Hunt treasure at battle site

2017-05-16 06:02

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Muizenberg history buffs are encouraging locals to explore the battle of Muizenberg site with a geocaching event.

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking “treasure”. A geocacher can place a geocache (container) somewhere, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the details online. Participants can navigate to the specific set of GPS coordinates, locate these hidden containers, sign the logsheet inside and share it online.

The geocaching event has been born out of renewed interest in the community taking ownership of the site.

Concerned residents – dubbed the Battle for Muizenberg Warriors – are establishing a group to preserve and revitalise the space (“Locals up in arms”, People’s Post, 25 April). The site was opened to the public in 2008 following rehabilitation. But it has since become an issue for residents, who have raised concerns about vagrancy, dumping and crime, says Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society chairperson Glenn Babb.

In a bid to clean up the site, various operations have taken place, with those living illegally on the site arrested and new fencing installed.

Ward councillor Amiee Kuhl believes one of the best ways to prevent further illegal occupation at the site is to include it in heritage tours and appoint a community organisation, with an interest in preserving heritage, to take ownership of the space.

Members of the historical society visited the site last week to assure themselves “of the viability of the site for walks, picnics, trail runs, guided tours and leisure”, says Babb.

The society members met the team contracted to slash the bush and cart away the years of refuse left by vagrants, Babb says, while climbing to Boyes Drive.

“On the way, it was clear to them that much still needed to be cleared away and that the presence of vagrants, despite arrests by the police, had not entirely been eliminated. The team came back down through Muizenberg Park and assured itself of the viability of the geocaching event.”

The geocaching event will take place at 09:00 on Sunday 28 May, under the leadership of Moira Mahon, a registered guide, who will ensure that the clues and the indicators “will be illuminating and informative of the history of both the site and Muizenberg”, says Babb.

“The views from the site are truly breathtaking and, now we are assured of the accessibility of the site, we would encourage the public to take a walk to the lower slopes and see the remains of the fortifications,” he adds.

Contact Moira Mahon on 082 4493019 or moiram1@yahoo.com. The event will be free to members of the Muizenberg Historical Society and Children; otherwise entry is R30.

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