Weekly Press Review – 24 June 2016

Another perlemoen bust has made headlines this week.  Two men and a women were arrested for being in possession of perlemoen valued at several million rand.  According to Constable Noloyiso Rwenxana, a provincial police spokesperson, the K9-unit received information regarding illegal perlemeon activity in a house in Grassy Park.  The property was raided and thousands of dried perlemoen was discovered.

The three suspects will appear in the Milnerton Magistrate’s court on Monday morning.

Maritime historians are all abuzz with the news that a search is underway for the legendary ship the Nieuwe Harlem which was stranded near Table Bay on 25 March 1647.  It was the stranding of this vessel that led to the establishment of a refreshment station in the Cape and ultimately Jan van Riebeeck choosing the Cape as a settlement post on a later voyage.

According to maritime archeologist and Executive head of the African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education, Dr Bruno Werz, the project is already well into its first phase.  They have a good idea of where the wreck is , near Milnerton and it is believed the salvage operation will not require much diving as the wreck is under the sand under the high water mark.

If the wreck and corresponding camp area are found, the project will cost approximately R3 million.

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