Glass factory finally sold

2018-06-12 06:01
The Glencairn Glass Works factory has finally been sold and work is underway on the site.

The Glencairn Glass Works factory has finally been sold and work is underway on the site.

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Glencairn Glass Works, a glass factory in Simon’s Town, has finally been sold. The local museum’s board had been trying to sell the factory for about a decade (“Red tape on broken glass”, People’s Post, 16 June 2015).

Chairperson Eddie Wesselo, confirms they finally sold it.

“The factory was sold about a year ago. We decided to sell because the site had been vandalised to such an extent that it had no historical value left and was costing the museum money for the maintenance of fences and rates among other expenses. We also had people entering the site illegally and in one case got quite badly injured.”

The board of trustees had to make a formal application to government before a decision could be made regarding selling. Wesselo says they applied to the department and got permission to sell.

The glass factory was established in 1902 when Cape Town Breweries expressed an interest in a local manufacturer to produce bottles for beer, wine and spirits and ultimately other glass
products.

A site at Glencairn was chosen due to ample supplies of sand, clay and water in the vicinity, together with lime/limestone deposits previously mined by the Salt River Cement Company, and the proximity of the railway line.

Recent social media reports say the workers are breaking up chunks of rock at the factory to seemingly make way for concrete slabs. The rocks are infused with molten glass and site “visitors” are taking away large amounts of these rocks and chunks of old glass as “souvenirs”.

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