“Ease permit restrictions,” asks Oranjemund business owner
Clientèle consists mainly of people on official work duties for either NAMDEB or DebMarine, whilst only 2% of the total are actual tourists. Added Smit, “I also believe that others in the private enterprise community in Oranjemund feel that we can make a big contribution to the economy if the town could be opened. Or the other alternative is that they become more flexible with the permit situation. We do not know where the hiccups are, because the ball is being thrown around between the different parties involved.” Smit opened up the establishment in 2006 after being granted permission by NAMDEB to start with a small-scale operation, converting the old Riding Club, aiming at combining his knowledge of South American and South African cuisine. Said Smit on the town’s tourism potential, “The town of Oranjemund can offer a lot of activities such as organised dune rides, bird watching, canoeing, golfing, museum visits and fishing.” Smit is the proud owner of a collection of 2,375 different caps, unmatched on the continent. One third of his collection is proudly displayed in the establishment, which also includes a fine array of ancient artefacts, number plates, hunting trophies as well as a collection of currency notes and coins from across the world.