New plans for Bayworld

2019-03-06 06:02
The artist’s impression of the Bayworld precincts’ new phase. Photo: SUPPLIED

The artist’s impression of the Bayworld precincts’ new phase. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A NEW phase towards the redevelopment of the Bayworld precinct and the greater Happy Valley is currently underway, which includes the old Boet Erasmus Stadium.

This important step comes after the Bayworld Project Steering Committee (BPSC), met to deliberate on the progress made by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) thus far.

According to Luvuyo Bangazi from the MBDA, the new phase aims at giving interested stakeholders and the public an opportunity to influence the final design and model for the Bayworld precinct.

“The BPSC is a multistakeholder body comprising of representatives from the MBDA, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and Eastern Cape Provincial Government Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (ECPG) also includes several other stakeholders in civil society, business and academia,” Bangazi said.

The proposed elements of the new Bayworld include a full dome theatre based on planetarium technology. The theatre will facilitate research and present shows, covering a wide range of educational topics, in space, under the ocean, inside the human body or within molecules.

The new concept and framework proposes a multi-purpose events space – the home of a hologram circus performance of virtual animals that would be a first in Africa.

In addition, a seaside world would be installed, which includes a rock pool exploratorium and possible dolphin rehab pools.

A water world is in the pipeline as well, which will consist of water slides, virtual learning, swimming pools, learning about the currents and how to swim.

Other elements include an eco-boutique hotel, an adventure land, a butterfly park, mazes, cycling, zip lining and linkages to other tourism journeys.

Bangazi commented, “The Bayworld SC finalised an information item to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee, advising them of the significant progress made to date by the MBDA.

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