hide block”. This is to eradicate brush piles that were stacked after the chopping down of rooikrans. The Working for Wetlands team have propagated suitable pioneer plants that will be planted in the area shortly. The plants that were planted out as part of this project last winter are generally growing well.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
The proposed extension and upgrading of wastewater treatment and associated infrastructure in the Blaauwberg Area final scoping report is now available at Table View library. You can also access the report from the consultants, CCA Environmental on www.ccaenvironmental.co.za. The committee has commented on this study previously, expressing concern that Potsdam wastewater treatment works will once again be enlarged and therefore impacting directly on Rietvlei. Following this scoping phase the project will be going into environmental impact assessing of the chosen options.
The proposed bulk water storage and supply to Blaauwberg development area study is at the stage of draft scoping report. This will be made available from the consultants Ninham Shand shortly. Look out for notification of an Open Day that should be advertised in the local press shortly.
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