Meeting of the Van Plettenberg Historical Society
Well-known local architect and member of the Van Plettenberg History Society committee, Paul Scheepers, will address the society at 17h30 for 18h00 on the subject of “Transition to democracy: The 1990s in Plettenberg Bay”.
DATE: Thursday, 8th March, 2018
VENUE: The Plettenberg Bay Angling Club at the Keurbooms River
TIME: 17.30 for 18.00
SPEAKER: Former Mayor of Plettenberg Bay, Paul Scheepers
SUBJECT: Former Mayor Speaks about the Transition to Full Democracy
ENTRANCE: R30 per person
SUBSCRIPTIONS: R70 per member
Further info: Mike Kantey on 072 628 5131
Well-known local architect and member of the Van Plettenberg History Society committee, Paul Scheepers, will address the society at 17h30 for 18h00 on the subject of “Transition to Democracy: The 1990s in Plettenberg Bay”.
Having qualified as an architect at the University of Cape Town, followed by a short stint in London, Paul first opened a practice in Plettenberg Bay in 1976. In 1983, he was elected as a town councilor and became Mayor of Plettenberg Bay in 1992.
Paul will be speaking about that time in the 1990s when South Africa was emerging as a truly popular democracy and how the transition affected ordinary people in the local municipality. As Paul says, “It was not the best of times, but we made it.”
His talk will cover inward migration from the Eastern to the Western Cape; the establishment of the Plett Housing Trust and the subsequent development of low-cost housing in Kwanokuthula; the building of Plett’s Clinic, as well as the period of intense violence that accompanied the transition, as various factions jostled for ascendancy. Finally, Paul will say something about the Plett Fisherman’s Trust and how the intended beneficiaries were treated.
Dinner will be served by prior reservation at the same venue after the talk for R120 per head. For reservations, please contact Christo Oberholzer on 083 625 4310 by no later than Monday, 5th March.