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Destiny island

20th August 2020

Destiny is our 2nd Public Art Piece, from the Welcoming of the Whales Festival. 

The piece is 3m long and was designed by Umcebo Design. 

Her armature was constructed by Fabricon Holdings with additional sponsorship from CMH Kempster Ford South, as our two anchor sponsors.

Educational initiatives and art projects, the creation of Destiny Island are to promote conservation as well as being an attraction along the Whale Heritage Route.

“We built the piece with the students at Eden College using a design by Mike McFadyean and are so pleased to see Sodurba and Fabricon installing it so beautifully. An example of effective creative waste management said Robin Opperman.” 

The piece is very important as it not only showcases public art and recycling, but it educates the public on the importance of whales in our ecosystem and global ecology.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and have placed a board acknowledging their assistance, at “her” island, Destiny Island, on the corner of Grays Inn and Marine Drive, Bluff. 

We would also like to mention a thank you to Toyota Boshoku South Africa for the beautiful landscaping that they completed and St. Margaret’s Church Bluff for adopting the spot, which they will maintain and look after Destiny island.

“Destiny Island is a very important part of our Whale Heritage Route which starts at the Maritime Museum and ends at the View Points which have been established along our KZN Whale Coast. 

Said Helga du Preez Chairlady of Sodurba CTO”

The Bluff multicultural History includes a French historical background

Soyez les bien-venus ! Welcome !
The beautiful Bluff’s multicultural history includes a French historical background:

The French Missionary Order of The Oblates of Mary Immaculate” from Aix-en-Provence & Marseilles, France, first camped on the Bluff when they arrived in the early 1852. The catholic parish church in Sarmony Rd is still run by these Fathers

The French Holy Family Sisters from Bordeaux. The Sisters were responsible for the development of St Francis Xavier mission school from 1878. This was the first school for Africans in Natal. The pupilswere not only taught the 3 Rs, but also how to raise vegetables and care for the garden. Unfortunately, the school had to close in the 1960s because of the Group Areas Act. A Convent school still functions on the original site, but it was taken over by the Dominican Sisters. 

The Bluff has ties with Réunion Island, a French Overseas Department, through the horse racing world

The Bluff shares a whaling history with French ports: Bordeaux, Nantes amongst others…. 

The Bluff is home to many Francophones: poor car guards from Francophone Africa, people associated with the “Alliance Française DBN”, retired teachers and tourist guides…..

Credit: Glenn Flanagan
 Alliance Française, PMB Project Leader: French Presence in KwaZulu-Natal: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon

sodurba essential services accommodation providers 2020

Working closely with our members on obtaining the correct protocols and procedures in order to operate during this COVID-19 pandemic. Support local and help us to keep tourism alive within the South.

See below a list of our members that are offering essential workers accommodation at present.

4 Shore Guesthouse28 & 30 Foreshore Drive, BluffLeoni Oliver/ Winston031 467 4425082 877 53164shoredurban@gmail.com 
African Peninsula Guesthouse599 Marine Dr, BluffHarry Etheridge0314671045082 468 5801harry@afpen.com
All Seasons B&B19 Sloane Road, Ocean ViewJJ Jordaan (janet)031 466 2923082 457 2705allseasonsbandb@telkomsa.net
Bluff Holiday Accommodation485 Bluff Rd, BluffDenise Rawthee031 467 1685083 320 1465denise@bluffaccommodation.co.za
Hamelin Guesthouse16 Olympic Avenue BluffKelly Bengston031 467 2521073 491 2245hamelinguesthouse@gmail.com
Jo-Thams Guesthouse130 Cluwer Crescent Agnes Vermaak/ Thamendrie073 195 9500082 924 7837jothamsplace@gmail.com
Oaklands Lodge341 Gray Park Rd, BluffJeannette Nicholson03146776580865245619enquiries@oaklandslodge.co.za 
Moon Hotel522 South Coast Rd ClairwoodRamoll Bugwandeen031 465 1711/2082 320 0374admin@moonhotel.co.za
Ocean Blue Guesthouse237 Dr Hoosen Haffejee Road, BluffHelga du Preez031 467 3623083 321 3792helga@oceanblueguesthouse.co.za
Olive Room B&B10 John Geekie Road GlenmoreJohan Labuschagne031 261 1418082 514 1984info@oliveroom.co.za
Pleasant Waters83 Moss Rd, Ocean View, Bluff 4052David Nielsen031 467 9461082 336 7433fulloutputcc@telkomsa.net 
The Bridgewing250 Dr Hoosen Haffajee Rd, BluffFanie van Rooyen/ Stephanus031 467 0493083 777 4606scvrooyen@telkomsa.net
Villa Le View Guest Lodge62 Dunville Rd, GrosvernorSuzette Niemand031 467 7299082 441 5398info@villaleview.co.za
List of Sodurba’s Essential Service Provider Accommodation Details

