Daisy Creek Festival heads to Lake Merthley this December

2018-07-25 06:02
Reserve the weekend of December 14 to December 17 for the Daisy Creek Festival.

Reserve the weekend of December 14 to December 17 for the Daisy Creek Festival.

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SAVE the date! Reserve the weekend of December 14 to December 17 as Umvoti Community Tourism Organisation (UCTO) team is hosting the biggest music festival on a lake in South Africa, the three-day Daisy Creek Festival.

With African international artists, as well as most of South Africa’s crowd pullers, this is set to be a first for the region and the country - up to 10 000 to 15 000 visitors are expected over the festival weekend.

The UCTO is working hard on obtaining sponsorship, both local and national, and everything is well on its way! Without giving away too much, it will be importing the biggest inflatable water park ever to be seen on Africa's shores, and is negotiating a children’s amusement park for installation at the lake to be used for years to come.

“Our accommodation will in no way cope with the numbers we are expecting,” says UCTO Chairman Sean Slatter, “So we are asking the Greytown community to help us with accommodation solutions,” giving residents of Umvoti and its surrounds the potential of revenue to be made.

Given the numbers expected, and the vending space on the festival grounds, the UCTO is also appealing for those members of the community who wish to provide vending services to get in touch with them to take advantage of the opportunity to make a decent income by showcasing your products and food at the festival.

“We do not want to have to give economic opportunities to people from outside our region first, and the CTO would like to assist you in contributing to your and our economy,” Slatter further said.

Volunteerism is key - the UCTO is going to need volunteers who, like them, want this event to be a success.

The Daisy Creek Festival is just the start of many initiatives to improve and increase Umvoti’s tourism offerings and activities, and to empower communities to derive an income from the tourists that will come to enjoy these activities.

Over the years, the Umvoti Community Tourism Organisation has concentrated on how to revive our tourism economy.

They have taken the view that only local people with local knowledge are able to come up with a working proposal for this lake to benefit the community of Umvoti, and have presented this sustainable solution primarily funded through their own efforts.

To fix what we have was going to take a large amount money, which required the Umvoti CTO and other stakeholders to thinks laterally, as there could not be an expectation that the bill for these would fall upon the ratepayers.

Together with a carefully picked professional team, the UCTO have come up with a five-year plan to put Umvoti back on the map, and the first of these is to generate much needed funding, to complement these ideas.

The UCTO is also aware of the importance of the Hilton Daisy, which grows in the lake precinct along with other unique specimens.

They have also taken it into consideration that the lake is the town’s water supply. Some of the initiatives, such as placing the water park on the lake, will be slightly reducing the surface area for naturally occurring evaporation on the lake, so this evaporation will be slightly reduced by having the lake covered by a structure, thereby actually increasing possible water supply.

The UCTO will also be working closely soon with the Greytown Conservancy and are hoping to get guidance from them on the flower reserve which they plan to fully secure during the festival period and then re-access it thereafter. It is also part of the plan to bring it back to its former glory.

The #DaisyCreekFestival in December will be the catalyst to assist this development in a transparent manner, and with transformation in many aspects for the ultimate benefit of Umvoti and all its wards!

Umvoti Community Tourism Organisation is currently negotiating with the Umvoti Municipality to take ownership of their project which they will fund at Lake Merthley, with council’s consent.

The Daisy Creek management team and UCTO members can be contacted as follows:

Address: 55 High Street, Greytown

Telephone: 033 413 1297

Cell: 060 672 7240


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