MCSI Big Safety Day Out

MCSI Big Safety Day Out

MCSI’s BIG SAFETY DAY OUT promises to be fun for the whole family – so plan an afternoon at the beach and look out for all the action…

It’s the beach AND there’ll be loads of entertainment for kids and grown-ups!
What’s not to love?

MCSI’s BIG SAFETY DAY OUT promises to be fun for the whole family – so plan a day at the beach on
Saturday 16 December and look out for all the action…

Proudly hosted by MCSI with grateful assistance from Lisle (SAM9 EMS),
Grant (GM96 EMS) and Vaughn (NSRI Station 16) and partners…

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This post is sponsored by Chas Everitt Cape Town South

Shoals of yellow tail in False Bay may attract great white sharks

Shoals of yellow tail in False Bay may attract great white sharks

From: City of Cape Town

13 November 2017

The first large shoals of yellow tail for the summer were spotted in False Bay over the weekend. The City of Cape Town wants to remind beach goers that the presence of great white sharks increases in in-shore areas with the arrival of yellow tail and higher water temperatures.

In-shore shark activity usually increases over the summer months, especially with the current yellow tail sightings.

‘Shark sightings typically start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported mid-summer. With the school holidays around the corner and warmer days ahead, I want to urge Capetonians and visitors to please take extra care when going into the ocean. Shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, but the best precaution is to be alert and aware when in the water,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

As we are approaching mid-summer, the City appeals to all beach goers to familiarise themselves with the following safety tips:

  • Use beaches where shark spotters are on duty
  • Take the time to speak to the shark spotters on the day you visit the beach
  • Use the shark spotters signs to familiarise yourself with the four-flag warning system and warning siren – the green flag indicates that spotting conditions are good; the red flag indicates that there is a high risk of in-shore shark activity; the black flag means spotting conditions are poor; and the white flag with the black shark indicates a shark has been spotted (a siren will sound and all should leave the water immediately)
  • Do not swim, surf or surf-ski when birds, dolphins or seals are feeding nearby
  • Do not swim, surf or surf-ski where trek-netting, fishing or spear-fishing is taking place
  • Do not swim in deep water beyond the breakers
  • Do not swim if you are bleeding
  • Do not swim near river mouths
  • Do not swim, surf or surf-ski at night
  • Do not swim, surf or surf-ski if there has been a whale stranding nearby
  • Obey beach officials, lifeguards and shark spotters if told to leave the water
  • Be aware that the rate of encounters with white sharks rises significantly when the water temperature is warmer (18ºC or higher) and during new moon, due to increased opportunities for feeding
  • If a shark has recently been sighted in an area where no shark spotters are present, consider using another beach for the day
  • First-time visitors to beach areas should ask the local law enforcement official, lifeguards or locals about the area
  • For those people kayaking or surf-skiing far out to the sea, please consider paddling in groups and staying close together (in a diamond formation)
  • Consider using a personal shark shield when you go surfing or kayaking
  • Pay attention to any shark signage on beaches

Surfers must be especially vigilant in the areas between Sunrise Beach and the Macassar Beach during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that shark presence in these waters is extremely common at this time of year.

The Shark Spotters information centre at Muizenberg Surfers Corner is open to the public from 08:00 until 18:00 seven days a week. The centre provides up-to-date information on sharks and marine ecology, basic first-aid, general public assistance and help with emergencies, and storage of valuables and lost property.

