Thank you for attending the ACF meeting on the 21st May last week, there was a good turn out with representation of the majority of stakeholders being represented and some good discussions on what those present thought the vision and strategy of the Forum should be. I have attached the minutes of this and the last meeting as well as the attendance register for this meeting and the record of events. If you are interested I can also send you the slideshow of the presentation with information on the formation of catchment forums ACF 21-5-15_final that I shared with you at the meeting, just email me and I can send it to you.
Please send me any corrections of the minutes/attendance register no later than Friday 29th May!
I will collate all the discussions of the groups and come up with an outline of a strategy document for the Forum which I will circulate as soon as possible for comment. I will also be sending out a request for contributions to the ACF newsletter shortly. Remember this doesn’t have to be demanding on our already limited time, even a short one paragraph report on an exciting development with some pictures is the kind of thing we’re after. For the relevant organisations It could be something cut out of some of your other reports that you undoubtedly are required to do anyway. This will help to initiate the communication between us all in the Amathole. So if you could start thinking about this that would be great.
Another thing we need to address is the geographical extent of the ACF are of inclusion/influence. Could I ask you all to reply to me with your opinion of what the extent should be as I know each of us have our own areas of interest and have different knowledge of the needs in the area.
As always, please keep thinking about potential stakeholders that you think would be interested in being represented at the Forum and send any relevant contact details to me. Identifying stakeholders is necessarily an ongoing process.
Thank you and have a great week. I will be in touch with you soon.
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