PLEASE HELP CLEAN & PROTECT TOTI WILDS.
NATURE WILL THANK YOU!
(The View from Toti Wilds Eco Club Private Property above the Ilanda Wilds Nature Reserve.)
Ilanda Wilds ( 'White Bird' Wilds )
"Amalanda Alandelanelani na?" ( "Why Ilanda flying together?" )
( The Ilanda is a White Bird that migrates to the North in the Winter, it is said by Zulu Legend that if you see these Birds flying over you and you sing the song " Amalanda Alandelanelani na?" good fortune would come to you! )
Back in Time...
In November, 1968 the Wild Life Society of Southern Africa – Natal Branch produced a Fieldwork Report (No.16) which provided a general account of the Ilanda Wilds area with information on its situation, size, geology, woody plant, grasses, birds and mammals. This report was used to motivate the Amanzimtoti town Council into agreeing to zone this part of their town lands for nature conservation and outdoor education purposes. This Field Report was also used by Mr T.C. Robertson, (a Technical Advisor of the National Veld Trust) on the iLanda Wilds area.
Kwa-Zulu Natal was never to be used for Diamond or Gold Digging or Mining as Natal was only to supply the rest of South Africa with Coal and Iron. This leaves a Bitter Situation exposed where People want to secure Property with Miniral Rights in KZN. Cecil John Rhodes was The Premier of Cape Town back in the day, and he had all the Paperwork in order to Scout the Geology of South Africa. He used this power to check out all the Valuable Sites and then found a way for De Beers to purchase all these sites. Kzn has been lucky to escape this Monster but today the Monster has Places and Sites marked for Mining! The Monster has turned his eyes to Amanzimtoti and other Coastal Towns. Firstly it lets a town fall into urban decay which lowers the general value of property. Then it comes up with a fantastic plan to revive the area! Check out the Local Toti Newspaper and see what fantastic Plan is being boiled up for The Urban Decay of The Toti Business Area! Monster Thoughts!
The establishment of ILanda Wilds as Nature Reserve in February 1969 was also an important factor in the growth of the Amanzimtoti Centre of the Wildlife Society as this became one of its main projects.
During September and October 1969, the Council undertook a review of the Town Planning Scheme and rezoned from Open Bush to Coastal Bush purposes, not only ILanda Wilds area, but a major portion of the valley bottom around Amanzimtoti River, together with wings of land stretching over certain private property on either side, thus ensuring the character of the area for the future in these areas would be predominantly of natural vegetation as opposed to a active recreational area.
Since that time Ilanda Wilds was taken over by the Wildlife Society for development and maintenance purposes and obviously the activities of the Borough staff ceased during that time. Over the years a considerable amount of their time and effort has been devoted to this project and the town Council has assisted by providing funds for fencing, clearing exotic weeds and other purposes. However During discussions between a Sub-Committee appointed by the Council and Wildlife Society in November 1976, it was obvious that difficulties were occurring in so far as maintenance and development of ILanda Wilds subsequently the Wildlife Society requested Council to consider taking back the development and maintenance of ILanda Wilds area. On 15 February 1977, after considerable investigation the Council resolved to take over the control of ILanda Wilds with effect from 1st August 1977.
The sad story is that a few years later a beautiful thatched-roof gate, toilets and ablution facilities that had been built had to be demolished due to numerous break-ins, vandalism and theft from the property. ILanda Wilds became deserted and the criminal activities became common. Finally ILanda was rendered unsafe and closed for public use.
According to Keith Walters who was in charge of maintaining Ilanda Wilds:
"I soon realised that society had changed and respectable people no longer wanted to wander and enjoy the reserve do [sic] the real threat of criminal elements. Any money that was spent on repairing infrastructure e.g. bridges, fences, ablutions or signage was wasted as these were stolen, or vandalised."
"I also instructed the tourism office not to recommend the area in any brochures due to negative publicity we got from vehicle break-ins, debaucherous behaviour of members of the public, incidents of theft and the poor condition of the reserve infrastructure."
