The iconic Muizenberg beach huts feature prominently in many holiday ads as a way to entice travellers to visit Cape Town. However, the popular Instagrammable beach boxes are not in the best shape. Muizenberg local Angela Gormon started a campaign – Save Our Beach Huts – to raise awareness and funds to help save the huts.
“I started the initiative as a Facebook page to raise awareness of the plight of the beach huts. They are in a terrible state and there had been a plan to remove them from the beach,” says Gormon.
There are 31 huts in need of renovation. They are planning to clad them with a product called Nutec and afterwards will be painted in their iconic colours. There have been many offers from fans of the beach boxes to help paint the boxes.
Gormon says they are going to start on the first hut in the next two weeks. “We plan to ask Architectural Schools to ask their students to design a ‘beach hut of future’ and we will hopefully try and use that in our future plans.”
Why the huts should be saved
“The beach huts are Muizenberg. They are bright, colourful and used in many advertising campaigns as a way of attracting tourists to Cape Town. Edelweiss Airlines in Switerland has a huge poster of the beach huts in the International Arrival Hall. Second to Table Mountain, the beach huts are the most photographed tourist attraction in Cape Town,” says Gormon.
So far all the offers to help renovate the beach huts have been products, time and expertise, says Gormon. They have set up a Backabuddy campaign with the goal of reaching R70 000. You can donate here.
“Recently the Surf Emporium ran a campaign to raise finds for Save Our Beach Huts – 20% of all board rental for the Heritage Day long weekend came to us. They raised R5 825.”
While this started as a Muizenberg community project, it has drawn huge support from local businesses including the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society, Gormon says. It has even it drawn traction from national companies willing to help.
A Muizenberg Tourism buff, in bright beach hut colours, is being sold in many Muizenberg shops and online. A portion of the cost goes to Save Our Beach Huts. Buy your buff here.