The Port of Port Elizabeth is like that long lost cousin; you know he is part of the family but you never see him, he is somewhere in the background during family gatherings and no one really knows what exactly goes on in his life.
He is just there.
Until one day…
Then he pops up, shimmers and shines up top and surprises everyone.
Overwhelmed and stunned you can’t help but to look him up and down with a “where did he come from?” expression on your face.
Love our Port – the Port of Port Elizabeth
That was my relationship with the Port of Port Elizabeth until I had an opportunity to get a quick tour of the port as a teaser of what’s to come at the People’s Port Festival on the 25th and 26th of March 2017.
The long lost cousin – the Port of Port Elizabeth – suddenly became a beacon of the Nelson Mandela Bay family in front of my eyes; he was there all along, I just chose to look the other way for far too long. Containers and cranes captured my eyes; the SA Agulhas research ship waved a bright red hello, signals and operations unfolded in front of my eyes and vessels ventured closer.
Overwhelmed and stunned I looked the port up and down with a “where did you come from?” expression on my face and it whispered in an ocean breath, “I’ve been here all along, welcome back, welcome home”.
People’s Port Festival 2017
I rarely get excited about festivals; if I see a crowd I seek an escape route, but the People’s Port Festival on the 25th and the 26th of March has a completely different effect on me; instead of seeking an escape route I am looking for a port of entry.
And it is simple.
“Entrance to the event will be via Baakens Street and the Campanile entrance. There will be plenty of free parking available with hop-on-hop-off buses within the port running between the parking areas and the festival activities.”
One of the biggest reasons why I’m excited about this festival is because that massive red research ship that just returned from Antarctica, SA Agulhas, will open its doors to the public and visitors will get the chance to get on board and meet some of the scientists.
Nerd alert. How cool is that?
There will also be a maritime careers exhibition, plus information about ocean-based research in the Bay, Navy vessel tours including a navy strike craft and virtual diving opportunities.
And of course that’s not all.
You know that guy who draws with salt? Percy Maimela will dazzle Port Elizabeth with a pinch of salt (okay maybe more like a few pinches).
Renowned kwaito star Mafikizolo and DJ Mobi Dixon (to name a few) will take care of the music while the festival will give you plenty of food options to choose from; Bocadillos pop-up restaurant, food trucks (from Baakens Food Truck Friday), a lifestyle market, a fish braai competition and you can even buy the catch of the day at the fish market on site (it can’t get any fresher, can it?).
Also, just for that final foodie cherry on top, Masterchef finalists Siphokazi Mdlankomo and Claire Allen, also known as Short Chef Skinny Chef will perform two food demonstrations while the Bay’s favourite, Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, will showcase various coffees and equipment.
And for the sport fanatics there will even be a soccer competition and a boxing tournament!
The details of the People’s Port Festival 2017
You are probably wondering how much it costs to enter this festival?
It is completely FREE!
Entertainment, edutainment and exciting activities all FREE! (Except for food and drinks of course).
25 March,10 am to 10 pm.
26 March, 10 am to 4 pm.
For more information visit the official website of the festival: www.peoplesport.co.za.
The Port of Port Elizabeth – This is Your Port
If you are a local in Nelson Mandela Bay I truly hope that you will understand what an incredible opportunity and massive leap forward an event like the People’s Port Festival is for the Bay. Transnet has grand ambitions for the future of this festival and our port and the success of the People’s Port Festival 2017 will determine the “next” in “what’s next”.
The Port of Port Elizabeth’s port manager, Rajesh Dana, said that they would like to demystify the idea that the Port is a restricted area, he also shared, “We want people to experience the unique operations in the port, and its exciting people-centered vision. The waterfront development in our port will have a hugely positive impact on the city’s tourism and economy.”
Well, there you have it! Let’s put the Port back into Port Elizabeth!