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  CITY OF CAPE TOWN

17 MARCH 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Rietvlei closed to public due to algae 

The City of Cape Town is temporarily closing the Rietvlei Water Area after a blue-green algal bloom was observed in the water on 16 March 2017. Read more below:

The Milnerton Aquatic Club’s 24-hour endurance sailing challenge, which was scheduled to take place at the Rietvlei Water Area tomorrow, 18 March and Sunday, 19 March 2017, has been cancelled as a result.

The City collected and analysed water samples yesterday, 16 March 2017, and again this morning, 17 March 2017, and found that microcystin toxins associated with blue-green algae exceeded the World Health Organisation’s recreational guideline for freshwater water bodies.

The algal blooms usually present as green, blue-green, white or brown foam, scum or mats floating on the surface of the water. Exposure to these algae can cause eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhoea, and cold-or flu-like symptoms.

Drinking or swallowing large amounts of water can be extremely dangerous.  

Members of the public should avoid all contact with the water at Rietvlei until it has been declared safe.

Due to the ongoing drought and low water levels there are extensive areas of exposed dry shoreline around Rietvlei.

It is suspected that the 5 mm rainfall that was recorded on Wednesday, 15 March 2017, washed accumulated minerals and organic material from decomposing and dead plants along the shoreline into the water at Rietvlei. These minerals and organic materials, combined with high ambient temperatures, could have provided the nutrients for the rapid growth of algae in the water.

The City is monitoring the water quality and will inform members of the public once it is safe for recreational use. The City apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of the closure of the water area.

The closure only applies to recreational activities in the Rietvlei Water Area, including fishing, but does not prevent anybody from accessing the Table Bay Nature Reserve’s other visitor facilities such as the picnic areas, braai facilities and the bird watching trail. As such, the Table Bay Nature Reserve will still host an open weekend on 18 and 19 March 2017. 

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 Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

 Media enquiries: Julia Wood, Manager: Biodiversity Management, Environmental Resource Management Department, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 514 4155 or Cell: 084 464 9153, E-mail Julia.Wood@capetown.gov.za (please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za)

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MAC Annual AGM's 2017/2018
MILNERTON AQUATIC CLUB
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS 2017 / 2018 Season

In terms of the constitution and listed below are dates and criteria for the upcoming Section and Club AGM’s:
A.G.M. Sail Monday 10 July 2017 at 19H00

A.G.M. Power Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 19H00

A.G.M. Boardsailing Wednesday 12 July 2017 at 19H00

A.G.M. Club Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 19H00

TO BE HELD AT MILNERTON AQUATIC CLUB


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Club Constitution Nominations & Criteria:
Nominations for the offices of Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Conservation Officer and Communication Officer shall be lodged with the Secretary, duly proposed and seconded, and with the nominee’s consent 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. (i.e. by 23 June 2017)
Nominations for the offices of Rear Commodores, Representatives and Committee Members of each Section shall be proposed at Section Annual General Meetings.
Only participating members of relevant sections may vote at their section’s Annual General Meeting.
The Commodore and Vice-Commodore should have served at least one year on the Management Committee and Rear Commodores at least one year on their respective Section Committees.
The Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodores must be nominated and elected each year.
The qualification for election of the club officers, with the exception of the Treasurer, shall be a minimum of two years membership of the club.
Nominations for Honorary Life Members may only be made by decision of the Management Committee

The Management Committee will consist of the following voting members:


Club Officers
Commodore *
Vice-Commodore *
Rear Commodore Sail *
Rear Commodore Power *
Rear Commodore Boardsailing *
Honorary Treasurer
Honorary Secretary
Other Committee members
Conservation Officer
Communications Officer
Sailing Representative
Power Representative
Boardsailing Representative
Retiring Commodore


(* Flag Officers)

Section Committee Composition:

The Sailing Committee:
The members of the Sailing Committee shall consist of: Rear Commodore Sail, Sail Representative and such other members elected at the Sailing Section Annual General Meeting.

The Power Committee:
The members of the Power Committee shall consist of: Rear Commodore Power, Power Representative and such other members elected at the Power Section Annual General Meeting.

The Boardsailing Committee:
The members of the Boardsailing Committee shall consist of: Rear Commodore Boardsailing, Boardsailing Representative and such other members elected at the Boardsailing Section Annual General Meeting.


Business of Annual General Meeting – Sail Section
Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
Presentation of the Annual Report of the Sail Committee
Election of Rear Commodore Sail, Sail Representative and committee members
General business

Business of Annual General Meeting – Power Section
Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
Presentation of the Annual Report of the Power Committee
Election of Rear Commodore Power, Power Representative and committee members
General business

Business of Annual General Meeting – Boardsailing Section
Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
Presentation of the Annual Report of the Boardsailing Committee
Election of Rear Commodore Boardsailing, Boardsailing Representative and committee members
General business

Business of Annual General Meeting
Confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.
Presentation of the Annual Report of the Management Committee.
Presentations of the Honorary Treasurers Accounts and Balance Sheet.
Election of President, Vice-Presidents, and nominated Honorary Life Members.
Election of Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Communications Officer and Conservation Officer.
Ratification of Rear Commodores, nominated at the Section AGM’s.
General business.



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Added by : MAC Office on 5 Jun 2017
MAC 24 HOUR ENTRY FORM AND NOR 2017
Get your entries for the 2th MAC 24 Hour in before the 1st March and get a free t-shirt for all of your team! R8000 in cash prizes!

Attached is the entry form and Notice Of Race.
: awollheim@tarsus.co.za
: 2-NOR & SI_MAC 2017_24HOUR rev2.pdf
: 4-2017 MAC 24 - Hour Entry Form shirts.pdf
Added by : Andre Wollheim on 17 Feb 2017
Lipton Team Support Needed
Lipton Campaign Support
Milnerton Aquatic Club has put together a team in order to compete in the 2017 Lipton Cup. The team comprises of young MAC members and a senior Team Manager. The team consist of Iliana Boura, Ryan Barnardo, Cullen Keytel, Rivaldo Arendse, Jared and Paul Tyler, Damien Botha and Alec Webb.
We have a sponsor, Lights By Linea who are paying for new sails and uniform. However the refurbishment of the L26 and additional expenses, repairs, monthly polishing, mooring, launching, transport, petrol etc. comes at a high cost. We have a young sailor from Du Noon that needs to be supported in order to achieve his dream to sail in the Lipton Cup.

To donate to this campaign please click on this link https://www.backabuddy.co.za/the-macnificent-racing-campaign

: awollheim@tarsus.co.za
: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/the-macnificent-racing-campaign
Added by : Andre Wollheim on 15 Feb 2017
New MAC Wind App
Get the new MAC Wind Speed App. Live windspeed on your phone from the MAC anemometer.Thanks to Ralf Gehrer for creating this app for us.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ralfgehrer.windmeter.ct



: awollheim@tarsus.co.za
: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ralfgehrer.windmeter.ct
Added by : Andre Wollheim on 22 Dec 2016
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: awollheim@tarsus.co.za
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