ARBU seeks PUBLIC mandate!

The Association of Recreational Beach Users  (ARBU) is an informal Group of concerned people who have come together to tackle the issues of lost jobs, lost economic activity and serious decline of domestic tourism within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site along the Elephant Coast of KZN south Africa and the surrounding areas of the Umkhanyakude district Municipality due to the knock on impact of the 4×4 ban. Continue reading

Membership Application

Click the link below to fill out a basic application for membership to the association of recreational beach users. When you click submit,  at the bottom of the form, your application will instantly published to our data base and a staff members will validate your application manually during office hours, Monday to Friday, o9 H 00 to 15 H oo and we are closed during public holidays and week ends.

ARBU?A1 — basic application for membership to the Association of Recreational Beach Users

Once your contact details have been verified you will receive our weekly news letter and info update with links to all our social media projects and other membership incentives such as but not limited to  lucky draws for prizes from our sponsors and specials at resorts that support our cause.

ARBU institutes procedings to establish a local municipal coastal committee

The Association of Recreational beach users has began the procedings to institute a local municipality coastal management committee as is required by the ICMA (Integrated CoastalManagement Act)

We have written a letter to the mayor of Mtubatuba Municipality requesting a meeting to discuss the setting up of this committee as soon as is practicaly possible so that we may proceed to establish the Mtubatuba local Municipality coastal management Committee.

If the Mtubatuba Municipalty does not have a Coastal management plan in place then one will be provided for us in which we will have no input or influence. If we have a committee in place the Act mandates

    the Minister,
    the MEC
    The IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority)
    The national coastalanagement committee
    the provincial coastal managemenyt committee

to consult with the local municipality coastal committee on any matters effecting their coastal management plan.

This will alow us as the Association of recreational beach users to have some influence in the matters affecting our members and the potential tourism impacts which any changes to the mtubatuba municipal coastal management plan which may be forecd upon us by the higher levels of the coastal management system envisaged by the ICMA

New Years Resolution for ARBU

Well we have been rather inactive due to a variety of reasons, but in 2011 we will be out in full swing and tackle the 4×4 ban and its economic losses along the Elephant Coast with new vigor and great determination.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park snubs Mtubatuba IDP

The iSimangaliso wetland park Authority (IWPA) has snubbed the Mtubatuba Municipality IDP (Integrated Development Plan Process) and has neglected to send a representative to the Mtubatuba IDP PRF (Integrated Development Plan Public Representatives Forum)

This is a mandated process in terms of the Municipal systems act, and the ROD which effectively closed our beaches to motor vehicle access. The ARBU (Association of recreational beach users) is in the process of dealing with this politically at the Mtubatuba Municipalities IDP process.

We are convinced that this failure to show up at mandated process meetings is deliberate and that it needs to be challenged legally. We require your mandate to do this. check out our petition and consider giving us your morall support

ARBU needs your help

The Association of Recreational Beach users (ARBU) needs your help. visit our webiste for more details

your time is apreciated.

ARBU works with BAF

The Umhlathuze Local municipality has been affected by the absence of recreational beach users from the local tourism industry.

The Zululand Chamber of commerce and Industry also supports the BAF (Beach Access Forum) which will be looking at all aspects of beach access within the Umhlathuze local municipality., focusing on the local and domestic tourism associated with beach access.

ARBU will be supporting the BAF, and learning from the process followed by the Beach access forum.

These issues of beach access are high;y charged, and the views are very divergent, from total preservation to full scale consumption and total urbanization of the coast line.

So we are in for some hard work and plenty of PR style work with public perception management issues.

watch this space !!!!!

ARBU and LUMS

ARBU (Association of recreational beach users) has been attanding the mtubatuba local Municpality LUMS (Land Use Management System) meetings and we feel very positive that we will be able to address the issue of Beach access along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa through the LUMS committes at each Municipality where we require beach access for recreational pruposes.

