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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 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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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/milnertonaquaticclub/
Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 28 Mar 2014
MAC BAR HOURS
BAR HOURS THIS WEEK: 19 - 23 March 2014

Wed 19 March - Open from 15H00
Thurs 20 March - Open from 15H00
Friday 21 March - Open from 13H00
Saturday 22 March - Open from 11H00am
Sunday 23 March - Open from 11H00am
(Remember Friday is a public holiday, but MAC is still open!)
We hope to see you all.......................
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Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 17 Mar 2014
MAC Online bidding fundraiser
MAC Online bidding fundraiser -The winner will be the person who bids the highest amount prior 12h00 midday Sunday 16 March 2014. Type your bid amount into the “Comments” block below. vote on the MAC Facebook.
: info@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
Added by : robbie on 12 Mar 2014
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MAC THIS WEEKEND


MAC Newsflash - 21 February 2014


What’s happening at MAC this weekend!


There will be junior sailing training this weekend on Saturday at 9am to 2pm. Please book your boats with the office.

Good luck to our juniors going to the Inter Schools at IYC, have fun and make us proud.

Bakgat will be open this weekend from 10h30 to 15h30 for those wanting a meal

Bakgat Menu
Bacon and egg roll with chips - R25
Full breakfast (2 eggs, 2 rashes of bacon, 2 slices of toast, fried tomato, chips – R30 with coffee its R35
Pure beef burger with chips - R30
Mince rooti and salad - R25
Toasted ham, cheese and tomato with chips - R25
Hotdog - R10 and with chips - R15

Masters and Blasters
Windsurfing Slalom Racing
Masters and Blasters 23rd of Feb
First possible start 2pm

MAC is looking for some large old chain links or a metre or a half a meter of large chain. We use this as a counter weight to keep the bouys floating upright. Please contact the office if you can assist.



Don’t forget the MAC 24 hour in 3 weeks time! Get your entries in! Forms and information can be found here. http://www.milnertonaquaticclub.co.za/pages/sailing_24hour_challenge.asp















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Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 21 Feb 2014
New 2013/14 Calender

: robbie@ovc.co.za
: 3-Calendar 2013 - 2014.pdf
Added by : Robbie on 20 Feb 2014
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