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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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Paddling extended to weekends
Dear Friends, Partners and Colleagues

We have just concluded the 6-month trial period to allow paddling at the Rietvlei Water Area (attached media article refers).

For the trial, we only allowed paddling on weekdays between 07:30 and 10:00 (totalling 12hr 30mins of paddle time per week).

This was to test manageability and demand and to ensure no conflicts with other sporting codes, such as power or sail boats.

The trial period went very well with no conflict reported from other sporting codes.

We did however receive more requests to allow paddling on weekends during the mornings before power boats are allowed on the water (before 09:00).

We have therefore agreed to continue the trial period until the end of the financial year (30 June 2014), and to include weekends from 07:30 to 09:00 into the paddling time.

This will bring the total allowable time for paddling at the Rietlei Water Area to 15hr 30mins per week.

The only other difference in the attached media release is that our public toilet facilities also now have solar-powered hot water.

Happy paddling and a buoyant New Year!

Kind regards

Koos Retief
Biodiversity Area Manager: Milnerton
Environmental Resource Management Department

: mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
Added by : MAC Office on 31 Dec 2013
MAC NEW YEARS PARTY
THEME: IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE - Bring out your wild side!
Let's see you dress the part.......
MAC FUND RAISING EVENT!!!!

Tickets: R100 per person, available from the MAC Office
Book early to avoid disappointment.
All group bookings of 10 qualify for a free bottle of sparkling wine.
Early bird special: Book and pay for your tickets by the 25 December and you ONLY PAY R75-00!!!!
DJ Mike Lyndsay will be playing from 8h00pm.
Phone: 021 557 7090
E-Mail: mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
: acgray@iafrica.com
Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 13 Dec 2013
Reserve Gate Early Closures
Dear Visitor
EARLY CLOSURES:
RIETVLEI ENTRANCE GATE AND OFFICES: TABLE BAY NATURE RESERVE
In terms of the City of Cape Town’s Festive Season Arrangements, the Rietvlei Entrance Gate and Offices at the Table Bay Nature Reserve will CLOSE early or completely on the following dates:
• Friday 13 December 2013 (closing at 13:00 for staff function);
• Tuesday 24 December 2013 (closing at 13:00 for Christmas Eve);
• Wednesday 25 December 2013 (closed for the entire Christmas Day); and
• Tuesday 31 December 2013 (closing at 13:00 for New Year’s Eve).
Normal office hours (07:30 – 16:00) apply on all other days.
We wish you a safe and fun Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.
Kind regards




KOOS RETIEF,
RESERVE MANAGER
TABLE BAY NATURE RESERVE
CITY OF CAPE TOWN

: awollheim@tarsus.co.za
Added by : Andre on 11 Dec 2013
MAC NEW YEARS PARTY
THEME: IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE - Bring out your wild side!
Let's see you dress the part.......

Tickets: R100 per person, available from the MAC Office
Book early to avoid disappointment.
All group bookings of 10 qualify for a free bottle of sparkling wine.
Phone: 021 557 7090
E-Mail: mac@milnertonaquaticclub.co.za
: acgray@iafrica.com
Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 2 Dec 2013
MAC RAFFLE WINNERS
MAC RAFFLE WINNERS - Congratulations to the following:

3rd Place – Llewellyn Leppan

2nd Place – James Grant

1st – Bob Burnside

A HUGE thank you to everyone that bought a ticket – we will be using the funds to buy swimming costumes and towels for the Development sailing kids.
See Picture - 1st Place winner Bob Burnside.
: acgray@iafrica.com
Added by : Angela Gray (MAC Communication's officer) on 25 Nov 2013
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