Monday, June 30, 2008

stepping up the search for Baby Zena Arendse

We are stepping up the search for Baby Zena Arendse. You can find the flyer at the following link. Please forward it to all your friends. This 3 month old baby is missing for over a month and we need as many people as possible to see it. Kulula.com / British Airways and Pick 'n Pay and others have already helped us send thousands of these flyers our, but we need to keep it up, as there might be one person out there that would be able to help us if he/she sees the flyer.

http://www.crimebusters.org.za/missingzena.jpg

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Pieter Boshoff
072 MISSING / 072 6477464 (24 Hours)
www.missingchildren.co.za

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Whale Watching 24 June 2008

Great Whale Watching again  - beautiful windstill days and ocean conditions perfect! – Danie got a Minke Whale and 16 Humpbacks on the 07h00 trip, I’m still awaiting the sightings of the 2nd trip.

According to weathersa the sea and wind conditions will remain good for the next couple of days, so please get the message out to your guests – obviously going on the whale watching trip they will have a whole other marine experience whilst out for the 2hours!

 

“Leviathan …

Upon earth there is not his like,

Who is made without fear.

Will he speak soft word unto thee ?”

 
From space, the planet is blue.

From space, the planet is the territory

Not of humans, but of the whale…

 
Above just some words from the book written by Heatcote Williams  - Whale Nation –

 
Did you know ?? - ??

The oil of the whales were used for and in : - soap, margarine, glycerol for lipstick, detergents, nitro glycerine throughout the time of World War I and World War II, for brushes and brooms, linoleum, medical trusses,  sausage skin, sword-hilts and scabbards, laces, surgical stitches, tennis racket strings, wax crayons, engineering coolant, golf-bags, varnishes, printing ink, insecticide, calcium for fertilizer, cat and dog food, the oil of the Sperm Whale specifically were the major source of lighting up houses, businesses, streets – no wonder whaling was such a huge industry in years gone by! It’s absolutely amazing how much of the whale was used for all kinds of materials….

 

Whale Watching 22 June 2008

Hallo Almal

 

Around the boat, behind the boat, in front of the boat, under the boat,  over the boat, ( ha ha ha ) jaaaaaaaaaaaaa….the Whale Sightings has been absolutely awesome today and yesterday with all your clientele happy chappies and smiling from ear to ear…! After each and every trip we get feedback from the skipper of the day of WHAT he saw, WHERE he saw them , WHAT the behavior was, WHAT the wind speed was etc etc for our logbooks to send data back to Marine and Coastal Management – and Bien was our captain on the 07h00 trip this morning , reported back that he had 5 HUMPBACK Whales, but the clients we’re in such awe, when they came into the office they said they saw about 13-14 Whales – so the perception of the sightings was absolutely stunning.

 

....people often approach us to comment on how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to watch and experience whales and dolphins firsthand. If we look at the rationale behind these comments, it would suggest to us that people see the opportunity to interact with cetaceans as a fulfilling and life-enriching experience. And it is essential for this reason that whale and dolphin tourism has become such an expanding and globally important industry. Many people travel thousands of miles each year and will un-characteristically get up long before dawn to be on the boat with us to experience a chance to encounter from a close distance with one of the world’s great species…..

 

Please keep in touch, the weather for the whole of the next week looks perfect, so let’s get those clients out of bed to go whale watching!
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

In kind hands

June 23, 2008

Zululand
OBSERVER
 

 

In kind hands

Help! What are these people’s plans with me?

Uh, oh! What’s this, a butcher’s slab?

Uh, oh! What’s this, a butcher’s slab?

Larry Bentley

A THICK-TAILED Bush Baby was exposed to the kind nature of human beings when staring death in the face.
Attacked by dogs in an eShowe garden, the vulnerable little animal was rescued and taken to the Meerensee Veterinary Hospital where X-rays were performed to determine the damage.
It was confirmed that the Bush Baby’s femur (thigh bone) was broken.
The eShowe community who heard of the incident, rallied around and money was soon raised for the operation to place a pin into the broken leg. After the operation he was taken to the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Durban.
This trip was sponsored by eShowe Auto.
He is currently doing well, and provided there are no complications, will have the pin removed and be released back into the forests in eShowe.
A story with a happy ending.

