Saturday, July 19, 2014

Biokineticist JJ van der Westhuizen

Introducing successful Port Elizabeth Biokineticist, JJ van der Westhuizen.

JJ van der Westhuizen

We asked JJ to explain to us why Biokinetics is so important in our everyday lives.

"Biokinetics is a medically recognized profession involving the management of
effective exercise habits in order to improve one's physical status and
quality of life.

Exercise training, in conjunction with general behavioural
modification and education, is used to improve the functional capacity and
quality of life of patients suffering from metabolic diseases (obesity,
elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum
triglycerides) or recovering from heart problems or surgery.

Rehabilitation can contribute to a speedy recovery and to reduce your chances of future
heart problems."

NB : JJ also backs up as a personal trainer and offers a hands-on approach to set and achieve goals with his clients.

For an appointment or assessment, contact JJ direct on his mobile 072 6949120

Visit JJ's at his studio, conveniently situated at Life St Georges Hospital, Park Drive, Port Elizabeth.

JJ's studio at Life St Georges Hospital in Port Elizabeth

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kragga Kamma Game Farm in Port Elizabeth

Situated right on the edge of Port Elizabeth is Kragga Kamma Game Farm - Being such a lovely day we thought we would take a drive to the Kragga Kamma Game Park……. And it was a very  rewarding visit.  Just after the entrance, we saw group of about 8 giraffe and one young one, some standing and some lying down… and all chewing steadily!   We saw warthog at intervals all over the park, sometimes two, or three, or more.

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   Several kinds of buck – big groups, smaller groups,  zebra….  And of course, the cheetahs.  Also watched the cheetahs being fed  - v interesting.  Soon after 3pm it was scheduled, and each cheetah got a large chunk of meat, and settled down to eat it.  It happened on lawn just below deck of the ‘Bush CafĂ©”, so they were quite close to us!   There were 5 cheetah in the group.   While we were there, there were a lot of vervet monkeys playing about, and they were intertaining to watch, while we were having lunch. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

South Africa by train

Shosholoza Meyl promises that each of their passengers will be treated to "A Pleasant Experience" from the moment they book and buy their ticket throughout their journey by train until they disembark at their end destination.

Friends of The Rose Garden Tea House at Floradale Nursery recently traveled from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg and they were very happy with the entire trip including very reasonable fares, budget meals and "crisp and clean" linen. Security throughout the trip was of a high standard and visible. Friendly staff ensured that they recommend this overnight train from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth. For accommodation in Port Elizabeth see Belvedere & Doncaster Cottages in Richmond Hill and Park Drive.
Doncaster Cottages Port Elizabeth
Crisp clean linen
Doncaster Cottages Port Elizabeth
The friendly security staff for the entire duration of the trip  

Monday, June 16, 2014

The History of the Feather Market Centre

The Feather Market has its origins in the ostrich feather boom in the 1800's. South African ostrich farmers became wealthy ,almost overnight ,as demand driven by European consumers pushed up feather prices. Export through Port Elizabeth's harbour became important enough that the city fathers decided in the 1870's that it justified the building of a dedicated feather market in the city centre. The Feather Market Hall was completed in January 1885. The official opening of the buildings, conducted by Governor Sir Hercules Robinson, took place almost a year later on 10 December 1885. The opening of the South African Exhibition, which lasted a full month and was visited by approx. 60 000 people, marked the occasion. 
 Feather Market Centre
The renovated Feather Market Centre boasts a beautifully appointed multi-purpose hall designed to serve as a concert hall, conference centre, city hall or as a venue for other prominent functions. The Hall features a majestic double volume foyer, with upper and lower level houses, exquisite chandeliers, sweeping staircase and luxurious decor. The main auditorium can seat 1 187 people and, with seats removed, is ideal for hosting large banquets for up to 550 guests. The Selley Hall, the original feather market, has been refurbished to accommodate functions such as exhibitions, product launches and industrial theatre.
 Feather Market Centre

Port Elizabeth's Feather Market Centre is housed in the historic Feather Market building and is situated next to the equally historic city hall, library and post office buildings. The building is an important element of the Market Square area and will also be part of a planned future harbour development. 

