Saturday 10 August 2019

Still Bay Harbour / Stilbaai-hawe

CAPE TIMES – 1933, July 19
Considerable progress had been made with the construction of a fishing shelter at Still Bay. At a meeting of the Riversdale Divisional Council, it was announced that, of the £1,130 voted for the work, nearly £1,000 had already been spent. The scheme was to provide safe moorings for the boats of a large number of Still Bay fishermen who had been working under considerable difficulties. The extension of the scheme to provide facilities for curing and salting, was not to be considered at that time.
The Council had subscribed £3 3s towards the expenses of the South African Wild Flower Exhibition to be held in London in October. A motion for the proclamation of the Langeberg Ward under the Vermin Proof Fencing Act would be considered at the next meeting. If this motion would be adopted, it would mean the fencing of about 400 square miles of jackal-ridden lands.

In 2018 Stilbaai/Still Bay became one of 13 Western Cape harbours that were due for an upgrade to boost the small-scale fishing industry and tourism in the Western Cape. The Small Harbours Programme implemented by the Department Of Public Works (DPW) has teamed up with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) for the first phase of the upgrade of 13 harbours in the Western Cape. This project might change the lives of many fishing communities. The South African Heritage Resources Agency declared Stilbaai/Still Bay’s Noordkapperpunt Stone-Walled Fish Traps as a National Heritage Site. These fish traps are still usable today and apparently most of them have been built during the past 300 years, some as recently as the latter part of the 20th century. According to Avery, some of the fish traps could date as far back as 3,000 years ago, with a possibly of an even more ancient origin. Archaeological excavations near Stilbaai indicates that the ancestors of San hunter-gatherers were exploiting marine resources as much as 60 000 years ago. 

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