The Table Bay Nature Reserve will host an open weekend to coincide with the Milnerton Aquatic Club’s 24-hour endurance sailing challenge at the Rietvlei Water Area on 18 and 19 March 2017.
Table Bay Nature Reserve is one of 16 nature reserves managed by the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Management Department. The reserve protects about 880 ha of a variety of permanent and seasonal wetlands, as well as Cape Flats dune strandveld and Cape Flats sand fynbos vegetation types.
Besides the water sport activities at Rietvlei, the reserve also offers opportunities for wildlife photography, bird-watching, nature-based environmental education programmes, as well as shore-based fishing, picnicking and braaing at designated areas. The reserve is home to about 412 plant species, 31 species of mammal, 196 bird species, 33 reptile species, 9 species of amphibian, and 14 fish species.
‘While the general public will not be permitted to practise water sports within the recreational water area during the 24-hour sailing challenge over the weekend of 18 and 19 March 2017, spectators and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to access the nature reserve free of charge,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.
Due to limited parking, spectators and visitors are encouraged to use public transport or arrive on foot. There are several MyCiTi bus stops along Blaauwberg Road that are about a kilometre from the main entrance.
‘Everybody can travel for free on the MyCiTi bus service on 19 March 2017. This free travel is available all day long – from the morning when the service commences, until the evening when the last buses depart. Commuters do not need a myconnect card to travel on the bus on this day. Furthermore, passengers can make as many trips as they wish, on any bus and on any route for as long as the service is operational. This is a great opportunity for residents and tourists to visit the nature reserve and to get first-hand experience of how easy and convenient it is to use the MyCiTi service to go places around Cape Town,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Management Department will control access to the nature reserve. For safety reasons no dogs, alcohol, kites or drones are allowed in the nature reserve.
The Rietvlei Water Area is open to the public daily from 07:30 to 16:00 and is accessible through the main entrance gate at 10 Sandpiper Crescent, Table View. The daily entrance fees are R15 per adult and R8 per child or senior citizen, and an additional R21 per vehicle. Seasonal and annual tickets for regular visitors are sold at the gate.
Additional fees are payable to participate in fishing and water sports. Freshwater angling permits are required for fishing, while skipper’s licences and certificates of fitness are required for power boats exceeding 15 horsepower.
Those wanting to know more about the free MyCiTi service on 19 March 2017 are requested to contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.