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 Posted: Fri Jun 21st, 2019 08:54 am
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Hi guys anyone got an update on conditions are Sandvlei - is it still closed for public use?

has the sewage issue been resolved?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 06:40 am
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https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/pollution-on-our-plate-how-waste-is-ending-up-in-fish-caught-off-the-cape-coast-20190626

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 07:06 am
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Hi Duckbill , thanks for posting.

I knew pollution in our seas was bad but this is actually sickening, in more ways than one.


I have mostly practiced catch and release for years, and this just makes me think, if only for their own protection, most SA anglers should practice it all the time.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 08:54 am
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Or get authorities to deal with and treat the sewerage, instead of pumping it out to sea..LOL, what a world class, winner strategy that is! LOL Pump the poo from a million or more people straight into the sea, just offshore, all while claiming blue flag beach status and harassing poor dog walkers on the beach and people cycling or skating on the promenades.. Ape Town is a funny place. Don't go swim in the sea after an onshore, it goes warm and brown!! Oh the amount of times I surfed unaware in others peoples sh!t, I feel like suing the city responsible! LOL We thought the tampons and condoms (and syringes and medical waste @ thermos) floating about came down in the storm water..LOL Bastard city administrators..I got so infected once @ thermos with a virulent strain of thrush (externally) that they quarantined me on my own in an empty wing of Gardens Mediclinic, thinking I might have ebola! It turned out to be me catching this crap from a surf in Green Point, thank the City of Cape Town for that! Ja that article brings back memories, it is sooooo disgusting! Read (and written) about it since early 2000's, nothing more been done since but the population of the cape has skyrocketed. It is pretty sif. Thank God for the summer SE's blowing the poo and tampons to brazil..Wonder how the chum line looks 20 miles away from the poo pipes, makes me wonder about the tuna we catch?! LOL

Sorry no updates on sandvlei but its mid winter and the water probably like ice and that not normally good for the fishing there.

Definitely practice catch and release in the vlei as heavy metal pollution is in the sediment from industry of years past. It has been well studied and noted..I would not eat mackerel caught on the atlantic sea board! LOL..oh those GIANT kreef we used to dive and "collect" off sea point, no wonder they were so fat! Er..ignorance is bliss.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 09:37 am
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No problem. Early last year at the surfers' corner in Muizenberg there was a bloke, who looked like a middle aged Robert Redford, having a swim which he seemed to enjoy very much. Little did the man know he was neck deep in sh!t. Doc HH I hope that wasn't you...

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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2019 11:02 am
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No was some other poor sucker! LOL..good read that latest article, hope something eventually gets done with it. For a city of a few million there seems to be no real systems in place to actually deal with the waste it produces (except pump it out to sea or bury it in ecologically sensitive areas).
Nevermind that the stuff is actually a goldmine. Sewerage can be turned into high value and clean fertilizer, with bacteria, chemicals and enzymes breaking everything harmful down into base amino acids and nutrients or even turned into diesel to run for fuel, all the E waste and that we bury contains a fortune in rare or other metals and normal household waste contains huge amounts of recyclables that all has some value, even if just as inherent fuel value, any and all plastic is inherently worth more than oil and what is the current price of a barrel? This was explained to me by an engineer who had a billion rand business turning waste oil into fuel and lubricants etc..He said is was not much more effort to turn any plastic back into fuel that could be in the modern age burned cleanly for energy generation. Makes more sense than importing diesel to keep the lights on.

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FYI

The Zandvlei Estuary has now been officially closed by authorities due to pollution. Please do not swim or allow dogs in it until further notice.

Please be advised that following the results from water quality testing conducted on Monday 24/06/2019 we have taken the decision to close the entire Zandvlei waterbody for recreational activities and users following a sewage spill in the southern end of the Marina da Gama waterways on 21/06/2019 and general poor water quality deriving from the major storm event that occurred over the weekend.

Further tests will be conducted and any update on the situation will be immediately communicated to the relevant user groups and residents. In the interim we have instructed the mouth of the vlei be deepened and widened and the Kingfisher weedharvester is currently navigating the Marina waterways to aid circulation and oxygenation of the water.

Access to recreational water activities in Zandvlei Nature Reserve temporarily closed

As a precaution, the City of Cape Town is temporarily closing off public access to recreational water activities in the Zandvlei Nature Reserve from today Wednesday 26 June 2019. This is as a precautionary measure following water quality tests. The closure only applies to recreational activities in the Zandvlei water area, including fishing. Access to the land section of the reserve and other visitor facilities in the area remain open to members of the public. Read more below:

Sewage spills during the course of the past week in the Marina da Gama resulted in water quality testing being undertaken at a number of points throughout the waterbody. The results of these tests indicated the need to close the water area for public recreational use temporarily as a precautionary approach.

The test results showed high levels of faecal coliforms (Escherichia coli) within the water body, which indicates an elevated risk to human health. Members of the public are advised to avoid all contact with the water until these levels stabilise within national recreational water use guidelines. Please note that pets should also be kept from entering or drinking the water as a precaution.

The City will continue to monitor the water quality. In the meantime, signage has been erected advising visitors to the waterbody to exercise caution. Members of the public will be informed once the affected area is safe again for recreational use.

The City apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of the closure of the water area and thanks members of the public in advance for their cooperation during this period.

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