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Shock as real mermaid is spotted at a Cape Town beach

The legendary “mermaid” known as the Kaaiman is said to have been spotted in the Buffelsjags River at Suurbraak, which is a village close to Swellendam. This phenomenon is best described as the Western Cape’s own version of the Loch Ness monster.

Mermaids and other fantastical creatures are more often than not found in fables and legends; however, the people of Suurbraak have maintained for generations that the creature is real.

Shock as real mermaid is spotted at a Cape Town beach

After the most recent “sighting,” which occurred about 11 days ago, even the most skeptical Suurbraak residents have begun to believe the stories of the Kaaiman that were passed down to them by their elders.

Daniel Cupido, a resident of Suurbraak, said that he and a group of friends had just finished having a potjiekos braai at the camping site next to the river when, at about 11.30pm on January 5, he heard something that sounded like someone “bashing on a wall.” Cupido said that he and his friends were relaxing after enjoying the potjiekos braai.


Cupido stated that he walked towards the sound that was coming from the nearby low water bridge because he suspected that vandals were responsible.


He claimed that he saw a figure at the bridge that was “like that of a white woman with long black hair thrashing about in the water.”

Shock as real mermaid is spotted at a Cape Town beach

He approached her with the intention of rescuing her, but he claimed that he reversed course when he saw a crimson gleam in her eyes and stopped moving forward.

He enlisted the assistance of his son Deidrian, who was 13 at the time, as well as his nephew Werner Plaatjies, who was 11 at the time.
Cupido asserted that the creature possessed a “hypnotic” quality.


After that, he contacted a few of his other close friends and asked them to accompany him in taking a look.


His friend Martin Olckers said that he saw what was “definitely” a mermaid swimming, first on one side of the low water bridge, then on the other, and then standing on the bridge before plunging back into the murky water. Martin Olckers said that he saw the figure three times: once on each side of the bridge.

Olckers reported that the figure was continuously making “the strangest sound,” which sounded like a woman sobbing the whole time.

Dina Olckers, who was also present, commented that the figure sounded like it was going through so much anguish that “my heart could take it no more.”

Martinus Olckers, her husband, stated that they recognized the figure as the fabled Kaaiman. This was a creature that their parents had warned them about, but the Olckers children did not believe the creature actually existed.

It was said that the Kaaiman was a creature that was half human and half fish, and that it lived in the deep pools of the river. It has long black hair, red eyes, and a white coloration all over its body. Dina Olkers described the creature as having an eerie glow that was silvery white.

About 15 years have passed since the last confirmed sighting of the Kaaiman. Previously, it had not been seen for more than 20 years prior to that time.

Some people believe that the Kaaiman is to blame for deaths that occur in the river because they believe that it lures people into a trap with things that their heart desires.

Maggy Jantjies, a representative of the Suurbraak tourism office, stated that the elders had cautioned them about the Kaaiman and that they could tell stories dating back two or three generations about sightings of the creature.

When asked if she believed the story, she responded that she had a good relationship with the people who claimed to have seen the Kaaiman and that she knew from personal experience that they did not abuse alcohol, indicating that they were not talking “drunken nonsense.”

Jantjies remarked that this is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. – The Latest West Cape News

The ‘Black Mermaid’ in Cape Town teaches underprivileged children and teenagers about the wonders of the sea.

South Africa now has its very own Black Mermaid, and she has her sights set on changing the world one dive at a time. Forget Ariel from Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid; South Africa now has its very own Black Mermaid.

The ‘Black Mermaid’ in Cape Town teaches underprivileged children and teenagers about the wonders of the sea.

Zandile Ndhlovu, a freediving instructor based in Simon’s Town, spends a significant portion of her time and energy helping disadvantaged children in Langa learn about the ocean.

Her objective is to foster diversity in scuba diving and in oceanic environments.

She is the first black person in the country to receive certification as a freediving instructor, and she founded a non-profit organization called the Black Mermaid Foundation with the goal of introducing people to the underwater world’s beauty.

In an interview with News24, Ndhlovu stated that her first experience snorkeling, which took place in Bali in 2016, was the moment that sparked her interest in the world beneath the waves. She wound up picking up shells on the ocean floor with the divemaster, and from that point on, she was hooked.

“My life was altered, and I gained new perspectives on the world around me. I could not believe the things that were buried deep within the ocean. And I wished for other people to enjoy the splendor that surrounds me on a daily basis “— I quote her.

The ‘Black Mermaid’ in Cape Town teaches underprivileged children and teenagers about the wonders of the sea.

Freediving is when you dive without the use of tanks and hold your breath for extended periods of time while you do it.

