Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond - a non-profit organisation - was established by a group of volunteers - business and community members - in Fish Hoek. We are arranging and facilitating a variety of events in the coming year.
The Scavenger Hunt Event in the South 2019
Ian Eagan-Fowler, Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond co-chairperson, said the committee members are all voluntary and passionate about the future of the Fish Hoek Valley.
He said the group welcomed any assistance in making this milestone in Fish Hoek’s history a significant and memorable one. The committee would like to encourage all residents and stakeholders to share any further ideas for the Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond initiatives via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit their Facebook page: Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond
Celebrating Centenary Inclusively
Fish Hoek celebrates its centenary this year and a newly formed voluntary organisation, Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond, wants to ensure that the town’s milestone is celebrated in style.
Fish Hoek, originally known as Vissers Baay or Visch Hoek appears on the earliest maps of the Cape. The first land in Fish Hoek was granted to Andries Bruins in 1818 and was sold several times thereafter before being bought by Hester Sophia de Kock in 1883. She later married Jacob Isaac de Villiers, who came to live with her on the farm and after their deaths; the land was sold off, the first sale taking place in 1918 thus establishing the town of Fish Hoek.
The day was nothing short of beautiful as the residents of Fish Hoek came together for their centenary celebrations. Those attending the celebrations gathered in front of the Fish Hoek Civic Centre, walking down memory lane in song and moving speeches. But most important on the day was the unveiling of the plaque in commemoration of the auction and sale of the first residential plots in the township of Fish Hoek at 11:00 on 24 April 1918. The plots, which were sold from as little as 10 to 150 pounds, went under the hammer in the hands of well-known auctioneer Johnnie Zoutendyk, of JB Zoutendyk and Co.
To celebrate this milestone, the community of Fish Hoek has arranged several events, with more being planned for the rest of the year. The centenary celebrations also saw the formation of the “Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond” non-profit organisation run by Fish Hoek businesses and community members who are committed to ensuring that this wonderful milestone for the town is celebrated with the involvement of as many businesses and community organisations and leaders as possible. The organisation’s chairperson, Richard Valentine, says the event was a huge success. “Everything went well – even the weather was on our side. We had 100 little children singing ‘happy birthday’, there were several speeches and the children played violin before the unveiling of the plaque. We also had Joy Cobern who enlightened us all on the history of Fish Hoek,” he says.The plaque was officially unveiled by Councillor Felicity Purchase who said they had a lot to celebrate. “We have the magnificent beach with great traditional fishermen, mountains, flora and fauna, schools, a good college and a good hospital. We are a unique town, diverse and resourceful. The unveiling of the plaque is an important milestone to celebrate lest we forget the blood and tears that went into building what we have [today]. Let us all come together, plan and work together for the next 100 years to come,” she said.
Valentine says the celebrations will also see other projects take off for the improvement of the area. “We are an open space technology project and we looked at potential projects that can be of great benefit in the valley. Some of them were to look at security, tourism and some work that will be done in the main road,” he says.