SACRAA media release – please read and share

The official document can be downloaded here

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SACRAA has recently become involved as a stakeholder in the proposed experimental net fishery in Vanderkloof Dam, where both small- and largemouth yellowfish will be targeted. Having been alerted to this project at a fairly late stage, we have not been a part of the process from the start and were unaware of the public meeting that was held on 12 December last year. Nevertheless, we have requested the relevant project information from the service provider (Rhodes University’s Rural Fisheries Programme) and the implementing authority (Northern Cape Department of Agriculture) and will be making a written submission in the near future.

In light of this, SACRAA has taken steps to ensure that we are kept informed about all future proposed fishery programmes. We have sent letters of introduction to National DAFF and all Provincial Departments that are mandated to develop and manage rural freshwater fisheries (SACRAA is already a registered stakeholder with marine fisheries). We have received several positive responses from some of the Provinces but have yet to hear from others.

Despite these efforts we believe we cannot rely entirely on Government departments to let us know every time a new fishery project is considered. SACRAA would therefore like to issue a plea to all anglers to let us know if they hear anything about rural fisheries projects in their area. There is nothing quite like the fisherman’s grapevine and if there are any rumors around I am sure they will spread fast. This appeal is for freshwater and marine anglers alike, as rural fisheries programmes can target inland as well as coastal & estuary waters. SACRAA will investigate all leads passed on to us and if they prove to be fact we can register as a stakeholder on behalf of recreational angling from the very beginning.

Contact details for SACRAA are as follows: Dr. Aidan Wood (; 0828694939)

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Koffie bike rally 2015

The 2015 Koffie Bike Rally is taking place at Vanderkloof Dam from 6 to 8 February 2015.

Entrance is R160 per person and the first prize in the lucky draw is R10000 cash. There are still chalets available for anyone who is interested.

For more details contact 082 556 5932 Or follow them on Facebook

Map to Vanderkloof:


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Proposed management and leasing of the Vanderkloof Holiday Resort and sale of municipality properties

After many years of ups and downs for the Vanderkloof Holiday Resort and Vanderkloof swimming pool, the Renosterberg Local Municipality has decided on a long term right to use lease agreement for the way forward.

Even though this is good news in many ways it is now up to someone with the right ambition and skills to get the Holiday Resort back into its former glory. For more detail please print the document linked below and read through it.

Click here for the full document as found in the Kwikstertjie as well


Some of the properties of the municipality is also up for tender for sale as mentioned below:

Erven 34 (Residential Gansie Street), 1476 square meter

Erven 42 (Residential Protea Street), 1335 Square Meter

Erven 56 (Residential Aalwyn Street), 825 Square Meter

Erven 106 (Residential Flats in Madeliefie Street), 1501 Square Meter

Erven 255 (Residential Kalossie Street), 886 Square Meter

Erven 49 (Business, Disa Street), 608 Square Meter

Erven 50 (Business Disa Street), 721 Square Meter


For further information on submitting tenders please contact the local Municipality or Municipal Manager, Mr S Madyo

Full Details can be found here


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“Smart water meters” – nogal ‘n bohaai

Daar word deesdae baie bohaai gemaak oor “Smart water meters” wat munisipaliteite, insluitend Renosterberg, reg oor die land begin in sit of ten minste ondersoek. Baie mense is onmiddelik teen dit oor al die sogenaamde gesondheids gevare. Tog almal wat dit beweer het heel moontlik self nog geen navorsing gedoen oor dit nie.

‘n Paar feite wat mens ingedagte moet hou. Hulle gebruik presies dieselfde tegnologie as jou selfoon of jou rekenaar se internet konneksie. Afhangende van die tipe gebruik hulle basies presies dieselfde tegnologie as wat in elke selfoon is. Ja daai ding wat jy nie die huis sonder verlaat nie. Die radius van die sogenaamde “skade” is ‘n paar centimeter. Tensy jy jou oor gereeld teen jou watermeter gaan druk vir ure elke dag, gaan jy dus nooit eens naby sy ‘range’ kom nie. Anders as wat jy elke paar uur as iemand jou bel en jy jou foon teen jou oor druk doen, of heeldag met jou foon reg teen jou lyf in jou sak rondloop.

Ek se nie die mense wat se dis nie ‘n goeie oplossing nie is verkeerd nie, dink net soms mense wil darem so effens realisties en minder negatief na alles kyk. ‘n Berig wat gereeld aangehaal word, is deur “anonymous” geskryf. As dit so geldig is, hoekom dan anoniem bly?

Hier onder is ‘n tabel wat wys in watse frequency Smart Meters funksioneer. Kyk maar net watse toestelle gebruik dieselfde frequencies. As jy rerig teen smart meter is hoop ek rerig jy het nie ‘n TV of selfoon of radio ook nie… Dis maar net ‘n opinie. Vertel gerus jou opinie:

Anders as ‘n anonieme opinie, is hierdie tabel gekry by

Dis dalk nie die antwoord nie, en defnitief sal dit met sy eie stel probleme kom. Maar mens moet tegnologie gebruik waar dit foute kan help uitskakel.

Ek is bly hulle gaan nie die stelsels in Vanderkloof verander vir nou nie, mens wonder maar net hoekom is sommige mense so erg teen enige verandering in Vanderkloof.


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Share your photos with us!

Many people come to Vanderkloof and take some amazing photos of the dam, the wall, nature, your biggest catch or even just some nice photos of you or your friends and family having fun in Vanderkloof Dam…

We would like to see those photos!

There is now a easy way to share them on this website. Simply upload them using the form below. Once we approve the image (just to make sure the picture is somehow related to Vanderkloof) it will appear on the website!Please start sharing your photos, who knows maybe one day we can have some sort of competition!

Upload your photo here:

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Photos already uploaded: (We are just starting, so help us build on our collection)

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Rudolph’s Reel Adventures

A few weeks ago Rudolph Venter and his dad spent a few days in Vanderkloof. He took to the waters on South Africa’s longest dam looking for the ultimate catch. He may not have found the big one as such but he certainly seems to have found a new place to keep trying at. Part of his visit was to shoot 2 TV shows for a Leisure TV that will be broadcast from January 2015.

Have a look at his website for a detailled blog with some stunning photos about his visit and many other trips he has been on.

Part 1 –

Part 2 –

Part 3 –

Part 4 –

His website in general is an awesome source for reading and finding out more!


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Update: meeting about netting in Vanderkloof Dam

The meeting will be held at the hall in Vanderkloof Holiday Resort on 12 December at 10am. Please make sure you attend!

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Woukies Restaurant

If you have been to Woukies in the past you will know they have some stunning views of the dam from every table. Mix that with the good food and friendly new management and you have a winning recipe! If you are heading to Vanderkloof this December go pay them a visit. They are fully licensed, open 7 days a week and even do take aways!

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Bergriver lodge – bigger and much better!

Bergriver Lodge in Vanderkloof has over the past few months been upgraded and now offers everything any visitor can ever dream of!

The spacious garden area consists of a stunning brand new pool and picnic area with plenty shade and sunny spots. If you are looking for a modern and clean self catering lodge why not give Bergriver Lodge a try?

Contact them today to make your bookings.


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