Port Elizabeth History & Historical places

 Nelson Mandela Bay bears the rich legacy of an area which saw the first meetings of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people.  As the landing place of the 1820 Settlers, it boasts some of the finest architectural attractions in South Africa. TheBay offers a wealth of treasures in the for of historical attractions, museums an places of interest, which are guaranteed to provide a journey of discovery through its dicerse history and culture.

Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Eastern Cape’s and the Metro’s diverse and remarkable past.
For Accommodation in the heart of the historical centre of Port Elizabeth click here 
The nomadic San were the earliest group of indigenous people known to live in the Eastern Cape. The Khoi displaced the San into the mountains and semi-desert, early in the second millennium AD. The forefathers of the Xhosa speaking people arrived on the banks of the Kei River in about 800AD.
While on his epic voyage of discovery searching for a sea route to the East, the Portuguese, Bartolomeu Dias, rounded the “Cabo da Roca” in February 1488 and entered “Baia da Roca” – Cape and Bay of the Rock (now Cape Recife and Algoa Bay). Dias also gave the name “Ilheus Chaos” (Flat Islands) to the Bird Islands. In 1497, Vasco da Gama, successor to Dias, entered Algoa Bay and noted the Bird Islands on his voyage to India. His charts gave Cape Recife it’s name – “Cabo do Arricife” – Cape of the Reef. The "Bay" was later named "Baia de Lagoa", by navigator and cartographer Manuel de Mesquita Perestrelo in 1576, which referred to the lagoon situated at the mouth of the Baakens River.
By the middle of the 18th century, the number of ships passing the “Bay” had increased and occasionally survivors of the shipwrecks were given hospitality by Dutch Trekboers (farmers) who had trekked from the Cape in search of good farmland. At the end of 1799 the English, fearing that the French would render military assistance to the Graaff Reinet rebels, decided to construct Fort Frederick, overlooking the mouth of the Baakens River as a permanent military post.
4 000 British Settlers arrived by sea in 1820, to become the first permanent British residents in the Albany District. On 6 June 1820, Sir Rufane Donkin, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at the time, named the new sea port in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth.
Port Elizabeth Beach frontBefore the up-country gold and diamond booms, PE developed as one of the major commercial cities in SA, trading in wool, mohair and ostrich feathers. As a result, the harbour became a bustling port. People traveled to the city in search of trade and labour opportunities. Early Port Elizabeth was characterized by the settlement of European, Cape Malay and immigrant communities. The diverse community lived together according to economic and social status, rather than on an ethnic basis. Some folk were already residing in New Brighton since 1903. However, when the Group Areas Act was legislated in 1960, this resulted in forced relocation under the “apartheid law” among the non-white population and the so-called townships came into being.
Port Elizabeth was the first city in SA to establish a fully integrated, democratic local authority and has long been a leader in the political transformation of the country. Presently, Port Elizabeth is fondly referred to as “Ibhayi” by Xhosa speakers, “Die Baai” by Afrikaners and “The Bay” by English speakers.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Guests from St Maarten Island

Hi Roy

It look like ages ago that we stayed at your fabulous place in Port
In the mean time we did the Garden Route, Swartberg Pass, the Cape,
Cederberg, Richtersveld, Fish River Canyon Namibia), Kgalagardi TP and back
to Namibia: Windhoek, Spitskoppe and at the moment we are in Solitaire after
spending a few days in Sesriem and Sossusvlei.
Every day is a highlight and we already know that our planned 6 months are
not enough.

Funny to see the picture you send. As you maybe can see at attached picture
we have a campervan from the same company (Azalai) as the French couple!

Once we are heading direction PE again we will let you know.

All the best


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Certificate of Excellence Belvedere Cottages

Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Belvedere Cottages and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Roy Bouwer managing owner of Belvedere Cottages. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”