Each year the Friends of the Liesbeek helps to organise the Peninsula Paddle. This event has had an important impact on rivers, vleis and canals of Cape Town. The paddle brings attention to the state of the waterways by raising public attention through the media and also drawing public officials to address the problems together with the public themselves.
Anyone can take part in the paddle. You can do a short section or join up to 80 paddlers who will be doing the full route. There is no cost, but you must register on the webside: www.peninsulapaddle.wordpress.com
Milnerton lagoon: Peninsula Paddle 2013
When the wetland on the western bank of the Liesbeek River in Mowbray, opposite Rhodes Office Park, was built in 1997, the intention was to provide an aesthetically pleasing public environment and perhaps a secondary thought was to intercept and treat urban stormwater runoff. This development was funded by Rhodes Office Park complex as a contribution to the environment. I understand that the developers agreed to maintain the wetland for the first two years, thereafter it would revert to a City’s Parks and Recreation department.
Want to read more and see some options? Click on the link to read a two-page document:Constructed wetlands need attention
Sunbirds in the Western Cape rely on summer flowering plants for food during the hot dry summers. Summer flowering Erica verticillata became extinct in the 1930s and its reintroduction means an important summer food source is available for these lovely birds on the Cape Flats.
Annual General Meeting 2014
Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. Every seat was filled and the presentations and discussions were lively. Chairman Phil McLean gave us a short summary of the year’s challenges and successes; Grant Irlam, our treasurer, explained to everyone how our funds have been managed; and the members were satisfied that the Friends of the Liesbeek had once again done a great job this year. Our speaker, Dalton Gibbs, had everyone “yaying” and “awing” during his talk on the rollercoaster ride of plant conservation, namely the restoration of extinct Erica verticillata. We also had a chance to hear what our Liesbeek Maintenance Project Manager, Nick Fordyce, had achieved in the 8 months that he has been on the river. Well done to Nick for having taken over so ably. Kevin Winter treated us to a slideshow of the 2014 Peninsula Paddle and Landscape architect Clare Burgess gave us a taste of the “Plan” that is being drafted for the Liesbeek and updates will be posted here and sent out to members as the project progresses. Finally we could tuck into the delicious snacks provided by The Fat Cactus (Dave), Players Restaurant (Sharon) and The Wild Fig (Trevor). A big thank you for the generous donations and support from these restaurants on the Liesbeek.
Final BAR of the Proposed Redevelopment Of Valkenberg Hospital, (D:EA&DP Reference Number: 16/3/1/1/A7/17/3064/12)
YOUR INVITATION TO PARTAKE IN THE PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD OF THE FINAL BASIC ASSESSMENT REPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME.
DATES: 29 November 2013 – 9th January 2014
VENUES: 1. Observatory Library: Opp. Cnr Station and Drake Roads,Observatory,7925
Tel:021 447 9017(Contact person: Cleo Delmore)
2. Mowbray Library: 31 Main Road,Mowbray,7700
Tel: 021 689 1201(Contact person: Michelle Venter)
3. Chand Website:
4. Chand Environmental Consultants: Contact person: Kim Wyngaardt, 021-762 3050, Richmond Centre, 174-206 Main Road, Plumstead.
The Envirocentre on the Valkenburg Hospital grounds has always been an important base for environmental groups, facilitating open discussion and innovation for almost two decades. Read Emma Bryce’s report Envirocentre_Bryce.
The recent Open House held by Chand to comply with the Public Engagement Process for the proposed redevelopment of the Valkenberg Hospital raised many concerns. The interested and affected parties were able to speak to the project team but many issues were still not resolved. One of these is the future of the Envirocentre.
The building is the old Valkenberg Dispensary, an attractive 65 year old building, with lovely wooden floors, high ceilings and original doors and window frames. It commands an inspiring view of Devil’s Peak and the Liesbeek Lake, and has a long open space in front of the building where seasonal ponds and grassy fields give refuge to frogs and toads, as well as numerous bird species.
However, as is clearly stated in the report, the Envirocentre is far more than an attractive building set in open grounds, it is in fact, where a space was created where diverse groups could interact and energise civil society.
The Chand proposal for their client, the Western Cape Provincial Administration and the Department of Health, does not preserve this important space. Instead the whole area is to be covered by extensive new buildings, destroying the heritage centre and the open areas leading to Liesbeek Lake.
It seems to be a sad waste of a lovely, historical community space.
The view from the Envirocentre
It is time to do another Liesbeek River Cleaning Day!
The flooding that has happened recently will for sure keep us busy this Saturday.
Please see attached some photos taken by the Friends of the Liesbeek on the 28th August 2013.
It is like going to the gym to get ready for the Summer, if we put extra effort now the river will be looking beautiful in December!
Vina MacGillivray has secured the involvement of 20 people from Tsogo Sun group of hotels. This will boost up the team on Saturday and guarantee an immense removal of litter from the river.
We will try and put the boat in the water in order to clean the islands as well.
I hope to see you on Saturday. Meet in front of the Wild Fig Restaurant in Observatory at 8h30. We will be busy until 3h30 so come when you can. Bring gloves, wear old clothes and boots or sturdy closed shoes.
Support the Peninsula Paddle on Sunday 9th June!
Here is the route :
and the map:
The Friends of the Liesbeek will be providing hot soup and rolls at Milnerton Boat Club.
Come and join us!
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0216715385.
The developments, by Friends of the Liesbeek with the City of Cape Town, to allow flood waters easier access to the pans situated at Raapenberg Wetland, have not only assisted and benefited the community in flood alleviation but have also benefited the wider bird community. Continue reading