Pinnacle Point Caves

Work has begun to declare the Pinnacle Point Caves as a world heritage site. Archaeologists digging in these caves in Mossel Bay have found incredible evidence of Middle Age people dating back between 40 000 and 170 000 years. The caves are located next to the club house of the Pinnacle Point golf course. A committee has been set up, that is also being backed by the Mossel Bay Municipality, the latter having declared the desire to establish an interpretive centre, should the heritage status become a reality.

The location of this interpretive centre would be at the stone quarry site at The Point in Mossel Bay and this would obviously stimulate tourism into Mossel Bay. This area has also been identified to undergo an upgrade, a project for this has been completed and is now subject for approval by the local municipality.

In the announcement about the application of the Pinnacle Point Caves, it was mentioned that the process for obtaining world heritage status would take five years or more, however, work has also begun to obtain Provincial and National status for this. A business plan will be submitted in due course to the Western Cape Department of Culture and Recreation for the possible funding of the interpretive centre and the other projects relating to the upgrading of The Point area.

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