In the 1930s the first Redro factory was erected in Paternoster. Redro fish paste was developed by the Stephan family in an effort to compete with the already popular Peck’s Anchovette of Britain. It flew off the shelves when first released and enjoyed nearly three decades of uncompromising sole monopoly in the savoury spread market and is now owned by Pioneer Food Group.
The Cape Bokkoms have been well known in this region and has been a cheap and practical source of protein for centuries. The unique method of preparing and drying fish has grown with leaps and bounds, often for export, in response to the growing demand for the product from South Africa.
The climate is mostly known for its infrequent rainfall, dry countryside and high offshore winds. The area receives most of its rainfall during winter and has a Mediterranean climate. The climate supports the growth of the famous wild flowers that the West Coast is renowned for.
- The area has an array of interesting sea life and wildlife to observe. Activities include whale, dolphin, seal and penguin watching as well as bird watching with over 225 bird species in the area.
- Sporting activities range from kayaking, kitesurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kite flying, hiking, and for the brave – swimming in the cold West Coast water!
- During spring the area is transformed into a floral paradise, with wild flowers growing everywhere forming the South-Western fringe of the famous flower carpets of Namaqualand.
- Visitors can pay a visit to the Cape Columbine nature reserve. The reserve covers an area of 263 hectare along the rocky stretch of coastline. The bay, which is part of the reserve, has many picnic spots and braai facilities.
Cape Columbine light house is the last manually controlled lighthouse in South Africa. The lighthouse was built in 1936 on Castle Rock. The light cast a beam which is visible from about 50 km and is usually the first South African lighthouse seen by ships coming from Europe.
Bedrogfontein here we come!
On Friday the MPSA team will be departing Cape Town en route for Kirkwood in the heart of the citrus zone of the Eastern Cape, where we will be meeting up with the rest of our guests on Saturday afternoon. Our weather forecast looks excellent with daily temperatures in the low to mid 20's but the nights are still chilly ranging between 3 and 7C. We will do our best to file daily reports on the trip where we will share photos and videos on our Facebook page.
Our social media efforts have paid off handsomely with our Facebook page having reached 80,000 followers and a daily growth rate over the past weekend of over 1000 new followers per day. Our thanks to all of you that supprt the page. We have doggedly stuck to our recipe of no politics, religion or bad news (and that includes Covid). There are very few successful social media that thrive on positivity alone and as we all know - bad news sells. We seem to be doing most things right most of the time. We are anticipating 100,000 followers by the end of 2021.
Coldest SA winter in decades
As always we recommend drivers to err on the side of safety. Know your vehicle's capabilities as well as your own. Most South Africans haven't got a clue as to how to drive on snow and are ill prepared to cope with matters when their vehicles lose traction.
The winter of 2021 has seen several records broken. Some of them older than 50 years. The volume of snow that has fallen over the Malotis in Lesotho, the Drakensberg, nearly all the higher mountains of the Central Karoo, Outeniquas, Langeberge, Swartberg range and most of the mountains of the Western Cape as well, is extraordinary.
With the snow comes fun as well as drama, with vehicles being stranded on the Swartberg Pass (and having to be rescued) after motorists decided to ignore the road closure signs; buses jacknifing with big trailers on the Lootsberg Pass; long queues of heavy trucks blocking some of the ice covered passes with zero traction. Afriski and the Rhodes area have seen heavy snowfalls and the Tenahead Lodge looks like it's straight out of a Swiss fairytale.
Pass of the Week
Our featured pass this week is the little known Mkomazi Pass in KZN. This is a new pass that has just been added to our database and was recently filmed by our associate up north, Murray Cubitt. The pass is part of the R56 and connects Ixopo in the south with Richmond in the north. The road is currently (2021) under refurbishment and is generally in a fair condition. Most people will remember the Mkomazi River as the Umkomaas and we have published some fascinationg history of the Umkomaas Canoe Marathon (known simply as the Umko), which includes the legendary Dr. Ian Player
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New Passes Added
Kingscote Cutting (KZN) - A short tarred pass in KZN on the tarred R617 between Kokstad and Underberg
Silly Questions: "What is the speed of darkness?"