AGM Highlights

Thanks to all who attended the AGM on Sat 8th April. Interesting guest speakers included Dr Guy Preston from WFW, Rhett Hiseman from Cape Nature and Charl Wade from the Southern Cape Fire Protection association. Our thanks go out to all three for giving up their time over Easter!

Here are some of the key discussion points from the AGM

1. Jetties

The question of jetty registration was raised and Rhettt Hiseman explained that there are 35 private jetties/slipways on the Duiwenhoks depending on whether people have replaced jetties after flood events. According to the records, there are 14 structures on the Duiwenhoks which are registered and are paying for their leases. The 14 structures produce R7000.00 year. Members are encouraged to register their jetties.

2. The River

The regulations for the Duiwenhoks River are to be drafted by the Hessequa Municipality after a stakeholder consultation meeting. The Conservancy will endeavour to engage in this process and keep members informed on the outcomes. The Conservancy will initiative a river survey to help provide some data on boating on the river.

3. The ‘Kleinboer’ Project

Alfred Mxhalisa explained the ‘Klein Boer’ project which involves state funding to assist small farmers develop sustainable small scale farming initiatives. For this scheme to work, the small farmers need to access small parcels of land from landowners. This land can be leased from landowners by the state. Duiwenhoks Conservancy supports the ‘Klein Boer’ Project and will work to help find suitable tracts of land for the 14 local ‘Klein Boers’. Conrad Hicks undertook to drive this project and liaise between landowners and the local land seekers.

4. A Fire Management Plan for Vermaaklikheid

Charl Wade from the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association (SCFPA) outlined the benefits of the SCFPA and the role that the SCFPA could play in helping land owners develop a Fire Management Plan for the area. It was agreed that the Conservancy should initiate a drive to collectively develop a Fire Management Plan for the Vermaaklikheid area. Chris Giffard and Paula Hathorn kindly undertook to liaise with Charl Wade to set this in motion. The critical first step is that landowners join the SCFPA.

Please download applications here: index.php?comp=content&page=content&op=edit&id=5

5. Alien Clearing

John Thorne has breathed new live into the alien clearing initiative and undertaken to help the Conservancy develop a new proposal/business case to possibly secure funding for a large scale alien clearing project.

Thanks once again to everyone for making the effort to attend.

Dr Guy Preston addressing the AGM
Charl Wade of the SCFPA was extremely helpful

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