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The Cutting

The Cutting (popularly known as Cuttings) is a backline reef which lies north and south of the Umlazi Canal and popular fishing / view point in Merebank. This is a popular spot for garrick, snoek, salmon, brusher. There is a pipe outlet off here in 18m which attracts a large shoal of bait fish and is a good spot for gamefish.

Directions from  Marine Drive which changes into Travancore Drive. Follow this round to Tanjore Drive which runs alongside the canal. Follow this road to the car park at the end.

Source: spearfishingsa

Welcoming of the Whales to the Bluff

Durban has it’s very own annual whale festival aptly named ‘Welcoming of the Whales Festival’. Held in conjunction with the World Whale Conference hosted in Durban this year (2017), the Welcoming of the Whales festival was part of the tourism drive of the South Durban community tourism organisation, Sodurba.

Sodurba is marketing the South Durban Basin as the Whale Coast with an emphasis on education, history and entertainment to entice tourists to visit the area.

This video showcases the Bluff, Durban, as an ideal spot for whale watching on the eastern coast of South Africa. The event is held annually at Anstey’s Beach where people are treated to an array of stalls and information on marine life. Produced by MARZAC Productions Sponsored by Sodurba Special Thanks to JP Prinsloo

Here are a few behind the scenes pictures from the 2017 event. Please follow this link to view our Facebook page with all the event pictures here!

 

VETS MARATHON 2017

The Bluff Athletic Club, situated in Smith Drive, Ocean View has served the community over the past 52 years. Being a non-profit organization its core aim is to provide the entire community with the facility and opportunity to participate in much needed and important physical activity, in this case road running.

Our club has the esteemed privilege of hosting a race which attracts athletes from all parts of the country to our beautiful suburb, and as such, we need to host an extraordinary event. Due to the success of last year, this year we again have taken on the responsibility of hosting a 42.2Km Marathon (comrades qualifier) as well as the half marathon (21.1km) & 15Km walk.

The race takes place on Sunday 12th November 2017. The anticipated entries would be in the region of 700-800 athletes, possibly more.

Since you have been open to supporting us, and are an integral part of our community, our request is for your organisation to become a part of this unique event by being a sponsor. Without sponsorship, we cannot provide the much anticipated shirts and medals, nor offer competitive cash prizes for our category winners.

Sponsorship options are as follows:

  • Main sponsors will be requested to give a donation of R10 000
  • Secondary sponsors will be requested to give a donation of R5 000
  • Water table sponsors will be asked to donate R500 & man a water table for the duration of the race
  • Alternatively, you may donate anything we can use towards our prize giving on the day

Main sponsors will have first choice on advertising sites on the field & have their logo printed on the race attire handed to athletes who have completed this tough race. This will ensure that your institution is well advertised at this event (as well other events to follow since our shirts are sought after and often wore in various events that follow). All sponsors will have their logo printed on the event flyer which will be handed out at several events prior to the race & may advertise on the day on the field. We kindly request that you consider coming on board with us and the Bluff community to ensure the success of this exciting event.

Should you wish to discuss the matter further please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Dennis (Chairman) or Shanna Lake.

PLEASE share if anyone can assist! Let’s make 2017 a huge success for all!

CHAIRMAN – Dennis Houston-Mcmillan
SECRETARY: Shanna Lake
076 186 3920 or 076 151 1175
Email : dennis@jpe.co.za or info@bluffac.co.za

Nature & Wildlife

Bluff Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1961, making it Durban’s oldest bird sanctuary. The original extensive wetland area was split in two by construction of Tara Road, with the majority of the Vlei being to the east of the road. The reed beds potentially provide extensive roosting and breeding areas for several species of herons and egrets, as well as African Spoonbills and several crackers and rails. However, in the last few years breeding activity appears to have been mainly restricted to the likes Egyptian and spur winged Geese, swamp-hens and coots.

Some birds seen at the Bluff Nature Reserve

Rufous-winged African Purple Swamp-hen Black throated Wattle-eye Black Crake
Grey Sunbird Yellow-throated Longclaws African Fish-Eagle Black-headed heron

Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban, which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places. An entrance fee is charged at the entrance gate, where visitors can obtain maps, plant and animal lists from the Field Range.

Some birds seen at the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Grey Cuckooshrike Scrub-Robin Purple-Crested Turaco Green Malkoha
Little Bee-Eater Narina Trogon Tamourine Dove Lesser Striped Swallow
Squacco heron Black Swallowhawk Honeybird Red-backed Mannikin
White-eared Barbet Black Saw-wing Spotted Ground-Thrush Green Twinspot
Yellow-bellied Greembul Mountain Wagtail Grey Waxbill Rattling Cisticola
Olive Woodpecker Brown-Backed Bronze-winged Courser African Jacana
African Rail Red-Chested Flufftail White Browed Yellow Weaver
Neddicky Barn Swallow Square-Tailed Drango

The Conservation Legacy Experience

Urban Route: Conservation Legacy

Experience the South side of Durban- Whale Research and conservation

Conservation Legacy Route:
Whale research and Conservation forms a very important part in our KZN Whale Coast brand.