Welcoming of the Whales 2020 on the KZN Whale coast

“My first hump-back whale for the season seen off Bluff yesterday eve just as southerly buster arrived! Good to know they have a safer passage right now on their way from Antarctica to their breeding waters in the Mozambique channel – with less sea-traffic, no imminent seismic surveys and no shark nets in the water keep your eyes peeled and share your sighting with the following hashtags below. Said by Dr Jean Harris Executive Director of Wildlands”

Thank you to our KZN Whale Coast group for these amazing photos of our first Humpback Whales on our coastline.

#sodurba #kznwhalecoast #wildoceansa

The Cutting

The Cutting (popularly known as Cuttings) is a backline reef which lies north and south of the Umlazi Canal and popular fishing / view point in Merebank. This is a popular spot for garrick, snoek, salmon, brusher. There is a pipe outlet off here in 18m which attracts a large shoal of bait fish and is a good spot for gamefish.

Directions from  Marine Drive which changes into Travancore Drive. Follow this round to Tanjore Drive which runs alongside the canal. Follow this road to the car park at the end.

Source: spearfishingsa

Welcoming of the Whales to the Bluff

Durban has it’s very own annual whale festival aptly named ‘Welcoming of the Whales Festival’. Held in conjunction with the World Whale Conference hosted in Durban this year (2017), the Welcoming of the Whales festival was part of the tourism drive of the South Durban community tourism organisation, Sodurba.

Sodurba is marketing the South Durban Basin as the Whale Coast with an emphasis on education, history and entertainment to entice tourists to visit the area.

This video showcases the Bluff, Durban, as an ideal spot for whale watching on the eastern coast of South Africa. The event is held annually at Anstey’s Beach where people are treated to an array of stalls and information on marine life. Produced by MARZAC Productions Sponsored by Sodurba Special Thanks to JP Prinsloo

Here are a few behind the scenes pictures from the 2017 event. Please follow this link to view our Facebook page with all the event pictures here!

 

VETS MARATHON 2017

The Bluff Athletic Club, situated in Smith Drive, Ocean View has served the community over the past 52 years. Being a non-profit organization its core aim is to provide the entire community with the facility and opportunity to participate in much needed and important physical activity, in this case road running.

Our club has the esteemed privilege of hosting a race which attracts athletes from all parts of the country to our beautiful suburb, and as such, we need to host an extraordinary event. Due to the success of last year, this year we again have taken on the responsibility of hosting a 42.2Km Marathon (comrades qualifier) as well as the half marathon (21.1km) & 15Km walk.

The race takes place on Sunday 12th November 2017. The anticipated entries would be in the region of 700-800 athletes, possibly more.

Since you have been open to supporting us, and are an integral part of our community, our request is for your organisation to become a part of this unique event by being a sponsor. Without sponsorship, we cannot provide the much anticipated shirts and medals, nor offer competitive cash prizes for our category winners.

Sponsorship options are as follows:

  • Main sponsors will be requested to give a donation of R10 000
  • Secondary sponsors will be requested to give a donation of R5 000
  • Water table sponsors will be asked to donate R500 & man a water table for the duration of the race
  • Alternatively, you may donate anything we can use towards our prize giving on the day

Main sponsors will have first choice on advertising sites on the field & have their logo printed on the race attire handed to athletes who have completed this tough race. This will ensure that your institution is well advertised at this event (as well other events to follow since our shirts are sought after and often wore in various events that follow). All sponsors will have their logo printed on the event flyer which will be handed out at several events prior to the race & may advertise on the day on the field. We kindly request that you consider coming on board with us and the Bluff community to ensure the success of this exciting event.

Should you wish to discuss the matter further please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Dennis (Chairman) or Shanna Lake.

PLEASE share if anyone can assist! Let’s make 2017 a huge success for all!

