Links & Resources
Prepaid Electricity & Mobile Recharging Online
Most holiday homes have prepaid electricity meters for which "units" or "tokens" are purchased. If you find it inconvenient to run into the village to purchase these at the Groot Brak Kafee (at 20 Lang Street), the good news is you can purchase them online. Here are two options:
Prepaid24.com allows users to recharge their electricity meters and mobile phones using their safe & secure Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) service. There's no service charge beyond what your bank may or may not charge for the EFT.
iTron Energy (formerly iPay online) allows registered users to recharge their electricity meters using a credit card, again, without any extra fees. Handy if you don't have a South African bank account. You'll first have to send a fax with a copy of your credit card, ID document and a recent utility bill. Note: their service doesn't support the recharge of mobile phone accounts, so you'll still have to run to a shop to do that.
Loadshedding Schedules (as of Nov 2014)
Of course, recharging your prepaid electricity meter assumes that power is available - something which unfortunately can't be taken for granted these days. When Eskom has declared loadshedding in effect, you may find the following schedule helpful (as of November, 2014), courtesy of the Mossel Bay Municipality:
Tide tables (including moon phases) for the current and next month are available from the South African Navy Hydrographic Office.
Simply select Mossel Bay from the drop-down list of ports on the map. Super-handy for sticking on the refrigerator and planning your beach walks!
The Great Brak Museum Newsletter
Current and issues back to 2010 are available from Museum Services, Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government.
Better yet, for just R30 you can become a member of the Great Brak Museum Association. The funds help support a worthwhile and valuable community resource and you will enjoy the convenience of receiving the newsletter direct to your inbox every month.
Great Brak Estuary Management Plan
Stay informed - or better yet, get involved and help preserve this special place so it is available for the enjoyment of future generations! The latest documents related to the Great Brak Estuary Management Plan and the Great Brak Environmental Committee are available for download from Anchor Environmental.
Other Websites of Interest
Local newspapers, magazines & online communities
Great Brak Post (on Facebook)
Our Heritage - Great Brak River Museum & Heritage Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay Advertiser
Wild News - The Voice of Wilderness
MidbrakMeander (on Facebook)
Mossel Bay Environmental Partnership
Oyster Bay Reserve Conservation Trust
Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA)
Residents' Association (members-only)
Island Residents' Association
Click on the image to the left for photos of The Island and environs - or view our Flickr photostream for even more pics.