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Wild-Coast environmental Management Plan

This document is published for comment, and the comments period closes by the end of business on Friday 8 August 2014.

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  • Wild Coast Environmental Management Plan
  • Wild Coast Environmental Management Plan - Annexure 1 - MAPS

  • Website update

    Yeah, it's a bit of a mess at the moment.

    Finally got the chance to upgrade wildcoast.com from Drupal 6 to 7. Only way to do it is live, I'm afraid.

    Should be shaping up in a day or so.

    ANC vs Tshezi UDM

    The image below shows the 2 Local Municipalities (Mbashe & KSD) with the only 7 wards won outright by the UDM in the Eastern Cape. (As shown on www.news24.com/Elections/Results)

    Trike Sales Australia

    I'm currently working on interesting optimisation project for Brad Fraser's www.trikesales.com.au in Australia.

    Adult tricycles are great for the elderly and disabled and come in normal pedal, handcycle, and electric motorised flavours.

    They deliver nationwide in Australia and have offices, warehouses, and customisation workshops in Brisbane and Molendinar on the Gold Coast.

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    RAVAGED WILD COAST

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    RAVAGED WILD COAST

    By ANDREW STONE and BONGANI FUZILE on March 22, 2014 (Daily Dispatch)

    HIGHLY lucrative but illegal sand mining, on what was arguably one of the country’s most pristine coastlines, is behind the construction of government schools, RDP houses and private homes in the Eastern Cape.

    A two-month long investigation has revealed local communities, building supply stores, local businessmen and even construction companies are involved in illegal sand mining operations along the Wild Coast.Click for full screen view

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    Lala ngoxolo Tata

    "If Nelson Mandela were a God or a Saint (an image heavily promoted in certain precincts of power) then we mortals have nothing whatsoever to learn from him or his life.

    Wild Coast plan to boost region by R40bn

     

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    Government aims to tame the Wild Coast

    Insanity. They want to 'industrialise agriculture' in the Transkei. But to reverse the legacy of the 1913 land act, no title deed can be given. (+Fe) Despite the fact that Nkwinti acknowledges that everyone WANTS title to their land - his department has to meet the challenge to "balance the land market" vis a vis those who have vs those who don't.

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    Fury over delay in tarring of Wild Coast gravel road

    AN ABANDONED multimillion-rand tar road project has a Wild Coast community up in arms. The contractor has now left – after having taken more than a year to tar 3km of a 25km stretch of gravel road.

     END OF ROAD: Concerned community members Gerald Goosen, Sherwin Carr and Lucky Sitwayi walk on an abandoned tar road project on the Wild Coast

    END OF ROAD: Concerned community members Gerald Goosen, Sherwin Carr and Lucky Sitwayi walk on an abandoned tar road project on the Wild Coast

    END OF ROAD: Concerned community members Gerald Goosen, Sherwin Carr and Lucky Sitwayi walk on an abandoned tar road project on the Wild Coast
    Disgruntled business and taxi owners gathered on site yesterday to discuss a way to solve the problem, which they say has impacted negatively on their lives.

    The project, which was to have connected the Centane town centre with Kei Mouth and Qolora Mouth, was abandoned earlier this year.

    Lone Rock contractors, which began work on the project in 2011, tarred a 3km stretch from Qolora Mouth towards Centane.

    Public Works provincial spokesman Sisanda George said there were several challenges that brought the work to a standstill. These included:

    The community demanding the state pay for the gravel, which was taken from a local quarry; and

    Delays in budget approval to cover additional costs.

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    Balancing diverse needs in developing Wild Coast

    By OWETHU PANTSHWA on November 14, 2013 in Metro, Opinion (Daily Dispatch)

    HOW does one address the coastal development and how, in particular, does one transform the Wild Coast into a strategic economic centre, not only for the province but for the country?

    These are among the issues that will come under the spotlight at the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s Wild Coast Development Programme sessions in East London today and tomorrow.

    Unlocking development of the Wild Coast could be a critical step in redressing the historic frontiers of underdevelopment based on segregation and colonialisation that have characterised this area for centuries.

    There is generally massive interest in mixed use and tourism development, both from a political point of view and for the sake of the development of rural communities. But coastal development is very slow. In reality there are no developments that can bring about economic change and sustainable employment of these very deprived communities.

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    Wild Coast in the next episode of The Ultimate Braai Master 2 ...

    In the next episode of The Ultimate Braai Master 2, which airs on Wednesday, 6 November at 20:30 on SABC3, the teams head up the Wild Coast as the game introduces survival dynamics. 

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    ROBBIE RESCUE RUNS ROUGH Story: Roger Makings

    http://www.airnews.co.za/News/october2103-robbie-rescue.html

    JOHN RUDLING knew he was in trouble when the engine of his Robinson R22 helicopter spluttered and lost power just five feet into the hover – not because he was making an unscheduled touchdown, but rather because of where he was.

     

    The aircraft is operated by G4 Helicopters, at Margate Airport, and, since the loss of the company’s R44 earlier this year, it was the only means of keeping the students busy. There was another problem. The R22 was on a verge near a very deserted beach on the rugged Transkei coast – not famous for its roads or communications.

    robbie

    Some idea of the work and materials which were required to get the damaged R22 from its crash site on to the back of the truck for transportation to the nearest road.

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    DA calls on minister to allocate fishing rights to small-scale fishers

    http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/agriculture/2013/10/24/da-calls-on-mini...

    (Subsistence fishers obliged to work in cooperatives? (Yah, that'll work. Gugu has the entire co-management commitee structure mapped out for Coffee Bay, and tried for years to get the department to 'cooperate'.)

    Time Obama

     I have a subscription to Time Magazine, courtesy of my dad. Mostly for toilet reading 'Murica's FP - but it can be interesting.

    This article is scanned from Time Magazine, 22 August 2013 edition, but does not otherwise appear online:

    http://www.wildcoast.co.za/files/time_obama.pdf

    Hole in the Wall

     

     

    Paddling for Smiles - Hole in the Wall

    Richard Kohler at Hole in the Wall: Thursday, 17 January 2012.

    For some cool footage of the other side of "The Hole", check http://youtu.be/wWisCZKXUQo

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