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2018 PEople’s Port Festival a huge success

By Jesica Slabbert - Dec 3, 2018
2018 PEople’s Port Festival a huge success

It was all hands on deck at the Port of Port Elizabeth, as the second annual PEople’s Port Festival, hosted by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), brought in thousands upon thousands of people over the weekend.

After the great success of the first Port Festival last year, many were excited for this year’s festival, which promised to be bigger and better than ever. Crowds of people were entertained by popular performers both local and national, as well as water sports performances and a spectacular laser light show in the evening.

2018 PEople’s Port Festival a huge success

Despite the harsh winds on Saturday, the PEople’s Port Festival had locals coming down in the thousands to experience all things maritime. From the interactive Shark Zone to the many stalls selling their wares and guided tours of the ships docked in the harbour, there was so much do see and experience!

“I would like to commend the traders and businesses for their support and for coming out to showcase their businesses, and the performers and artists who have chosen this platform to raise awareness of their talents while providing exceptional entertainment. We trust that this has been a successful weekend for all of you,” said Rajesh Dana, Port Manager.

The true purpose of the PEople’s Port Festival is to showcase how a working port functions and to encourage an interest for the youth in all careers maritime and port related. Since the port is not easily accessible on a daily basis, the Port Festival allows for one weekend where locals are welcome to enter as it was ‘open gates’ for all.

“While this weekend’s festival was intended as a fun and enjoyable experience for all, it had a strong underlying strategic focus. TNPA uses this platform to bring communities from the surrounding areas into the port environment to show-case what happens in a working port,” said Shulami Qalinga, Chief Executive of TNPA.

Nationally, port festivals are part of TNPA’s efforts to transform the country’s commercial ports into “Smart People’s Ports” with a focus on community engagement, tourism, leisure, recreation and career and business opportunities.

“We are grateful that it was an incident free event and well supported over both days,” said Dana.

“Thank you to the Nelson Mandela Bay community for accepting our invitation. You have indeed arrived in your thousands to make this a hugely successful event, experiencing our unique port operations and our exciting people-centred vision. This event has brought our communities closer to our working port.”

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