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Intaka Ecological burn

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Date 29 January 2021
External Link Intaka Island

The Century City Property Owners’ Association, in conjunction with the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association, Working on Fire and the City’s Fire & Rescue Services, intend to conduct a prescribed ecological burn at the 16 hectares Intaka Island Nature Reserve on a weather dependent day in March or April this year.  The burn will only take place if the weather conditions are ideal and will NOT take place on Fridays, Public Holidays or Weekends.

This burn is required in terms of the Intaka Island Environmental Management Plan and is endorsed by the Blouvlei Intaka Island Environmental Committee. The reduction and removal of the biomass by burning will:

-              Restore local indigenous species, by removing senescent growth & promoting germination of dormant seed in the soil;

-              Facilitate and ensure the success of follow-up operations to control invasive alien species    that regrow on the site; and 

-              Reduce the fuel load in the veld during fire season particularly in the event of wildfires. 

Professional and competent fire fighters, as well as firefighting equipment and vehicles will be present during the burn and precautionary measures will be taken to ensure the operation is executed safely.

Section 19 (1) of the City’s Air Quality Management Bylaw requires of CCPOA to inform Owners and Occupiers of adjacent properties of the intention to conduct an open burn.

Owners and occupiers of adjacent properties have the right to lodge written objections to the proposed open burning as well as to the application for exemption, within 7 (seven) days after the issue of this notice.

Any objections must be submitted in writing before 9 February 2021 to Rabelani Gundula 021 590 5200 (rabelani.gundula@capetown.gov.za ) from the City of Cape Town’s Air Quality Management Department.

If you have any queries, please contact Louise de Roubaix, Century City Environmental & Horticulture Manager, on louise@centurycity.co.za