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17 MARCH 2017


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. 


 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)


Milnerton Aquatic Club Please note that under 18's have free entry if a MAC member. Non MAC members have a R40 day fee.  (Excludes Nature Conservation Tarriffs)

Milnerton Aquatic Club Promo from Jaco Wolmarans on Vimeo.


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.......................
: acgray@iafrica.com
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

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

: acgray@iafrica.com
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
Swimmimg Pool Out Of Order
Dear MAC Member

Unfortunately the small swimming pool is out of action – we have had to do badly needed repairs to the pool and have had to drain the pool to accomplish this.
We are hoping it will be up and running on Saturday morning as normal.
Please be patient whilst we undergo these repairs.
We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

MAC Office

: mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
Added by : MAC Office on 30 Jan 2014
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