Steps have a ring to it?

2017-06-27 06:01

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Public comment on the naming of steps in Kalk Bay is open.

The Kalk Bay Historical Society has proposed that the steps, on the corner of Quarterdeck and Kimberley roads, be named Manila Steps.

The proposal was made in recognition of the role of pioneering fishing families from the area in the traditional way of life that is still evident in the community today.

The City of Cape Town’s naming and nomination committee discussed a proposal for naming the steps after early settlers from the Philippines (“Idea for renaming takes further step”, People’s Post, 14 March).

The committee decided to undertake a public participation process, which is open until Saturday 15 July.

Sailors from the Philippines first settled in Kalk Bay in the mid-1800s. Most of the settlers formed part of the fishing community (“Naming in honour of sailors”, People’s Post, 27 October 2015).

The steps below Boyes Drive, in the dip of the road below the waterfall, lead to a Filipino graveyard. The burials at the site were discontinued when the Muizenberg cemetery was built at the end of the 1800s, but the graves are cared for by local residents says the historical society’s Tony Trimmel.

The fishermen from the Philippines were commonly referred to as “Manilas” by the community, Trimmel says.

“There are still descendants of the fishermen – families with Spanish names – in the area,” Trimmel says.

  • Comments can be delivered to the nearest subcouncil office or via email to, fax to 086 202 9086 or telephone to 021 400 9825. Comments can also be submitted on the City of Cape Town’s website.


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