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 Posted: Sat Jan 16th, 2010 11:23 am
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Three drown at Kosi Mouth
  

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THREE DROWN AT KOSI MOUTH
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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the iSimangaliso Wetland Authority report that three people drowned, one person is missing and three were admitted to hospital in KwaMgwanase during New Year’s Day festivities at the the mouth of the Kosi Lake system in the northern part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Staff of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife with the SAPS are trying to establish the facts surrounding incidents that took place on 01 Janaury 2010.
Several thousands of people descended on Kosi Mouth on New Year’s Day, severely overtaxing the limited facilities and making crowd control impossible.
It was only towards the end of the day that the authorities were able to collate sketchy reports of near drownings, a missing person and three actual drownings by comparing notes with the hospital in nearby KwaMgwanase and the local SAPS.
Staff of EKZNW are currently searching the banks of the Kosi Estuary and combing the beaches on either side of the estuary mouth for signs of the person reported as missing.
Details are extremely sketchy on all the incidents as few were reported to staff immediately and with any accuracy.
Due to the nature of the terrain there is no cellular telephone signal at Kosi Mouth, a factor that has complicated matters considerably.
 
Massive crowds descended on other beaches in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park with Park authorities estimating that about 70 000 people had thronged the various beaches.
St Lucia alone reported an estimated 40 000 people on the beaches.
AJG/ MEDIA RELEASE: INCIDENTS AT KOSI MOUTH  01/01/2010
 
 
Was there at christmas time....was actually disgusting the way people were carrying on....WHEN ARE THE AUTHORITIES GOING TO STEP IN AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS???? IF YOU WANT A SWIMMING/PARTYING BEACH....GO TO DURBAN! THIS IS A RESERVE - MEANT FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILDLIFE, NOT A SOWETO EXTENSION!!!:swear

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 Posted: Sat Jan 16th, 2010 05:31 pm
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YES, there's a fantastic idea ...um... please don't have them come to Durban. You must've not seen what we put up with over the festive period? When launching our ski's at 04h00, being greeted by an already packed beach is not my cup of tea.

Having 10 taxis travel past you on the roads at 03H30, in a speedy convoy that would make the blue-light VIP gang proud, is a regular occurrence.
SHAME.....they are always so full that some of the chaps closest to the windows seem to get forced half way out the windows and even need to hold their towels outside to make space..

We'll be more than happy to have you and your family come to Durban but the drunken masses....no thanks!

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 Posted: Sun Jan 17th, 2010 11:37 am
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Remember it's a free country, however RichardG is correct by saying that if its a reserve/protected area - some limitations should be adhere to. Perhaps a restriction on the amount of vehicles (or in this case taxis - overloaded??)The local authorities should be better prepared for festive seasons, by employing more personnel to pratice proper crowd control....first aiders ect. Also it's somewhat prejudice refering to a "sowete extention"

Solution.........compulsary swimming lessons for scholars (Yeah dream on...)

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 Posted: Sun Jan 17th, 2010 05:45 pm
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I think I need to apologise for any offending anyone with my racial insinuations, it was not my intention. Serra Moz is right, this is a free country. My point of contention is that this is a reserve, and I am probably guessing here, but don't believe that one of the many thousands of visitors there had any conservation in mind. All I saw where, as mentioned in a previous reply, literally rows and rows of taxis (yes, taxis. The 4x4 only roads don't affect them, cause if they get stuck there are at least 20 people inside willing to push) with music blaring carrying a host of mostly drunk occupants. Beer bottles littered most of the sand roads, and to give you an idea, I had to wait at the gate for almost 30 minutes before I could get a chance to drive out, parks board were too busy letting the looooong convoy of taxis into an area which was designated, as per the signboards by the gates, for MAXIMUM 25 vehicles. There was no chance in hell I was going to park my bakkie in amongst a hundred drunken party goers.

