interest in developments at the Dams has continued to flourish
and large numbers of people now come out to the Dams over
the weekends. This is most encouraging. Merely the numbers
present has improved the security significantly, both at
the Dams themselves and in the adjacent residential suburbs.
Lower Dam still holds good water and is now home to
a large number of moorhen, black crake, cormorant,
white-faced duck and teal. A fish eagle was seen on
the Upper Dam but has moved on again.
restocking of the dam has been undertaken but we must stress
that this dam will probably be empty again with the onset
of the dry season - and when it does we will try get in
to investigate and deal with the cause of the leaks.
the gardens, things have not gone as fast as we might have
hoped. Labour costs and direction remains an issue. We hope
to have someone permanently there in a supervisory position
soon. We take this opportunity to thank Mr. & Mrs P.
te Velde for their kind efforts in coming to assist with
the gardening as and when they could. We hope that they
will continue in their efforts despite the frustrations;
we really need their knowledge and dedication. Thanks also
to Mr Mills, the Spooner family and Mr Dakin for assistance
in cutting the grass which responded quickly to the early
lantana below the Upper Dam is being tackled, while the
Aloe Garden is steadily being cleared and replanted. Care
is however being taken so that the aloes are not disturbed
unduly to ensure that we have a good flowering season later
in the year. Several exotic trees have been felled and we
must thank Beaver Tree Felling for the donation of time
and expertise. Not everyone will be happy with the demise
of the Jacaranda, Phyotlacca and Norfolk Pines but we assure
you that many other Indigenous trees have already been planted
in their place.
of the tearoom is still with Bulawayo City Council and we
apologise to all of those who come to the Dams hoping that
something is in place. It will be ready within a month as
it is due to be discussed at the next full council meeting
of the BCC.
Banff Road entrance is being transformed as a rustic guardhouse
is erected. A second guardhouse will soon go up at the Impala
Road entrance. Our sincere thanks to MacAlisters, Davis
Granite, MacDonald’s Bricks and United Portland cement
who have made this possible. Two booms are being fabricated
by Nimr & Chapman and thanks to them.
old braai area has been restored and several additional
benches and tables have been put in place thanks to
the Ewing family. It is proving again to a popular
weekend venue. Please remember to bring your own wood
and remove all litter.
toilets near the tearoom are being refurbished. Doors are
in place and the plumbing is being repaired and facilities
upgraded. We are thankful to Mr. & Mrs R. Lasker and
Bathroom Vogue for their facilitating this. The toilets
will be locked at times other than the weekends but keys
can be obtained at the office or from one of our staff.
We still need some help with the roof, paint and toilet
consumables. If you can assist please contact us.
the guard gates are in place we will make a small entry
charge to cover part of our running costs. This is not designed
to exclude anyone. The rates will be reasonable and the
modalities are still being discussed. We will let you know
well in advance. Initially it will cover cars, relying on
your good will for donations to cover people and use of
facilities. Entrance cards for a 6 monthly and annual basis
will be available. We would in fact prefer that people take
up this option for reasons of ease and security. Senior
citizens will be exempt and we need to decide on how their
entrance cards are distributed. If you have any comments
and suggestions on these matters please let us know.
must ask that people respect the rules of the area.
Signs are presently being put in place. However existing
BCC rules continue to apply – no dogs off their
leash near the tearoom; no fishing in the Lower Dam;
no swimming and boating; no radios; no cars on the
grass, littering etc.
can you book beforehand for any functions. This can be done
through the office on 242490 or by email. Bookings need
to be done well ahead of time so other users can fit it
in and get the necessary police clearance. Donations for
the use of the area for these functions would be much appreciated.
This would apply to parties, church gatherings and society
meetings. We are not trying to hinder your visits just avoid
unnecessary conflicts and have it safe.
that fishing this is restricted to the Upper Dam. We have
had advice from John Minshull, our fish expert, who says
that the current off take is not a problem and that there
are ample fish to cope. We may however have to put some
sections of the shoreline off-limits for the wild birds
and breeding. Please note that there is a daily fee for
fishing payable at the office or to our staff who go around
with the receipt book.
the topic one lucky fisherman recently hauled in a
massive carp after a fight of 21 minutes. He says
he has seen bigger!!! He also believes that there
is indeed a small crocodile in the Upper Dam so please
is still much to do and we appreciate all the assistance
we are getting. We touched by the generosity of the Bulawayo
community, well aware of the difficult times that we are
all going through. We are still looking for a responsible
person to man the office as well as any offers of garden
equipment, assistance with labour, and children’s
external well-wishers have pledged assistance and we are
very grateful for their support. The modalities will be
put in place so that we can use this to procure the imported
components necessary for the security fence that we require.
Please let us know if you are able to assist in anyway,
wherever you are. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also grateful for all the support and letters of
acknowledgement we have received from members of the public.
It is encouraging that the people are again reclaiming this
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