Category: Eastern Cape

  • This is Criminal Incompetence, Pravin Gordhan: do something!

      There are hundreds of millions of Rands of foreign donor funding in these projects.  It should be an embarrassment to every South African. Dear Pravin Gordhan, please prohibit all Eastern Cape local government institutions from receiving any further foreign donor funding before they give the whole of South Africa a bad name.  They are […]

  • Beezus to the rescue!

    Driving back from the Fish River Lighthouse, the road was blocked by a herd of cattle.  It was a standoff.  Then Beezus sensed what was out there, and exploded into his rendition of a pack of wild dogs on the cattle.  The cattle about-faced and cleared the road.  Three cheers for Beezus!

  • An unforgettable weekend at The Milkhouse, Hankey

      Stepping out of the car in pouring rain, on a rather delapidated-looking farm, looking for the Milkhouse Farmstyle Bar, I wondered what I was letting myself in for.  I opened the door in what appeared to be a renovated part of the rambling complex and walked into the room rather tentatively… and what I…

  • This is South Africa’s Surf City!

    I never realised what it was that set Jeffreys Bay apart from all other seaside destinations with waves for surfing.  The most over-the-top surfing photo I’ve seen comes from The Dungeons, round the corner from Hout Bay, for example.  Well… that’s not what most surfers will ever want to tackle. So it took someone like…

  • The Perfect Wave… the Endless Summer

    And just in case, like me, you don’t know what perfect waves should look like, here are two video clips with examples. “The Cape St. Francis sequence in Endless Summer is surf movie-making’s holy grail.  This 1963 movie became a cult classic. And a more recent clip from Cape St Francis… More than 50 years…

  • “The most favourable part of the Union”

    [mappress mapid=”2″ alignment=”right”] It was in 1910 that the Cape Director of Irrigation, FE Kanthack, visited the valley and called it “the most favourable part of the Union.”  The Gamtoos Valley is known for its rich, fertile soils, its fresh water and its agricultural bounty.  It is a conservative farming area — agritourism hasn’t moved…

  • A Bay, a Cape and a Port… St Francis

    Endless beaches, a busy little port and canal-living make Cape St Francis one of the most desirable destinations on the SA coast. Or almost… but I’ll get to that later. When I heard that GT Ferreira (FirstRand Group, Tokara Wine Estate, etc.) has recently bought property there, it’s obvious one can’t question it as an…

  • The fastest 10 jobs ever created!

    By getting tour buses just to stop for lunch at his farm stall off the N2 near Storms River village, Dewald Niemann of Oudebosch Farmstall added 10 new jobs to his staff complement.  The bus or buses come in, visitors have to be fed, and the buses need to leave again quickly to keep to…

  • Someone has to make a town work!

    And in the case of Storms River, it’s one ward committee member rather than the municipality, “which is nowhere near functional” — a trend I was to encounter almost throughout the Eastern Cape.  It is one of the worst-performing municipalities in SA. Storms River falls under KouKamma Municipality.  The 2015/6 budget shows capital expenditure of…

  • Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours: a success story of home-grown heroes

    Ashley Wentworth is an evangelist — about doing good and doing things the right way. And Stormsriver Adventures, the company he started in 1998 when he escaped the rat race in Cape Town, has probably achieved more than any other — through investing in people. Apart from being Fair Trade-accredited (one of the most onerous…