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Dias Museum to celebrate 25 years


Mossel Bay’s Bartolomeu Dias Museum – which was opened in 1989 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Dias’ landing in Mossel Bay – will celebrate its 25th birthday this year. Although the landing itself happened on the 3rd of February, 1488, the party will take place on the 2nd of February in order to coincide with the town’s annual Dias Festival.

“We felt that since this is a special birthday, we wanted to ask someone to talk about the evolution of the museum,” said Mbulelo Mrubata, the manager of the Dias Museum Complex.

“For this reason we’ve asked Dr. Noeleen Murray, a senior lecturer, architect, and academic in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of the Western Cape, to be our keynote speaker for the day.”

He said that the consul-general of Portugal, Jorge Fonseca, will attend the event as a guest speaker, and that the executive mayor of Mossel Bay, Alderlady Marie Ferreira, will open the proceedings – which will include the giant birthday cake that has become something of a tradition at the Museum’s annual celebrations.

“As a student studying architecture in the 1980s, the Dias Museum figured in our education as an example of modernist architecture by prominent South African architect Gabriel Fagan,” said Dr. Murray.

“My interest is in exploring how this project has stood the test of time in post-apartheid South Africa, and how the narratives of the past that the museum represents have changed (or not) in the ways in which the museum presents itself.

“As an active participant in debates around heritage and identity in South Africa, and in particular having been involved in the development of museums such as the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, revisiting the Dias Museum presents a particular set of representational questions worth exploring anew in the contemporary context.”

The Dias Museum Complex – centred around the Post Office Tree, where early Portuguese navigators would leave letters for one another – includes The Maritime Museum (originally built in 1901 as a grain- and sawmill); The Granary (a replica of a building erected here in 1786 by the Dutch East India Company for the local grain and wool trades, and now used as a reception, information, and education centre); The Shell Museum (also built in 1902, originally as an extension of the old mill); and The Munro Cottages (replicas of two Cape Dutch-style houses built on the original foundations of structures erected by Alexander Munro in about 1830: one a his home, and one as a seamen’s canteen).

The graves of two unknown Muslims are situated in the Museum grounds, which also house a Braille Trail, and the spring where Dias and his colleagues restocked their water supplies.

Mossel Bay Tourism chairperson Jeanetta Marais said that the Museum Complex has become one of the Garden Route’s iconic attractions.
“It seems that everyone knows about the Post Office Tree and the Dias Museum: whenever we exhibit at shows or talk to tour operators anywhere in the world, these are the first things they ask about.

“The Museum is a unique attraction, and it forms a vital part of the backbone of our tourism economy.

“Mossel Bay Tourism wishes it a very happy 25th birthday.”
The Museum is open to the public throughout the year (except on Christmas Day and Good Friday). The 25th birthday celebrations will take place on Sunday 2 February at 1:00 p.m.

More information:

Mossel Bay Tourism: www.visitmosselbay.co.za
Dr. Noeleen Murray
www.uwc.ac.za/Biography/Pages/Noeleen-Murray-Cooke.aspx
Dias Museum Complex: www.diasmuseum.co.za
Dias Festival: www.diasfees.co.za
Follow Mossel Bay Tourism
Twitter – @GetMe2Mossel Bay or @MBayTourism
Facebook – www.facebook.com/VisitMosselBay.

