Cape Doctor
Cape Town
South Africa
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More about Cape Doctor
Cape Doctor was founded back in 1998 by Angus Welch (Goose). Angus came from a shop fitting, interior decorator background, but the call of the wind was too strong. He had always tinkered around with sailboards and repairs since the mid-1980s. As South Africa opened up and there was a demand for good quality local boards the obvious was to follow this line. Starting in a garage in Fairbridge Road, Table View, we have now progressed to a somewhat larger setup in a factory in Killarney Gardens. Being a rider owned company we have the unique opportunity of riding and testing what we sell.
Apart from the Cape Doctor factory Angus and Cindy opened a Cape Doctor retail outlet in Table View in 2007 and apart from Cape Doctor boards and apparel they also sell and distribute Naish kites, boards and soft tech.
The name Cape Doctor comes from the nickname of the famous South Easter that buffets Cape Town in the spring, summer and autumn months. We are actively involved in a wide variety of sports including kite surfing, windsurfing and mountain biking.
The Cape Doctor the wind
During spring and summer the Cape Peninsula is exposed to the strong and sometimes gale force wind, the South-Easter (otherwise known as the "Cape Doctor" because it blows away pollution and cleans the air) arises as a spin-off from anticyclones deep in the Southern ocean. It arrives at the peninsula by way of False Bay, its velocity often being given a boost by the "corner effect" round Cape Hangklip.
One arm of the South-Easter sweeps around the eastern flanks of Table Mountain, where its moisture, picked up from the ocean and the warm waters of False Bay, helps to keep the vegetation green through the heat of summer. It is also a vital factor in the pollination of many plants, including the Silver trees. The South-Easter continues on around Devil's Peak, before descending on the city.
There, it behaves somewhat in the manner of a trapped tiger, careering around in the bowl between mountain and sea. A couple of days of this is enough to purge the city's air - nowadays it is the smog instead of the plague of old which is banished. The South-Easter tends to overdo the cure, outstaying its welcome (not however in the opinion of windsurfers & kite surfers!). A possible record was its performance in November 1936, when it howled without a break for 15 days, ravaging suburban gardens and penning the staff in the upper cable station for 5 days.
Environmental issues
Angus and Cindy are very actively involved in environmental issues, especially during 2007 when Angus took on the Oil Giants Chevron and it cost them R110 million to clean up their act, the biggest single environmental investment in South Africa to date! For many years Chevron ran a 5.5km underground pipeline from their refinery that channels their wastewater into the sea in Table Bay, just 500m off the shoreline. In 2001 Angus started complaining and he was relentless. In a groundbreaking decision the company decided to spend millions and upgrade their wastewater treatment plant. Construction began in 2006. They chose a type of biological treatment known as a moving bed bio reactor as a method of treating the wastewater from the refinery by using world class technology. This project has since been completed and to date seems to be working well.
I.r.o work done on the above project Angus received an award of Civic Honours from the City of Cape Town.
Angus and Cindy are also involved in the Friends of Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA), Angus is Vice-Chairman and also has the portfolio of Recreation / Sports and Cindy is the Secretary. The BCA, a unique area of approximately 4 000ha comprising of a mosaic of natural, cultural and historical resources, is located 25 km north of the centre of Cape Town. It contains three very threatened lowland vegetation types and a stretch of coastline and numerous cultural/historical heritage sites. It is within the growth corridor of the City and is thus placed under extreme pressure from the direct threats of urban development. Friends of BCA is a voluntary group of concerned citizens whose mission it is to contribute to seeing that the BCA is protected and utilized to the benefit of the general public now and in the future.
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