ARBU joins BAF

The Association of recreational beach users has joined the beach access forum (BAF)

Next meeting of BAF will be on 6 July at ZCCI Board room in Riichards bay, KZN South africa, at 17 H 00

ARBU will represent the Elephant Coast beaches as per our constitutional duties.

Help need at public meetings

The IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) are busy with their IMP (Integrated Management Plan) and your presence at the public participation meetings will be included.

If you can be there please attend.

If you cant be there your self, perhaps you can convince a friend to be their. If we do not get enough people at these public meetings then our point of view will not be included in the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) IMP (Integrated Management Plan)

We need to get the 4×4 ban issue addressed at these public participation meetings. If there are not enough numbers at these meetings then our point will not b e taken seriously.

The Integrated Management Plan (IMP) is a tool that is used to develop and manage iSimangaliso. It is the framework for decision making over the next 5 years, and has been drafted in terms of the World Heritage Convention Act 1999 (Act No.49 of 1999) and National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act 57 of 2003). The IMP also meets the requirements of other legislation, such as the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act 18 of 1998).

The IMP sets out to integrate conservation, tourism development, and the local economic development of historically disadvantaged communities in and adjacent to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

The IMP provides the integrated management tools for iSimangaliso, including:

* Spatial planning measures, including zonation, activities plans and nodal frameworks, the intended proclamation of the entire coast off iSimangaliso a Marine Protected Area.
* A five year implementation programme.
* General planning measures and controls.

The IMP is available for your review and comment for the period from the 24 December 2008 until 18 February 2009. Holiday makers to the Park over the festive season will have an opportunity to review the Plan, making the IMP available for comment for an extended period of 8 weeks.

Hard and electronic copies of the Integrated Management Plan will be available at the venues below:

KWAZULU NATAL
Durban Central Public Library
Durban North Public Library
Mkuze – Ghost Mountain Inn
Hluhluwe Public Library
Jozini Public Library
Manguzi Public Library
Mbazwana Education Centre and Library
Mtubatuba Public Library
Mtunzini – ACER (Africa) Offices
Richards Bay Public Library
St Lucia Public Library

GAUTENG
Bryanston Public Library
Rosebank Public Library
Blackheath Public Library
Johannesburg Public Library
Pretoria Public Library

MPUMALANGA
Nelspruit Public Library

WESTERN CAPE
Cape Town Public Library

iSIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK
St Lucia Crocodile Centre
uMkhuze – Mantuma Reception
Sodwana Bay – Camp Reception
Kosi Bay – Camp Reception

The Draft IMP is also available on ACER Africa’s website: http://www.acerafrica.co.za under the “iSimangaliso IMP” link.

At the end of January 2009, Open Days will be held to provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the content of the IMP.

KWAZULU-NATAL
23 January 2009 – Protea Hotel Hluhluwe – 09h00 to 13h00
27 Janaury 2009 – Durban Botanical Gardens – 15h00 to 19h00

GAUTENG
28 January 2009 – Protea Hotel Midrand – 15h00 to 19h00

Comments can be submitted in one of the following ways:
By mail: ACER (Africa) Environmental Management Consultants
IMP Consultation Public Participation Office,
PO Box 503,
Mtunzini, 3867
By fax: 035 – 340 2232
By email: IMP@acerafrica.co.za

The comment period commences on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 and ends at the close of business on Wednesday, 18th February 2009. Please make sure that ACER has received your comments.

All those with an interest in iSimangaliso Wetland Park are encouraged to review the draft IMP, attend Open Days and/or submit written comment. Comments received will be considered in the finalisation of the IMP.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Participation Office.

iSIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK
DRAFT INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT PLAN – PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCESS
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OFFICE DETAILS

Ms Bongi Shinga or June Mottram
ACER (Africa) Environmental Management Consultants
P O Box 503, Mtunzini, 3867
Tel: 035 340 2715
Fax: 035 340 2232
E-mail: IMP@acerafrica.co.za

REVIEW PERIOD: 24 December 2008 – 18 February 2009

For more information email roland@iSimangaliso.com