Shark spotters are present at the following beaches:

Beach Summer (October-April) Winter
Muizenberg Surfers Corner Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
St James/Kalk Bay Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
Fish Hoek Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:45
Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
Caves, Kogel Bay Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
Noordhoek (The Hoek) Monday- Sunday
08:00 – 18:00
(September to May)
N/A
Cloverlly Weekends, public holidays and school holidays
08:00 – 18:00
N/A
Glencairn Weekends, public holidays and school holidays
08:00 – 18:00
N/A
Monwabisi Weekends, public holidays and school holidays
08:00 – 18:00
N/A

The Fish Hoek exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure by creating a physical barrier preventing any sharks from entering the bathing area. The exclusion net is in operation during the summer season as follows:

October 2017 School holidays and weekends
November 2017 – March 2018 The net will operate on a daily basis, depending on the weather. Weekends, public holidays and school holidays will be prioritized
April 2018 School holidays, public holidays and weekends

The exclusion net will not be deployed if weather conditions – wind and swell – are deemed unsuitable. Conditions are assessed on a daily basis. If weather conditions deteriorate after the net has been deployed already, the net may be removed as a precautionary measure. The net is not deployed when there is a high presence of whales or other marine mammals in the area.

On days that the exclusion net is deployed, the operating hours will be from 09:00 to 17:00. The operating hours may be extended to allow for lifesaving training or events. The Shark spotters will inform beach goers as and when the net is deployed via Twitter, Facebook, and the Shark Spotter mobile application (app).

Residents and visitors are urged to download the Shark Spotters mobile app to access the latest shark safety information, including what flag is flying at each beach, the latest shark sightings, net deployments, and much more. The app is available free of charge for Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded by searching for ‘Shark Spotters’ on the app store.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research, please visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/SharkSpotters).

‘We encourage the public to report sightings of white sharks to the Shark Spotters. White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach goers should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals. Please remain vigilant while enjoying the ocean,’ said Councillor Herron.

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Surfers Corner beach clean-up

Surfers Corner beach clean-up

Guidelines on cleaning the intertidal zone at the Corner:
We have been cleaning the intertidal zone at Muizenberg Corner every new moon since March 2015. The upper sandy shore/grass fringe is NOT part of the intertidal zone; we only want to collect litter from the rocky area that is usually under water when the tide is high.

Here are some tips on how to collect the litter you may find:

1. Get your eyes tuned into looking for unnatural objects – you’d be amazed at how you can overlook the plastic trapped between the rocks – particularly the transparent bits.
2. Plastic bags tend to get trapped between the rocks and are filled with sand. Please try to dig bags out without tearing them. This requires more patience and time but is ultimately rewarding – sit on your haunches and dig in!
3. If you find anything unnatural in an anemone please remove it and keep it in a separate container or pocket to be added to the anemone ingestion pile at the end. We have been scoring the pieces of plastic we find in them separately.
4. Try to wash out the sand and remove most living plants and animals that have settled on the plastic/glass/paper/clothing surface you collect.
5. If in doubt, ask an old hand!

Date: 18 November 2017

Time: 8:00–11:00

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Bike Bus from Open Streets on Bree

bike busThe Bike Bus from Muizenberg to Open Streets Cape Town on Bree will take place on the 17th January 2016. Riders will meet at the False Bay train station car park at 9:00am and cycle along main road all the way to town! The total distance is 26km.

Riders will join the Southern Suburb arm of the Bike Bus to Open Streets Bree 2016 at Josephine Mill in Newlands at 10am, and will cycle the rest of the way with them.

Information from Bicycle Cape Town’s Bike Bus page:
What you need to bring
– A bike in working order (take it to the bike shop for a check up if it hasn’t been ridden lately)
– Helmet and lights (if riding at night)
– A lock to secure your bike at your destination
– A pump + tube/repair kit
– A sense of fun and some friends too

* Please note that riders are responsible for their own safety while riding with the group, however one of the best things about the bike bus is safety in numbers. The more people who ride together, the higher the visibility the bike bus has, combined with careful route choice, responsible and alert riding, and the knowledge of more experienced cyclists, a bus can make riding to work pretty safe compared to cycling alone.

Muizenberg Festival

Muizenberg FestivalGrab the whole family (and the dog) and head to Muizenberg from Tuesday, 6 October to Sunday, 11 October 2015, for the annual Muizenberg Festival.
Muiz FestLocated in various spots in and around Muizenberg, the community-drive fiesta calls for all nature lovers, art fanatics and theatre-junkies to come and join in on the fun! Majority of the activities and events are free, but for some a small donation may be required, so bring with a bit of extra cash and support the creative initiative. Here is more on what you can expect at the 2015 Muizenberg Festival.

