The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is the government appointed organization that is responsible for the management of the  Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa, in terms of the World Heritage Convention Act.

The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park is South Africa’s First World Heritage Site, and has been renamed as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park  World Heritage Site.  Names aside the area is currently (September 2017) a disaster zone, with Lake St. Lucia and the St. Lucia Estuary system in realy bad shape, due to an extended drought and very bad management by the IWPA, where the once thriving (1999) marine breeding grounds are now a fresh water mud pool that is silting up real fast due to the large MUD LOAD entering the St. Lucia Estuary System via the recently mined  (rehabilitated ) estuary mouth where the IWPA ( #iSimangaliso ) Wetland Park Authority are busy with so called Estuary management activities.  Problem is that this management is supposed to be in terms of a national Estuary management plan that is developed following the provincial Estuary Management plan,  that should have been created after consulting the local municipalities estuary management plan in terms of the Integrated Coastal Management Plan.

 

The IWPA has some how manged to side step all these mandated government regulated planning structures, and avoided all public participation process meetings.  Not sure how this has been allowed to continue unabated and unhindered, but we need this to be addressed.  The ARBU would thus like to use our petition as a mandate to tackle these issues at the Mtubatuba Local Municipality Integrated Development Plan.   take a #PEEPSEE at this blog for more details 4x4ban.blogspot.com

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Posted by: petrusviv | September 13, 2017

The Big Bad Wolf

St Lucia Estuary Mouth

Looking Straight at the iMfolozi River Mouth on the right to Mphelani Dune.

iSimangaliso

The Flood direction of the imfolozi river

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at the end of the straight line of the flood direction

Posted by: BierPens | September 9, 2017

Rehabilitation Hoax or Fiction

Going Head on with Management

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Rehabilitation

It is now 18 years since we achieved World Heritage Status and 18 years since Andrew Zaloumis abandoned the trailed and tested Dredging Plan that served St Lucia Estuary well from 1948 until 2000. Since proclamation of World Heritage Status there was a steady decline in estuary health and diversity until it was declared dead by Marine Scientists in 2012.

Over the years more in more restrictions was imposed on domestic tourist that build the northern Zulu land region into a thriving tourism hub. First was the mechanical closure of The Estuary Mouth. Then followed the #4x4Ban. Then restriction on Dusky Kob fishing in the Estuary. Then the parking restriction, forced alcohol control points and later even the illegal ban  of bottom fishing from St Lucia Ski Boat launching site.

Cape Vidal gate fees and Rhino card fees shot through the roof. Willing and able Ezemvelo staff was replaced by multi national companies at the expense of permanent jobs. And the list goes on and on and on.

The first Task at hand for iSimangalisoOrg is to gather support to request the removal of soil placed on the public open parking spaces at the highly popular Main and Jabula beaches. It serves no purpose and it is counter productive and restrict day visitors to our lovely golden beaches.

Please add your name to the list of the people supporting the opening of the parking areas as planned by iSimangaliso Wetland Park authority following public participation Meetings.

 

Posted by: BierPens | September 7, 2017

Rhino Poaching

White RhinoWe need a task team to investigate the true nature of Rhino Poaching. How much of that is done in-house and how much of that is done due to negligence and poor management skills placing these precious and defenceless animals in harm’s way of scrupulous poachers.

We all know that Poaching and smuggling was one of the ways the ANC Terrorist use to pay for their cross boarder endeavours and brining in weapons from neighbouring countries to destabilise Apartheid Regime. To have these operatives in key and leading positions is not good leadership skills.

Posted by: BierPens | September 7, 2017

I am back

I have been intimidated for to long now. Time to move on and get back into the game.

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