n IMIESA - The economic impact of sea level rise : insight

Volume 34, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-1978



Victoria Bay is a popular little holiday resort near George in the Western Cape. It boasts a restaurant, a lovely beach, a pier and sixteen holiday homes, one of which you could buy for a mere R16 million. During summer Victoria Bay, and its twin Herolds Bay, is inundated with 'Georgians' who flock to bask in the sun, frolic in the surf and catch a wave or two. Yet, not too long ago, on one specific day, Victoria Bay was a place you did not want to be. For a few short hours, the Indian Ocean turned ugly, wreaked havoc and instilled fear in the hearts and minds of village residents. The sea had risen 2.3 m above its normal highwater mark. It was the perfect storm.

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