A BALANCED, SUSTAINABLE WILDLIFE ESTATE
To be read in conjunction with the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act 57 – Specifically National Parks Buffer Zone.
1. GAME AND VELD MANAGEMENT
- Commission an updated Environmental Veld and Game assessment.
- MPPOA has appointed well known and recommended local environmentalist Mr.Ralf Kalwa to take on this task in early 2015. Update at August 2016 - Assessment done and implimentation taking place.
- Implement a practical workable management plan.
- Part of Mr. Kalwa’s task is to set out a practical, step-by-step monthly plan for Marloth Park and Lionspruit.
- To produce a booklet/electronic copy with the management plan in plain language to be given to all existing and new property owners.
- All home-owners to be educated and party to the step–by–step plan.
- 22nd November 2014 at Henk van Rooyen Park, Mr. Kalwa will present his basic assessment of the Veld and Game condition and his proposed remedies. All are welcome to attend.
- Each property owner will be given a chance to have input and pose questions.
- Home-owners and MTPA and NKLM to manage this plan together.
- A proposed “Trust “ or Management company be appointed jointly by Nkomazi and MPPOA Forum and MTPA to manage and appoint a Game Warden for Marloth Park and Lionspruit.
- To collect, manage and disburse “ Conservation Funds “.
2. TOWN PLANNING CONTROL:
- Proper building regulation control
- Nkomazi and MPPOA to join forces to control, identify contraventions and enforce compliance to all town-planning issues.
- To scrutinise “Building Plans “ prior to Municipal approval.
- To establish a self-regulated body of approved Contractors who comply with Marloth Parks By-laws and Ethos.
- Establish relevant bylaws and control
- A joint By-law planning workshop convened by Nkomazi together with MPPOA to update and establish relevant By-laws for the Holiday township of Marloth Park.
- Implement a workable strategy for final expansion
- The current estimate of nearly 2000 buildings in the Park and the alarming rate of new buildings under construction requires innovative strategy for limiting over-expansion within the “Special National Parks Buffer Zone” policy which now applies to Marloth Park.
- For example, advantages for multi-property owners to consolidate stands and a limit on vacation accommodation properties to be constructed etc.
- Building regulation controls, e.g. light pollution, waterholes and fences.
- Appointment of Peace Officers and an increased presence of Law Enforcement to regulate and enforce By-laws relevant to Marloth Park.
- Vacation Accommodation compliance & assessment
- Determine the capacity of the Vacation Accommodation currently available and introduce measures for capacity controls and legal compliance.
- To upgrade Marloth park as a vacation destination with compliance to national standards and practises.
- Conditions for Permanent Residence Application.
- A joint collaboration between Nkomazi and MPPOA to determine reasonable Criteria for permanent residence affording all property owners the opportunity for By-law compliance.
- Access for Maroela Squatter camp and Makarios Farm
- Access to the Maroela Informal settlement and Makarios farms to be closed permanently via Fig-tree rd. in Marloth park.
- The reintroduction of no pedestrian traffic between Dusk and Dawn due to the proliferation of dangerous game in Marloth park. It is the Nkomazi and Property Owners joint legal responsibility if someone is hurt or killed by our animals.
3. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
- Water usage – proper controls and bylaws
- Establish the usable daily off-take of drinking water to introduce measures and controls to ensure an uninterrupted water supply for all properties.
- Introduce water consumption limits for high population times.
- Water equipment management & maintenance
- To continue and improve the joint monitoring and assistance with equipment maintenance and quality control.
- Roads, pathways & veterinary roads – proper management
- Arrive at a joint strategy for road improvement and maintenance including property owner’s responsibilities to kerbs and water run-offs.
- Take decisions around the use of and up-keep and maintenance of the veterinary fence road.
- Electricity – capacity and maintenance
- Implement a joint strategy for infrastructure to improve and maintain the electricity supply grid.
- To continue and improve the communication between Property owners and Nkomazi.
- Waste Management and recycling
- Continue and improve on enterprises already established for Recycling.
- To continue and improve joint cooperation regarding the management and moving of the Municipal Dump.
