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A region for every season

07 March 2019
The Kouga region is set to host events throughout the year to draw more visitors to the area.

The Kouga region is set to host events throughout the year to draw more visitors to the area.

The success of the recent festive season has set the tone for Kouga to become the Events Capital of South Africa.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks attributed this success to the manner in which all roleplayers have been coming together to transform Kouga into the best-run municipality in the country.

“We are especially proud of the impact our Keep Kouga Clean campaign has had. The cleanliness of our towns, including public ablution facilities, has improved tremendously, as reflected by the scores of compliments we received this past Festive Season, especially on social media platforms.”

He said the municipality was also grateful that there has not been a single drowning at the official swimming beaches this past summer.

“Lifeguards were deployed to all swimming beaches a month earlier than usual this past season to cater for the matriculants and students who visit Kouga before the official start of the holiday season.

“A satellite lifeguard station was also erected at Kabeljous in partnership with the NSRI’s station at Jeffreys Bay.”

He said Dolphin Beach had further secured international Blue Flag status once again.

“Recent security upgrades included the installation of cameras along the main beachfront while regular beach patrols and roadblocks were held.

“The Jeffreys Bay and Pellsrus Caravan Parks were also upgraded and additional security guards employed.”

He said the municipality’s vision was to increase the number of events in the region throughout the year, so as to create a steady flow of visitors and ongoing support for local businesses.

“Our local Tourism industry has, traditionally, been very seasonal. A seasonal business is, however, difficult to sustain and the municipality has, therefore, been increasing its efforts to draw events to the region right throughout the year. This will help to create a steady flow of visitors, supporting local business every month of the year.”

He said upcoming events included the first Jeffreys Bay Beach Carnival in April, the Aloe Cup in June, the JBay Winterfest in July, the Humansdorp Lentefees in August, the St Francis Calamari Festival, JBay Makiti and SA Junior Surfing Championships in September, a beer festival in October, biker rally in November, and the Opening of Season and Countdown to the New Year in December.