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Annual drawdown of Zeekoevlei under way<p>​</p><span><p>The City would like to inform residents that this closure will affect all water sports in the Zeekoevlei portion of the nature reserve for the next two months.</p><p>‘During the drawdown period, the vlei drains and the lowered water levels allows for easier access to remove litter and excess reeds from the vlei. Early winter rains flush pollutants and nutrients out of the vlei, allowing for cleaner water later in the season. Over the next two months, The Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei (FoZR) will be assisting and co-ordinating clean ups with the reserve. I encourage residents who are keen to assist in these clean ups to approach them and get involved during this opportune time,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/zeekoevlei1.jpg" alt="" style="width:942px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Nature-based solutions, such as the annual opening of the Zeekoevlei weir, are critical to maintaining good inland water quality. Through the Mayoral Inland Water Quality Programme, we are investing in further protecting urban waterways and wetlands for nature and people’, said Councillor Alex Lansdowne, Deputy Chairperson, Mayoral Advisory Committee: Water Quality in Wetlands & Waterways.</p><p>Residents are reminded that during the drawdown period, no shoreline maintenance activities may be conducted at Zeekoevlei. Residents cannot do any alterations to the shoreline. If residents would like to undertake activities in this area of the nature reserve, they need to approach the reserve management.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/zeekoevlei2.jpg" alt="" style="width:1000px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>This includes activities such as the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Cutting or digging of reeds</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Removal or disturbance of soil or vegetation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Use of machinery (e.g. bulldozers)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Planting of vegetation (indigenous or exotic species)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Any construction (e.g. boardwalks, retaining walls, fishing platforms etc.)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Driving of vehicles (e.g. quad bikes, motorbikes, truck or any other motor vehicles) in the vlei. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">No jetties may be constructed; nor existing jetties replaced. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Dogs must remain under the control of dog owners at all times and must not be allowed to run in the wetland, disturbing the local fauna and flora. </div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/zeekoevlei3.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure><p>For more information on the Zeekoevlei drawdown period, kindly contact the False Bay Nature Reserve office at Tel: 021 396 4283 or email <a href="mailto:Bronwen.foster@capetown.gov.za">Bronwen.foster@capetown.gov.za</a> </p><p><strong>End​​</strong></p></span><p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span></p>2022-05-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#84a5f47b-0021-460c-9803-7e977f7beae2;L0|#084a5f47b-0021-460c-9803-7e977f7beae2|Zeekoevlei;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6ec4174a-5cde-4fbb-b20f-42e26e79bb87;L0|#06ec4174a-5cde-4fbb-b20f-42e26e79bb87|nature reserve;GP0|#a033bd4c-8615-40e1-9208-ac860266052b;L0|#0a033bd4c-8615-40e1-9208-ac860266052b|Enviromental Hazards;GPP|#0113a19a-9f30-4410-bedb-736337f0d4b410

 

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