- To control access and introduce dumping fees for contractors with penalties for non-compliance at the Dump site.
- Disaster response equipment, e.g. fire and medical
- To continue in joint cooperate with the Local Volunteer Fire and Disaster management teams and assist with equipment and infrastructure repairs and upgrades required.
- Upgrade the current Fire-Hydrant access and maintenance thereof.
- Municipal buildings and gates. Repairs and maintenance.
- To take pride in our Municipal buildings and gates.
- In a joint participation where Nkomazi supplies the materials and the Community provides the labour to repair and beautify our Municipal buildings and gates.
4. LAW ENFORCEMENT
- By-laws – implementation and enforcement of ALL
- The introduction of Peace Officers and high visibility of Law Enforcement to assist with all by-law and traffic law enforcement.
- All by-laws to be enforced. Individuals cannot pick and choose which by-law suits them.
- Traffic Offences – signage, enforcement of laws
- Improved new traffic signage to be displayed.
- Speed cameras to be manned and offenders prosecuted.
- All traffic offences to be prosecuted.
- Crime prevention
- A continued and improved communication and relationship cultivated between the Marloth Park CPF, Security companies and South African Police Services
- To improve and establish a more strategic “ Block Watch “ .
- Access Control – IN & OUT (foot & mouth barrier)
- The MTPA insist that Marloth park introduce better security measures around “Access Control” as the first-line barrier for “Foot and Mouth “ Control and other animal borne diseases.
- Anti-crime and anti-poaching measures require an upgraded “Gate Control”.
- Introduce measures , as proposed, for a“ Conservation Fee” for visitors. This will eventually take the financial load off property owners for Game and Veld Management.
- Introduce measures to enable the control of non-resident traffic and delivery schedules for large vehicle traffic.
- Access control is paramount in the Strategic Plans for Buffer zones around the Kruger National Park.
5. LIONSPRUIT AS A DRAWCARD & INCOME GENERATOR
- All Marloth residents and NKLM can benefit
- Implement a game input and building strategy to increase the visibility of lions and possible other predators.
- Remove or expedite the hunting of the remaining Bushpig Safari’s Buffalos and halt all hunting in Lionspruit except for possible culling in the future.
- Investigate the potential for Managed Open Vehicle Safaris in Lionspruit.
- Investigate the viability of Bush walks in Lionspruit.
- Investigate the possibility of Bush-breakfasts and Evening-braais as a facility and business opportunity.
- Boost revenue & status
- When we utilise Lionspruit as suggested we will attract more affluent clients for the vacation industry and increase our status as an Eco-tourist destination.
- Income generator.
- Income from better utilisation of Lionspruit as a facility will supplement the proposed “ Conservation Fee” and negate the need for trophy hunting as a fund generator.
50/50 PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PROPERTY OWNERS AND NKLM
MPPOA’s 5 Point Action Plan to achieve a balanced, sustainable wildlife estate with benefits for all parties.
- Property owners want meaningful input and participation regarding the Game and Veld management in Marloth Park and Lionspruit.
- We propose the appointment of a full-time permanent Chief Game Warden who meets the criteria of Property Owners to co-manage Marloth park and Lionspruit with Nkomazi.
- Property Owners want the same credible input in the appointment of the gate management company.
- We propose the establishment of a “Wildlife Trust “ together with Nkomazi and MTPA to manage the Game and Veld programs through the Chief Game Warden and Nkomazi Rangers in Marloth Park and Lionspruit.
- In addition a professional management company could be appointed to manage the day to day activities as well as the collection and disbursement of Conservation Fees.
- MPPOA advocates the removal of the voluntary gate levy in favour of a R50-00 per month “ Conservation Fee” payable by all property owners as well as all visitors to Marloth Park. Visitors fee to be valid for 7 days at a time. This fee would be managed by the Joint Trust with Members elected from Marloth Park property owners and the MPPOA Forum and appointed by the Nkomazi Municipality and MTPA.
In conclusion Marloth Park and Lionspruit have the potential to be balanced and sustainable for generations to come with careful planning and management. A joint responsibility of all Property Owners and Nkomazi Municipality for future next generations.
Please support our efforts to make this happen.