 


 

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hot Deals - Umlilo Lodge

Umlilo Lodge is located in St. Lucia, a small coastal village surrounded by the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa's first National World Heritage Site, on the North Coast of KwaZulu NatalLake St. Lucia is a large estuarine lake abundant with hippo, crocodiles, fish and hundreds of bird species.


The area comprises rivers, lakes, marsh, mangrove swamps and huge sand dunes, with beautiful unspoiled beaches. We are walking distance from all the Shops and Restaurants, so dinner will not be a problem.





We also have a Boma where you can join us in the evenings around a fire (Umlilo) when having a Braai or Traditional Dinner in an African Pot. The 3 coarse dinners are on request and is R 150.00 p/p and excludes drinksOur 11 en-suit bedrooms are air-conditioned and has got TV’s, 11 DSTV channels, Bar Fridges, etc. to make your visit as comfortable as possible.


The bathrooms have got baths and showers. All the rooms over look the swimming pool. Relax on the wooden deck by the pool, in the air-conditioned library with free internet access, in the bar lounge which is surrounded by a fishpond or in the Boma around the fire. Come and make Umlilo your home away from home while exploring The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. 4 rooms are wheel chair friendly.

Special Deals — Up to 10% Discount On Standard RatesStay 3 nights or more and get 10% discount . Only valid if you stay with us between 08 May 2008 and 30 June 2008.

AVG Free No More

Hi Julle/Dear All
 
 
Ek het weer AVG Gratis gekry ... http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afe ... free AVG version
 
 
Groete
 
Petrus
 
PS. visit/besoek  www.elephantcoast.co.za

AVG Free No More

Hi Julle/Dear All
 
 
Ek het weer AVG Gratis gekry ... http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afe ... free AVG version
 
 
Groete
 
Petrus
 
PS. visit/besoek  www.elephantcoast.co.za

Thursday, June 19, 2008

St. Lucia Estuary

The water level has risen since the iMfolozi River is fed into the system.

Water levels on the rise

Blogs - Freedom of speech?

Around the world Blogs has become a mouth piece for people with very little means. Such a mouth piece are widely read and is often quoted in major news papers. In South Africa, recently, a Sunday news quoted a International blog breaking news to one of the biggest scandals in our recent history.
 
Who Read Blogs?
Since blogs are well covered in Googles Alerts their reader base is determined by the words used in each entry. So if you should use the words Wetlands, your are bound to get a certain customer base to receive some thing in their inbox. This is very limmited how ever. To increase the exposure on should use something politically, words like Madiba, Nelson Mandela, Xenophobia or ellephant culling has jumped to mind.
 
By using these words, this entry will be sent out to so many more people, directly to their inboxes.
 
What can you say
Almost any thing.... The law suite must be carried out at the point of origin. In this case ... where is this blog hosted.
 
Who will believe your entry, all boils down to what you have to say. If your Blog has credible references such as this link to Carbon Footprint. This also creates a link back that will be followed by many green tree huggers.
 
The point is that static web pages are now days only read by people surfing the web when they are looking for something on google that is key word related. To broaden your customer base you need to go blogging. People have become lazy in surfiing the web. They love to find everything on a platter. They also love Youtube. Youtube is like having your own TV Station. this small channel that was created by myself, Petrus Viviers, to promote the area, now stands almost on 40 000 views. hey a TV station with more than 3000 viewers per month.
 
Well I extend my invitation to join in my marketing strategy by visiting www.elephantcoast.co.za and see if this medium will not suite your marketing needs.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tourism Stats Big Fat Lie

By Jeremy Gordin and Mike Cadman

The statistics used by the government to boast about South Africa's ability to attract tourism are, at best, "a sleight of hand" because the numbers are not a reflection of real tourism.

