Celebrate the importance of SA's harbours with the revamped Garden Route Port Festival

2019-04-22 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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As a seaside country, South Africa's ports form an integral part of the country's transportation landscape. It's not only a place where goods are transported in and out, it also forms an integral part of a community, and can also act as a major tourism driver.

To celebrate these ports' importance, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has revamped Mossel Bay's Port Festival, separate from the Dias Festival, to encompass the whole region, delighting the whole Garden Route community with harbour highlights and activities from 2 - 3 November.

It aims to bring communities closer to the port so they feel a sense of ownership over it.

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The public can look forward to an array of family-friendly entertainment including tours of ships, boat rides, a careers and business exhibition, a sailing regatta, sea rescue displays, a special kids’ zone, craft and food markets, live music and entertainment by crowd pullers and emerging artists, plus an array of other waterside and landside activities.

Port of Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, clarified a few matters in terms of the port's support of the Dias Festival that takes place in February.

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“The Port of Mossel Bay has not withdrawn its support of the Dias Festival. As part of its long-term strategic port-city integration strategy, the port will continue to align itself with the Mossel Bay Municipality’s value proposition of positioning Mossel Bay as a festival and tourism city, by hosting waterside activities at the port during the event to expose the public to the maritime sector.”

“The port looks forward to delivering a quality event in collaboration with its partners, that embraces transformation and provides business opportunities to previously disadvantaged communities within the Garden Route District,” adds Tshikalange.

Programme details will be released closer to the time.

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