THE TOTI WILDS ECO CLUB WAS FOUNDED ON 01-01-2011
The Toti Wilds Eco Club is a Non-Profit Org that trains People in Survival Skills in The Wilds. Toti has some of the best Natural Wild Areas in Kwa-Zulu Natal. One of these natural sites called The Ilanda Wilds has had some really upsetting days and for more than 25 years pollution and crime has taken it’s toll on this once Pristine Natural Wonder. It started off as a Quarry which was abandoned and then became a dumping ground. The Local Tribes have been using the River for Ceremonies and other Ritual Reasons for over 500 years and therefore will not accept the closure of passage way by the Municipality. The Toti Wilds Club has already spent time cleaning the rubbish left by passers-by as there are no dustbins to throw rubbish into. The Sign Board on the Stone Wall has rotted away slowly over the years and was about to fall off when the Toti Wilds Club rescued it. It has been put back in place but needs to be repainted and the wooden frame refreshed. On our website you can see the photos taken of the rubbish found in and around The Wilds plus the Sign Board collapsing. The Toti Wilds Club has been trying to contract CCPO, a local Security Firm to Patrol and React to any abnormal incidents or acts which could harm The Wilds.
Coin Collections Cans are being prepared to go out to all shops and businesses who love The Wild, where Locals can deposit Donations towards the upkeep of Amanzimtoti’s Wilds.
Due to the potential of the place The Amanzimtoti Wilds Eco Club, a non-registered, non-profit organisation is requesting for friendship with the Municipality to restore the iLanda Wilds to its glory and add the heritage/cultural activities in it. This is in line with the vision of eThekwini Municipality.
Amanzimtoti Wilds Eco Club is committed to an integrated development system/strategy where each component of our heritage (whether natural resources, animals, history, culture or discoveries) compliments the other. We strongly emphasise community involvement especially recording the untold heritage in form of local history, dance, arts, crafts and culture. We are sure that at iLanda Wilds all the mentioned aspects of our heritage will be achieved.
( The Bird Park has also fallen behind in Maintenance and is requiring serious Funding from the Locals! ).
By 2020, eThekwini Municipality will enjoy the reputation of being Africa’s most caring and liveable city, where all citizens live in harmony. This vision will be achieved by growing its economy and meeting people’s needs so that all citizens enjoy a high quality of life with equal opportunities, in a city that they are truly proud of.
2.2. Mission of eThekwini Municipality
The purpose of the eThekwini Municipality is to facilitate and ensure the provision of infrastructure, services and support, thereby creating an enabling environment for all citizens to utilise their full potential and access opportunities, which will enable them to contribute towards a vibrant and sustainable economy with full employment, and thus create a better quality of life for all.
2.3. Vision and mission of eThekwini Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department
The vision is to ensure the effective development and management of parks, open spaces and natural areas to meet community needs.
2.4. City of Durban, Physical Environment mission Statement
In terms of the Council resolution, dated 1992-02-17, the Physical Environment Committee accepted that the Unit Mission Statement is: ‘To improve the quality of life for the community by creating, developing, enhancing and maintaining the natural and built environment.’
2.5. Vision and Mission of eThekwini Natural Resources
The Parks Department Mission Statement: ‘To ensure the effective development and management of parks, open spaces and natural areas to meet community needs.’
2.6. Vision of ILanda Wilds
To aim at maintaining the biodiversity richness and ecosystem (forest and grassland) functionality of the nature reserve, through linkages with other natural areas, and sound management actions. We aim to provide a safe and secure recreational, cultural and environmental education destination.
2.7. Mission of the Nature Reserve
To provide adequate and appropriate resources, in collaboration with stakeholders, so as to manage Ilanda via management planning, goal setting, and the application of adaptive management principles, to achieve the reserve’s vision, in order to provide a safe place, valued by the local residents, that is easily accessible to all citizens, and that provides an environmental and educational focal point, with linkages for wildlife with other natural and cultural areas.
2.8. Legal Framework and Policies
The nature reserve must be managed in accordance with the municipality’s administrative and environmental Laws and Policies.
2. General Description of iLanda Wilds
The iLanda Wilds is approximately 20km south of Durban within Amanzimtoti. The Reserve extends from a point approximately 1km from the mouth of the Amanzimtoti River for a distance of 3km upstream of the mouth.
