Rejuvenated programme for Splash Festival

2018-03-14 06:00
: Cassper Nyovest has joined the rejuvenated Splash Festival programme.Photo: Simon Mathebula

: Cassper Nyovest has joined the rejuvenated Splash Festival programme.Photo: Simon Mathebula

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has announced a rejuvenated Splash Festival programme which includes a show by musician Cassper Nyovest, water sport extravaganza and an improved entertainment programme for the whole family.

Speaking during the media launch at Hobie Beach, Executive Mayor Athol Trollip said he hoped that local and international visitors, drawn in by the start of the City Surf Series and other exciting offerings, would enjoy Port Elizabeth and hopefully return in the future as well as spread the good word of our city to the rest of the world.

“Last year it was great to see how well our homegrown surfing talent fared in the Nelson Mandela Bay Pro Surf, the start of the City Surf Series, in front of their home crowd.

“We expect record crowds and hope they will also have a record amount of fun,” said Trollip.

The mainstay annual Splash Festival will take place from March 30 to April 2, with headliner Nyovest entertaining people on April 1 at Wells Estate from 12:00.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Pro Surf, Beach Volleyball, five-a-side rugby, jet ski races, deep sea angling and musical performances from local musical talent, such as Genesix and Chapter 3, are just some of the many attractions.

Trollip used the opportunity to send a strong warning to the public regarding alcohol abuse and the problem of underage drinking at these public events.

“We have great events lined up and foresee lots of fun.

“However, I would like to appeal to parents not to dump their children and wander off elsewhere to have fun themselves.

“During our Summer Season programme, alcoholism among the youth was a serious problem. We will not allow the abuse of alcohol at any of our events. We would like to see our events get bigger and better and not be tainted by unsavoury incidents.”

“Leave the stuff that makes you go mad at home,” Trollip emphasised.

The fireworks display on Saturday, March 31 from 20:00 will once again prove to be a public favourite and the different musical genres on offer cater for all tastes.

Kriba Reddy, vice president of Volleyball South Africa, expressed how proud his organisation was to be part of the Splash Festival for the 29th time and reminisced about how competitive beach volleyball had become over the years since it first came to Port Elizabeth many years ago.

“We have a long history with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and played national tournaments here.

“From our humble beginnings in the city, we grew exponentially to become a very popular sport followed closely locally, nationally and even internationally,” said Reddy.

Rob Niterl, from the South African Jet Ski Sport Boat Association, said 2018 was the fourth year that they were involved in the festival and emphasised that their participation in Nelson Mandela Bay is a highlight on their sporting calendar.

“We have been around for about 30 years and found your beaches and the hospitality at the festival to be great.”

“We have twelve different races with three heats for each of those races and will be fielding big names on the South African Jet Ski circuit this year,” said Niterl.

The Sport, Arts and Culture Directorate has also installed 40 lockers at Hobie Beach that can be rented by beachgoers, including a facility to charge cellphones, powered by solar energy.

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