MOSSEL BAY HAS ITS OWN SUCCESS STORY

By / 30th August, 2016 / General / Off

(Continued from previous blog)

The town of Mossel Bay is considered by the SA Government (appointed) Auditors as the 6th best Municipality across almost 180 Municipalities in South Africa. An audit across all Municipalities in South Africa is conducted annually. The audit consists of several categories eg finance, environment, governance, schooling, focus on disadvantaged communities, economic development etc.

HOUSING & INFRASTRUCTURE

  • 2016 – Friemersheim Road currently under construction
  • 2011 to 2015 – 1 555 houses and erven developed in the low cost housing category
  • 2015 – WINNER Govan Mbeki housing award for Kwa PHP project
  • 2015 – IMESA award for community upliftment (Wolwedans housing scheme)
  • 2013 – Establish Thusong Centre

SOCIAL, RURAL & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • 2016 – Establish Youth Café in Green Haven, currently under construction
  • 2016 – Asla new clinic under construction in co-operation with PetroSA
  • 2015 – LED maturity 2nd place, and 3rd place in 2016
  • 2015 – Establish a Youth Council
  • 2015 – Introduce a groundbreaking indigent policy
  • 2014 – Establish a night shelter – The Haven – for the homeless
  • 2013 – Start a Rural Development Process in conjunction with Western Cape Dept of Agriculture
  • 2012 – Second rural Municipality to establish a CID to upgrade the CBD

Let’s take this opportunity to congratulate the Municipality of Mossel Bay for the caring of all communities and creating a better life for aLL

 

MOSSEL BAY HAS ITS OWN SUCCESS STORY

By / 12th August, 2016 / General / 1 Comment

The town of Mossel Bay is considered by the SA Government (appointed) Auditors as the 6th best Municipality across almost 180 Municipalities in South Africa. An audit across all Municipalities in South Africa is conducted annually. The audit consists of several categories eg finance, environment, governance, schooling, focus on disadvantaged communities, economic development etc.

INNOVATION

  • 2016 – National Greenest Town Competition, WINNER
  • 2012 & 2015 – Runner-up Western Cape Greenest Municipality
  • 2013 & 2014 – Western Cape Greenest Municipality WINNER. First Municipality to establish a Municipal Court.
  • 2011 – Construct Largest desalination plant in South Africa

GOVERNANCE

  • 2015-2012 – 4 X consecutive clean audits
  • 2015 – SA WINNER Centre of Excellence award for gender mainstreaming
  • 2014 – Government report places Mossel Bay in Top 10 Municipalities in South Africa
  • 2013 – SALGA Best Practice award for HIV, Gender, LED projects and social development
  • 2013 – SADEC Gender Mainstreaming Leadership, WINNER

Mossel Bay’s Waterworm

By / 15th May, 2016 / Blogs, General / Off

MOSSEL BAY’S WATERWORM

Recently, the well known water worm in Hartenbos, used by many visitors for over 30 years and more, has closed down after the dismantling phase was completed. This facility is now being moved to the Diaz beach Water Park, some 4 km away.  The Water Park has its own water worm but the additional assemblies arriving from Hartenbos will certainly enhance the quality and functionality of the facility.

A concrete structure has been left behind after the assemblies were removed, but this will soon be removed by the ATKV  resort owners. The reason for doing away with the Hartenbos water worm was due to an ATKV decision to upgrade its entertainment facilities over a large area.  The water left behind could luckily be recovered, and transported to a few drought suffering  areas in other provinces. The 1st phase of the ATKV development should be completed just in time before the holiday makers arrive. Mr Dirk Steyn, (ex)owner of the water worm  in Hartenbos has already started up the enhanced  water worm at Diaz beach as the new owner. The Diaz beach water worm is open to the public 7 days of the week.

The newly enhanced water feature at Diaz beach will be completed in April this year and Dirk is convinced that his Hartenbos customers will follow him to Diaz beach.