No, I am sorry. Parksboard were clearly not doing their jobs, and I don't really know the solution to this, but I do know I will never go back to Kosi in peak season again. I will rather go pap-gooing in the vaal dam than put up with that again. As for the future of Kosi "reserve" if this is allowed to continue, well, just have a look at Durban beaches, and you have an idea what its turning into....

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 Posted: Sun Jan 17th, 2010 06:00 pm
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I agree with you Richard G, i also go to Kosi on a regular basis , but not in the peak Dec/Jan season so i dont see why the same rules cant be applied regardless of what time of the year it is cause they apply to me when i go there, but i stiil go regardless as its still a relativley unspoilt being a reserve... but for how long.. ?? there is no way that all those party- goers paid to take there vehicles and them selves down to the beach.. !!!! and who clears up all there litter after its over, never mind the bottles/rubbish that ends up in the estuary and eventually the lakes and the sea ...   

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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2010 07:43 am
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they tried to arrest my mate for taking a photo of a turtle laying eggs but when 10000 of them come down to the beach and trample any sort of hope of what ever eggs were layed there its ok, pisses me off, and they leave tons of broken glass in their wake, its ridiculoius

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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2010 07:47 am
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and i agree 100% with richardg , they should not allowed to drink on the beach either is that against the law?????, the same thing in sodwana they wreck the beach and the authorities come down on us when we just crack a beer wilst fishing, its pathetic, this biast situation we have on the beached during new years, i understand that crowd control is a problem but maybe prevention is better than cure in this instance, new years partying on the beach should be banned in a reserve i mean is a bloody nature reserve,

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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2010 10:33 am
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@ deisel
@ Mike Pike
@ RichardG

I back you guys 100%!!! What I merely tried to bring across was that without proper training, supervising and control this will always happen, if a person doesn't know the wrong from a right then it's difficult to enforce certain regulations. (I am aware that it's also an attitude problem)

If there's a restriction on vehicles per day, then YES the law should be adhered to and the "guardians" should do their damn job.

As for drinking on the beach it's illegal! Once again one can point fingers at the local authorities or police on duty. So in a nutshell, perhaps the issue should be raised with the relevant park's management - suggestions ect...

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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2010 12:01 pm
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I am in full agreement with all your statements. But blaming it on the SAPS and Parks Board is not the solution. I am one of thousands of ex service members who left to find better opportunities and be able to support my family. This drive should be steered by Local Government. They only see the coins rolling into their coffin and don’t give sh!t about what is really happening out there. Self sustainability is "African culture" and believe me I've work all over this continent.
If government does not wake up and start being the drive behind conservation and sustaining of our natural heritage we can get angry, rage out against who ever but the grim reality is that nothing will change and we still have not seen the worst of it.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2010 06:39 pm
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I am a "Gold" club member of the Rhino club (Ezemvulo Reserve/SAN Parks) and have written to the relevant authorities on our points of concern here....to date no reply. Who then to escalate it to? Any ideas? JFE, you mentioned local Goverment, do you perhaps have a contact name?

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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2010 07:49 pm
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@ RichardG, this is the only number I can come up with - not sure if Kosi falls under the same department?

KZN Wildlife (036)353 3718

Perhaps, they might be able to direct you to the right people? I do appreciate your effort, it's could to see someone follow up on an incident!

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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2010 05:44 am
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I’ve done a little internet research and could only fin two notable links for the Kzn region.
 
This is the former Natal Parks Board
http://www.kznwildlife.com/
 
This page shows the agencies in Kzn for conservation and environmental affairs. There is a listing for Kosi Bay.
http://www.bcb.uwc.ac.za/inforeep/mcen_kzn.htm
Hope this will help you some.
 
You may also try the national Dept of Environmental Affairs.
http://www.deat.gov.za/
or the Dept of Environment and Tourism - national Coastal Management Office (CMO)
http://www.mcm-deat.gov.za/coastal/


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Guys you are on the right track........... any update?

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