The reserve is approximately 20 ha in size and comprises of three separate block of land adjoining each other but divided by roads namely; Isundu Block, Euphorbia Block and Hammerkop.
Most of the reserve is situated along the valley floor of the Amanzimtoti River. Steep cliffs are also present where the river has cut through ancient deposit of Dwyka Tillite. The old quarry which falls into the Nature Reserve was once a source of considerable quantities of Dwyka Tillite, a glacial deposition which is part of the Karoo System. The sides of the quarry are extensively weathered, but reveal the presence in one of two places of intrusive dolerite dykes. The base rock in the river is dense and blue and shows embedded in it examples of foreign stones derived from the glacial moraine. This is one of the characteristics of Dwyka Tillite.
The Soils are mainly derived from Tillite and are clayey in texture. Coarse sand is present in parts of the valley where this has been transported and deposited by flood waters.
The area falls into “Phillips” bio-climatic region No: 1a which can be described as Coast Lowlands, Humid to Sub-humid with forest and thicket being potential climax.
3.6. Past Land Uses
According to Acocks (1975) the vegetation of the Reserve falls into veld-type No: 1 which is Coastal Forest and Thornveld. Before modification by man, the Reserve would most certainly have comprised of closed coast forest over its entire area. The zone immediately on either side of the river would have differed from the adjacent steep slopes from the quarry site up stream only in so far as species composition and height of the forest canopy concerned. Even today this difference is still clear.
Due to disturbance by human activities over the years several secondary and primary (Successional) vegetation types are present. The forest bordering the roads through the reserve, the old quarry site, car parking area of grassland north of the old South Coast Road are all areas displaying various successional stages of coast forest regeneration. As is perfectly natural in the circumstances these areas are heavily colonised by weeds of many species (both exotic and indigenous).
The original Fieldwork Report (No:16 dated November 1968) produced by the Amanzimtoti Centre of the Wildlife Society lists the mammals occurring in the Reserve. Survey should be conducted to determine accurately which species of mammals still do occur in the reserve.
5. Bird Life
The bird life of the reserve was probably one of its major features and for its size a very rich variety still occurs. The reserve was undoubtedly an important refuge for several forest species which migrate along our coast during summer and winter and were finding it more difficult to survive with the progressive destruction of coastal forest of Natal and particularly along the South Coast where dune and coast forest destruction had been severe. But this has all change due to illegal human activities.
It would also seem desirable to hold part of the reserve under secondary vegetation conditions to provide a greater variety of habitat and a greater variety of birds. This will further be discussed under the management recommendation.
As with the mammal check-list produced in the original Fieldwork Report (No:16 dated November 1968) appears to contain many species which probably no longer occur in the reserve as it is today and it is strongly recommended that new and accurate check-list be compiled as soon as possible.
6. Recommended Purposes For The Reserve
In summary the Reserve should be maintained and managed for the following purposes:
I. Nature Conservation
II. Education (Including research exercises)
III. Heritage & Culture
7. Management - ( Management Plan )
7.1. Management objectives of the reserve
‘The primary (management) objectives are to conserve the maximum amount of appropriate indigenous (to the nature reserve) species and their habitats, maintain breeding populations and protect the specificity of these gene pools. Natural, physical and ecological processes will be allowed to operate without interference, except under exceptional circumstances.’ (Juta, 1988)
(The emphasis on modern management rests more firmly on the management of ecosystems and linkages rather than individual species and habitats as occurred in the recent past.)
The secondary objective is to allow use of the nature reserve by the public, including educational institutions (and groups like the Eco Clubs, Scouts and the Girl Guides organisations), provided that they do not impact negatively on the primary objective.
The Toti Wilds Eco Club will train all People who are interested in the Skills of Survival and also in how to rehabilitate Natural Areas and River Systems.