This was the response of Professor Loren Landau, the head of the University of the Witwatersrand's forced migration studies programme, to an analysis (by country of origin) of the statistics used by the government to claim the fastest growing tourism in the world.

In 2007, a total of 9,07-million foreigners visited South Africa - an 8,3 percent increase over 2006 - as the country broke its record for annual tourist arrivals for the third year running.

But 2-million (just over 22 percent) of the 9 million official, annual visitors come from Zimbabwe and Mozambique, while another 3-million tourists come from Lesotho and Swaziland.

This means that 5,2-million of South Africa's visitors emanate from four of the poorest countries in the world.
 

Hi Guys,
 
sorry to say ... I told you so ... back in 2004 already. so we organise biker weekends, but the local residents complain.
 
we want beach driving, but the guest houses complain.
 
So what are we going to do know. The bulk of our tourist are street vendours selling cheap knock offs competing with tax paying bussiness..
 
Please note that they are extremly axposed to Xenophobia, thus not a very stable customer base...
 
So St. Lucia has experienced a Bed & Breakfast Explosion .... may be the 2010 soccer world cup will fill the beds!
 
I know I am going to wach the game on my new Z8 cellphone with video streaming. Got two from Vodacom for R135.00/month including free minutes.
 
I see Cell C have them for R100.00/month including 100 free minutes.... So maybe the tourist will come to South Africa and watch the soccer with our cheap
band width while they enjoying lesuire time next to your pool or on a game drive....
 
I ask again, why can't we drive on the beaches...? to be continued.....!!!

Big Boost 4 bussines

Harley weekend
 
It's BIG ... is it bad...
 
No Way ... wee needed this money ... things where tight the last two months.
 
Are they noisy... I only hear the cash registers. Locals Complaining?
 
Only a couple of guest Houses and Some retiered old people...
 
The young generation has the right to live... It is good honest clean bussines.
 
Thanks to all the orginisers and event manegers
 
Thanks to local law enforcement ... we know it is more work tham you bargained for....
 
to the Riders ... Please come again...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Leopard victim on the mend

 

June 13 , 2008

Zululand
OBSERVER
 

 

Leopard victim on the mend

Piet van der Walt can still smile after his escape from the jaws of death, but the memory of his traumatic encounter with a leopard still haunts him

The scars on his head are a perpetual reminder of his lucky escape

Dave Savides

WEEKS after being mauled by a leopard at the Hluhluwe game reserve, Richards Bay pensioner Piet van der Walt is recovering well from his physical injuries - but the mental scars will take time to heal.
The popular Rotarian and Richards Bay Country Club golfer said on Tuesday that he keeps having flashbacks to the evening of the attack.
Van der Walt, known affectionately as 'Piet Pompies', had been making a potjie at the Mpila camp while his family were in their tents when he was pulled backwards from his chair by the leopard's powerful paw.
His skin ripped from his scalp, the bloodied victim was rushed to the Bay Hospital where he was treated and discharged after surgery and a short stay.
His supportive family, who were visiting from the UK and Australia, have since returned and Van der Walt believes the vacuum left has caused him to think more about what happened.
'I tend to be a bit weepy now, even though I am grateful that my life was spared.'
Meanwhile, Mpila camp manager Collette Jennings said a female leopard with a juvenile accompanying her has been seen often at the camp and is believed to be linked to the attack.
'We think that the mother was teaching her child to hunt and this resulted in the unfortunate situation.'

 

Thursday, June 05, 2008

June 06, 2008

Zululand
OBSERVER
 

 

Moving in the right direction

Kian Barker
BSc Hons Ichthyology and
Fisheries Science

It was with great interest that I noticed that there is a positive shift in the management or the facilitation of the hydrodynamics of the St Lucia Estuary system.
This remarkable ecosystem has been jerked back and forth through a series of management policies.
However, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel - or should one say 'fresh water at the end of the tunnel?'
Like any ecosystem when well managed, there are untold benefits.
We have to appreciate that since the 1950s this ecosystem and the factors affecting the estuary have changed.
Historical data needs to be carefully interpreted and certain of this information discarded to create a sustainable ecosystem to maximise what potential remains within and around Lake St Lucia.
However, some of the popular terminology needs to be evaluated.
A drought should no longer be considered as a management option, but rather dry and wet cycles.
Dry and wet cycles are natural global features.
If we refer to a drought, the general understanding is that this is an anomaly and it will eventually go away. Not in Africa.