CHAIRMAN – Dennis Houston-Mcmillan
SECRETARY: Shanna Lake
076 186 3920 or 076 151 1175
Email : dennis@jpe.co.za or info@bluffac.co.za

Nature & Wildlife

Bluff Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1961, making it Durban’s oldest bird sanctuary. The original extensive wetland area was split in two by construction of Tara Road, with the majority of the Vlei being to the east of the road. The reed beds potentially provide extensive roosting and breeding areas for several species of herons and egrets, as well as African Spoonbills and several crackers and rails. However, in the last few years breeding activity appears to have been mainly restricted to the likes Egyptian and spur winged Geese, swamp-hens and coots.

Some birds seen at the Bluff Nature Reserve

Rufous-winged African Purple Swamp-hen Black throated Wattle-eye Black Crake
Grey Sunbird Yellow-throated Longclaws African Fish-Eagle Black-headed heron

Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban, which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places. An entrance fee is charged at the entrance gate, where visitors can obtain maps, plant and animal lists from the Field Range.

Some birds seen at the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Grey Cuckooshrike Scrub-Robin Purple-Crested Turaco Green Malkoha
Little Bee-Eater Narina Trogon Tamourine Dove Lesser Striped Swallow
Squacco heron Black Swallowhawk Honeybird Red-backed Mannikin
White-eared Barbet Black Saw-wing Spotted Ground-Thrush Green Twinspot
Yellow-bellied Greembul Mountain Wagtail Grey Waxbill Rattling Cisticola
Olive Woodpecker Brown-Backed Bronze-winged Courser African Jacana
African Rail Red-Chested Flufftail White Browed Yellow Weaver
Neddicky Barn Swallow Square-Tailed Drango

The Conservation Legacy Experience

Urban Route: Conservation Legacy

Experience the South side of Durban- Whale Research and conservation

Conservation Legacy Route:
Whale research and Conservation forms a very important part in our KZN Whale Coast brand.

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. It is evident that because of our impact, marine ecosystems are drowning in trash, noise, oil, and carbon emissions. What we seem to forget is that covering more than 70 percent of the earth, our oceans are among the earth’s most valuable natural resources. They govern the weather, clean the air, help feed the world, and provide a living for millions. Because of overfishing, populations of marine species are either becoming depleted or very underpopulated in certain parts of the ocean. If we want future generations to enjoy the benefits our oceans provide, the time to act is now.

It is against this background that WILDOCEANS was born in the context of accelerated plans for development in the Southern African marine sector and the sustainable development goals of the Blue Economy.

WILDOCEANS PROJECTS

ANGRA PEQUENA
Our Oceanic Research Yacht, the RV Angra Pequena, provides a unique platform for offshore marine science and capacity-building, and conservation expeditions. This classic 72ft vessel provides opportunity for sea-going mentorship to marine science students (the Ocean Stewards), conducts valuable marine research and provides a platform for conservation stories to be filmed and told worldwide. She is equipped with a crane, winches, dive compressor and a semi-rigid inflatable boat and offers a good platform for diver and deck observation studies. The RV Angra Pequena can stay at sea for over 30 days with a fuel range of 3000 NM.

Ocean Stewards
Ocean Stewards exposes students to offshore marine research and aims to create a growing community of ocean advocates through giving them an experiential journey. This project aims to build capacity in the sector, while contributing to important scientific research that will help to build the case for the protection of our coastlines.

Whale Time
The Whale Time project aims to bring science, conservation, tourism and community together around the iconic humpback whale species that migrates along the east coast of South Africa annually. It provides a platform for a coastal community-based “citizen science” movement that brings benefits, not only for the conservation of whales and their ocean environment, but also for coastal communities. Citizens are asked to take pictures of any humpback whale sightings and record them on http://www.whaletime.co.za to contribute towards a catalogue process that will help scientists understand the species better and try decipher how many whales we have migrating along our coast. Whale Time is engaging and training tour-guides from disadvantaged communities, who are currently conducting tours at the Port Natal Maritime Museum in Durban to spread awareness about whales, their history, the opportunities they present and the threats they face. The hope is that all guides taken through this “Whale Time” learning journey will find employment as a Tour Guide or be equipped with the skills to secure permanent employment.

Blue Crew
The Blue Crew, a team of local female entrepreneurs, hope to address both the environmental and social challenges linked to waste accumulating along our coastline. These ambassadors for the blue economy clean up our coast daily and inspire others to do the same. The Blue Crew also barter the waste they collect with the WILDTRUST (who then recycle it) in exchange for cash, and thus generate livelihood support for themselves whilst cleaning up critical ecosystems.