The Psychology of Survival
How to cope with Hazards
First-Aid incl Basic Live-Saving
Fire making-Basic Cooking
To find Shelter, Climate Clothing
Finding Food and Water in Nature
Map Reading, Signals & Compass
How to Survive under Unusual Conditions:
Nuclear & Natural Disaster
Organic Shelter Construction
Fallout Shelter Requirements
Plague & Virus Control
Polluted River System reformAncient Organic Farming
Contact or Sms us if you would like to Join the Club on 078 022 4020
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Amanzimtoti Wilds Eco Club
Founder and Chairman of TheToti Wilds Eco Club, Dion Botha still remembers a wonderful time some 35 years ago when as a child,
his parents took him up the River in a rowing boat. The destination was the River Gardens Hotel, where a lovely lunch and music was the highlight of the trip. The River was so crystal clear that he could see the bottom. A sign read " Beware of Crocodiles! " as he entered the Lagoon Boating Area.
" As a child I fished aplenty in the Toti River, and even ate some Mullet which was caught in abundance. I also sold The River Mullet to the Sea Fishermen as live bait to earn some pocket money! "
He has now returned to Toti after many years of traveling South Africa, setting up Restaurants, from Wimpy's to Rib Joint Steakhouses, and is sadly disgusted at the current state of the River and Eco System, Dion has decided to take serious action against the contaminators and also the people who are supposed to be responsible for the upkeep of all the Wilds in Amanzimtoti!
THE TOTI WILDS ECO CLUB IS A NON-REGISTERED, NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION ( under the Non-Profit Org Act 71 of 1997 ).
CHOSEN NON-REGISTERED AS IT DOES NOT REQUIRE FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT, IT IS FUNDED BY DION HIMSELF AND ALL THE NATURE LOVERS OF AMANZIMTOTI.
Miss. Angelique Pretorius (Treasurer of The Wilds Eco Club)
Non-Profit Organisations Act
What is the purpose of the Act?
The Non-Profit Organisations Act No. 71 of 1997 replaces the old Fundraising Act No. 107 of 1978. The purpose of the Non-Profit Organisations Act is to encourage and support Non-Profit Organisations in the wide range of work they do.
What are the main differences between the Non-Profit Organisations ( NPO ) and the Fundraising Act?
Within the Non-Profit Sector we have to move away from a regulated system to a self-regulated system.
*In the past the Director of Fundraising had vast and sweeping powers over the sector. Under the NPO Act, the Director of the NGO Directorate in the Department of Welfare and Population Development, has limited powers over the sector. She or he will leave investigations to the Police.
*Non-Profit Organisations can now choose whether or not they want to register.
*Non-Profit Organisations do not have to advertise before applying to register.
*The NPO Act encourages the sector to be responsible and accountable to itself.
*It promotes good governance, auditing and accountability.
*It provides for ways in which information about the sector is made publicly available.
*The NPO Act does away with the section in the Fundraising Act that made it illegal without an authority to raise funds from the Public.
What does the Act do?
The Act sets down the framework in South Africa to:
*Create an environment for organisations to grow and develop in.
*Set up an administrative framework for organisations to work in.
*Encourage Non-Profit organisations to run efficiently, with openness and accountability-and to encourage them to keep trying to improve on this.
*Help the Public to get information about registered Non-Profit organisations. This will be done, for example, through the Directors reports and the register of Non-Profit organisations that will be published.
*Promote a spirit of co-operation and shared responsibility between government, donors and other people or institutions that are interested in the Non-Profit Sectors work.
*Have an appeal process for Non-Profit Organisations
( Copy of Non-Profit Organisations Training and Information Project 1999 )
1.1 The Organisation hereby Constituted will be called THE AMANZIMTOTI WILDS ECOLOGICAL CLUB.
1.2 It’s shortened name will be ‘ THE TOTI WILDS ECO CLUB’
(Hereinafter referred to as the Organisation)
