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.

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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

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority plans missing ?

On Wednesday 3 December 2008 the Mtubatuba IDP (Integrated Development Plan) held a meeting of the Public Representatives Forum as part of their public participation process in the development of their IDP.

The subject of the IWPA iSimangaliso Wetland Park and integration of their IMP (Integrated Management Plan) came up, where the facilitator said that she had been trying for more than 6 years to acquire a copy of their IMP.

I have also personally been on the hunt for this plan, as I want to know what the IWPA is doing about the significant losses suffered when the recreational beach users along the Elephant Coast simply stopped coming to the Elephant Coast.

I am tired of being Mr. Nice Guy and so requested that the PRF (Public Representatives Forum) request that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) produce a copy of their Integrated Management Plan (IMP) or face the music.

The forum then took a resolution to request that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) produce their plan within 14 Days. This is a start, and we will keep up the pressure.

It must be remembered that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) is the Successor of GSLWPA (Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park Authority) and as such is liable for not implementing policies as per instructions of the world heritage Act clauses 21, 22, 23 and 24

IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) is the new name for GSLWPA (Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park Authority) and the name change was quite a serious affair, as this name change affects UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) which is the world body in control of world heritage sites and their marketing to the public.

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Registration with CIPRO approved

We have successfully reserved the name “Association of recreational beach users” with CIPRO and will soon be registering ARBU as a NPO (Non profit Organization

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What to write ?

Well when asked to comment on this blog I got a surprise……
Posts are way too long with too many topics. long posts are not a problem, but the number of different topics well that is some thing else.

Leave some comments about what aspects of the 4×4 ban you would like some clarity on and I will research it for you, and publsh the findings here for you to show every body else.

Remember to talk about this blog, and to get others to visit. The more registered readers we have the more influence we will be able to exert on the politicians and government officials.

4X4 Ban and the Elephant Coast economy

The closure of all beaches along the South african Coast line to motor vehicle trafic has had some very nasty side effects, and caused many business along the entire South African Coastline to suffer incredible losses due to the absence of the recreational beach users from the local economies of coastal tourism destinations.

I will be writing about the Elephant Coast region, which is where I live and play, and others will be writing about their areas. I stopped writing about this problem, of lost economic opportunities caused by the 4X4 ban along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa  for a while due to political pressure, but have since come to realise that this was a smoke screen, and that these politiicians really had a loud voice, but were unable to really do to much harm to my personal well being.

Since our President, Thabo Mbehki was fired for allegedly not following party policy, I have come to realise that we can make this thing of lost jobs and other economic opportunities into an important political issue, and use it during the electioneering campain that will be coming up to force all political parties to assist in fixing the problem, or loose votes.

This will be a brave step, and require many people to actively participate in highlighting their personal losses, and businesses highlighting their business stats and difficulties that they have had when asking their local municipality and other large role players such as DEAT (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism) IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetand Park Authority) and Umkhanyakude District Municipality for assistance with the substantial economic losses incurred when domestic tourism along the Elephant Coast collapsed due to the knock on effects of the so called 4×4 ban, or the closure of our beaches to motor vehicle traffic in terms of the NEMA (National Environmental Management Plan) and subsequent legislation.

I will be using this platform to launch an association called the Association of Recreational beach users, which will eventually become a NON profit based organistaion looking after the interests of all recreational beach users. I tried this before, but from a different perspective, and due to the lack of financial assistance failed miserably.

Many people know that I am passionate about opposing the 4×4 Ban and that I want this legislation looked at and revised to make it more people friendly and less restrictive on our local tourism industry.  A large number of these people still want access to the Coastal recreational resources along the Elephant Coast, and in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with many asking me what’s going on, as I talk about this issue excessively, and they feel I am an AUTHORITY on the 4×4 ban.

This Blog will be used as base from which many other activities will be launched, in conjunction with many other online promotional and social networking structures.  I will be linking to previous writings and placing my correspondence with others  online at various locations. I will  be soliciting help from every conceivable corner then a few others as well, to ensure that the 4×4 ban, or the closure of our coastal recreational beach use areas to motor vehicle traffic gets the political attention that it needs to fix our very serious economic crisis caused bt the absence of the domestic tourist to the many Elephant Coast tourism destinations inclusing but not limited to

  • Lake St. Lucia
  • St. Lucia Estuary
  • Cape Vidal
  • Mapelane
  • Sodwana Bay
  • Cape St. Lucia Light house
  • Richards bay Beaches

Please book mark this space and come back within a week mor 2 and see my progress.

If you have any ideas on how to go about this public awareness and political campain please write a comment, and we will try to use your idea in our thinking.

Do not be afraid!!!!!!!

voice your opinion and help us to solve this social problem, that has cost the Elephant Coast BILLIONS OF RANDS IN LOST TOURISM INCOME.