Middelburg, Eastern Cape

Middelburg is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in the Great Karoo. It lies in the Upper Karoo, 1 279 m above sea level, with a population of 19,000, it falls in the Chris Hani District Municipality. In 1837 the Cape Colony government proclaimed the district of Colesberg, established the Town of Middelburg in 1852, so named since it is midway between Graaff-Reinet and Colesberg; the town and surrounding areas are rich in history from the Anglo Boer War. The adjacent Grootfontein College of Agriculture was established as a military camp and training centre for British troops. About 7 000 troops from the Third Manchester Regiment were stationed at Grootfontein - some of them were married, so about 3 000 women and children lived at Grootfontein. In 1910 the Union of South Africa took control of the farm after which the Grootfontein School of Agriculture was established in 1911. Today the college offers a two-year Certificate in Agriculture and a three-year Diploma in Agriculture, both accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee.

The R56, the shortest route between the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal begins at Middelburg. The town's hospital is Wilhelm Stahl Provincial Hospital. Jozua François Naudé, Pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church, was born in Middelburg EC in 1873. Middelburg is the birthplace of playwright Athol Fugard. Other well known South Africans who were born or lived in Middelburg include Eddie Stuart, Steven Sykes, Keanu Vers. Arthur Lennox Ochse, John James Clements, Eric Rosenthal, Cecily Norden, John Phillip Harison Acocks, Colin Turpin, Reader in Law at Clare College, Cambridge. Middelburg, Eastern Cape, Grootfontein College of Agriculture, Manchester Regiment 3rd and 4th battalions

Wando Seaweeds Expo

Wando Seaweeds Expo is the world’s first international exposition themed to seaweeds, starting in 2014, has been held in Wan-do, Republic of Korea every three years with the topic of seaweeds such as nori, sea mustard and hijiki. The mascots and Micho take their motives from the seaweeds that grow on elvan scattered in the sea off Wando. With the motives of seaweeds and sea, it succinctly expresses the earth that has seaweeds grow in clean water; the red color represents the development of red algae and seaweeds industry and the green color symbolizes green algae and clean natural environment, while the brown color stands for brown algae. Representing future on-farm resources and depicting the smoldering seaweeds, the shape symbolizes the unity of humankind and the wish to serve as a festive event for the whole humankind. Event Name: Wando Seaweeds Expo 2014 period: 2014. 4. 11 ~ 2014. 5. 11 Theme: Discovery of future life, Seaweeds Event Halls: Main Theme Hall, Health Food Hall, Industrial Resources Hall, Ecology Environment Hall, Aquatic Culture Hall Host & Organizer: Wando County, Jeolla-namdo, Wando Seaweeds Expo Committee Sponsors: Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Algae Society of Korea Event Name: Wando Seaweeds Expo 2017 period: 2017.

4. 14 ~ 2014. 5. 7 Theme: Promise of Seaweeds, Challenge the Future! Event Halls: Hall of Understanding Seaweeds, Hall of Earth Environment,Hall of Mystical Sea, Hall of Health and Humanity, Hall of Future Resources, Hall of Participation Host & Organizer: Wando County, Jeolla-namdo, Wando Seaweeds Expo Committee Sponsors: Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Suhyup, NH Nonghyup Bank, Korea Rural Community Corporation, Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, Korea Fisheries Resources Agency, Cheonan Nonsan Expressway Closed on May 7, 2015 Wando Seaweeds Expo was visited by 937,000 or so people from home or abroad. Of its exhibition halls, Hall of Marine Mysteries, Hall of Healthy Humankind, Hall of Future Resources were installed on barges at sea, while Hall of Marine Mysteries presented various images of seaweeds in 3D on a 360-degree water screen. A VR system was installed in Hall of Earth Environment to let the viewers get a vivid experience of the seaweed forest under the sea. Main Homepage