Amateur boxing tournament set to draw the crowds at the People’s Port Festival
Former professional boxer and the International Boxing Organisation’s Africa ambassador, Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu, has sourced some of the best amateur boxers to participate in a mini, outdoor boxing tournament at the People’s Port Festival taking place in Port Elizabeth on March 25th and 26th.
A popular national and international sporting personality, Bungu is a believer in the benefits of boxing not only physically, but for society. He says: “Boxing balances mind, body and soul; and helps develop social and life skills such as being considerate, trustworthiness, respect of others and discipline.”
Available to watch for free as part of the weekend festivities, the tournament is to be held in the on Quay 3 – between shed 11 and 12 - at the Port of Port Elizabeth.
"The port is a gateway to a host of leisure activities, and a place to create memories and unique experiences," remarks Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port Manager for the Port of Port Elizabeth, Rajesh Dana. “Sport is vital for a wholesome life, and it plays an important role in port life and operations. Sport creates unity, discipline and a sense of belonging for people who sometimes spend months at a time at sea.”
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About the People’s Port Festival
Throughout the weekend, there will be a number of unique experiences available for people to immerse themselves in:
- The iconic SA Agulhas which has just returned from Antarctica will be available to board, and some of its crew and researchers available to interact with
- Winners of the various festival competitions stand a chance to board a tug and have the unique experience and participate in the docking of a cargo vessel or board a pilot boat and cross the breakwater into open seas
- Experience some of the technological advancements in the ocean economy, and the technology the Port of Port Elizabeth and its valued partners have invested in
- Screening of documentaries including the SAS Mendi, to commemorate its sinking 100 years ago
- Explore the heavy port machinery used for handling cargo, including a boat hoist that can lift 90 tonnes.
“The event isn’t just about showcasing the port and the cargo that is imported and exported,” adds Dana. “Visitors can enjoy entertainment from national artists, purchase fresh produce in our fish market and even participate in watersports.”
The diverse programme of activities, demonstrations and entertainment includes:
- Automotive exhibition
- Maritime careers exhibition
- Discover ocean-based research in the Bay
- Bayworld experiences
- Virtual diving opportunities
- View and enjoy various watersports
- Family entertainment
- Popular live artists and DJs including Mobi Dixon and internationally renowned Mafikizolo
- Evening yacht procession
- Street soccer competition
- Angling competition
- Fish braai competition
- Tugboat ballet
- Firework display
- Ferry trips
- Fish market
- Food trucks
- Bocadillos pop-up restaurant
- Lifestyle market
Entrance to the event will be via Baakens Street and the Campanile entrance. There will be plenty of free parking available with hop-on-hop-off buses within the port running between the parking areas and the festival activities.
Gates open at 10 am, and close at 10 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
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