Ramsgate Conservancy Newsletter

Ramsgate Walking Tours – Do you have any stories of old to share? Please tell us about them. Pauline and Doreen have been meeting weekly with the WESSA Beach Stewards and Sonwabile, the Tourism Info officer, at the Ramsgate Eco-Tourism Info Office. The team is putting together a series of walking History and Environmental Education tours around Ramsgate.   The walks are based on information from the book, Ramsgate Recollections, and whatever other interesting bits of history relevant to Ramsgate’s past, or characters of the past.   Included will be a contribution from the colourful and sometimes tragic history of the ski boat fishermen, like the Dickens and Fynn families. If anyone has any stories they think may be relevant, please make contact with Pauline or Doreen. We hope to get this project up and running for the December season.  Look out for the notice boards about the schedule for these tours. Say What? As a “lightee” I loved the ocean and was soon drawn in to the world of surfing. Here I discovered that surfing has a language of its own. Consequently, as a “grommet” I would head to the “Out Side” where we would wait for the “set” to come in, hoping to “carve up the wall” and maybe get “barrelled”. “Cool – ne?” A few, yes a JUST a few years on… I have discovered a new language –that of the “Twitchers”. A Twitcher (not to be confused with a serious “Bird Watcher”) is someone who has a passion to see as many birds as possible. You don’t find too many of them locally, but they can be easily identified by their quickly accessible check list which is often attached to their 10×50 binoculars. However holding a conversation with a serious “Twitcher” is where things get interesting as their... read more

November 2018 Moondeckers

  Pre-Christmas CHRISTMAS MOONDECKERS: Come and join us for our pre-Christmas CHRISTMAS MOONDECKERS and enjoy with home baked Christmas Mince pies, fruit salad and ice-cream and a jug of homemade Sangria on each table.  And that is not all… a Christmas cracker to get you in the mood!  Bring your own savoury course if you would like one and don’t forget your drinks and glasses.  See the full moon and you might even be lucky and spot Father Christmas taking his sleigh out for a pre-Christmas test run.  (If you do, you probably just had too much to drink, LOL) Where  Ramsgate Whale Deck When  Friday, 23 November 2018 Time  17h30 (05h30pm) Costs  R40 pp including Christmas Mince pies, fruit salad and ice-cream and Sangria, 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 19th November 2018 Carla Steenkamp –    Cell:  082 677... read more

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

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

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