Boesmans – Kariega Estuary Care Management Forum
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 23 December 2021 at 10:00 via Zoom.
The Chairman Stuart Clarkson opened the meeting and extended a warm welcome to all members and visitors. He also extended a special welcome to our guest speaker, Dr Angus Paterson, Managing Director of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.
Our constitution calls for the approval of past minutes. Due to the Covid situation we did not have an AGM last year but produced a report that was published on our website. This report was accepted.
Present: 28 members and visitors. Apologies: Derek and Helen Brockwell.
- Presentation of Chairman’s Annual report.
The Chairman’s Annual Report has been published on our website and circulated to all members. Stuart read his report for those who had not received it.
Matters arising from the Chairman’s report:
Tom Lawless requested the Chairman to elaborate on the sand dune issue.
Stuart advised that the Ndlambe Municipality have appointed an environmental officer and all planned interventions need to be submitted to The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism for approval. Short term projects include the removal of sand from the carpark at Kenton Middle Beach, rebuilding the retaining wall at Middle Beach and the removal of sand from Boesmans River car park. Our committee is formalising our objection and counter proposal to the KSDNA proposal and once this is complete our proposal will be published to the broader Kenton on Sea community.
Ed Grondel enquired what the water issue problem was with regards to Amatola Water. Jacques De Wit mentioned that unfortunately there is no long-term water strategy in place at this stage. 90% of the
problem is around structural and managerial issues. The demand for water has increased and the focus next year will be at a strategic level to make sure that we have a sustainable long-term plan in place.
- Presentation and Approval of Financial Report
The financial report for the year ending October 2021 was published on our website and circulated to all members. Stuart mentioned that we are grateful for the numerous donations received from members as well as from The Periwinkle Trust and Alan Cunningham at The Goat Shed. There has been an upsurge in membership fees received. Efforts will be made next year to obtain approval from the Council to once again take over the sale of boat licenses. This will allow for Estuary Care to increase its revenue for ongoing projects.
Our treasurer Ted Gilfillan mentioned that the discrepancies between bench purchases and bench donations will end up with a positive flow during the course of the year. Estuary Care finances are in a positive position moving forward. The above report was approved.
- Appointment of Office Bearers for the year 2021/2022
The existing committee members are all available for re-election and Sarel Marais from Boesmans Rivier was proposed and seconded as a new member on the committee. The meeting approved the election of the members standing for re-election on the proposal of Bruce Steele-Gray and seconded by Tom Lawless.
- Introduction of guest speaker.
Stuart was pleased to introduce Dr Angus Paterson, Managing Director of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. Angus has been a friend of Estuary Care for many years. Angus was the most popular Guest speaker suggestion. We are thrilled that he accepted our invitation.
The topic of his presentation was: New technology for a new era – Marine Science in SA for the next decade.
Stuart thanked Angus for the most informative presentation and congratulated him and his team for the outstanding work that they are doing. He mentioned that he is looking forward to following their research in the future and we are highly grateful for him giving up his time to present to us today.
Discussions took place around the alarming overfishing in the estuaries as well as the impact of offshore fishing by local fishing boats. It was agreed that wider education needs to be undertaken to try and create the awareness.
Ed Grondel thanked Angus for the fantastic presentation.
Bruce Steele-Gray thanked the committee for the cleaning and maintenance of the pathway along the Boesmans Rivier. There were no further issues raised.
The Chairman thanked everyone for their attendance and wished everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy holiday season.
There being no further business to discuss the meeting was closed at 11.30 am with thanks from the Chair.