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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape - Bayworld
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 23:11:41 +0200

Herald, 27 March 2006
Museum stalwart believes Bayworld has bright future
by Dineo Matomela

One of the longest serving trustees at Bayworld's museum in Port
Elizabeth, John GRIEVE, is upbeat about the future of the
museum complex. Essexvale resident GRIEVE, 85, said the city's museum,
oceanarium, and snake park complex was in "good hands" after he was
honoured for his contribution towards the preservation of heritage in
Nelson Mandela Bay. GRIEVE was acknowledged in the museums and heritage
governance category at the 2006 Premier's Arts, Culture and Heritage
Awards held in Queenstown this month. Bayworld honorary museum curator
Dr. Jack SKEAD was nominated in the museum and heritage and the heritage
categories of the awards.

GRIEVE said: "The museum complex is in good hands and will grow from
strength to strength." As an active member of the city's museum board of
trustees for 41 years, GRIEVE served as treasurer, vice-chairman and
chairman. He remains an honorary member of the board of trustees,
although he retired about 10 years ago. Asked what the role of museums
in the area was GRIEVE said: "Mainly education about the past and the
facts of life in picture and text form."

GRIEVE said the relocation four decades ago of the museum from Bird
Street to Humewood had been challenging. "I had to go around with a
petition to relocate ... and everyone signed it," he said. "The museum
was in the red when we first moved. It took years for us to get back out
of debt with careful planning."

GRIEVE said witnessing the birth of Dolly, the first dolphin born at
Bayworld, was one of the highlights of his career. "In those
days the complex was at its climax, and dolphins were still unique sight
for our residents. "I think now they are trying to retain the number of
people visiting," said GRIEVE. Between 250 000 and 300 000 people visit
the museum annually. GRIEVE said the best way to get more visitors was
if there were more attractions. "They must get the press behind the
complex and transport should be provided," he said.

Bayworld will shortly undergo a R200-million transformation. The first
phase, costing about R60-million, will include a hotel,
restaurants and retail shops, and the upgrading of the dolphin pool, the
fish aquarium and penguin pool. The oceanarium revamp may also include a
shark tank and diving facilities. The museum will also be upgraded and
the decaying tropical house will be converted into a science and
technology centre.

GRIEVE commended the museum staff for their research. "They've always
conducted good research, especially marine biology and herpetology." He
said the then Cape provincial administration had been supportive, as had
the city council. "The council helped us a lot with planning and finance
in those days," he said. He said the relationship with staff members had
been encouraging.

GRIEVE, an accountant for Standard Bank, said he was able to persuade
Standard Bank to donate a "hall of history " to the museum in Humewood
as part of its centenary in Port Elizabeth. GRIEVE assisted in the
museum acquiring an updated
oceanarium, an underwater viewing facility, the tropical house,
children's museum, new snake park entrance, a shop and ice cream
parlour, an education centre and a variety of permanent and temporary

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