The Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, had the pleasure of being joined by the Executive Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Overstrand, Lindile Ntsabo, for a visit to the Old Port Museum, whale sightings with the famous Whale Scream and a boardwalk. along the cliff path to view the art installations, at Hermanus.
“The Old Harbor Museum is a treasure trove of wonderful facts and interactive whale exhibits. The Museum has received financial assistance from the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism to upgrade exhibits which include whale sound exhibit, submarine exhibit, information panels, puzzle Build a Whale” as well as video games about whales. said Minister Wenger.
Mr Brendell Adams of the Old Harbor Museum said: ‘The museum is in the historic heart of the village overlooking Walker Bay. This is part of the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot which stretches 200km from Rooi Els to Quoin Point and is renowned for its incredibly vibrant and visible whale sightings. The museum offers family experiences to ensure that Hermanus and the Overstrand remains a world-class and competitive option for travelers. No less than five blue flag beaches are dotted along this pristine stretch of coast. Where else can you see southern right whales so close? No wonder Hermanus is recognized as the best land-based whale observatory in the world.
Some notable upcoming events include:
- September 21 to 24 – Hangklip Kleinmond Ceramic Festival
- September 24 and 25 – Fynbos Celebration, Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus
- September 30 to October 2 – Hermanus Whale Festival
- September 29 to October 2 – Stanford Culinary
- October 2 – Hermanus Art in the Park (every first Sunday of the month)
- Every first Friday of the month, Hermanus has Hermanus First Friday ArtWalk – over 20 galleries stay open until 8:00 p.m.
Deputy Mayor Lindile Ntsabo said: “It’s great to have the minister here, to make sure that during tourism month, Overstrand is on the map.”
Minister Wenger commented, “I really enjoyed talking with Dr. Els Vermeulen about his research on these majestic aquatic mammals and had the chance to do so while watching a mother and her calf wade through the bay.
Dr Els Vermeulen is the Research Director of the Whales Unit at the University of Pretoria. The unit is part of the university’s renowned Mammalian Research Institute and is an internationally recognized center for whale and dolphin research.
“We were very pleased to welcome the Minister to Hermanus, not only to showcase our beautiful town, but also to tell her about the unique tourism opportunities this region has to offer, primarily based on the whales that visit these shores. The great whales found in Walker Bay are of great importance to our country from a heritage and cultural perspective, as well as from a socio-economic perspective. Understanding these whales from a scientific perspective, I strongly believe that by working together (research, community, tourism sector) we can provide domestic and international visitors with an incredible whale-based experience, leading to education, increased awareness and revenue for the city. , ultimately all the factors that are essential for the proper conservation of the animals that form the backbone of it all. Says Dr. Els Vermeulen.
Minister Wenger continued: “Another highlight was joined by Mrs. Mary Frure, the caretaker of Hermanus Fynarts Fees, who accompanied us along the cliff path to view the interesting and thought-provoking works of art that have been placed for the enjoyment of the public.
“Throughout my visit to Hermanus, there was a tangible buzz from the many visitors. There is so much to do and enjoy in this wonderful city which is expecting a busy summer season, which is great news for the region’s tourism and hospitality industry. Concluded Minister Wenger
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