View the video below.  We have some fond memories of Hartenbos’s original Waterpark.

Mossel Bay Excell in Governance

By / 15th April, 2016 / Blogs, General / Off

MOSSEL BAY  EXCELL  IN  GOVERNANCE

The Research Group ‘Good Governance Africa (GGA)’ recently made a finding that Mossel Bay is the 5th best managed Local and Metropolitan municipality, out of South Africa’s 234 municipalities.  First came  Swellendam – DA/ANC coalition, followed by the Hessequa (Heidelberg/Riversdale) area, Bergriver (Paarl/Drakenstein) area, and the Swartland (Malmesbury/Moreesburg) area. A significant further finding is that 9 of the Top 10 municipalities are DA managed. This independent research tool is called “Government Performance Index’. There are 15 different criteria that get measured, of which Financial Management is only but 1 criterion. Some other criteria are :

  • Administration
  • Economical development
  • Service delivery (weigh heaviest)
  • Running water delivery(del)
  • Electricity del
  • Sanitation del
  • Rubbish removal del
  • Formal housing del
  • Health facilities del
  • Access to quality education del
  • Number of School Grade 12 passes
  • Municipal capacity
  • Poverty, Income
  • Job opportunities

Municipalities forming part of the Western Cape Province, outperformed the other provinces by far. In addition, 15 out of the Top 20 municipalities are found in the Western Cape. The DA political party was dominant in the Western Cape, claiming 17 of the Top 20 municipalities. By contrast, the municipalities that fared worst were the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal provinces, with 12 municipalities in the Eastern Cape and 6 in Kwazulu-Natal. These municipalities are all managed by the ANC political party.

The Historical Mossel Bay Harbour

By / 15th March, 2016 / Blogs, General / Off

The Historical Mossel Bay Harbour

Did you know that Mossel Bay is the first recorded maritime facility along the South African coast used by the European explorers and seafarers en route to the Far East to ship in fresh water and other provisions.  Today, Mossel Bay is an active harbour utilised by the fishing fraternity and the  Petrochemical industry. The latter  started the company called Mossgas in the 1980’s, to be followed after 1994 with a new name, PetroSA.

The Greater Mossel Bay

Background

It is widely well known that the town of Mossel Bay can be found halfway between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The latter and Port Elizabeth are 800 km apart. Furthermore, Mossel Bay is a holiday destination with numerous festivals, events, adventures and attractions. Don’t believe that Mossel Bay is only sand and beaches. No, it also displays mountains, animals, water streams/rivers and rolling landscapes. But what about it other gems that all form part of the town of Mossel Bay ?

Hartenbos

Better known for Art, History, Holidays and Entertainment. Here one can find the ATKV Museum, displaying objects of the Great Trek as well as the Trek of 1938. Hartenbos is adjacent to Mossel Bay proper, close to the suburbs of Diaz, Voorbaai and Bay View.

Little Brak River, Friemersheim, Great Brak River, and Glentana

Also towards the East of Mossel bay, direction George, the following activities can be experienced :

  • Walking Trails and short walks such as : 103 steps walk, Vleiland & Nature walk, History walk, Pepper Tree walk, Southern Cross walk, the Island walk, and the Circle walk.
  • The Great Brak Museum as well as a Tourism Office (at The Dekke).
  • Cycling Routes, including : Poeding Pad (20 km), Perdeplaas route (39 km), Frangrance route (36,5 km). These routes are easy to moderate.
  • Fragrance Route. Lavender and chilli shortbread, a historical church, and armfuls of freshly cut lavender.

Herbertsdale

Also  known for its food, wine, beer, wildlife and architecture. As far as the latter is concerned, one can find churches, houses with paintings and even a spices storeroom as mortuary. Other interesting things :

  • A beer brewery nearby called Glenhoff (only brewery in Mossel Bay), as well as Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar (only wine farm in Mossel Bay).
  • Some wild life such as the Gondwana Game Reserve and the Indalu Game Reserve. The latter Reserve has a whole herd of elephants whom you can personally feed and walk with, under the supervision of some expert elephant coaches.