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. It is evident that because of our impact, marine ecosystems are drowning in trash, noise, oil, and carbon emissions. What we seem to forget is that covering more than 70 percent of the earth, our oceans are among the earth’s most valuable natural resources. They govern the weather, clean the air, help feed the world, and provide a living for millions. Because of overfishing, populations of marine species are either becoming depleted or very underpopulated in certain parts of the ocean. If we want future generations to enjoy the benefits our oceans provide, the time to act is now.

It is against this background that WILDOCEANS was born in the context of accelerated plans for development in the Southern African marine sector and the sustainable development goals of the Blue Economy.

WILDOCEANS PROJECTS

ANGRA PEQUENA
Our Oceanic Research Yacht, the RV Angra Pequena, provides a unique platform for offshore marine science and capacity-building, and conservation expeditions. This classic 72ft vessel provides opportunity for sea-going mentorship to marine science students (the Ocean Stewards), conducts valuable marine research and provides a platform for conservation stories to be filmed and told worldwide. She is equipped with a crane, winches, dive compressor and a semi-rigid inflatable boat and offers a good platform for diver and deck observation studies. The RV Angra Pequena can stay at sea for over 30 days with a fuel range of 3000 NM.

Ocean Stewards
Ocean Stewards exposes students to offshore marine research and aims to create a growing community of ocean advocates through giving them an experiential journey. This project aims to build capacity in the sector, while contributing to important scientific research that will help to build the case for the protection of our coastlines.

Whale Time
The Whale Time project aims to bring science, conservation, tourism and community together around the iconic humpback whale species that migrates along the east coast of South Africa annually. It provides a platform for a coastal community-based “citizen science” movement that brings benefits, not only for the conservation of whales and their ocean environment, but also for coastal communities. Citizens are asked to take pictures of any humpback whale sightings and record them on http://www.whaletime.co.za to contribute towards a catalogue process that will help scientists understand the species better and try decipher how many whales we have migrating along our coast. Whale Time is engaging and training tour-guides from disadvantaged communities, who are currently conducting tours at the Port Natal Maritime Museum in Durban to spread awareness about whales, their history, the opportunities they present and the threats they face. The hope is that all guides taken through this “Whale Time” learning journey will find employment as a Tour Guide or be equipped with the skills to secure permanent employment.

Blue Crew
The Blue Crew, a team of local female entrepreneurs, hope to address both the environmental and social challenges linked to waste accumulating along our coastline. These ambassadors for the blue economy clean up our coast daily and inspire others to do the same. The Blue Crew also barter the waste they collect with the WILDTRUST (who then recycle it) in exchange for cash, and thus generate livelihood support for themselves whilst cleaning up critical ecosystems.

The Marine Protected Area (MPA) Expansion Project
The Marine Protected Area Expansion Project aims to build support amongst public and ocean stakeholders for MPAs by creating awareness of their value for the provision of ecosystem services, ocean risk mitigation, food security, ecotourism, moderation of climate change, and improving resilience to impacts of other global stressors. Underwriting the MPA Expansion Project is a social media advocacy and awareness campaign called “Ocean iMPAct” which hopes to help advance the protection of the oceans around South Africa within MPAs  – 10% by 2020 and 30% strongly protected by 2030.

For more information about WILDOCEANS CONTACT US

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The Treasure Beach Environmental Education Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is also the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defense during World War 2 and has one of the last remaining patches of coastal grassland. The Centre has been operational since 1985 and Offers a wide diversity of educational experiences to all ages. The roof of the building can be used by our guests as a viewpoint to watch whales and dolphins moving up and down our coast, while enjoying tea & scones. This can be combined with an interpretive stroll in their patch of unique Coastal Grassland (led by a guide). Good Birds, Insect life, photographic opportunities.

Bluff Nature Reserve (Forest & Wetland)

Our Bluff Nature Reserve is a gem of a spot right in the middle of an urban/industrial space. The trail around the pan is pleasantly flat from beginning to end and great for birding butterfly or frog spotting or a general self-guided nature stroll. The hide overlooking the Southern end of the pan is a perfect spot to relax, spot some of our shyer water birds or even have a sun downer. This spacious structure is also wheelchair friendly and fairly easy to reach in a chair from the ample parking.

Bluff Eco Park

The Bluff Eco Park has various activities and programs in place. A cycle track, bird walks for local old age homes and other interest groups. General nature interpretation walks for the public/guests. Basic bird, tree, frog, butterfly or snake identification programs are available.

Wilderness Leadership School
Art Gallery & Castle – Mary Stainbank grew up on the farm Ndaba Nkulu in what is now the residential suburb of Yellowwood Park- some 30 minutes from the Durban city
centre. The family farm was the original settlement of the Stainbank family when they arrived in Durban on one of the family owned steamships which used to ply from England in the late 1880s. In that time the new arrivals would gather in Farewell Square and then proceed by ox wagon to their new sites. Guided tours available.

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban, which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. Notable species are zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, and impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose, bush-baby, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous flora and over 200 bird species on record. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places.

