Day of fun at aquar­ium

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Af­ter be­ing closed for ren­o­va­tions for about five months, the East Lon­don Aquar­ium opened its doors to the com­mu­nity once again last Satur­day.

Friends of East Lon­don Aquar­ium (Fela) com­mit­tee mem­ber Ta­marin Free­man-El­liott said the clo­sure of the aquar­ium came af­ter a storm left the venue dam­aged last year.

“This ren­o­va­tion was purely the re-build­ing of what the storm had dam­aged. The whale-watch­ing pier, the seal en­clo­sure’s glass pan­elling and seat­ing area, the deck­ing all along to the cen­tre, and the ti­dal pool look­out deck had to be re­done,” she said.

Buf­falo City Metro (BCM) spokesper­son Samkelo Ng­wenya said the aquar­ium re­pairs, which amounted to a to­tal of R2.8m, also in­cluded struc­tural work and re­place­ment of em­bank­ments that had been washed away.

“We en­cour­age the pub­lic to visit as often as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially now that ev­ery­thing is back to nor­mal,” he said.

He added that the com­mu­nity can join Fela by fol­low­ing the aquar­ium’s op­er­a­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties on their Face­book page.

“Peo­ple can also get in­volved with vol­un­teer work when it is avail­able and in gen­eral, visit more reg­u­larly for a good glimpse of the ocean life,” said Ng­wenya.

In cel­e­bra­tion of their re-open­ing, the aquar­ium has planned a fun-filled day on Satur­day.

“We are hav­ing a Fine and Fishy Mar­ket where there will be lots of fun for the whole fam­ily. There will be marinethemed stalls, face paint­ing, sand art, crafts re­lated to the ocean and much more,” said Free­man-El­liott.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

BACK IN BUSI­NESS: The East Lon­don Aquar­ium opened its doors to the East Lon­don com­mu­nity last Satur­day af­ter be­ing closed for five months due to ren­o­va­tions

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