About Snakes on 8 October 2016 in Simon’s Town

SNAKES IN SPRINGTIME

SATURDAY 8th October 10:00 – 12:00 am

This is an opportunity to learn about snakes and  support the library.

Local snake enthusiast Stephen Moll will give another fascinating talk (with snakes),

helping us to identify, appreciate, and be safe around snakes.

Cost: Adults R50   Scholars R25

Venue: Simon’s Town Library Hall, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town

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Enquires and Bookings: Simon’s Town Library 021 786 1553 or Renate 021 786 5752 (after hours) or Heather 073 878 2165  Email: heatherscott.library@gmail.com

ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LIBRARY

 

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A Green Theme in Simon’s Town

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THE FRIENDS OF SIMON’S TOWN LIBRARY INFO-TAINMENT PROGRAMME 2016
‘Green’ programme:-
SNAKES OF THE CAPE PENINSULAIdentification and habits, and practical advice with local snake rescuer Stephen Moll
SATURDAY 16th April 10:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Cost: R50
Venue: Simon’s Town Library Hall, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town

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GREENING YOUR HOME – Ideas and stories from the local front
with sustainability expert Peter Willis and green activist Diane Salters
TUESDAY 3rd May 10:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Cost: R50
Venue: Simon’s Town Library Hall, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town
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LIVING WITH BEES – and build a ‘lone bee’ home with ever-popular bee-lover Jenny Cullinan
SATURDAY 14th May 10:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Cost: R50
Venue: Simon’s Town Library Hall, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town
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Enquires, Bookings and Payments: Simon’s Town Library OR RENATE 021 786 5752 (after hours) or Heather 073 878 2165 email: heatherscott.library@gmail.com
ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LIBRARY
FRIENDS OF SIMON’S TOWN LIBRARY ‘INFO-TAINMENT’ PROGRAMME
APRIL/MAY 2016
Full payment on registration (EFT option, to The Friends of Simon’s Town Library ABSA Longbeach Mall A/c 907 418 8831)
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The ‘Gatvol’ Petition has 3000 signatures! Now please attend the follow up meeting

INVITATION

More than 3000 people signed the ‘Gatvol’ Petition!!

ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE FAR SOUTH PENINSULA
are invited to a meeting with officials from the City of Cape Town
Monday 18 April, 18h00hrs
Fish Hoek Town Hall

Residents are asking the City why traffic is at a standstill, why schools in the Far South are overflowing, why there are insufficient clinics in the area, and why the Far South is being neglected when it comes to public transport?

Why does the Mayor continue to approve new developments in the congested Far South Peninsula?

This is your chance to express your concerns and suggest solutions to City Officials. All are welcome.

Table Mountain National Park – Stack Burning March and April 2016

Table Mountain National Park Fire Management will commence prescribed stack burning in Sun Valley, Blackhill, Capri Village and other sections of the park this month.

Read more here:

PRESCRIBED BURNING IN TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN COMING WEEKS

07 March 2016: Table Mountain National Park is in the process of obtaining a burning permit to conduct a number of biodiversity burns in various sections of the Park. These prescribed burns will take place between March and April 2016 under favourable weather conditions i.e. temperatures under 25°C with moderate winds of less than 20km/hr and 2-3 days after light rain has fallen.
Although we appreciate that such burning is a source of concern to Cape Town residents it must be stated that wild fires will occur and an uncontrolled fire could pose a huge risk to life and property on the urban edge. Therefore the removal of dry flammable material by means of a prescribed burn will reduce the likelihood of these uncontrolled wildfires from occurring.

Fynbos vegetation is both fire-prone and fire-adapted and the use of fire forms an integral part of the ecological management of the park. TMNP Fire Management Department together with the SANParks Cape Research Centre has developed a scientific Prescribed Burning Plan for the entire park.

The reasons for conducting prescribed burns in fynbos vegetation are:

a) To reduce fire hazards by reducing the unnecessary “fuel” accumulated in field as a result of Alien Plant Clearing operations
b) To rejuvenate the fire-adapted and fire-dependent fynbos vegetation
c) To form an essential part of control operations aimed at eliminating invasive alien plants

Weather-permitting,TMNP is planning to undertake prescribed burning at:

Two areas within the Cape Point Section
Black Hill from Sun Valley to Glencairn
Roodeberg in the Capri Village area

Residents in the adjoining areas of the park should be assured that Park management will do their best to minimize any possible inconvenience to adjacent households during the preparatory work and burning operations. When the burn takes place, surrounding residents are advised to please keep their windows shut while burning takes place. Flammable items such as gas canisters should be removed from outside areas and laundry should be taken off washing lines to prevent odour contamination from the smoke. (pets, asthma)

All owners and occupiers of adjacent properties have a right to lodge written queries/objections to the proposed open burning with the City of Cape Town. Kindly direct all queries or objections to the City’s Air Pollution Control section on Tel: 021 590 5200 via fax to 021 590 5215 or via email to Bronwyn.Davidson@capetown.gov.za

How to tell the difference between a prescribed burn and a wild fire:
It is important to note that a prescribed burn will only ever take place under the conditions as described above. Prescribed burning will never take place on days with strong/gale-force winds, and will not take place over weekends or public holidays. Should you see a fire that does not describe the above conditions, please contact the TMNP Fire Management Department at 021 689 7438/9.

Do not kiss this toad!

Invasion of the Guttural toad

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The Guttural toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis) is indigeno
us and prolific in most of southern Africa, but is NOT indigenous to the Cape Peninsula, where it competes with other amphibians such as the endangered Western Leopard toad (Sclerophrys pantherina). Over the past few years they have invaded Constantia and Bishopscourt and have recently been found in Noordhoek. Why these areas, you ask? The reason is that Guttural toads enjoy lush gardens with ponds.

