By Dr Bronwyn Goble
The KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) in partnership with the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), recently produced the 2019/2020 issue of Ulwandle – the annual newsletter on coastal and marine issues for the province. It highlights news and activities that affected and impacted the KZN coast with contributing articles from a range of stakeholders.
The highlights include, a report by Siziphiwe Maxengana, of the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries on the ICM Lekgotla held in Cape Town during September 2019, and a report by Fiona MacKay and Bianca McKelvey of ORI , which provided an overview of illegal sand mining on the KZN estuaries and highlight that this brings a range of environmental and socio-economic effects to our province and its estuaries. Ulwandle also reports on the exciting changes to CoastKZN and the training with municipal and EDTEA users undertaken to increase the use of this innovative tool.
Other topics presented include what you need to know about the lockdown and the KZN coast; an overview of the Ugu’s creation of community awareness on coastal environmental issues; training Ocean Champions at SAAMBR; Marine Litter Exhibit for Marine week (the first week of October) and the Blue Flag beaches in KZN for the 2019/2020 season