GOOD NEWS - Danger Point Lighthouse re-opens after two-year COVID closure

The grounds of the Danger Point Lighthouse near Gansbaai will be open to the public on Saturday, 30 April 2022; Sunday, 1 May 2022 and Monday, 2 May 2022 from 10:00 - 15:00.

At this stage there will be no access allowed to the top of the Danger Point Lighthouse, only the bottom of the tower will be accessible. 

This is a temporary arrangement which will become permanent once the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and other relevant administrative matters are finalised between Transnet National Ports Authority (to whom the property belongs), the Overstrand Municipality and Gansbaai Tourism.

The above arrangement is made possible by a verbal agreement between the Executive Director of Lighthouse Navigational Services David Gordon; Overstrand Executive Mayor Annelie Rabie, Overstrand Ward 14 Councillor, Alderlady Riana de Coning; Glenda Kitley of Gansbaai Tourism and Barnie Germishuys, ex-Operational Manager Lighthouse Services.

To celebrate the good news, Gansbaai Tourism is hosting a photo competition on these three days. All you have to do is post a photo of the Danger Point Lighthouse or the Birkenhead Memorial or the view across the sea on the Gansbaai Tourism Facebook Page and tag @gansbaaitourism and stand a chance to win a voucher for Breakfast for two; and one for coffee and cake for two at Rosemarys Country Kitchen.

The members of the Friends of the Lighthouse Committee will be on hand to share information about the lighthouse and the iconic shipwreck.

This lighthouse was erected 43 years after the tragedy in 1895 in order to warn ships of the dangerous reef and overlooks the Birkenhead Rock where the troopship, HMS Birkenhead, met her sad fate in the early hours of 26 February 1852; a mere 5 kms from the Danger Point shore. It is a working memorial for the victims and survivors of the Birkenhead disaster.

For more information contact Glenda Kitley 072 291 5564.

 

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