2014 Rosebowl Questionnaire

2014 Rosebowl Questionnaire from the Nomads Chairman: Dave Martin

Good day fellow Nomads,

As you may all be aware of by now, there have been some changes to the committee following the recent AGM where Leon and Magriet stepped down.

Chairmanship was taken on by myself and hence this communication from me and not Leon.

Please note that the committee portfolios are still to be finalised and therefore this communication should not be seen as an ‘acceptance speech’ by myself and which shall follow in due course, however there is at least one urgent matter that needs to be addressed immediately, and this is Nomads’ participation at the 2014 Rosebowl, hosted by Guinjata SFC and to be held at Guinjata, Mozambique, 16 to 21 March 2014.

I have been approached by some active Nomads members expressing concern for their safety in Mozambique considering the recent upsurge in violence between Frelimo and Renamo.  I have attached an article from today’s news (11 Nov 2013) which I urge you to read in order to have some insight into the problem.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/foreigners-flee-mozambique-1.1604923#.UoCf1eISglQ

While our primary concern is for the safety of our members, we cannot disregard our obligation to SGDSAA and Guinjata Sportfishing Club for the upcoming Rosebowl challenge, a tournament that we pride ourselves for excelling in. With this in mind the committee needs to make an informed decision based on the Nomads members wishes of whether to raise concerns of safety and to relay these to SGDSAA, should these concerns be affecting proposed participation by Nomads members at the Rosebowl?

I would like to use this opportunity to gather feedback from  ALL MEMBERS by way of a few yes/no answers by as to whether you are willing to fish in Guinjata. Please note that your response herein is NOT a commitment for participation in any way whatsoever, but we need to have some sort of realistic indication. I realise that March is still some time away and that some of you will be going to Guinjata and other Mozambican destinations in December, but these comps are planned well in advance and we owe it to GSFC to raise any concerns sooner rather than later.

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Many Thanks for  your co-operation, and please feel free to add any other non-related issues or concerns that you may wish to express.

Yours Sincerely

Dave Martin
Chairman Nomads GFC
Tel: +27 11 396 1800/1/2

2 thoughts on “2014 Rosebowl Questionnaire

  1. paddy

    Hi Dave,
    I appreciate your concern, however I believe that GSFC will have an alternative should the situation not be safe for the competitors and that the SGDSAA should communicate with them in this regard.Obviously the timing of a change of venue is critical for people to organise themselves.I fear that some people may use this to change the venue,those who would not normally go to Moz.
    I personally believe the situation will be resolved by then.
    Good idea to have the comments from the members at this stage and it would be very interesting to see the feed back you receive. Regards

    Reply
    1. Dave

      Howzit Paddy,
      Thanks for your constructive reply. The questionnaire was set out in a manner for us to determine whether non participation was specifically due to safety issues, or due to the fact that people just don’t want to go to Moz!
      It is not our intention to try and change the venue as I am sure you are well aware, but to give GSFC some useful feedback and to determine if the issue of safety concerns should in fact be raised at all?
      The results thus far are interesting.
      Thanks once again
      Dave

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