– In the heart of Jeffreys Bay, where the waves gently caress the shore, the sunset paints a warm palette of colours, new development is on the horizon – a community promenade that promises to enrich the lives of residents, tourists, and even those with disabilities.

The first phase of this project, a 1.5km promenade named the “dream mile,” which will, when completed, stretch from the National Sea Rescue Institute to the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park, kicked off on Monday, January 29, 2024.

This is thanks to the dedicated work of the non-profit organization, “Dorp van Drome”, which began its mission of beautifying Jeffreys Bay in 2012 – all without any form of compensation.

And Lottoland Help `n Dorp. A kykNET programme and a popular initiative that aids towns with projects initiated by residents or organisations to support and enhance communities.

Deon Goosen, one of the founding members of “Dorp van Drome” and a dedicated supporter of Lottoland Help `n Dorp, immediately formed a committee, led by Bryan Dhludhlu, chairperson of “Dorp van Drome, ” when entries for the second season opened last year.

This committee includes Loulita Vosloo, Johan Deysel, Waldo van Niekerk, Leilani Coetsee, Christa Venter, and Nomvelo Siwela.

After discussions with Kouga Municipality, the application was submitted within a few weeks. Excitement peaked when Lottoland recently visited Jeffreys Bay and handed over a welcome envelope – a valuable financial contribution for the project’s first phase.

But one challenge: the project must be completed within four weeks. After that, Lottoland Help `n Dorp will visit the town to check progress.

The goal is not only to provide funds but also to stimulate participation from the community.

The project’s initial phase involves constructing the first 250m of the wooden promenade – from the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park to Sandcastle in Diaz Road.

Additionally, a footpath will be erected from the barbecue area at Pellsrus Beach to the paved path at the main beach, while excess sea sand in the region will also be removed.

A new parking area near the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park will be established without interfering with indigenous plant growth.

The second and third phases will be undertaken when the necessary funds are available.

These phases include the construction of a wooden promenade from Sandcastle to Kitchen Windows. The third phase involves further expansions, such as a lookout point, security cameras, and lighting.

One outstanding feature of this promenade is its dedication to accessibility for people with disabilities, including a wheelchair-friendly entrance at Sandcastle on Diaz Road.

Other benefits of p a include:

  • Safe access to the beach.
  • Accessibility for walkers and joggers.
  • A safer environment for anglers.
  • The protection of dunes.”

It is with great excitement that Kouga Municipality supports the construction of a promenade at the main beach in Jeffreys Bay,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Hattingh Bornman.

“The construction of a promenade has long been the dream of many residents, and the municipality will work hand-in-hand with Village of Dreams to make the project successful.”

Dhludhlu invites the community to become part of the “Dorp van Drome” team.

“Dorp van Drome” wants to involve the community in the project and appreciates any assistance. For more information or to become part of the project, contact Dhludhlu at 083 747 0031 or email leilanicoetsee19@gmail.com or dorpvandrome@gmail.com.

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