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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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Added by : Andre Wollheim on 24 Jun 2016
Easter Weekend Office Closed
Please note the office will be closed from Friday to Monday - re-opening Tuesday. The Club will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday - only the bar will be open on Saturday and Sunday. The Galley is closed for Easter.
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Added by : MAC on 24 Mar 2016
MAC Galley Proposals
The Milnerton Aquatic Club management committee hereby invite any
interested persons / members who are capable of running the MAC
Galley.

The process is as follows:
1. Submit an emailed proposal no later than 2pm on Monday 29th Feb
2016, to mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
2. Include in your proposal the following:
a. menu with pricing,
b. specify your available operating days / evenings (term and vacation), and
c. associated hours available to have the galley open for members,

As per the MAC Lease, the galley is handed to the operator with terms
and conditions.
A fixed term contract will be signed by the successful applicant.
A nominal fee will be levied to the operator, for water, electricity
and gas. This will be agreed upon when the contract is signed.

: mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
Added by : mac on 23 Feb 2016
MAC 4 Hour and Kiddies Xmas Party
On the 28th November MAC will be hosting a Kiddies fun day, with Bubble Soccer in the morning, Jumping Castle all day, the 4 Hour Sailing Regatta at 12pm to 4pm as well as Santa handing out gifts at 430pm. There will be snacks and treats for all the kids.

Bubble soccer: 10h00 - 12h00 at R50 a ticket
Jumping castle: 10h00 - 17h00
4 Hour sailiing: 12h00 - 16h00
Santa arrives at 16h30 on a boat
Parents to bring a wrapped gift with their child's name and surname on it and
leave it at the boom where it will be put in a black bag for Santa o bring on the boat
Santa hands out gifts at 16h30
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Added by : mac on 20 Nov 2015
Quiz Evening Date Change
Please note – This week’s Wednesday Quiz evening, 18th November 2015 will be postponed until 25th November 2015.
Monthly lucky draw will take place on 25th November at 7.00pm as normal and quiz will start at 7.30pm…
See you there!

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Added by : Andre on 16 Nov 2015
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