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The only Whale Crier in the world

22 Feb

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So you would expect to find ‘The only Whale Crier in the World’ right here in Hermanus! The Whale Crier’s kelp horn was first heard in Hermanus in August 1992.

Pieter Claasen, then an employee of the Old Harbour, was the first Whale Crier. Little did he realise when he agreed to dress up in the now familiar regalia what he was letting himself in for. Trips to Cape Town and Johannesburg followed and one of the highlights of Pieter’s time as Whale Crier was his trip to Topsham in the UK where he was Guest of Honour at the annual Town Crier’s competition. He opened the proceedings with a call on his famous kelp horn and then shouted his Hermanus greetings in true Town Crier fashion.

Pieter received a resounding applause and later that day led the colourful procession of Town Criers and floats from far and wide, past crowds of onlookers, down the high street of Topsham.

As the information spread about the wonderful whale watching in Hermanus, so has the media interest increased both in the Whale Crier and the beautiful coastal village.
Pieter gave literally dozens of press and TV interviews that have continued to boost Hermanus as a prime tourist destination.

Pieter was succeeded by Wilson Salukazana, a well respected and dignified figure from Zwelihle, Hermanus. One of his highlights was a visit to Manchester in the UK, representing Hermanus as the only Whale Crier in the World. He walked the cliff path beat for 8 years, imparting his vast knowledge of the whales and Hermanus, until he retired at the age of 66 years.

Godleck Baleni was the next to show off the Whale Crier sandwich boards and blow the kelp horn! He had big shoes to fill and did a sterling job. His huge smile and charming character was a great attraction to visitors.

Pasika Noboba is the current Whale Crier, who took over in 2008. He has tremendous knowledge of both whales and Hermanus and is well respected within all communities for his humility and friendliness, and his passion for children and the elderly.

The Hermanus whale crier does his rounds every day from June to December between 10am and 4pm and can be contacted on his hotline: 0793014665.

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