HONDE OP STRANDE TOEGELAAT

Honde sal van hierdie naweek af vir ‘n proeftydperk van tien maande op sekere strande in die Mosselbaaise munisipale gebied toegelaat word.
Ingevolge ‘n Raadsbesluit wat op 28 November 2013 geneem is, sal honde van 1 Februarie 2014 tot 30 November 2014 op Santosstrand en gedeeltes van Diazstrand, Bayviewstrand, Hartenbosstrand, Klein Brakrivierstrand, Reebok/Tergniet, Groot Brakrivier en tussen Eerste Strand en Tweede Strand op Danabaai toegelaat word.
Die gedeeltes waar die honde toegelaat sal word, sal met duidelike kennisgewingborde aangedui word.
Die honde moet te alle tye aan ‘n leiband vas wees, en onder die beheer van die eienaar of ‘n hanteerder wees. Ander voorwaardes is dat die eienaars of hanteerders te alle tye beheer oor hul honde moet hê, en nie die honde mag toelaat om ander strandgebruikers te pla nie.
Kwaai honde moet gemuilband wees, terwyl tewe wat op hitte is nie op die strande geneem mag word nie. Die eienaars of hanteerders sal verantwoordelik wees vir opruiming en verwydering van hul honde se ontlasting op strande, grasgebiede, paadjies, parkeerterreine, en enige gebiede wat deur voetgangers gebruik word. Voetgangers sonder honde moet altyd voorrang geniet.
Honde word verbied op strande in die Mosselbaaise munisipale ingevolge die Verordening insake die Aanhou van Honde, soos afgekondig op 20 November 2009, die Wysigingsverordening insake die Aanhou van Honde, soos afgekondig op 3 Junie 2011, en die Verordening insake die Beheer van die Strand en die See, soos afgekondig op 3 Junie 2011. Oortredings van hierdie verordeninge is strafbaar met boetes van R500.
Laasgenoemde verordening maak egter voorsiening daarvoor dat die Munisipaliteit, nadat ‘n omgewingsimpakstudie uitgevoer is en ‘n gemeenskapsdeelnameproses gevolg is, honde en perde onder sekere voorwaardes en beperkings na goeddunke op strande kan toelaat. Die besluit van die Raad op 28 November 2013 is geneem nadat die genoemde stappe in samewerking met die Mossel Bay Environmental Partnership geneem is. •

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SPCA/DBV – DIAS, DOGGY FUN-WALK

Registration starts at: 8:15
Saturday 1 February 8:30 at Diaz beach.
Saterdag 1 Februarie om 8:30 by
Diazstrand parkeerarea, kom al die
waaiende stertjies op ‘n leiband,
met hul eienaars bymekaar,
om 1km op die strand te stap en
ook fondse vir die DBV in te samel.
Entry fees: R20 per tail and R5 per person
Prizes for : “Most Beautiful Bitch”
“Handsomest Boy”
“Best Adoption”
Skakel Vanessa vir verdere inligting:
082 444 3712

 

Van die Redaksie – 6 December 2013

Redaksie

“Daar is ‘n tyd om te kom en ‘n tyd om te gaan”.

Dis nooit maklik om die bekende vir die onbekende te verruil nie, maar wie nie waag, sal ook nie wen nie.

So het die tyd vir my aangebreek om Gauteng se stof agter te laat ….die  see en sy mense wag !

Met groot opgewondenheid sien ek uit om ten volle by Mosselbaai en omgewing, se mense en hul dinge betrokke te raak.

Die afgelope jaar het ek beleef hoeveel goeie werk deur verskeie mense en instansies hier gedoen word.
Hoeveel verskillende uitreike, uitstallings en feeste gereël word om die omgewing te adverteer en as ‘n gewilde vakansiebestemming en toeriste aantreklikheid te bemark, maar ook om terug te gee waar daar nood is.

Ons hier by die “Mossview” sien uit om ‘n positiewe bydrae te lewer.  ‘n Bydrae wat aansteeklik en motiverend is en entoesiasme kweek – ook om projekte te begin wat kinders en jongmense betrokke sal kry en hulle te inspireer.

Soos ek gesê het:  “Die see, sy mense en al die lekker dinge wag – tyd om uit te haal en te wys:”

Geniet die see, son en vakansie (of vakansie stemming).

Pencil Parable

In the beginning, the Pencil Maker spoke to the pencil saying,;There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world.
Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be.
The Pencil Parable
1. You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand. Allow other people to access you for the many gifts you possess.
You are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
2. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but this is required if you are to become a better pencil. You will experience this when you are going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.  So you too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
3. You have the ability to correct any mistakes you might make. Grow through them.
Looking back, it’s our mistakes that formed us into the person we are today.
4. The most important part of you will always be what’s inside. What really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’ Take care of your body and health.
5. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. You must always leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation. Everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.
Everyone is like a pencil… created by the Maker for a unique and special purpose. By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a daily relationship with God. You were Made to do Great Things! •

A message to all highschool Kids

Bill Gates (the Microsoft Guru), gave this speech at a High School recently.

It mentioned eleven (11) very important things children did not and will not learn in school.

He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids,withno concept of reality and how his concept et them upfor failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it !
Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect yo to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make R500,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone and a driver until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, its NOT YOUR PARENTS’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.

They got that way from paying our bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were: So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents generation ,try delousing the closetin your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life HAS NOT.
In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*** This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT REAL LIFE.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

 

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