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Conservancy Newsletter

  Warning     Due to dune erosion it has been necessary for Ramsgate Conservancy to close the boardwalk between Ski-Boat Bay and the Whaledeck. The boardwalk has become unsafe but cannot be removed or re-sited until Municipality Documentation is received which at present is stuck in the “red-tape” department. It is hazardous to by-pass the temporary fencing installed and/or to sit on the beach below it. Please feel free to use the new wheelchair friendly pathway that starts by the new Eco-Tourism Centre (a Joint Venture between Ramsgate Tourism and Ramsgate Conservancy) next to the BP Garage, drop in and say Hi to the staff that are setting it up, and continue up to the Whale Deck Viewing Area and then come back down by the “Old” path.     Vote of Thanks   Ramsgate Conservancy would like to thank all the Sponsors / Donors to the Eco Tourism Centre project for their generous donations, without these it could not have been done. We ask all readers to positively support the businesses who have assisted with donations, and to our Private Donors we thank you from the bottom of our hearts Beach Stewards News On the 07th of September 2018 the Tourism Blue Flag beach stewards and representatives of Ray Nkonyeni municipality visited Esivivaneni Primary a school that is situated in rural areas of Harding. The purpose for the visit was to raise awareness, educate and celebrate Arbour Day. The day was a great success as there were different speakers from Department Of Water and Sanitation, Environmental Affairs, UGU- Disaster Fire Management and Wessa Team, all speakers gave informative presentations to grade5&6 pupils about the dangers of fire and safety tips, water pollution (causes & effects) , importance of planting trees, and blueflag.The children were given prizes such as pencil... read more

September 2018 Moondeckers

Spring Event You are invited to a SPRING EVENT to celebrate the Full Moon at the Whaledeck Enviro Centre, hosted by The Ramsgate Conservancy.   Cold Meat, Salads and breadrolls, will be served while we watch for the Full Moon rising over the sea on this beautiful Spring evening.  Feel free to bring your own wine and other drinks. Where  Ramsgate Whale Deck When  Tuesday, 25 September 2018 Time  17h30 (05h30pm) Costs  R50 pp including the meal, but remember to bring some Cash for the Lucky draw. BOOKING ESSENTIAL We are looking forward to enjoying a nice evening with you, your family and friends. RSVP: Before 20th  September 2018 Carla Steenkamp – megaplansc@gmail.com    Cell:  082 677... read more

Ramsgate Conservancy Festival Walk

Ramsgate Conservancy Festival Walk – Sunday 5th August (Marine Ramble & Wild Frangipani Trail) A quick reminder about Sunday’s walk, starting at the Ramsgate Whale Deck. 6:30am (30mins) Relaxing Morning Meditation @ The Whale Deck (Free) Join Bernie Vorster for an introduction to the art of meditation and connect with nature overlooking the Indian Ocean. 7:00am (2hrs) WIN – Walking in Nature – Registration & Coffee at the Whale Deck (R20 donation to Ramsgate Conservancy), Set off at 7.30am, a fairly easy 4km walk – suitable for all ages – dogs on leads welcome. Enjoy a gentle beach walk along the Ramsgate Marine Ramble, turn inland at Beach Road, where there will be a water table to refresh you before the incline to the Wild Frangipani Trail and then back to the Whale Deck for breakfast. As you walk, please take part in our enviro clean up. 8:30am (30 mins) Breakfast with a View @ The Whale Deck (R30 payable at the Deck) Ramsgate Conservancy volunteers will be serving delectable grilled chicken breakfast rolls with tea or coffee.  All funds raised go to Ramsgate Conservancy for use in their many environmental projects. 8:45am (60 mins) Recycled art demo with the WESSA Beach Stewards @ The Whale Deck (Free). Explore the creative side of rubbish and learn how to turn trash into treasure. 9.55am (25 mins) Author’s Talk –  John Costello – Mkambati & the Wild Coast (Free) 10:30am (10 mins) Author’s Talk – Helena Davis – Wind in the Wheatfields (Free) 10:45am (25 mins) Author’s Talk – Nick Van der Leak – Van Gogh (Free) 11:20am (40 mins) Author’s Talk –Rob Caskie – Story teller, Cultural Guide (Free) 12:10pm (30 mins) Author’s Talk & Poetry –Kwazi Nglandisa & Luleka Mhlanzi (Free) Please help Ramsgate Conservancy by forwarding this email to anyone that might be interested in joining... read more