Vleesbaai, Boggomsbaai & Fransmanhoek

As for Herbertsdale, these 3 suburbs are also on the Western side of Mossel Bay proper. At the Southern side of the Bay is Fransmanshoek, which is a paradise for rock anglers. Fishing is the most popular activity at Vleesbaai and Boggomsbaai as well. Beaches here provide fishermen with multiple fishing spots, with the local shop providing bait, angling equipment (if necessary) and accessories. You most likely need to acquire a permit to fish here. Other activities :

  • Water sports such as surfing (‘Toads’ being a popular spot), kayaking, sand boarding and kite surfing
  • The sand beaches provide ideal long walks. The well known ‘Oystercatcher Hiking Trail’ passes through Vleesbaai. The latter trail should be seriously considered as a ‘bucket’ adventure.

Cape St Blaize Cave in Mossel Bay

The Portuguese Bartholomew Diaz was the very first European that set foot on (South) African soil – in 1488 at Munro beach Mossel Bay. Afterwards, the Cape was named in 1497 by Vasco da Gama,   another explorer. He arrived in Mossel Bay on the day of St Blaize. The well known Cave at the Point in Mossel Bay was then named the St Blaize Cave.

cape-st-blaize-lighthouse

In 1810 there was evidence found that the Cave had been inhabited by hunter-gatherers who ate mostly shellfish. It was only in 1888 that Sir George Leith excavated and found conclusively that the shellmiddens had been left by pre-colonial inhabitants. There was evidence of Middle Stone Age occupation below the middens. Recent excavations at other sites in the vicinity by Prof Marean of the Institute of Human Origins at the University of Arizona, found evidence going back 160 000 years. One of these sites is located at Pinnacle Point, some 8 km outside Mossel Bay and can be visited by the public by pre-arrangement.

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Bland street historical buildings in Mossel Bay

The Vincent building was built in 1820-24 by C. F. Pohl and used as a General Dealer. The discovery of diamonds at Hopetown in 1867 and Kimberley in 1870 chose Mossel Bay as its most convenient  import/export gateway. The Mossel harbour brought immense wealth to the Vincent business and led to more space being required. An extension to the Vincent building was built in 1901 & 1903 by C. Wilson and included a large arch to allow ox-wagons to enter the building to offload. Opposite this building is the Vincent Square.

Since 1900 the Mossel Bay Goods Shed in Bland street was used to store cargo from and to ships. The roof covers about 90m X 14m with no obstruction. On the North side of the shed is a platform from which rail carriages could be loaded without lifting. Today this shed is used as a very popular ‘flea market’ with stalls selling almost everything.

Church street historical buildings in Mossel Bay

The building of our Mossel Bay newspaper ‘Mossel Bay Advertiser’ is located in Church street and was  built in 1901 by builders Cochran & Cherry, and was occupied by Standard bank until 1950. Opposite this building was the ‘Outspan’ for ox-wagons and today is a large modernised parking area. Diagonally opposite the MB Advertiser building, is a building built in 1857 for Meyer & Co, used for business and housing the Victoria Hotel. On the 1st floor was a warehouse, and an exterior hoist was used to lift goods from the street into the warehouse. The building was restored in 1989 and is occupied today by Rauch & Gertenbach attorneys. Ironically, the MB Advertiser used these premises between 1931-1988, before relocating to where they are today.

The Granary & Ochre Barn in Mossel Bay

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This store was built in 1786/7 to store grain brought in by the farmers until there was enough for a shipload. This saved them a 2-3 month trip by ox-wagon. The store was demolished in 1951 and then reconstructed in 1987 from original plans found in the Archives of the Castle, Cape Town.

The Ochre Barn was built in 1849 for Barry & Nephews. By 1865 it had been enlarged, and modernised from 2000-2007, which today is called the Protea Hotel – in Market street.