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From a Property24 article. Full article here:

Discussing Mossel Bay’s future recently, the new Rawson franchisees say the town’s inhabitants and its local government are excited by the fact that three major projects in their area are set to attract considerable capital and many people to Mossel Bay.

This, in turn, they say, will make local property once again attractive to investors and boost the town’s reputation as a good place to do business and to live an enjoyable life.

The first project is the Petro SA’s offshore drilling operation, for which the company has now been given the go-ahead and on which work has started.

Secondly, the upgrading of The Point precinct, the focus of Mossel Bay’s tourism which is set to become a Provincial Heritage Site with the focus over the next five years on achieving ‘World Heritage Site’ status. The vision for this includes a public square, carriageways, new parking areas, a museum and plans for most of these have already been passed by the Municipality.

The third project is the initiation of a waterfront that has been discussed for years, but in which Mossel Bay locals had largely lost faith. Building on concepts that have proved so successful at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the Municipality here will be transforming the harbour area into a tourist and retail mecca.

At a recent Business Chamber function, the Rawson team had the opportunity to confer with Minister Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC for Tourism, Economic Development and Finance.

They were pleased to hear that Mossel Bay is slowly becoming a priority to Provincial Government and all efforts to see growth in the area now have priority status with the minister.

His message, says Andre Piguet, was that people needed to bring tourism and business together to move forward and reach for new goals.

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Mossel Bay port transformation goes ahead

Multi-million rand transformation plans for the Port of Mossel Bay have been outlined by The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the leadership engagement roadshow on 21 -22 August in Mossed Bay.

The development of the Port includes the creation of a mixed-use waterfront, a dock for cruise line passengers and other business opportunities.

Chief Executive of TNPA, Shulami Qalinge, announced that the developments intend to increase the economic growth of South Africa’s smallest commercial port and the Garden Route region along with increasing job opportunities for the local community.

“We are pleased to be moving forward with the Mossel Bay Waterfront to make the Port of Mossel Bay an even bigger attraction on this beautiful coastline, with a mixed-use waterfront that could include retail, commercial and industrial facilities,” Qalinge said.

The implementation of a cruise terminal would provide tourists who visit the Garden Route coastline by boat a first-class experience.

“A bit further down the track, we have in our sights a facility that will enable cruise passengers to disembark directly onto the quayside, instead of arriving by ferry,” she explained.

TNPA is hopeful that this development will increase tourism to the coastal town and expose the world to its beauty.
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