The Pro Musica Divina Orchestra will once again be part of the Simon’s Town Spring Festival music program. The festival takes place from 21 – 24 September 2013.

The Gala concert will be performed in the historic Simon’s Town Methodist Church (with its won

derful acoustics) at 7.30pm on Saturday 21 September by

the Pro Musica Divina Orchestra, conducted by Steven van der Merwe

Pro Musica Divina Gala Concert, Simon’s Town Spring FestivalProgram:

  • Church Sonata no. 15 for Organ and Strings, K.328 (W.A. Mozart)
  • Cello concerto no. 1 in C major, Hob VIIb/1 (J. Haydn)
  • “Spring Meditation” (Steven van der Merwe)
  • Symphony no. 29 in A Major, K.201/186a (W.A. Mozart)

The soloists for this performance is well known Cape Town cellist Eddie McLean, deputy leader in the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and cellist in the Proteus String Quartet. The organist performing in the Church Sonata will be the distinguished St. George’s Cathedral director of music and organist – Grant Brasler.

Tickets are R120. For purchasing and booking online via EFT, please contact Michelle at michelle.docprac@gmail.com. Alternatively tickets are also obtainable from the Simon’s Town Pharmacy (021 – 786 2133) and Dr. van der Merwe’s surgery (021 – 786 1697)

On more than one occasion Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group, has said that Simon’s Town and the False Bay coast south of it are areas “whose time is about to come”.

“There has for some four or five years been a growing interest in this precinct,” says Leon Bosman, co-franchisee of the Rawson Property Group’s Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town franchises. “The difficulty, however, is that most of the available properties in the Miller’s Point region which is situated five kilometres south of Simon’s Town and where many people want to live, are not developable – and therefore suitable only for dedicated nature lovers, not those hoping to make a quick profit – because the Western Cape authorities are determined to ensure that it remains as beautiful and unspoilt in the future.”

The few purchase opportunities here, as indicated, are mostly being marketed by the Rawson Property Group, which has mandates for three of the most attractive properties available. All of these have panoramic views across False Bay, from Cape Hangklip to Gordon’s Bay – and have spectacular mountain backdrops.

The first property on offer is approximately 37 ha of land stretching from Millers Point to Partridge Point and from the ocean’s high water mark to the rock face of the mountain ridge, where it starts at Table Mountain and culminates at Cape Point. The area is cut at its low level by the road to Cape Point.

The land is currently owned by a Simon’s Town resident, who has put it into the Cape Point Marine Trust. The property, says Bosman, has some of the Cape Peninsula’s most spectacular fynbos and is home to a wide variety of animals, including grysbok, otters, genet, mongoose, civet, lynx, baboons and snakes.

Major development on the 37 ha, says Bosman, is very unlikely to ever be allowed, but the owner would have the right to build one large home and it is conceivable that this could be used as a game lodge and be the focal point of a network of walking trails open to the public for a fee. The property could therefore become income producing.

Should the buyer wish to avoid the rates and taxes on the property and the cost of eradicating alien plants (a duty that is unavoidable), he could hand over the property to the Cape Point Nature Reserve but still retain his ownership status and the right to live there.

The price for this property is R10 million, which, as Bosman points out, possibly represents the cheapest per hectare land ever made available in the Cape Peninsula.

The second property for sale by the Rawson Property Group franchise is a 1,438 m² plot that is part of a beautiful amphitheatre above the road to Cape Point but within easy walking distance of Castle Rock’s small beaches and well-known fishing rocks. The buyer of this plot might have difficulty in getting permission to build an access road (although others have been built in the area), but would be allowed to build footpath access.

Again the plot has pristine fynbos and a mountain stream which runs year-round. The current owner is asking R1 million for the plot, which, Bosman points out again, is exceptionally cheap for such a valuable view site.

The third opportunity being offered by the Rawson Property Group in this area is a half share (in fact two one-quarter shares) in a small two bedroom wooden cottage at Smitswinkel Bay. This cottage has been owned jointly by four sisters for years, two of whom now wish to sell, and it is possible that the other two might also opt out.

Smitswinkel Bay has 22 cottages and is prohibited from any further development. It is, says Bosman, the ultimate nature lover’s getaway – it has no road access and all the owners, their friends and tenants park at the road level caravan site and then walk down one of two paths, one of which is fairly steep, the other longer but easy to negotiate.

