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Hazelmere Dam Dev

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INVITATION TO PUBLIC MEETING

HAZELMERE DAM INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
& PRECINCT PLAN: USE OF WATER FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND LAND BASED TOURISM DEVELOPMENT:

Hazelmere Dam has been earmarked by the eThekwini Municipality as an important metropolitan tourism and recreational node. A node that can contribute significantly to economic development in the northern rural parts of the city.

Since the completion of the Hazelmere Dam Tourism Feasibility Study undertaken by the eThekwini Municipality, development pressures have mounted to capitalise on potential tourism assets in the Hazelmere sub-region in order also to take advantage of the proximity to the future Dube Tradeport. In this regard the private sector , community based entrepreneurs and land owners have began to show significant interest in Hazelmere Dam, as not only in its proximity to the planned International Airport, but also fits into the growing tourism demand for diversified tourism products that focus on scenic, cultural and nature-based tourism, that foreign tourists expect to find in Africa. The potentials to enhance the City?s sport tourism objectives are also a significant factor. The current challenge now is for all the different stakeholders to plan and manage the development of this asset in a manner, which ensures economic development for the people of the region while protecting the catchments area and function of the dam as a vital source of water.

In a joint partnership between eThekwini Municipality?s Rural Area Based Management Unit, Trade & Investment KZN, Department Water Affairs & Forestry (DWAF) and Umgeni Water, and the Hazelmere Dam Consortium lead by Maluleke Luthuli have been appointed to assist in the formulation of a Precinct Development Plan and Water Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Dam. The Hazelmere Dam Consortium consists of a number of specialist companies relating to structural engineering, planning, land legal matters, environmental assessment, water resource management specialists and participation. The purpose of this planning exercise is to ensure the sustainable and equitable development, utilization and management of the Dam by compiling a RMP, based on the DWAF?s Guideline on Integrated Resource Planning for the Use of Water for Recreational purposes through a facilitated and consultative planning process. Surrounding communities and landowners will also benefit from this process through beneficiation projects and opportunities.


Interested and affected parties and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in this planning exercise and stakeholder workshops, which are planned for the 18th June 2007, Monday at 10.00am at the Canelands Community Hall/Library next to Canelands Country Club at Hazelmere, off Vincent Dickens Road. Any further information or to register as an interested party, please contact the eThekwini Project Manager: Peter Gilmore on 031-2616640/ 0833788737/ email: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:gilmorep@durban.gov.za">gilmorep@durban.gov.za</a><!-- e -->.

Directions: Travel on R102 through Verulam towards Hazelmere Dam. Turn left into Vincent Dickens Road off the R102 (Sign Posted to Hazelmere Dam). Take first right turn into Old Main Road towards the Caneland Country Club and Canelands Community Hall/Library.

Peter Gilmore
Development Planning, Spatial & Land Use Manager Rural Area Based Management
& Development ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY
Ph: 031-2616640
Fax: 031-2616671
Cell: 083 3788737
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Regards Rob
Vice President SABAA Natal
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Did anyone get to this meeting?
Regards Rob
Vice President SABAA Natal
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Not me!! It is a little far to go for a meeting.
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