A huge shout out.. A loud shoutout to fellow Woody Boater Cameron Searle all the way from South Africa.. Yup, that continent.. A wonderful reminder that no matter how physically we may be are. We are one in Woodyboaterville. And a little A.D.D today! What? SQUIRL?
Cameron shared this great video, and man oh man. This is what boat shows should be. Pick a year and you cant park your car or self unless you are from that period. Like a time warp party.
This is prime boating time in South Africa. I thought this list of draconian regulations to ‘smooth the curve’ might interest your readers. Oh, and all alcohol sales have been banned since Tuesday until 15th January, yet again. And nightly curfew from 9pm to 6am.
Here ya go!
Knysna Estuary directives – Amended Level 3 lockdown
After the announcement by the President on the evening of Monday the 28th of December 2020,
there have been varying interpretations of what this would entail for the Knysna Estuary, which
forms part of the Garden Route National Park.
Knysna, within the Garden Route Municipal District has also been declared a hotspot for the rapid
spread of the CORONA VIRUS.
Based on recent unfortunate events which took place on the Knysna Estuary, where blatant
disregard to the adherence of COVID-19 regulations was shown by members of the public (namely,
no spatial distancing and no wearing of masks), it proved yet again the need for more stringent
controls in order to flatten and reduce the curve of infections during this second and more intense
wave spreading through the country.
As per the amended regulations:
DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT, 2002: AMENDMENT OF REGULATIONS ISSUED IN TERMS OF SECTION
27(2), Government Notice 1423, published on 29 December 2020
36.(9)All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, inclusive of all recreational facilities at these places, are
closed to the public in all areas declared as hotspots.
This regulation restricts the use of beaches including those within the Knysna Estuary for purposes of
walking, running, dog-walking, sunbathing, standing around or sitting on.
39.(1) The following places are closed for the public:
(d) public parks, including recreational facilities at such places, where there are no access control
measures and entry limitations already in place.
Based on the above regulation and given that the Knysna Estuary is part of a park, SANParks has
taken the decision to restrict all recreational activities including boating, swimming, skiing, tubing,
fishing from vessels, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing, etc. on the Knysna Estuary as from 31
December 2020 until the NCC has reviewed the Level 3 restrictions.
All Commercial Operators registered with SANParks as a concessionaire will be allowed to operate
their vessels given that they do have all COVID control measures of screening, spatial distancing and
wearing of masks in place and strictly adhere to these regulations. No kayak rentals, SUP’s, etc to be
operational during this period
Failing to adhere to this may result in the specific operator being restricted due to non-adherence of
control measures as per the regulations.
All fishing activity from the shoreline and bait collecting from the open zones will be allowed
between the daylight hours of 06h00 to 18h00 in line with other park operating times.
Please be reminded that SANParks is acting in accordance with the DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT,
2002: AMENDMENT OF REGULATIONS ISSUED IN TERMS OF SECTION 27(2), Government Notice
1423, published on 29 December 2020.
SANParks trust in your co-operation to ensure that these regulations are adhered to at all times.