“We need to move forward as a collective, making progress together” was the statement made by Cllr. Eddie Andrews when addressing the tourism stakeholders in Muizenberg, discussing the development of a tourism route for the South. This year PRASA partnered with City and various other stakeholders, including MID, to highlight what Muizenberg has to offer as a destination.
Muizenberg, “the place to live, work and surf” – has far more to offer than what this tagline alludes to. It reflects the socio-economic changes, transforming the landscape and making it accessible to all people. Recreational spaces with the mountain as her backdrop and the ocean at her side, Muizenberg, indeed the gateway to the South, offering:
- Free museums, beaches and parks.
- Biodiversity – linking the mountain and coastal fynbos, a theme throughout the South, the preservation of the natural fauna and flora. Easy access to various hiking trails.
- Adaptive and accessible surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kite-surfing lessons.
- Historical tours including the Rhodes Museum, Posthuys, the Battle of Muizenberg site, the Kramat of Sayed Abdul Aziz, Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame, the Muizenberg Village and much more.
- A huge variety of coffee shops, restaurants, accommodation, retail stores and volunteer opportunities.
It is with this in mind that MID partnered with PRASA/Metrorail and the City of Cape Town, supported by various community stakeholders in hosting the Women in Rail Tourism Expo on Women’s Day.
Highlighting Muizenberg as “a destination not to be ignored”, with the 105 Women in the Tourism meant that each individual had an opportunity to experience the accessibility of the route – traveling in via the Southern Train Line and spending the day learning about what Muizenberg has to offer. Activities included group surfing, historical tours, a talk on biodiversity and the artistic cultural element that flows through the Muizenberg Village, with the recent addition of The Space @South (Gallery South).
This event was the prelude to the current engagement underway with local tourism sector stakeholders including the City of Cape Town and PRASA/Metrorail representatives on tourism route development and destination marketing for the South.