Coast KZN

09 Sep 2017

Raising awareness one sign at a time

Allan Troskie (North Coast Courier) Picture: Judy Mann-Lang, Tracey Simkiss and Terry Rens show off one of the new signs in Umdloti.

Umdloti’s Urban Improvement Programme and residents alike kicked off national Arbor Week with a special event

The writing is on the wall in Umdloti – or more accurately on the signs that have gone up along South Beach Road.

On Saturday Umdloti’s Urban Improvement Programme and residents alike kicked off national Arbor Week with a special event – the launch of their Marine Conservancy signage.

The unveiling included a rehabilitation and greening exercise on the dunes of Umdloti’s infamous South Beach ‘Granny’s Pool’.

In keeping with Arbor Week, six educational signs were erected along Umdloti South Beach Road, each with a positive and detailed explanation.

The signs address: monitoring of the mussel beds, conservation of coastal forests, dune rehabilitation, humpback whales, rocky shore research and a summary of all the projects.

Some of the scientists who attended the launch of the marine conservancy signs in Umdloti and helped locals and visitors understand how best to protect the coastal environment.

The Umdloti community, sponsors, the UIP and representatives from both Tongaat Hulett and the eThekwini Municipality gathered on Umdloti’s pilot Blue Flag beach for a morning filled with dune planting and community engagement.

Central to the event were the scientists of the Umdloti studies who presented an overview of their continued work and answered questions.
Speaking about these dedicated researchers on the day, Terry-Ann Rens said, “To have so many scientists gathered for this occasion signifies how important this protected area is to the scientific community, Umdloti residents and the visitors to our village. It was also a unique opportunity for the community to engage with them and learn more about the work that they are doing”.

Umdloti offers a sense of escape with its eco-friendly spirit and focus on the beautiful environment that defines it.

Flanked by the Hawaan-Mhlanga Forest Complex, the last coastal dune forest outside of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and the Umdloti lagoon and river, the area is home to a pristine Coastal Conservancy and two pilot Blue Flag beaches.