Recently, walking along the beach in Muizenberg, I was fortunate enough to bump into this group of volunteers with Projects Abroad. These guys are running a volunteer surf coaching project bringing under-privledged and "at-risk" children to the beach to learn how to surf. This project also enables the kids to learn about marine life and conservation as well as developing a sense of community and sportsmanship amongst the kids.
Chrisjan Bredenkamp, the project supervisor, has been running the project for some time and is passionate about bring the joys of surfing to kids of all backgrounds.
If you want to find out more, or would like to get involved in any of their projects, be sure to give them a call or visit their website.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 671 7008
While strolling Fish Hoek beach the other day, we came across a group of "Trek" Fisherman hard at work for the day. "Trek" is the Afrikaans / Dutch word for "Pull" and the process of "Trek" fishing has been a long standing tradition on the beaches of Cape Town. A row boat is used to take a large net out behind the breakers and lay the net in a semi-circular fashion. The net is then slowly pulled into shore. Very often the public get involved in the pulling in of the net and it can turn into quite an exciting and fun experience.
During this haul, the fishermen pulled in "harders" or otherwise known as South African Mullet. A tasty eating fish. However, more successful hauls can see these fishermen pulling in large numbers of Yellowtail (also known as "geelstert" or Yellowtail amberjack). This fish is very commonly caught in the Cape waters and is declared as a sustainable fish source due to its very high reproductive capacity.
Be sure to stop and give a hand if you see these guys in action. You never know, you may be rewarded with a tasty treat or two for your evening meal...
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