Several owners have small fishing boats which are kept on the beach and both the swimming and fishing are exceptionally good here.

“There can be no better retreat or refuge from today’s busy world in the entire Cape Peninsula than a home at Smitswinkel Bay,” says Bosman.

The price of the two shares in the cottage has been set at R1,25 million. The prospective buyer should note, however, that the cottage has only occasional cell phone reception and no TV reception at all – but this is part of its attraction for many.

“These offers,” says Bosman, “are all very unusual and unique in their own way. We are hoping that countrywide publicity will produce the right sort of buyer for each of them, i.e. a genuine nature lover.”

There are obviously a few more beaches, not many.

But here are six lovely Simon’s Town beaches

Simon’s Town Beaches:

  1. fishermans beach simons townFisherman’s Beach Simon’s Town: beyond the golf course. This is a very popular beach and most tourist know about it. Here you’ll get some big swells and surf. But not in surf board surf. From here you can walk all along the shore to Windmill Beach. Beautiful.
  2. Windmill Beach Simons TownWindmill Beach Simon’s Town: Lovely beach. Just go there and walk around. It’s behind the golf course. It’s a popular wedding venue or setting. I love it early in the morning just before sunrise.
  3. Boulders Beach Simons TownSimon’s Town Boulder’s Beach: This is part of Cape Nature and very popular with locals and tourists. You have to pay to get access. But the penguins share the beach with you. Very secluded beach and if the sun shines the kids play.
  4. Simons Fort Beach Simons TownSeaforth Beach Simon’s Town: This is a lovely small beach with a few penguins. You can see these penguins in the late afternoon or early mornings. This is a safe kids swimming beach.
  5. Long Beach Simons TownLong Beach Simon’s Town: This beach is behind the station. It’s long with no real surf. In the morning and afternoons the beach is popular with local dog owners.
  6. Fishermans Beach Simons TownFisherman’s Beach on your way to Glen Cairn: You will find very few people here. It’s a great beach with small surf. If you like being on your own most of the time this little beach is ideal.

Even though the South African Navy is based in Simon’s Town, it is different to many other “navy towns” in the world in that Simon’s Town is a beautiful, quaint and peaceful town. The town is nestled between the mountains forming part of the greater Table Mountain Nature Reserve and the sheltered False Bay.

Every now and then, residents enjoy watching one of the “local” Frigates or Sub-marines gliding across the bay alongside the yachts and kayaks sharing these waters.

Simon's Town View

Since the mid 1960’s, the Black Marlin has been the perfect restaurant getaway from the busier city areas of Cape Town. This world renowned eatery can be found just past the delightful seaside village and naval port of Simons Town and has garnered a reputation for its inviting and award winning wine list, along with excellent seafood.

One of the best known entities of this great restaurant is its location and the breathtaking views that come along with it. While you sit back and enjoy the scrumptious taste of the Black Marlin’s ever popular oysters and mussels, don’t forget to look out at False Bay and see if you can spot some whales. That’s correct, this venue not only comes highly recommended for its wine, cuisine and service but it’s also a hotspot for whale watching. Bryde, Hump and Southern Right Whales can all be spotted from this historic site throughout the year and this makes for an exciting attraction at this venue.

Simons Town RestaurantAt the Black Marlin you’ll have a lot to choose from, especially when it comes to seafood. The menu has a major emphasis on food from the sea, hence the restaurant’s name and its ideal location. Black Marlin specialities include Seafood platters, Cape lobster, prawn curry and calamari of course.

If seafood is not always your first choice, the menu also features meat and poultry, pastas and most importantly they cater for vegetarians too. There’s even a kiddies menu and a unique breakfast selection to choose from at the Black Marlin. What’s more is that a trip out to this location makes for the ultimate day trip. The reason for this is simple; the Marlin is on the way to Cape Point or just past Cape Point, if you make your way from the other end of the Cape Peninsula.

Once you’ve gone for a swim on the beach or you’re heading to, or returning from Cape Point, the Black Marlin makes is a fantastic spot to stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner, while you enjoy the view and sea air of False Bay. Who knows you may be lucky enough to spot some whales before you even order your main course.