Ramsgate Conservancy Newsletter

RAMSGATE CONSERVANCY RECEIVES A GRANT FROM RAY NKONYENI MUNICIPAITY At a ceremony held at the Ray Nkonyeni Civic Hall, John Murray, Chairman of the Ramsgate Conservancy, received an Agreement of Grant on behalf of the Conservancy. The grant was for the amount of R4100 and was presented by the Deputy Mayor. The grant was given “for the purpose of helping acquire necessary resources”. The Conservancy’s funds have been hit hard recently by theft of their surveillance camera, path and building floodlighting lighting (twice) and will have extra unbudgeted costs associated with the damage to the boardwalk between the Eco Centre and Ski Boat Bay caused by dune erosion. ABSTRACT FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE SOUTH COAST HERALD BY JUDI DAVIS. (Used with the kind permission of the Editor.)   “Conservancy ‘strips’ over Mbezane River bank vegetation” “Ramsgate Conservancy has called on environmental agencies to take action regarding the devastating damage done to natural vegetation on the banks of the Mbezane River. A large swathe of vegetation has been cleared on the Ramsgate side of the river and a jetty has been built where the clearing has taken place. Ramsgate Conservancy spokesman David Halle said his organisation had reported the matter to the relevant authorities and that he had been in close communication with them. He said the matter was now under investigation. Should the vegetation clearing and construction activities prove to unauthorised and illegal, his organisation looked forward to legal action being taken. ………………….” Update:  A meeting has been held between the interested parties and relevant authorities with the owner of the property but no resolution has been achieved to date. “The whole process will give you a warm fuzzy feeling like you get when you do someone a good turn. But this good turn is for our Planet... read more

Crime Alert: Ramsgate NGO Scammed

The Chairpersons and Committee of the Ramsgate Conservancy and Ramsgate Tourism wish to let you, the Members, know that we have recently become an unknowing victim of an e-mail scam that has resulted in our paying out funds intended for contractual payments for the refurbishment of the new Ramsgate Eco-Tourism Info Centre, to a third, fraudulent party. These scams have recently been widely broadcast in the media and innocent people are continuing to fall prey to these unscrupulous and malicious fraudsters each and every day. It is a testament to their lack of morals that they target community and charity organizations like ours.  As a result of this scam, an amount of R75 000 has been paid from the project fund to a fraudster.  Please be assured that it is by no means due to any negligence on our part, but we do however apologize unreservedly for the loss that we have incurred.  A case had been opened with the police and the two banks concerned are working to resolve this issue.  Please also be assured that further protocols and stricter measures have now been put in place in an attempt to prevent this from happening again and we ask you all to be alert when making any monetary payments whether in private or business capacity. In the meantime, the show must go on!  As a result of this situation, we are now short of funds to complete the project on time.  Until such times as we know whether the banks will pay back the money, we urgently need to raise funds to continue. Funds can be in the form of a loan or a donation.   A local donor has kindly offered to enter into a ‘Match Funding’ situation with the community.  In other words, for every Rand donated by a community member or... read more

Conservancy Newsletter

Exciting news for birders White eared Barbets have been sighted here – normally North of Durban.  They feed mainly on wild figs and fig trees are increasing fast. Fig trees (over 20 species) are unusual in that they fruit throughout the year at random ensuring a continuous supply of food- the Ritz of the forest!! The white-eared barbet (Stactolaema leucotis) is a species of bird in the family Lybiidae (African barbets). It is found in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.   Conservancy Honorary Lifetime Membership Award The Ramsgate Conservancy is pleased to announce that at its recent AGM Sally Booker was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Conservancy for her tireless voluntary work for the Conservancy over many years. Sally joins the exclusive list of Honorary Lifetime Members who are Doreen Gaze, David Halle, Paddy Norman and John Makin. As well as being on the Committee, Sally heads up the Conservancy Portfolio Group for Dune Erosion/Rehabilitation, Eco-Centre and Whale Deck Maintenance and Recycling. She is also the main co-ordinator for the Conservancy in the joint project with Ramsgate Tourism to turn the derelict toilet block into an Environment and Tourism Centre to be named ETC. The Conservancy praises Sally for all her efforts for the Conservancy, the Ramsgate Community and the Environment. Beach Stewards Hightea Party On the 13th of December the Ramsgate beach stewards hosted a hightea party for all the South Coast beach stewards at the Whaledeck that was sponsored by Ramsgate Conservancy,the guest speakers were Tyran and Peter Charlton.    Fun Art and Craft Day On the following day the beach stewards had a Fun Art and Craft Day at the WhaleDeck where they together with the members of the public participated in creating different items made out of recycled egg containers... read more

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