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Kouga wraps up successful Festive Season

10 January 2020
Minnie Felix, Melia Felkers, Veronica Booysen and Charlene Dicken were among the revelers at the Kouga Opening of the Season.

Minnie Felix, Melia Felkers, Veronica Booysen and Charlene Dicken were among the revelers at the Kouga Opening of the Season.

The 2019 summer holiday was one to remember as compliments pour in for Kouga Municipality in the wake of a successful festive season.

Many property agencies reported a record year for rentals, with the demand for holiday accommodation stretching over a longer period than usual. 

While the overall visitor tally is still to be finalised, Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality was pleased with the number of tourists who spent their holiday in the region, bringing much-needed support to local businesses.

"We have some of the best beaches in South Africa and they were packed with holiday-makers day after day," he said.

"It was also great to see residents and visitors keeping themselves fit and healthy, be it by jogging, cycling, swimming or surfing.

"Our region was further spared from devastating fires and floods while there were minimal interruptions in the electricity supply, save loadshedding, and water provision despite the drought.

“Our cleansing teams were often up at the crack of dawn and operated in the dead of night to make sure that when residents awoke, they arrived at pristine clean areas.

"Their efforts were seen and appreciated on social media by visitors and holiday-makers. We are very grateful to each and every one of them for helping to ensure a pleasant holiday experience for all."      

He said the availability of free public wifi at Jeffreys Bay's Dolphin Beach from 23 December 2019 up and until 5 January 2020 was a highlight.

"We want to thank IGEN for sponsoring this and for making it possible for us to offer more to holiday-makers than ever before."

Plenty of fun activities further took place across the region, including the first-ever laser shows to mark the Opening of the Season and New Year.

"Hosted by Kouga Municipality and Oasis FM,  these two events truly wowed the crowds at Jeffreys Bay's main beach and were big draw cards as the discharge of fireworks was not allowed in the Kouga region," he said

Sport events such as the USN Touch Rugby, St Francis Sport Summer Series, the Marina Mile, Caltex Holiday Run and Pam Golding Quadrathlon also drew scores of participants.

Other event highlights included the Flash Float, which attracted more than 3 500 "floaters", a Glow-in-the-Dark Colour Run, a variety of music shows and markets, as well as food and wine festivals.