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Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections. Nelson More »

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook say the onset of a new political leadership in SA has reduced policy uncertainty The IMF has given SA a vote of confidence, revising its growth projections, but also warned that More »

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Mark Lamberti has resigned as Imperial CEO‚ following an adverse judgment in the case brought by fired employee Adila Chowan‚ whom he called a “female employment equity candidate”. Imperial has promoted its chief financial officer‚ Osman Arbee‚ More »

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

PAMELLA Mabini, the woman who is one of the key witnesses in the case against a Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking and the rape of young girls, was threatened and shot More »

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

IDP and Public Participation meetings currently under-way continues to draw crowds hungry for accelerated service delivery, job creation and crime reduction. The meeting held recently held in the Chatty Community Hall was no different. Hundreds of residents More »


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Africa’s largest family beach event returns to Port Elizabeth

The popular aQuellé Ocean Racing Series returns to Hobie Beach this Sunday morning for the second half of season 12 which sees 5 race days taking place between Sunday 8th January and Sunday 26th March. Unique to Nelson Mandela Bay, the Series offers 7 simultaneously run events and over R20,000 worth of lucky draw prizes and medals each race day.

On each of the Sunday mornings which the Series is hosted at Hobie Beach, there are 4 swim events (400m, 1km, 2km and 3km distances) and 3 beach events (5km run, 5km walk and Kids 12 years and under 1km beach run), all starting at 9am from alongside Shark Rock pier.

At this halfway point within the Series, former triple Springbok Kevin Richards leads the overall standings in the 3km swim. At 52, Richards has made a welcome return back to swimming after returning from the UK several years ago and manages a very popular swim squad and wetsuit brand. Young EP swimmer Hannah Haswell leads the overall standings for the Ladies 3km race whilst undefeated Daniel Jones looks to retain his overall title in the 2km swim this season with 5 wins from 5 races so far. Liza Kingston heads up the ladies 2km race whilst Kirsten Marriott has made it 5 out of 5 for the ladies 1km swim to lead the ladies section alongside men’s champion Ian Venter.

Jodi Wilson and Connor Craig are the Series leaders of the newly introduced 400m swim after the 5 rounds whilst 11 year old Rachel Venter heads the ladies 5km Beach Run with Xolisa Tshona in the Men’s Run category. Partners Taryn Ferreira and Juan Slabbert currently lead the 5km Beach Run.

In the popular children’s 1km beach run for children 12 years and under, the current overall Series leaders are; Jamie Aukett & Kayleigh Marais (6 yrs and under), Luqmaan Coetzee & Jessi Whitebooi (7-8yrs), Daniel Richter & Hannah Charles (9-10 yrs), Connor Roff & Kerri-Lee Barnard (11-12 yrs).

Registration for Sunday’s races are available on race day from the grass section in front of the Hobie Club from 7.30am with late entries accepted till 08h45.


Attractions and Activities in Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay is the ideal fun, entertainment and shopping destination; offering various kinds of entertainment to suit every age, personality and individual. Enjoyable evening entertainment include sundowner cruises, nightclubs, award winning cocktail bars, late night music spots, fine art theatre performances, movies, restaurants and cultural performances.

Holmeleigh Farmyard

Tourism in the city was initially built on the local family market and offers a delightful variety of children’s activities. Holmeleigh Farmyard, an animal touch farm, is located off Kragga Kamma Road. This is a children’s paradise where farm-life can be experienced firsthand by feeding, caring and learning about farm animals. Various coffee shops and nurseries also offer playgrounds and children’s entertainment. So enjoy a cup of coffee in peace while your child is playing in a safe environment.

Happy Valley, which is connected to Humewood Beach via a sub-way, is ideal for family strolls in pleasant surroundings and offers a delightful fairy-tale and nursery rhyme setting of colourful lights in the evening. There are lily ponds, rockeries, gigantic palms and peaceful retreats to enjoy, as well as a giant chessboard which has been laid out on the lawn.

McArthurs Slide Port Elizabeth

The McArthur Baths Swimming Pool Complex, located on the Kings Beach promenade and Humewood Beach, was recently upgraded and has become a world-class water recreation facility. It consists of a number of components which include two open-air, warm fresh-water pools, a larger pool, changing rooms, a children’s chute and splash pool, as well as two upmarket restaurants and a boutique. The pools are open in-season, seven days a week, from September to the following April.

The St George’s Park Swimming Baths are located in St George’s Park, the oldest park in Port Elizabeth. The complex comprises an Olympic sized swimming pool with a diving area, as well as children’s pool and snack-bar.