 

KZN Whale Coast Maritime Heritage Route

Urban Route: KZN Whale Coast
Experience the South side of Durban- KZN Whale Coast

Whale Route:
The Route starts at The Whale History Museum, situated at The Maritime Museum. Visitors can stroll through the Maritime Museum exploring the boats as well as experience the Whaling History Exhibition. Giving insight on where our Whale Story started to where we have now come to a Conservation Era where all whales, dolphins and sea life are protected and admired. Opportunity is given to local communities to involve themselves in Whale Eco Tourism.

KZN whale coast2There are already initiatives in place through the Whale Time project to put the KZN Whale Coast Whale Migration on the local and international map as an amazing conservation and tourism phenomenon.

We have numerous establishments with land based whale viewing opportunities.

Next stop is Wilson’s Wharf where you can enjoy a cruise through the harbour, go whale watching or enjoy a relaxing beverage or meal at one of the vibrant restaurants. Or do some browsing/shopping at the many curio shops. Then follow the M4 South to the Bluff, KZN’s Whale Coast.

Take a drive to the Bluff Beaches – our PROPOSED BLUE FLAG BEACH. Plans are in place to develop this point and add a variety of water and beach activities and offer exciting and adventure activities a place where people can hire equipment for the day: Scuba diving, Paragliding,Canoe, Paddling, Snorkeling, Surfing, Extreme Body boarding, Fishing, etc.

logo20-20clown20v520copy_f8e64cf12dbaed90354083c98cab5aaaWESSA Treasure Beach

The Treasure Beach Environmental Education Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is also the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defense during World War 2 and has one of the last remaining patches of coastal grassland. The Centre has been operational since 1985 and Offers a wide diversity of educational experiences to all ages. The roof of the building can be used by our guests as a viewpoint to watch whales and dolphins moving up and down our coast, while enjoying tea & scones. This can be combined with an interpretive stroll in their patch of unique Coastal Grassland (led by a guide). Good Birds, Insect life, photographic opportunities.

KZN Whale Coast

KZN Whale Coast together with WhaleTime share the goal to bring science, conservation, tourism and community together around this iconic species.

Whale Time is a special time of year (June to November) on the East Coast of South Africa when we are privileged to observe some of the whale species that frequent the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

SO, HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THE WHALES?

Increasing our knowledge and understanding of these extraordinary marine mammals’ biology and population structure, through the photographs you send us, will help to improve the accuracy of the data used in assessments of the population recovery and future conservation of these species.

The whaling industry in Durban had its beginnings in 1907 when the Norwegian Consul in Durban, Jacob Egeland, went back to Norway and, with fellow Norwegian Johan Bryde, raised money to start a whaling operation in Durban. The two men formed the South African Whaling Company that year and brought two ships for catching whales to Durban from Sandefjord in Norway.

Hunting began in July the following year and ended in mid-November, by which time the two catchers had killed 106 of the huge animals, mostly Humpbacks.

The original whaling factory was within the harbour entrance, near where the whale slipway can still be found. This was a popular bathing area at the time but because sharks were now attracted to the whale carcases, and on account of the smell produced, the whaling factory was forced to move around the headland to the ocean side of the Bluff – KwaZulu-Natal.

Source: WhaleTime

Learn More by visiting KZN Whale Coast Facebook Page or WhalesTime’s Blog

How to help a stranded marine animal!

How to help a stranded animalWE NEED YOUR HELP!

On average fifty marine animals are stranded or washed up on the South African coastline each year. Sadly the number of animals being reported as stranded is on the increase.

Download and share this brochure to help and educate yourself and the rest of your community.

ORGANISATION CONTACT DETAILS STRANDED ANIMALS
EZEMVELO KZN WILDLIFE  031 2741150 – OH
083 380 6298 (24hr)
 All marine animals
SEA WORLD 031 328 8222 – OH
031 328 8060 – AH (Public Holidays & Weekends)
Dolphins, whales, seals,
penguins, turtles,
whale sharks
KZN SHARKS BOARD  031 566 0400  Whale & dolphin
entanglements in nets
CROW  031 462 1127  Sea Birds

 

ESSENCE Fest Durban 2017

ESSENCE Fest Durban 2017 returns for an unforgettable experience. Check out who else has been added to the line up so far and plan your trip today!

  • GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT
  • YOUR FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES
  • MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
  • AND MUCH MORE!

Last year’s inaugural Durban Festival drew more than 10,000 attendees and featured appearances by Steve Harvey, Phaedra Parks and singers Estelle, Kelly Price, NE-YO, Wizkid, Black Coffee and more.

“The City of Durban looks forward to the 2017 edition of the Essence Festival Durban,” eThekwini Mayor Cllr. Zandile Gumede said in a statement. “Durban is being discovered by global travelers looking for new and different cultural experiences combined with the excitement of nature and historical significance.”

September 26 – October 1, 2017

Sea Quests

Ocean Conservation Expeditions

OBSERVE – SUBMERGE – CONSERVE

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Angra Pequena is a conservation, research & training expedition boat

SEA QUESTS primary goal is to support research, training and conservation expeditions that build knowledge and awareness of our oceans and contribute to sound decision-making and management of the marine environment.

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