Cape Town – A waterpark in the popular Afrikaans holiday town of Hartenbos will relocate come 2016, after the land owners of the premises they are operating on ordered their removal.
The land on which Gideon Steyn’s family operated business Hartenbos Waterwurm sits, belongs to the Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) or Afrikaans Language and Culture Association, Netwerk24 reports.
The ATKV is planning a new development on the premises, and ordered the Steyns off the land in May this year.
Following a series of court cases and multiple objections from the Steyns, the ATKV won the case to redevelop the property, and ordered the Hartenbos Waterwurm to move.
Steyn’s son Dirk, who also works at the now more than 20-year-old family-owned Hartenbos Waterwurm, speaking to Netwerk24, says “Now I know what it must have felt like for the residents of District Six”.
The water park will close in Hartenbos, but is set to reopen on Diaz beach in Mossel Bay on 10 January 2016.
While the Steyns are looking to keep their business afloat, Hartenbos Waterwurm loyalists have said on social media that Hartenbos will not be the same.
Traveller24 reader Ivan van der Westhuizen wrote to us saying he travels to Hartenbos by bus, and enjoys staying at the ATKV resort where everything is close by.
"Everything is within walking distance; the Museum; the Waterwurm, the heated swimming pool and the beach. Now, every time we want to go to Diaz beach, we would need to take a taxi.
He says the Waterwurm was a fun activity for him as a kid, and 20 years later, he still loved going there with his own children.
"I feel sorry for Gideon Steyn and his family," Van der Westhuizen says.
'I know what the residents of District Six felt life' - Hartenbos Waterwurm ordered to relocate
16 Mar 2020