Festival fun comes to PE harbour

The Port Elizabeth harbour will become a people’s port for a multi-pronged fun festival for charities at the end of the month.

In addition to a host of fun activities, the People’s Port Festival, on March 25 and 26, will educate visitors on port operations and introduce them to the proposed development of a world-class waterfront.

Transnet National Ports Authority manager Rajesh Dana said the aim was to demystify the notion that the harbour was a restricted zone.

“The Port of Port Elizabeth is the only South African port suitable for the importation of rail tracks, the only point of entry that fuels a rail infrastructure programme – people need to know,” Dana said.

“This festival is for leisure, but we also want to reintroduce educational aspects.”

PUBLIC PORT: Launching the festival are, from left, Captain Faisal Sultan, Captain David Hall of the SA Agulhas, that will be part of the fun, and Transnet National Ports Authority manager Rajesh Dana Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
PUBLIC PORT: Launching the festival are, from left, Captain Faisal Sultan, Captain David Hall of the SA Agulhas, that will be part of the fun, and Transnet National Ports Authority manager Rajesh Dana Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

He said there would be international flagged vessels with maritime cadets, scientists and crew. Visitors would be able to explore the machinery used for handling cargo and experience the technological advancements in the ocean economy.

Organiser and Magnetic Storm strategic director Jane Stevenson said entry would be free, with entertainment and an exciting experience for all ages.

“There will be double-decker bus tours, free ferry rides, deep-sea diving, soccer games, food trucks, a picnic area, a beer garden and a kiddies centre,” she said.

“We’ll have fireworks and Mafikizolo and Mobi Dixon will perform on the Saturday evening.

“We’ll also host the screening of documentaries, including on the SS Mendi.”

Former pro boxer Vuyani Bungu will host an amateur boxing tournament.

Bayworld living collections curator Dylan Bailey said there would be displays on the importance of bio-diversity.

“We’ll have a small aquarium, animals on display, a big whale skeleton and a small field show.”

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