Port Elizabeth Night Club

Various concerts, performances, modern musicals, operettas and small productions by various theatre groups are staged at the different theatres in the Bay on a regular basis; whether it is opera, cultural dances or open-air Shakespeare that you prefer, Nelson Mandela Bay caters for every taste!

The restaurants, pubs and taverns in and around the city offer a wide range of cuisine, reflecting the diverse cultures and peoples of the area. Port Elizabeth boasts the highest per capita ratio of restaurants in South Africa, and an excellent selection of restaurants from the historical city centre to the outlying suburbs of the Bay offers a wide range of cuisine to satisfy any palate.

Jazz at The Boardwalk

Nelson Mandela Bay has no shortage of talented local artists who provide excellent performances and live music! Pubs, night-clubs, taverns and late night spots will provide an interesting and enjoyable evening’s entertainment while cinema lovers have many air-conditioned cinema venues from which to choose. Daily newspapers publish schedules of all screening times.

Port Elizabeth Township

Shebeens are the informal traditional bars particular to South Africa – where there’s a township, there’s a shebeen! The townships are always vibrant and portray the social life of black South Africans. Visit one of the many venues where the music is of the best in Africa, the vibe is laid back and the drinks are outrageously cheap!

Boardwalk Casino Port Elizabeth

Designed to be a “must see” attraction with a full mix of family fun, entertainment, shopping, dining and gaming, the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World has added a whole new dimension to leisure in the Bay. Located in Summerstrand, the complex is set around a series of man-made lakes and beautiful gardens lit by 40 000 Tivoli lights. There are numerous entertainment venues available in the centre, such as the elegant Boardwalk Conference Centre; the Supersport Arena, which features a regular line-up of comedy and music acts, and the Boardwalk Amphitheatre. Apart from these attractions, the casino offers 700 slot machines and 20 gaming tables, including blackjack and roulette. Furthermore, the Boardwalk also offers a selection of restaurants, specialist shops, a Craft Workshop as well as the Nu-Metro Cinema.

Bayworld Port Elizabeth

Bayworld transfers the visitor into the wonder world of the ocean and offers popular seal presentations daily. Exhibits within the Oceanarium include an underwater observation area in the aquarium, various smaller tanks for 40 different species of bony fish, as well as two larger tanks housing sharks and stingrays. Also watch out for the life size dinosaurs that ever so often come alive or explore the reptile centre that houses crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles.


Nelson Mandela Bay is a serious shopper’s paradise and caters for the entire spectrum of shoppers.

Specialty and antique shops are abound; scattered at interesting sites around the city. The tree-lined streets accommodate businesses, private homes and the most interesting array of shops, all co-existing in perfect harmony. Some shops specialize only in fresh flowers, ceramics, second-hand books and clothes. Most of the antique shops prevail in the historical area of Central Port Elizabeth along Rink, Parliament and Lawrence Streets, as well as Clyde Street, Pearson Street and Westbourne Road. In Uitenhage, notable antique haunts are located along Cuyler, John & Caledon Streets. Diamond and gold jewellery, including a wide range of specially designed and handmade old jewellery, are available at different jewellery shops throughout the Bay.

Original, traditional and attractive mementoes and souvenirs are available throughout the Bay. The more informal shopper can visit the flea market and “Art-in-the-Park” every first Sunday of the month in St George’s Park.

Visitors who prefer to do shopping in air-conditioned shopping malls have different options to choose from.

The Bridge Shopping and Entertainment Centre, extending over C.J. Langenhoven Drive, is reputed to be the second longest under one roof in South Africa when associated with the adjoining Greenacres Shopping Centre. This up-market centre is one of the Bay’s newer and more unusual centres, hosting cinemas, hi-tech computerised games, banking facilities, a food court with restaurants, coffee shops and fast food eating establishments, as well as trendy fashion malls.

The Greenacres side of the mall provides branches of large, well-known chain stores, smaller novelty and speciality shops, jewellery shops, banking facilities, a food court with coffee shops, restaurants and fast food outlets, as well as many clothing boutiques. The modern, air-conditioned Greenacres Entertainment Centre in Ring Road offers fun for the whole family.

Baywest Mall is the newest addition to Port Elizabeth’s Shopping Centres, opening its doors in 2015. Baywest Mall is a destination for the entire family, with the Fun Factory containing the only ice rink in the Eastern Cape for the young and the young at heart, as well as a unique gaming experience, restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas kitted out with top quality design and audio features.

Complementing their world class entertainment is world class shopping spanning an impressive 40,000m² GLA. Not only are fashionistas treated to bigger stores containing catalogues previously only found in Johannesburg and Cape Town, but Baywest Mall walso contains unique leading fashion outlets found nowhere else in the country.

