Summer Nathi 2020 event series goes virtual this year

The festival programme comprises local artists within Nelson Mandela Bay only

Summer Nathi 2020 offers you a variety of online events this festive season.
Summer Nathi 2020 offers you a variety of online events this festive season.
Image: Supplied/Nelson Mandela Bay municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality invites you to be a part of the Summer Nathi experience by watching our events live on TV and online platforms this year.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic rules and regulations, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has decided to create a virtual programme for the summer holidays to prevent large gatherings during the festive season.

On December 16, the opening of the season was live-streamed as the new mayor addressed the city and switched on the Christmas Tree lights.

The event series will continue from December 19 with Summer Nathi live sessions, a virtual Uitenhage picnic, a comedy show hosted by Roland Gaspar, and the New Year’s Eve announcement on December 31.

This year, the programme comprises local artists within Nelson Mandela Bay only. Due to the impact the pandemic has had on the arts and culture sector, the programme aims to support the city’s artists by providing a platform for them to showcase their talent nationally and in a safe environment.

Summer Nathi 2020 programme of events.
Summer Nathi 2020 programme of events.
Image: Supplied/Nelson Mandela Bay municipality

As all beaches and public areas will be closed this festive season, the public is asked to please stay away from these areas. We encourage you to stay at home, watch events in the comfort of your own home, dance in your lounge, sing along to your favourite songs and laugh out loud when our comedians humour you. 

Summer Nathi 2020 offers you a variety of events that will bring joy and happiness to your home this festive season.

Please comply with the following restrictions in designated areas, imposed for your safety and the protection of the environment:

  • no fireworks allowed;
  • no swimming allowed (no going to the beaches);
  • no open fires allowed;
  • no public drinking allowed;
  • no camping; and
  • no loud music.

In accordance with the National Disaster Management Act 2 of 2002 Alert Level One Regulations promulgated on December 14 2020, the following measures are effective until January 3 2021;

  • All nature reserves, marine-protected areas and associated hiking trails within the Nelson Mandela Municipality Metropolitan (NMBM) are   closed, namely Maitlands, Cape Recife, Sacremento and Sardinia Bay.
  • All beaches within the coastal jurisdiction of the NMBM (Sundays River to Van Stadens  River) including Shark Rock pier and Brighton beach  pier are closed.
  • All recreational activities such as braais, social gatherings or any other recreational activity within a public open space is prohibited.
  • Braai facilities along Marine Drive Public are closed.
  • The following recreational public parks are closed: St Georges Park, Happy Valley, and Kings Beach Skate Park.
  • Springs Resort, Beach View Resort and Maitlands are closed.
  • All NMBM libraries are closed.
  • All NMBM museums are closed.
  • All NMBM swimming pools are closed.
  • All NMBM sport fields, stadiums, multi-purpose centres (MPC) and indoor centres are closed from December 18 2020 until January 11 2021.

All confirmed bookings at MPC and sports facilities will be allowed to continue. However, no new bookings will be accepted.

Credits at the Newton Park swimming pool will be frozen until the reopening of the facility on January 11 2021.

All hiking trails leading to beaches will be closed, including all beaches from Sunday’s River to Gamtoos River.

Watch the events live on Mpuma Kapa TV (channel 260 on DSTV) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Summer Facebook and website.

Listen to Algoa FM, the Summer Nathi 2020 media sponsor, for more information or visit

This article was paid for by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.


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