Whale of a start to sun season

2011-10-31 00:00

A WHALE spouting close to shore signalled the Indian Ocean’s support for the weekend’s launch of KwaZulu-Natal’s summer holiday campaign on Margate main beach.

On Saturday the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu, said the province has diverse tourism attractions and the South Coast is definitely one of them.

“With its blue flag beaches and other attractions like Oribi Gorge … the South Coast is the place to be.”

The MEC said the South Coast links the province to the Eastern and Western Cape, which allows it to market itself at a national level.

The CEO for South Coast Tourism, Michael Bertram, said it was a privilege and honour for Margate to be chosen for the launch.

“This is really wonderful for the South Coast. We have six blue flag beaches and a pilot blue flag beach and great infrastructure in Margate and other parts of the South Coast.

“This national coverage really helps to showcase what we have to offer here.”

The South Coast has been hailed as the tropical paradise of South Africa and thousands of seasonal tourist flock to the destination annually.

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Five-year-old Samkelisiwe Jaca of the Msenti Cultural Group from kwaNzimakwe near Margate performed during the events held for SABC 2’s ‘Morning Live’ breakfast show, which was aired from Margate beach on Friday. Offshore, a spouting whale appeared to add the Indian Ocean’s support to the KZN Summer Campaign. Presenter Peter Ndoro said it was a different and refreshing experience for him. “I wish I had brought my trunks so I could have gone in for a swim! Being here is so different from just hearing about Margate … watching the whale, enjoying this atmosphere. This truly is a hidden gem of the country.”

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