Meeting the City of Cape Town at the Steenbras Dam
Board members of the KBRC were fortunate enough to meet up with councillors and officials of the City of Cape Town at the Steenbras Dam facilities near Gordon’s Bay on Friday 26 February 2016 during a site visit of the City’s Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Events, Exhibitions and Marketing (TEEM) to several points of interest.
Cape Town’s delegation included Roxanne Hoorn, chairperson of TEEM, Gcaua Timm, Demetri Qually, Andrea Crous, Theuns Vivian, all councillors, Nombulelo Mkefa, Director of Tourism, Elana Kellerman, the environmentalist responsible for the soon to be established Steenbras Nature Reserve, and not least of them all, Frans Tredoux, the colourful manager of Steenbras Water Resource and Purification Works.
This meeting was a follow-up to the briefing we gave to the full committee in October last year and their interest in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is significant and appreciated. I could once again inform the delegation that we are part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and is included in a world-wide network with strong branches on all continents.
While our most basic wish is that awareness of the Biosphere concept should be promoted through signage and other channels among the residents of Cape Town, we can also contribute to tourism and local economic development.
Trail from Gordon’s Bay to Oudebosch
Director Richard Starke’s presentation regarding the establishment of a trail from Gordon’s Bay to Oudebosch, which will open up opportunities for employment in the fields of construction, guiding, accommodation and transport, was enthusiastically met by those present. Apart from the idea that we should register this trail as the Cape Camino, we were also encouraged to do all ground work that will not require huge financial input. Richard’s estimate for development of this project, unfortunately, amounts to R3 million plus. He, however, is confident that we will be able to find investors once all approvals can be obtained.
Thank you also to vice chairman Philip Fourie, communications director Fanie Krige and co-ordinating officer Chantal Esterhuizen, who were also present to strengthen our effort.