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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 : Tyronne on 25 Jul 2014
NOMINATIONS NEEDED
URGENTLY CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ON THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The Club has not received any nominations for the following positions 30 day prior, so thus the club is allowing late nominations.
Please can members nominate suitable candidates via the MAC Office by Monday 28 JULY 2014. (Complete a form)

Commodore *
Vice-Commodore *
Honorary Treasurer
Honorary Secretary
Power Representative
Conservation Officer
MAC Communications Officer
(* Flag Officers)

If more than one person is nominated for the same position, then the members will vote for one individual at the Club AGM.
The CLUB AGM WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 30 JULY 2014
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Please note:
1. 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.
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2. 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.

Members are welcome to phone Debbie for more information - Ph. 021 557 7090
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Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 17 Jul 2014
MAC PURSUIT RACE & MAC ANNUAL PRIZE GIVING

In a weeks time..........................
Date: Sat 31st May
Pursuit Race starts at 11h00 & ends at 13h00
Prize Giving/Closing Ceremony to start at 14h00
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The MAC Bar & the MAC Galley will be open.
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Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 23 May 2014
Easter Weekend
Hi All

The Office Will be closing at 15h00 tomorrow 17 April 2014 and on the 18th April 2014 the Club house will be closed.

If there is any queries please send it to mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za and I will get back to on the 19th of April.

We Wish All A Happy Easter Weekend!


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Added by : Denice on 16 Apr 2014
MAC 24 THANK YOU LETTER
Ahoy

Thank you to all sailors, families, friends, volunteers, Vasco Taverna, WBHO, Formscaff, Nestle, Rawson’s Blaauwberg, Spur San Miguel, Makro, Bridge crew, MAC safety crew, Swart Security, Nursing Sister Yolanda Koch and MAC members, Galley, MAC staff and spectators.

The 2014 challenge had more youth sailors than in previous challenges, which augers well for future sailing challenges. The University teams made as big an impact as the Sea Scout teams & the Stellenbosch St Paddy's, dressed as leprechauns put smiles on everyone's faces. The 'old salts' of previous challenges, Nigel Smithie, Alan 'Lappies' Lauschagne, Eric Marshall & Steven Bentley, visited MAC on the Saturday evening, it was great to hear their stories of 'yore - be warned sailors, they have now decided that they will challenge you all next year 2015. Me thinks they'll be the vintage team!
Congratulations to all the trophy & medal winners. Congratulations and well done to the rest of you for entering the challenge…. sportsmanship is not always about winning, but staying the course is what makes good sportsmen. Congratulations to the Isivungu teams, it was their 10th 24-hour challenge, which goes to prove that perseverance is the keynote to success - well done Isivungu.
A tremendous 2014 Challenge was experienced by all and the ‘spirit of the challenge’ was abundant amongst everyone, despite the heavy winds, the capsizes, the breakages, the repairs, the injuries and the lack of sleep.
It was unfortunate that the challenge had to be postponed for some hours, but safety was the deciding factor.
Thank you for making the 17th Challenge a challenge to remember.
The results are posted on the MAC website www.milnertonaquaticclub.co.za (sail section - results).

Those of you who sail single handed dinghies, we'll see you at the 12-Hour Challenge later in the year.

I wish you the very best and good sailing till we see you on the water for the 2015 Challenge in 350 days time, which following on the success of the 2014 challenge promises to be the challenge of all sailing challenges!

Pat Downing aka Mama 24

Photo on insert by John Read.

Photo Albums of the MAC 24 are available for viewing on the 'Milnerton Aquatic Club' Facebook Page. See link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/milnertonaquaticclub/



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Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 28 Mar 2014
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