Complementing the indoor experience are landscaped indigenous gardens and walkways where visitors can stroll in a peaceful, secure environment. After all the shopping, fun and outdoor walks you’ll can recoup at the food court which has eateries to suit every taste and preference. There is also a range of restaurants in the Fun Factory and, for visitors in search of fine dining, there is even a Sushi & Champagne bar.

Known as the “Cosmopolitan Centre”, Walmer Park Shopping and Entertainment Centre, located in Main Road, Walmer, is one of Port Elizabeth’s most up-market retail shopping complexes and is favoured amongst locals in the surrounding residential areas. The Centre offers shoppers easy access to all the amenities within the complex, including the movie theatre, a variety of hardware, book, jewellery shops, restaurants, coffee shops and fast-food outlets as well as clothing boutiques and branches of large well-known chain stores.

Pier 14 Shopping Centre, centrally located in 444 Govan Mbeki Avenue, North End, has been innovatively decorated along a “fun-nautical” theme, even the elevator has been designed as a sub-marine! Pier 14 offers fashionable clothing boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants as well as novelty gift shops.

In 2008, the Moffett on Main lifestyle centre’s open its doors. The exclusive boutiques, chic décor stores and distinctive restaurants offer a whole new approach to lifestyle living. Located on the corner of Main Road, Walmer and the William Moffett Expressway, this centre epitomises comfort, luxury and leisure.

Most shops are open from 08h00 to 17h00 weekdays with extended shopping hours on Saturdays and Sundays and during the festive season.


DA demotes, fines councillor for slur

NELSON Mandela Bay DA councillor Chris Roberts has been demoted and fined R10 000 for calling the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani a “bobbejaan”.

Roberts was found guilty by the DA’s federal legal commission of bringing the party into disrepute and harming its image.

He made the statement at a council meeting last year but later apologised, saying he had called Bobani “babobani” in jest.

Yesterday, the party said he had to resign as its whip in council but would remain a councillor.

Speaking after the federal executive meeting in Johannesburg, DA federal chairman and Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip said they had followed the party’s processes in handing down the sanction.

“He has been fined R10 000 which he has to pay by March 31,” Trollip said.

“He has to resign as the whip of the party and will be precluded [from] holding any leadership position in the party until the [local government] elections [later this year].

“The R10 000 will most certainly not be coming to the DA.

“We will find an organisation or individual deserving of it.

“[Even if] he had said it in jest, it was still unacceptable behaviour.

“We need to be more sensitive and work towards redressing the past,” Trollip said.

Roberts could not be reached for comment. His wife, Barbara, said he would not be commenting for now.

The sanction comes after party leader Mmusi Maimane came out guns blazing last week, declaring that racists had no place in the party.

Political analyst Mcebisi Ndletyana said the outcome came as no surprise as the DA had previously handed down a similar ruling against MP Dianne Kohler Barnard.

“The party is a bit inconsistent in what it says and what it does practically when you look at what Maimane said last week,” Ndletyana said.

“They don’t want to deal with these racist utterances in a decisive manner. This doesn’t portray a high level of seriousness.

“At some level, it is not surprising if you followed the Kohler Barnard case, because they handled it the same way.

“This may very well be a sign of how things will be handled going forward. But it is not sufficient as a public stance [against] racial intolerance.”

Last year, Kohler Barnard shared a Facebook post which praised the rule of apartheid-era president PW Botha.

The party demoted her to an ordinary member and MP and fined her R20 000.

Bobani, who lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission, said he would proceed with the case.

“I am shocked and disgusted that the DA has punished councillor RobRACIST DA members will not stop calling black South Africans monkeys just because party leader Mmusi Maimane said so.

This is according to ANC national working committee member Fikile Xasa, who was delivering the keynote address at the Ward 43 ANC 104 years birthday celebrations at the Jeff Masemola Hall in KwaNobuhle.

Xasa said the DA members would not be able to stop because insulting black people was in their blood.

In what could be seen as the ANC’s campaign strategy for the upcoming municipal polls, Xasa said no matter how it tried, the DA would always have racists in the party.

Xasa told the packed hall that Maimane’s declaration of zero tolerance for racism would fall on deaf ears.

“This boy who is leading the party that wears blue went to the apartheid museum and said they would not tolerate racism and when he turns back, another one pops up.

“That is because they are used to swearing at us and they will not just stop because one black person says that must be stopped.

“It is in their blood. When they see us they see things like monkeys and not people.

“If you will vote for such a party and say it must govern Nelson Mandela Bay, what will you be doing?”

