Hi there, didn’t you just love reading our Living Letter on the history of Muizenberg? It was jam packed with so much information! If you didn’t get a chance to read it yet, I really would recommend it. Muizenberg was quite the hive of activity in days gone by! Many interesting people seemed to make it their place for rest and restoration. I was really looking forward to strolling along the seaside. I just couldn’t wait to see if I could spy some of those old historical sites!
What perfect weather we had for our walk, led by Tony Rozemeyer, from the Muizenberg Historical Society.
After getting a close up look at the old train station we began our gentle stroll by walking through the subway. Did you get a look at those colourful paintings on the walls? Some of those paintings were done by a group of people who are working hard at reviving Muizenberg to its former glory as a popular holiday destination.
Wandering along the Muizenberg-St. James walk, Tony pointed out many houses belonging to millionaires in times gone by. Interestingly many of those houses were designed by Sir Herbert Baker, who designed many famous buildings in South Africa, including Groote Schuur, which was used as a home for the Prime Ministers from 1910 to 1984 and was the site for the signing of the historic “Groote Schuur Minute” between Nelson Mandela and F.W.De Klerk.
Later we stopped off at Cecil John Rhodes’ holiday cottage for a tour. After a very informative chat by Tony we walked through Rhodes’ humble holiday home. What an interesting role he played in our country’s history. Although some would debate the effect of some of his policies, claiming he was “an architect of apartheid”, we can’t overlook the positive input he had on our country. If you haven’t read up about him yet why not read through this wikipedia article for a brief history of his life?
Our walk along the Muizenberg Mile took a turn back towards “home” at this point as we headed up onto the mountain via some of the many steps in Muizenberg. We took a shortcut to the Muizenberg Police station, the original home of the first official brick school building in Muizenberg. Did you know that there was a magistrate’s court there? There is talk that someday they would like to hold mock trials there so that members of the public can see how people were tried in days gone by. Now wouldn’t that be fascinating to experience?
Our last two stops at the Kramut of Sayed Abdul Aziz and the Muizenberg Synagogue completed our walk of Muizenberg by reminding us of the many colourful and interesting communities who played a role in establishing Muizenberg in its hey day.