Mossel Bay, South Africa, 04 September 2019] The Garden Route community is welcome to witness the thrilling start of the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek at Transnet National Port Authority’s Port of Mossel Bay, which is set to take place from 8 to 14 September.
Day one of the bike challenge will journey through top attractions within the Port of including Cape St Blaise Lighthouse, the famous Mossel Bay Cave and the Point area.
The seven-day annual event sees about 300 pro-riders race around the Klein Karoo while creating over 420 jobs and raising much-needed funds for local schools, which in 2019, include Milkwood Primary School in Mossel Bay, Van Kervel High School in George and Langenhoven Gimnasium in Oudtshoorn.
As giving back to the community and supporting schools is a priority of TNPA, Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange said the port’s participation in the race for the 7th year was only fitting. “We are committed towards supporting initiatives and events that are in line with our corporate social investment strategy that places emphasis on education, youth development and job creation,” he said. “TNPA is focused on transforming South Africa’s ports into ‘people’s ports’ that benefit and uplift their communities through tourism, leisure, recreation, sport, careers and business opportunities. We invite the public to enjoy the race as it journeys through the key points within port limits,” he said.
The Garden Route community can also look forward to a weekend of spectacular harbour highlights in November, as TNPA firms up 2 and 3 November as the dates for its new-look Port Festival in Mossel Bay.
Showcasing portside fun for all ages, the two-day festival aims to help TNPA to bring communities closer to the port, in line with its ‘People’s Port’ focus. The public can look forward to an array of family-friendly entertainment including tours of ships, boat rides, a careers and business exhibition, a sailing regatta, sea rescue displays, a special kids’ zone, craft and food markets, live music and entertainment by crowd pullers and emerging artists, plus an array of other waterside and landside activities.