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RESIDENT RECLAIMS WOODEN WALKWAY

06 April 2021
Jeffreys Bay-resident, Sam Smith (right), receives beach buckets and fishing nets from Kouga Speaker, Hattingh Bornman (left).

Jeffreys Bay-resident, Sam Smith (right), receives beach buckets and fishing nets from Kouga Speaker, Hattingh Bornman (left).

Determined Jeffreys Bay resident, Sam Smith (26), in conjunction with Kouga Municipality, recently transformed the overgrown and rubble-filled wooden walkway at Boneyards in Flame Crescent into a magical escape for residents and visitors.

Determined Jeffreys Bay resident, Sam Smith (26), in conjunction with Kouga Municipality, recently transformed the overgrown and rubble-filled wooden walkway at Boneyards in Flame Crescent into a magical escape for residents and visitors.

Painted rocks . . . colourful beach buckets . . . water bowls . . . a long wooden deck . . . coastal thicket and indelible beach and ocean views.

A “hidden gem” for walkers and runners.

Determined Jeffreys Bay resident, Sam Smith (26), in conjunction with Kouga Municipality, recently transformed the overgrown and rubble-filled wooden walkway at Boneyards in Flame Crescent into a magical escape for residents and visitors – whether it is only for a few minutes or hours.

Tired of the overgrown bushes and rubble close to her house, Smith and the municipality have restored the growing eye sore to its former glory at the end of last year – cutting back overgrown bushes that restricted access and removing rubble.

“The walkway, that leads to the nearby beach, was neglected and home to drug addicts and various criminal elements that posed a danger to the neighbourhood – all due to COVID-19,” said Smith. “It was, furthermore, an embarrassment to all residents in the area.

“From construction rubble to household waste was dumped here. And even knives, glass, and a side cutter.”

According to Smith, it took her and other residents several days to remove the piles of rubble, as well as the overgrown branches and bushes. 

Three security cameras have been installed to ensure residents safety, while boards at the entrance of the walkway inform residents and visitors where they can stay and eat, as well as what they can do in the area.

Painted rocks – some 150 – with inspirational messages adorn the entrance to the walkway. There is also a rubbish bin, as well as water bowls for dogs and poop scoops with bags.

For the children, there are beach buckets and fishing nets – sponsored by Kouga Municipality.

“It works on an honesty system,” said Smith. “We trust that residents will return the goods after finish using it.”

According to her there are only three rules when making use of the walkway: do not take the stones, dogs must be on a leash and walkers must pick up after their pets.

“The walkway is a valuable asset on our doorstep here in Jeffreys Bay – it is imperative that it is maintained on an on-going basis in order for residents and visitors to enjoy the facility to its fullest,” said Smith, who inspects the area daily.

The best part about the walkway for her?

“The ability to get away from the hustle and bustle, to calm my mind and enjoy the beauty was easily the best part,” said Smith, who got engaged at the walkway – and where she will get married.

“I wanted to create a beautiful place where people are inspired to seek the Lord and do good. We never know when it is our last day on earth.”

Future plans include a table and chair where residents can enjoy a cup of coffee while drinking in the beautiful ocean view and a cement bench in honour of her fiancés late grandfather. 

She also hopes to upgrade the wooden walkway so that it is wheelchair friendly.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said, “It is encouraging to see that community members are proud of where they live and that they ensure their neighbourhood stays clean.

“It is clear that residents want to restore beauty and cleanliness to their neighbourhoods and are prepared to work together with the municipality to achieve this goal. The only way that lasting change will be seen is through teamwork.

“I would also like to thank the many organisations, businesses, and individuals who – of their own accord – have been helping us to keep Kouga clean.”

For more information or to assist, contact Smith at 074 795 3073.