Storytelling on CapeInfo

This section of CapeInfo is where we tell our stories. We took a break during Covid, because the only certainty during those two years was uncertainty itself. But the old blogs are back… in a new home on CapeInfo and will need some cosmetic attention over the next few weeks.

And then the new stories will start…

The last posts from all stories are:

Recollections of an old sea dog — Captain Bill Shewell
Published 8/21/2023 in The Waterfront Story
Bill Shewell as Cape Town's Port Captain
This is the story of Captain Bill Shewell’s maritime career, becoming Port Captain of Cape Town and then Harbourmaster for the V&A more ❯
The Magic of Models
Published 8/19/2023 in The Waterfront Story
1989 model of the whole V&A Waterfront
In the 1980s and early 90s digital presentations were so bad that architects had to resort to two people in Cape Town to help share (and sell) their exciting visions and plans – Natie Terblanche for watercolour renderings and Bobby Serritslev for architectural models. These could take weeks and months to prepare but they were worth their weight in gold. The first model built for the V&A…read more ❯
The future of Granger Bay
Published 8/9/2023 in The Waterfront Story
An early proposal for Granger Bay
Ever since investigations for Cape Town’s new small craft harbour started in 1979, Granger Bay was regarded as the cherry in future development, but one with considerable challenges.  At that time, Granger Bay was regarded as the only available location for a small craft harbour although there were calls for SA Transport Services to make Victoria Basin available and to flood the old quarry for…read more ❯
ARCHIVES: The first 10 Years
Published 7/14/2023 in The Waterfront Story
First 10 years
Written and published in 1999 by Carl Momberg, and followed on The first 5 Years which he wrote and published in 1994.  It tells the story of the phenomenal growth and success of the V&A Waterfront since work started in 1989. [embedpress_pdf][/embedpress_pdf]read more ❯
Energy Observer
Published 6/25/2023 in The Waterfront Story
  Energy Observer combines both expeditions and innovations, whilst developing solutions, which prove that another future for energy is possible, an optimistic future that is more respectful of the planet and the people who live there. /*! elementor – v3.14.0 – 26-06-2023 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a…read more ❯
Cape Town toasts a record 2022/23 cruise tourism season
Published 6/20/2023 in The Waterfront Story
Cruise Liner Terminal
Cape Town and the Western Cape achieved a record-breaking cruise tourism season, dominated by high-spend source markets including the USA, Germany, and the UK. Commencing in October 2022 and wrapping in May 2023, the past season has welcomed 145,000 cruise passengers as well as 42,000 crew members to the Cape’s shores. In total, the 2022/2023 season welcomed 75 ships with 41 turnaround…read more ❯
CSI was R11bn last year. But is business staying usefully connected to social need?
Published 5/14/2023 in The Waterfront Story
The Rotary Club of South Africa recently invited V&A Waterfront’s head of social impact, Henry Mathys, to join a panel of distinguished speakers that also included Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Judge Dennis Davis. In this extract from Henry’s talk, he engages with the evolution of understanding about business’s social responsibilities.  (From Since 1997,…read more ❯
Review of The Waterfront Story by Peter de Tolly
Published 5/1/2023 in The Waterfront Story
Peter de Tolly was enthusiastic about the potential the V&A provided with links to the city. Not all were realised though.
Cape Town’s former deputy city planner, Peter de Tolly, submitted the following review of The Waterfront Story (based on the role he played in the early years, his interests and his priorities).  The nature of a book and the restrictions on space do not allow everything that happened to be included, so we are grateful for his efforts in expanding the story to include in the limitless world of…read more ❯
Cruise liners flock to Cape Town
Published 2/24/2023 in The Waterfront Story
Cruise Liner terminal
Cape Town gears up to welcome 7,000 passengers and crew at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal, which is managed by the V&A Waterfront, this weekend. On the 24th of February, the Costa Deliziosa arrived in the Port of Cape Town with 1,554 passengers, as part of their 115-day roundtrip itinerary to Rome On 25 February the port welcomes the Artania, which will arrive with 1,024…read more ❯
A response to Tony Jackman’s Daily Maverick rant
Published 2/18/2023 in The Waterfront Story
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Daily Maverick published a story by Tony Jackman titled “WHEN CHARACTER DIES: V&A Waterfront: consuming itself, a greedy bite at a time”. “It’s the Monaco of Cape Town, a playground for the super-rich in a city infamously neglectful of its poor. Cut off, more than ever, from the city of which it is supposedly a part, it has become obsessed with itself and its advancement, the…read more ❯

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