Genetic ability
In fact, in all ecosystems the plants and animals that live within these ecosystems have a genetic ability to deal with these cycles.
But when there is a change in a resident human population, agriculture and industry expands naturally and certain challenges are created - there is less water for everyone.
This is especially true during dry cycles when aquatic ecosystems come under great pressure, especially St Lucia as it is at the end of several river systems.
Add climate change and the projected drying of this area, careful long-term management is required.
Climate change forecasts indicate progressively less rainfall for this area.
However these dry periods will be punctuated by heavy rain in the form of cyclones and intense low pressure systems dumping tons of rain.
Therefore, long-term management practices taking this into consideration are the only way forward.
There will be more dry periods, with less rain in summer, but generally an average year-on-year winter rainfall.

Climate change
If one splits the rainfall figure over the past few years into summer rain and winter it becomes apparent that there is less summer rain and average winter rainfall - possible results of climate change, which create hotter summers. Higher air temperature means less of an ability for the atmosphere to carry moisture to create rain.
This rainfall and temperature forecast pattern will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Trouble is that Lake St Lucia loses most of its water through evaporation in the hot summer months when there has been little or no rain. A rather bleak scenario.
What about the past history of Lake St Lucia?
When examining an area it is critical to look at how an ecosystem formed - what factors and features resulted in the final product.
Also how this 'ecosystem' that we so affectionately refer to as Lake St Lucia, sustained itself prior to the arrival and even subsequent to the arrival of man.
The Umfolosi (Imfolosi) River delivered an estimated 60% of freshwater into Lake St Lucia. However, certain factors and decisions resulted in the canalisation and diversion of the river.
This precious load of fresh water was then dumped into the sea, along with its load of silt and sediment.
Taking this amount of fresh water out of any ecosystem will have long and sustained effects.
By looking at some basic agricultural figures to determine the effects of removing the Imfolosi River, it is possible to see why these recent changes are so important.
The estimated evaporative index for this area is an estimated 2 200mm per annum.
Annual rainfall is approximately 1200mm.

Shortfall
Therefore an estimated shortfall of water required to keep lake St Lucia at sea level is one metre of water over the whole lake system.
The in-flow of the Imfolozi River assisted in this and kept lake St Lucia 'generally' balanced.
When this system is stressed by a dry cycle, then there is a net inflow of seawater (when the mouth is open).
During this period sea sand is drawn into the estuary part of Lake St Lucia. But when we enter a wet cycle there is a net-outflow of freshwater, that is diluted with the estuarine salt.
During these net out-flows, sand is also carried out to sea.
Unfortunately when the mouth was breached in March 2007 there was a net in-flow of seawater that brought in tons of sea sand because of the low lake level due to the recent hot dry summer.
It was a mere 120 days before the mouth silted closed.
Shortly after opening, the channel linking to the sea was 2.3m deep.
Closure was for two main reasons: a dry cycle so the lake was losing millions of litres of water due to evaporation and the lack of the Imfolozi River, which would have counter-balanced the evaporative pressure placed on Lake St Lucia due to the relatively large surface area to volume.
Therefore the current move to re-introduce the freshwater into lake St Lucia is critical and should have been done years ago.
We all remember the devastating effects of the dry period of 2002/3. During this period the lake lost a huge biomass of fish and invertebrates.
Had this simple policy been introduced this lake would not have suffered the permanent ecological scar of that ecologically disastrous period.
Salinities were estimated to have reached five times that of seawater.
Since very few organisms can survive in such high salinities, it is a great pity that current policies were not implemented then.
Now we are heading in the right direction.