The old Swartkops Power Station makes for a very unusual landmark where it stands next to the Swartkops River. The power station came into operation in 1954 and was used by the Port Elizabeth Municipality to generate power until 1996 when ESKOM (South Africa's power utility) offered them electricity at a rate that couldn't be matched by themselves. Today the power station with its six 76 meter high chimneys stand empty and nobody really knows what the plans are with the building. Driving along the Swartkops Road towards Despatch there are salt pans on the left and some days they are just covered in flamingos. Its actually a bit of a strange site seeing all these magnificent birds so close to an industrial area, but the locals are so used to them being there that I think a lot of people don't even notice them anymore.