The case for retaining the club at its present location
The slipway situated at the Oceana Power Boat Club is the only safe small-craft slipway extending from Hout Bay to Yzerfontein - a coastline of 150 kilometres.
The Club was granted the right to operate from its Granger Bay site in 1974 by the then Minister of Transport and has provided a valuable role for boaters from all walks of Cape life for over a quarter of a century.
The V&A Waterfront has notified the Club of the termination of its lease, with effect from March 2002. An alternate site proposed by the V&A, beyond the existing container terminal, has been roundly condemned by independent experts as unsafe for small-craft boating.
OPBC is calling upon all concerned individuals to register their support for the retention of the slipway at its present Granger Bay location.
It is unthinkable that Cape Town, one of the world's most desirable destinations, could be without a small-craft launching site for residents and visitors alike.
Slipway used by local boating enterprises
Cape Town and its environs is home to more than 20 businesses that derive their income from boat-related sales and repair activities. The OPBC provides a vital launch facility for the testing and demonstration of boats.
Key launch site for the NSRI
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), South Africa's pre-eminent sea emergency and rescue service, requires a small-craft launch facility as an important component of its overall rescue strategy. With response time being the single most critical issue in rescue work, the safe slipway at the OPBC has played an important role in the NSRI's operations for 26 years.
An integral part of Cape Town life
Fishing, and the livelihood derived from fishing, has been an integral part of Cape Town life since 1652. The V&A Waterfront has styled its development along the 'working harbour' concept, a key element of its allure and charm. There is no single event or transaction that better epitomises a typical Cape scene than the negotiation and sale of a snoek from a fisherman just returned from the sea to an eager buyer.
Development plans envisaged by the OPBC include the formalisation of a small and controlled fish market falling under the authority of the club. The colourful characters and lively bustle that characterise such markets have proven to be a tourist attraction throughout the world, and could likely become a magnet for tourists, adding an insight into the unique charm of Cape life.
Supported by a variety of organisations
The launch facility at the OPBC provides a service to a number of governmental, institutional, law-enforcement and rescue services. At the same time, the needs of the recreational power boater - the very reason for the establishment of the club - should not be ignored.