Yes, it’s shark season again

Warning__Shark_AHEAD_Wallpaper_ot03zThe City of Cape Town wants to make everyone aware of the expected increase in shark activity around the city’s beaches in spring and summer.

White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach users should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals.

“However, surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the stretch between Sunrise and Macassar beaches during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that the shark presence in these waters increases at this time of year,” says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

The Shark Spotters information centre is open daily to the public from 08:00 to 18:00.

Beach and ocean users should keep in mind that the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net was deployed on Sunday.

The exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure by creating a physical barrier that prevents sharks from entering the bathing area. It will be in full operation during the summer season.

The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed about the deployment of the net via Twitter and Facebook.

Signage is also displayed when the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or the SharkSpotters page on Facebook or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters).

Earthwave Beach Festival for the Whole Family

Muizenberg Surf‘Earthwave Beach Festival’ is an annual event where fellow ocean-lovers come together and attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for ‘The Most Surfers on a Wave’.

This year Earthwave have decided to add another angle, one for the whole family to enjoy; they have gone ahead and registered the GWR attempt for ‘The World’s Largest Bikini Pararde’!

Earthwave have partnered with Good Times Events who will be looking after the Pavilion where there will be entertainment, music, a bar, food, exhibits, prize giving, comedians competitions and much much more.

Diarise the 27th September 2015 for the beach-lifestyle event of the year!

Dogs to be reined in on these 14 Cape beaches

Cape Town, renowned as a sun-worshiping hotspot, has become a hotbed of conflict between beachgoers who want a dog-friendly beach environment and those who complain about the negative impact of dogs on the city’s beaches.

The areas under consideration are detailed as follows:

Kommetjie – proposed change at Long Beach, Kommetjie from free-running to no dogs

Soetwater – status quo, no dogs allowed

Witsand – status quo, dogs free-running

Misty Cliffs – minor change – Dogs on leash before 09:00 and after 18:00

Millers Point – status quo, no dogs allowed

Fisherman’s Beach – proposed change to no dogs

Frank’s Beach – proposed change to no dogs

Windmill Beach – proposed change from free-running to dogs on a leash

Burghers’ Walk – status quo, dogs on a leash

Water’s Edge Beach – proposed no dogs allowed

Seaforth Beach – proposed no dogs allowed

Long Beach, Simon’s Town – status quo, dogs free-running

Mackerel Beach – status quo, dogs free-running

Shelley’s Beach and tidal pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Glencairn Beach and tidal pool – proposed change to no dogs allowed

Fish Hoek Beach – status quo of no dogs in the corner on the Jaggers Walk end of the beach, proposed dogs on a leash from the lighthouse to the start of Clovelly Beach

Clovelly Beach – proposed change from a free-running area for dogs to time restrictions for free-running dogs – Dogs on leash between 09:00 and 18:00

Wooly’s Pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Kalk Bay Tidal Pools – status quo, no dogs allowed

Dalebrook Beach and tidal pool – proposed no dogs allowed

Danger Beach – proposed change from free-running area for dogs to dogs on a leash

St James Beach and tidal pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Muizenberg Beach including Surfer’s Corner – status quo – Dogs on a leash December – March before 09:00 and after 18:00. Dogs on a leash April – November

Sunrise Beach – status quo

Sonwabe Beach – proposed dogs on a leash with horses at all times

Strandfontein Beach – status quo, no dogs allowed

Nine Miles Beach – proposed dogs on a leash with horses at all times

Blue Waters Resort – status quo, no dogs allowed

Beyond Blue Waters Resort – Dogs free-running at all times

Beachgoers have until 30 April to add their input by contacting Helen Jordaan, Professional Officer: Beach Amenities Coordination Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department City of Cape Town

Helen.jordaan@capetown.gov.za
Tel:       021 400 1691
Fax:      021 425 4705