She dives to depths of more than 330 feet below the surface of the water and is able to hold her breath for up to four minutes at a time.

“Freediving and scuba diving are two distinct forms of underwater activity. In freediving, as opposed to scuba diving, you explore the depths of the ocean using only the breath that you already have in your lungs. Scuba diving provides you with a supply of air that you can use during your dives.”

Ndhlovu says that before every dive, she makes sure that she has a light breakfast because she does not want her body to be digesting heavy breakfasts while she is underwater because this reduces the amount of oxygen that the body needs to function properly.

“You should also make sure that you have enough energy to work in the water for two to three hours, as this can be very taxing on your body. The sensation of floating weightlessly and being completely present while underwater is breathtaking “She continues.

She considers the ocean to be “sacred and spiritual,” and she does the majority of her contemplation while she is out there.

“I go there to think, so that I can be honest and open there. This is not merely a pastime; rather, it is both a profession and a way of life. The fact that I am still able to engage in activities that I adore doing is truly a gift.

I’ve seen Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, all kinds of fish, octopus, squid, whale sharks, eagle rays, seals, and the list goes on and on. “I’ve seen Tiger sharks, blacktip sharks, gully sharks, bull sharks, raggies, bronze sharks, puffadder shysharks, pyjama sharks, moray

Ndhlovu claims that she has not had any brush with mortality in her life.

“I’ve had the amazing opportunity to get very close to a variety of animals, including sharks, and it was breathtaking. They are some of the most stunning, regal, and kind creatures I have ever dived with, with whales being particularly amazing to witness because of how large they are and how easily they can sneak up on you. It’s beyond belief! “She reflects on it.

She says that there was a point in her freediving career when she was training out at sea when she heard whales. She was astonished. The whales came closer as soon as the person who was using scuba equipment emerged from the water, and they began blowing out water all around them through their blowholes. She will never forget how incredible the experience was for her.

“The second most amazing thing that ever happened to me was when I got to swim with whale sharks. They are so enormous and so stunning, and the level of detail on their bodies is simply mind-boggling to behold. That is a day I will never, ever forget!”

Even after more than three years of freediving, Ndhlovu continues to take immense pleasure in being in the water.

“I am employed in Langa, and one of the things that I enjoy doing in my free time is taking children on snorkeling trips. When I was a kid, I had no idea that there was such a thing as life that could be found underwater. And I really wanted these young people to observe and learn from it.”

The ocean conservationist claims that the purpose of her work is to expand access to ocean spaces, particularly for underserved communities, while acknowledging “that proximity does not equate to access.”

“There is a great deal to be learned about the ocean and the things that are found beneath its surface. Through the program that my organization runs, I show students from local schools how to become more at ease in the water and how to free dive.”

The overarching objective is to increase the number of people of color who pursue careers related to the ocean.

“It never fails to begin in hell and conclude in paradise,” the proverb goes.

Ndhlovu is currently the sole source of funding for the organization; however, she is actively seeking sponsors in order to ensure the organization’s continued existence, longevity, and capacity for growth. This will allow the NPO to exist for a very long time.

She is also a life coach, and she has the following advice to offer: “Once you are able to address the fears that most people have of the ocean, you will change the way that they look at things, and they will start dreaming differently.”

She takes two groups of four children at a time on adventures, during which the children first learn about the ocean and then go on to explore it.

Long Beach in Simon’s Town is her family’s absolute favorite beach, and she loves taking them there.

“It always begins in dread, but it always concludes in stunning joy. I believe that it is always an effort to bridge the space of the unknown, and when we are on our way back home, I am always asked, “when are we going back?””

When asked why she is called the “Black Mermaid,” Ndhlovu explains that the name came about after she observed that there were very few black mermaids swimming around in the water.

“There is not enough representation from a wide variety of backgrounds in ocean-facing activities. Through this organization, I am now responsible for organizing educational programs for children of color living across the country. A significant number of the children have no idea what lies beneath the water’s surface of the ocean. It is mesmerizing to see the world through their eyes for the first time, especially when they come into contact with the sea.”

Ndhlovu continues by saying that when she was a young child, her parents instructed her to only go into the ocean up to the level of her knees.

“Many people, particularly those living in black and brown communities, have an irrational fear of the ocean. Back in those days, a lot of parents didn’t have a clue how to swim.

“During the time when slavery was common, people were sometimes cast overboard and drowned in the ocean. This traumatic experience is passed down from one generation to the next. And it is from this that we are working hard to distance ourselves. Being near the water has a wonderful sedative effect on people.”

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