The Marine Protected Area (MPA) Expansion Project
The Marine Protected Area Expansion Project aims to build support amongst public and ocean stakeholders for MPAs by creating awareness of their value for the provision of ecosystem services, ocean risk mitigation, food security, ecotourism, moderation of climate change, and improving resilience to impacts of other global stressors. Underwriting the MPA Expansion Project is a social media advocacy and awareness campaign called “Ocean iMPAct” which hopes to help advance the protection of the oceans around South Africa within MPAs  – 10% by 2020 and 30% strongly protected by 2030.

For more information about WILDOCEANS CONTACT US

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The Treasure Beach Environmental Education Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is also the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defense during World War 2 and has one of the last remaining patches of coastal grassland. The Centre has been operational since 1985 and Offers a wide diversity of educational experiences to all ages. The roof of the building can be used by our guests as a viewpoint to watch whales and dolphins moving up and down our coast, while enjoying tea & scones. This can be combined with an interpretive stroll in their patch of unique Coastal Grassland (led by a guide). Good Birds, Insect life, photographic opportunities.

Bluff Nature Reserve (Forest & Wetland)

Our Bluff Nature Reserve is a gem of a spot right in the middle of an urban/industrial space. The trail around the pan is pleasantly flat from beginning to end and great for birding butterfly or frog spotting or a general self-guided nature stroll. The hide overlooking the Southern end of the pan is a perfect spot to relax, spot some of our shyer water birds or even have a sun downer. This spacious structure is also wheelchair friendly and fairly easy to reach in a chair from the ample parking.

Bluff Eco Park

The Bluff Eco Park has various activities and programs in place. A cycle track, bird walks for local old age homes and other interest groups. General nature interpretation walks for the public/guests. Basic bird, tree, frog, butterfly or snake identification programs are available.

Wilderness Leadership School
Art Gallery & Castle – Mary Stainbank grew up on the farm Ndaba Nkulu in what is now the residential suburb of Yellowwood Park- some 30 minutes from the Durban city
centre. The family farm was the original settlement of the Stainbank family when they arrived in Durban on one of the family owned steamships which used to ply from England in the late 1880s. In that time the new arrivals would gather in Farewell Square and then proceed by ox wagon to their new sites. Guided tours available.

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban, which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. Notable species are zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, and impala, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose, bush-baby, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous flora and over 200 bird species on record. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places.

 

KZN Whale Coast Maritime Heritage Route

Urban Route: KZN Whale Coast
Experience the South side of Durban- KZN Whale Coast

Whale Route:
The Route starts at The Whale History Museum, situated at The Maritime Museum. Visitors can stroll through the Maritime Museum exploring the boats as well as experience the Whaling History Exhibition. Giving insight on where our Whale Story started to where we have now come to a Conservation Era where all whales, dolphins and sea life are protected and admired. Opportunity is given to local communities to involve themselves in Whale Eco Tourism.

KZN whale coast2There are already initiatives in place through the Whale Time project to put the KZN Whale Coast Whale Migration on the local and international map as an amazing conservation and tourism phenomenon.

We have numerous establishments with land based whale viewing opportunities.

Next stop is Wilson’s Wharf where you can enjoy a cruise through the harbour, go whale watching or enjoy a relaxing beverage or meal at one of the vibrant restaurants. Or do some browsing/shopping at the many curio shops. Then follow the M4 South to the Bluff, KZN’s Whale Coast.

Take a drive to the Bluff Beaches – our PROPOSED BLUE FLAG BEACH. Plans are in place to develop this point and add a variety of water and beach activities and offer exciting and adventure activities a place where people can hire equipment for the day: Scuba diving, Paragliding,Canoe, Paddling, Snorkeling, Surfing, Extreme Body boarding, Fishing, etc.

logo20-20clown20v520copy_f8e64cf12dbaed90354083c98cab5aaaWESSA Treasure Beach

The Treasure Beach Environmental Education Centre on Durban’s Bluff is rich in history and ecological importance. It is also the site of the original radar tracking station for coastal defense during World War 2 and has one of the last remaining patches of coastal grassland. The Centre has been operational since 1985 and Offers a wide diversity of educational experiences to all ages. The roof of the building can be used by our guests as a viewpoint to watch whales and dolphins moving up and down our coast, while enjoying tea & scones. This can be combined with an interpretive stroll in their patch of unique Coastal Grassland (led by a guide). Good Birds, Insect life, photographic opportunities.