1.3 The Organisation shall:
1. Exist in its own right, separately from its Members.
2. Continue to exist even when its Members changes and there are different Office Bearers.
3. Be able to own Property and other Possessions.
4. Be able to Sue and be sued in its own Name.
2. A the Organisations Main Objectives are to:
1. To Clean and Protect The Wilds in and around Amanzimtoti.
2. To Protect the Fauna and Flora in and around Amanzimtoti.
3. To create an Environment where Students can learn about the Wilds and Human interaction with Nature. (Subject also includes Basic Rights and Natural Laws of Survival)
4. Acquire Property in and around Wild Areas where Natural Geo-Domes are to be erected which will house Animals and Humans during Training Camps. (Subject includes Geo-Domes for Methane Gas Collectors, Supply Stores, Entertainment, Research and Planetariums )
5. Take Legal Action against All Persons or Private Structures, Spheres of Government or any other Organisation and Industrial Company who may or not be directly and indirectly responsible for the Contamination or Pollution of Natural Wild Areas or River Systems. ( Subject also includes Housing and Building Projects where River and/or Natural Wild Habitats have been moved, damaged or removed and replaced by Artificial Nature )
2.B the Organisations Secondary Objectives will be to:
1. Build Low Cost High Tech Scientific Domes as Homes. ( Subject includes Dome Villages )
Geo-Tent ( Temple Design )
2. Build Domes for Water, Storage and Ablution Facilities in Line with Natural Earth Laws.
3. Build Low Cost High Tech Scientific Pipe and Keystone Products ( Subject includes Natural Transportation Systems )
4. Build Play Parks as Examples on How To Clean up The Environment and Recycle all Waste Products from The Industrial Revolution Era. ( Subject includes Toxic Waste and Nuclear Waste )
5. Build Dome Restaurants which supply only Organic Foods grown in Natural Wild Areas.
3. Income and Property
3.1 The Organisation will keep a record of everything it owns.
A TOTI WILDS ECO CLUB SALVAGE PROJECT:
According to the Local Newspaper: Initial investigations into salvaging a marine artefact lying buried in the Toti dunes has revealed that interest in the project is minimal.
THE 9m long lifeboat from the dry bulk carrier ‘Kiperousa’ was brought to the SUN’s attention by Jeff Baxter of Johannesburg, who has a holiday flat in Winklespruit.
Jeff first heard of the lifeboat lying on Toti Beach when friends in the area SMSed him about it in 2008.
"I immediately went to have a look at it and it still looked seaworthy," he said.
"I could see the name ‘Kiperousa’ on it so did a bit of research on the internet."
The ‘Kiperousa’ ran aground off the Eastern Cape coast on the night of June 7, 2005 while carrying a cargo of logs from the West Coast of Africa to the Far East. The ship was en route to a bunker call at Durban when she ran aground in good weather and sea conditions.
The 20 tons of 30m logs were salvaged, but the ship could not be pulled off, even by the world’s strongest tug, the ‘Fotiy Krylov’, which was stationed at Cape Town at the time.
The ship was taking on water in the engine room and settling by the stern so the decision was taken to scuttle it.
The wreck can still be seen off the coast of East London today.
Jeff believes the lifeboat was floating in the open seas for three years before beaching. Initial fears it would be pulled back into the sea were allayed as the tide action pushed it further into the dunes.
It was starting to get vandalised, but now is completely buried under sand, about 150m north of Toti’s main beach.
"It probably is still seaworthy," said Jeff.
"We dug open the boat which is now lying completely under sand on Toti Beach on Monday, June 13," said Jeff.
"It is still in good condition and you can clearly see Oriental Honey/Hope Panama, the Kiperousa's previous names, but were told by the authorities to recover the dig to prevent possible accidents from happening at night."
Jeff feels strongly that this piece of maritime history deserves to be saved and displayed.
He approached the authorities at the shipwreck museum at Bredasdorp in the Western Cape several times to consider it for display there, but nothing has materialised yet.
"Another possibility would be for Ushaka Marine World to consider salvaging it or the Toti business community together with the municipality could salvage it to display on the beachfront, with an appropriate plaque affixed to it."
TOTI WILDS ECO CLUB WILL BE INSERTING THIS VESSEL INTO THE LAGOON WHERE IT WILL BE USED TO FERRY STUDENTS UP THE RIVER TO THE WILDS! Last view before it sank!
The Lifeboat will be anchored at The Oasis Waterworld c/o Beach & Rosslyn Road Amanzimtoti.
Owner of The Oasis Waterworld Mr.Jannie Venter is very happy to be of assistance with this idea!
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