Xasa also extended an invitation to all ANC members who had defected to other parties. “They must know that this organisation will work better with them here.”

He called on older residents to guide the youth against voting for the DA. “The one area we are really worried about losing is this Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

“If you let this metro be under another party, you must know you will have sold out the nation.

“The war has begun. When we leave here let us go and defend our branches.”

In response, DA caucus leader Retief Odendaal said: “This election campaign when it comes to the ANC will be race-based.

“They will play the race card no matter what. The DA has proved it is a diverse party that is ready to serve all people.”

Delivering a message of support for the ANC, Sanco provincial secretary Tony Duba described the ANC as a senior citizen which needed to be protected against unruly and ill-disciplined youths.

“The question remains: why do ANC children allow this senior citizen to be disrespected by thugs?

“Red and blue T-shirts are not wanted where we live because they are not the solution.

“It is the duty of each and every young person to defend this senior citizen which is the ANC,” he said to applause.

Duba, an ANC MPL, also called for unity in the tripartite alliance, saying no loyal member of the ANC would bad-mouth it.


Collaboration is the key to growth in South Africa

BUSINESS, labour and government pulling together; this alliance is crucial for growing South Africa as a country.

Delivering this powerful message at a Business Breakfast hosted in Port Elizabeth this morning [10 November], Justice Malala, well-known political commentator, was upbeat about the future of the country.

“We are not building a country if we move in different directions,” Malala said.

Talking on the sideline after the event, Malala explained that in order to avert a ratings agency downgrade, these three key stakeholders should not see each other as enemies but rather nurture collaboration between each other to ensure real growth in the country.

Malala was the guest speaker at a business event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, in partnership with Investec Private Bank and General Motors South Africa, at Running Waters in Port Elizabeth.

He commended the national CEO Initiative, which started an SME Fund of R1.5-billion, as well as other pledges made by business – including those based in Nelson Mandela Bay – to give internships and bursaries to worthy students and unemployed youth.

Malala said he saw more opportunities than challenges in the country, which was finding itself in a second transition.

“Power is no longer in one room… Business, civil society and church leaders are all stepping up. There is a change in society with people regaining their voices. We will see more voices emerging, which is a sign of the country changing,” Malala said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler shared Malala sentiments that business and civil society were indeed pushing for a better country. He said Nelson Mandela Bay, specifically, was on the cusp of great things to come.

“There is a lot of hope in the buoyancy of Nelson Mandela Bay, and we expect big things to come over the next five years. As the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber we pride ourselves on the strong collaboration we have with other stakeholders in the city. We all want the city to grow, and indeed this can only be achieved through strong collaboration,” Hustler said.

Metro looks to recoup R300 million from dubious contracts

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has instituted legal action against two service providers, Access Facilities and Leisure Management (Pty) Ltd and Afrisec Strategic Solutions (Pty) Ltd, in order to recover allegedly misspent Metro funds and monies due to the Metro to the value of approximately R300 million.

Summons was issued out of the High Court against Access and five others on 15 November 2016. The other individual defendants include Michiel Adrian Oberholzer, Chantal Du Pisani, suspended Metro Budget and Treasury employee, Nadia Gerwel, Andrea Wessels and her company Zeranza 299 (Pty) Ltd.

Summons was issued out of the High Court against Afrisec and others on 19 October 2016. The other individual defendants include Mhleli Tshamase, Metro CFO, Trevor Harper, dismissed Metro Contracts Controller, Songezile Nkanjeni and Metro Assistant Director in Contract Management and Legal Compliance, Nobuntu Mgogoshe.

This government is serious about stopping corruption in all forms. We have already identified a number of dubious contracts which have been frozen, and are now looking to recoup large amounts of public funds that our legal teams believe were spent illegally and misused.

Under the previous administration, Supply Chain Management was mismanaged and overspending of public funds was allowed to continue through uncontrolled use of deviations. Those days are now over.

For too long the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay have been subjected to rampant corruption and looting where hundreds of millions of Rand have been stolen by greedy officials and politicians. This was all at the expense of service delivery and economic growth, sending the Metro into a downward spiral as infrastructure collapsed and job losses grew.

The new DA-led coalition government’s intervention has brought about much needed change, and our City is moving forward again.

The recent launch of the Municipality’s anti-corruption hotline, which has given rise to 38 new investigations, is but another way in which this government is tackling corruption head-on. Please call 0800 007 086 or email to report all acts of fraud or corruption in our Municipality.

All recovered public funds will be preserved and redistributed to communities through better service delivery, economic growth projects and skills development.

Change has come to Nelson Mandela Bay, and with it a new era of freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.