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Celebrating a successful year with Raggy Charters

By Jesica Slabbert - Feb 13, 2019
Celebrating a successful year with Raggy Charters

After a widely successful year in 2018, Raggy Charters in Port Elizabeth invited members of the public and all the people who helped make their year a success to a ‘Looking back’ event at the Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (PEDSAC) in the PE Harbour.

Lloyd Edwards created Raggy Charters in 1992, which is the oldest marine eco-tour company in Africa. They specialise in taking groups of people, be they tourists, photographers, TV crews or marine life enthusiasts, out to sea to spot whales, dolphins, penguins and the beautiful Algoa Bay.

It was a full house at PEDSAC as many people wanted to join Raggy Charters in their celebration of a successful 21 years in business, and waited to hear about the exciting events they have planned for 2019.

“It’s quite a landmark year that we are going through; I have got the most incredible team behind me. They have only been here for the past two years after handling everything on my own, so to be able to hand over to them is great,” said Lloyd.

Raggy Charters continues to grow

Lloyd has a team of five people working behind him, each bringing their own unique skills and qualifications on board to help Raggy Charters grow.

From tourism management, photography, technical work with whale sound recordings, community and education projects and being a skipper, the Raggy Charters crew has the skills to make sure any trip you take with them is both educational and eventful.

“We’re doing very well in the tourism department; we have won four national tourism awards as the best marine adventures in South Africa, which is not easy. Obviously we are doing something right. We keep it small, personal, and care a lot about conservation projects,” said Lloyd.

Raggy Charters has won the Tree Society Award for their work in rehabilitating wetlands in the Eastern Cape, and the Owl Award from BirdLife South Africa for their research on penguins.

They had recently launched their newest vessel which they will be using for Shark Cage Diving in Nelson Mandela Bay. ‘My China’ is the first of its model and largest of the Butt Cat catamarans.

The people of Nelson Mandela Bay have high hopes for Raggy Charters and what they can bring to the city.

To find out more about Raggy Charters and the work they do visit their website at https://www.raggycharters.co.za/

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