Cape Winelandes Arts and Craft Route
Arts and Craft Development in the Cape Winelands have been receiving phenomenal support over the last two years from the Cape Winelands District Municipality. This support has been in the form of entrepreneur development, rollout of a short course in craft business development, development of marketing material for the purposes of promoting the route and the individual entrepreneurs involved.
During the second phase of this project the Cape Winelands District Municipality focused their effort away from the individuals slightly and focused on the development of a collective structure that could act as a marketing agency for individual businesses. Emphasis was also placed on the launch of the Cape Winelands Gateway and Craft Outlet which is currently situated at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Individual entrepreneur involvement was centered round mentorship being provided to the fledgling businesses.
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The grapevine article and pictures.
Outeniqua Reserve Determination Studies
The need to undertake detailed Reserve determination studies for water resource components became apparent during the Inception Phase of the Outeniqua Coastal Water Situation Study undertaken under the auspices of the Directorate National Water Resources Planning of the DWAF. Specific development pressures, such as increased residential and leisure estate developments, especially around the towns of George, Mossel Bay and Knysna, along with an increase in farming activities and the associated impacts of these developments on the availability of water resources necessitated this.
Eden District Municipality Heritage Study
“Heritage Resource” is a broad generic term meaning any physical and spiritual property associated with past and present human use or occupation of the environment, cultural activities and history. This term includes sites, structures, places, natural features and fauna and flora of palaeontological, archaeological, historical, aesthetic, scientific, architectural, religious, symbolic or traditional importance to special groups. Heritage resources also include traditional systems of cultural practice, belief or social interaction.
Heritage resources embody a range of values held by a community and individuals. The importance of these resources lies inter alia in providing a sense of historical continuity, group and national identity. Cultural resources enrich people’s existence, contribute to the quality of the environment, and have educational and recreational value and potential economic benefits as, for example, tourist attractions. These resources are non-renewable “containers” of information, or potential information about past and present human use and occupation of the environment, cultural activities and history.