IT is with a sense of deep pride that the DA congratulates the organisers of the first Ironman Africa and also the 505 Sailing World Championship events which were successfully held over the weekend.
Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics also successfully hosted the Swimming South Africa National Level 3 swimming gala over five days last month which brought more than 600 swimmers to our city, some from as far afield as the UAE and Kenya – along with coaches, managers, family and friends.
These are the kind of events that we actively need to pursue for the benefit of our city. The annual Ironman competition is a welcome flagship event on our city calendar and allows us to showcase to the many visitors all that our city has to offer.
The success of these events is proof that we are indeed capable as a city of hosting world class events as we put our best foot forward for the world to see. As a city we need to do our utmost best to enable similar events to help develop our events calendar and to cement our claim to truly becoming the water sports capital of the country.
In so doing we stimulate our city tourism economy and help to create the jobs needed to restore dignity to so many unemployed people. The DA looks forward to seeing the hosting of these and similar events in our city for many years to come as well as deepening of the partnership between the organisers and the city.
This is how events should be run – well done Ironman, NMB Aquatics and the 505 organisers!
-Dean Biddulph, DA councillor and caucus spokesman, NMB Municipality