In order to control this toad’s populations and minimise the damage to other amphibians, a team of experts, the NCC Environmental Services, has been appointed by the City of Cape Town to implement the Guttural Toad Project.

The Guttural toad looks similar to the Leopard toad, but has less striking “leopard spots” and a cross on its head. When stressed it can excrete a sticky gel on its skin which is toxic to other animals, such as dogs and cats. Do not kiss this toad! The Guttural toad croaks at night with an abrasive loud “crrrr…crrrr…crrrr…crrrr…”. There is a video with sound effects on our Facebook page.

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DO NOT EVER move amphibians, tadpoles or eggs from one location to another, as you may be spreading an invasive species. If you have one in your garden, trap it in a bucket or plastic bakkie, if you can.

 

IF YOU SEE OR HEAR A GUTTURAL TOAD (or think it may be one) contact NCC Environmental Services who will arrange to come and identify and remove the toad to be used for study purposes: 021 702 2884 or 083 240 6126 or 071 873 2340 or gutturaltoads@ncc-group.co.za

Please share this information with everyone in the Cape Peninsula.

Karen Gray-Kilfoil

Email: kargray@telkomsa.net

Tel/Fax: 021 785 5811

www.facebook.com/SunValleyEcoWatch

 

Glass Wing Butterfly – rare and beautiful

Glass wing Butterfly, found in Central and South America.
A butterfly with transparent wings is rare and beautiful.
As delicate as finely blown glass, the presence of this rare tropical gem is used by rain forest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its demise alerts them of ecological change.
Rivalling the refined beauty of a stained glass window,
The translucent wings of the Glass wing butterfly shimmer in the sunlight like polished panes of turquoise, orange, green, and red.

Received from Terry Korsten ,Simon's Town

Received from Terry Korsten ,Simon’s Town

 

Snake Season is here

Snake Season is here
The cold wet winter has come to an end and snakes have come out of hibernation so please be aware and heed the advice given by Reptile Education Awareness Consultants (REAC) who promote snake awareness.

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Why are snakes important?
Snakes are an important natural balance in our environment controlling the vermin like rodents and other disease-carrying pests we find around our properties.

What to do if you encounter a snake
Do not attempt to capture or disturb it, just keep an eye on it and contact REAC to remove the animal so it can be returned to the wild.

The sight of a snake frightens most people, but, as a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as you are of them. Often they move as quickly as possible in the opposite direction. Snakes will only defend themselves if threatened and will not attack anyone who leaves them alone.

Do snakes cause damage to property?
No, snakes do not cause damage to property

How do you keep snakes off your property?
There is no real way of keeping snakes off your property, but if you keep your grass cut short, trees well trimmed and clean up all your building rubble, just to mention a few, then there is less likelihood that snakes will be attracted or remain on your property. In short, keep your garden tidy.

Who can you call if there is a snake on my property?
If you encounter a snake on your property contact Shaun Macleod , Director of REAC immediately on Cell 082 532  5033. There is no call out fee but a donation towards the cost of fuel would be most welcome.

If you would like to engage with Shaun his email address is: MacAdderbite@yahoo.com

“Snakes may be scary to some, but every living thing on the planet has a purpose.Stand back and admire them, see them for their beauty and magnificence. They need and deserve our help and respect.”

Click on the links below for more valuable  information about snakes:

http://www.travelground.com/blog/venomous-snakes-may-come-across-hiking-cape/

http://www.scouting.org.za/westerncape/programme/SnakeIDandInformationGuide.pdf

Please use water sparingly

Dear Residents

Water is a precious resource so please use it sparingly.

Attached please find the Dam and Reservoir Storage Levels, Rainfall Data and Comparison Graph as on 12 October 2015 for your information.

The Dams supplying water to the City of Cape Town are currently at 73.5 of Total Storage Capacity.

Internet URL: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Water/Pages/WeeklyDamLevels.aspx

Death of two juvenile baboons -Simon’s Town Troops

Just enjoying life

Just enjoying life


Two  juvenile baboons,one from the Da Gama Park troop and one from the Waterfall troop have died during July,2015. The Da Gama juvenile was shot through the heart with a pellet gun in the naval residential area of Da Gama Park. Cape Nature carried out an investigation but without evidence and witnesses the case could not be taken forward for prosecution.

The Waterfall juvenile was reported injured at the S A Naval Ammunition Depot (SANAD) . After medical examination the baboon was euthanased due to the severity of its injuries. The examination indicated that the injuries were consistent with human abuse. Requests to SANAD for an investigation of this case are awaiting a response,but every effort will be made to establish the facts of this incident.

It is illegal to hurt, harm or kill a baboon in terms of the law and such actions can result in prosecution and the payment of stiff fines. 

Communities are requested to report any abuse of baboons or feeding of baboons to the Baboon Hotline 071 588 6540.

If you want to know more about baboons view the baboon website: http://www.baboons.org.za

Baboon Liaison Group,Greater Simon’s Town

Far South Peninsula Community Forum Report : Facing Facts

The Far South Community Forum is the joint voice of several civic, community and environmental member organizations in the Far South Peninsula; Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Imhoffs Gift, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, Noordhoek, Ocean View, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Smitswinkel Bay, Sunnydale, Sun Valley.

What is the Far South?  The Far South comprises the Cape Peninsula south of
Chapman’s Peak, Silvermine Mountain and Kalk Bay, and its 85 km of coastline.
The Far South is characterised by spectacular mountains, varied coastlines, wetlands, dunes. and one of the richest assemblages of biodiversity, including plants, mammals, and marine, insect, amphibian, bird and reptile species.  85% of the Far South has been declared protected land in terms of various national and international legislation: World Heritage Site, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment. A population of approximately 100 000 people inhabits the remaining 15% of land.

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