The countdown to the inaugural Drakensberg Extravaganza 2017 has begun in earnest.
Drakensberg Productions; in collaboration with Okhahlamba Local Municipality and the Department of Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation; proudly presents the Drakensberg Extravaganza on 24-26 November 2017.
The Josiah Gumede Memorial Lecture will kick off the Extravaganza on Day 1 on 24 November; followed by the 23km Josiah Gumede Marathon and 8km Fun Run, the 101km Cycling Race, the Artistic Diverse Music Festival on the 25th November on Day 2. On Day 3, a Golf Tournament at Monks Cowl Resort, canoeing marathon and an array of water sports activities – with the highlight being the Jet Ski Race – at Woodstock Dam on Day 3 on 26 November 2017.
As part of honouring the legacy of Gumede, a choir master in his own right, there will be a Choral Music segment on Day 1.
The Music Experience, to be held on Day 2 of the Extravaganza, will line up an array of artists such as Ladysmith Junior Mambazo, The Legacy and national powerhouses such as Beatenberg, Amanda Black, DJ Fresh, Sun-El Musician Ft Samthing Soweto, Sjava, Babes Wodumo, Naima Kay, Robbie Malinga & Musa, Monique Bingham, Mondli Ngcobo, Rulf Gum, DJ Bongz, DJ Merlon, Lars Behrenroth, DJ Nasto, DJ Nzwiri, DJ Da Soul and local artists.
Set to showcase the tourism attractions of the Drakensberg-oKhahlamba-Maluti area, the event – which comprises the heritage, sports and music components – three-day bonanza will provide economic spin-offs for local budding and established businesses as thousands of cash-flush tourists are set to attend.
Set in the area famed for heritage tourism, scenic tourism, wildlife tourism and rural tourism experiences, the event will help stimulate job creation, nation building, youth development and engender social cohesion.
Tourism KwaZulu-Natal says: “Cultural tourism is an ever-increasing industry, and the Drakensberg has amassed a wealth of cultural heritage throughout the history of South Africa.
“The area offers cultural tourists the opportunity to explore San paintings and the Mnweni Cultural Village. The arts and crafts industry compliments the cultural tourism industry,” says the provincial tourism body.
Drakensberg Productions’ Sipho Ndaba couldn’t agree more. He says: “Flowing from the Drakensberg Extravaganza will be economic spin-offs for local established and, more importantly, budding entrepreneurs. More than 1 000 temporary jobs, with about 10 permanent one, will be created in hospitality, arts, security and related sectors.”
Ndaba adds that beneficiaries will be local service providers all round. On Day 2, there will be exhibition stands for youth entreprises, NGOs and vendors during the Exhibition Shows segment of the Extravaganza.
As part of rural tourism, the Rent My Home programme, will piggyback on established world-class accommodation establishments, thus resulting in more job creation and deepening of social cohesion between locals and tourists with different backgrounds.
Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers. General tickets cost R150, while VIP tickets cost R600.
For more information, call 063 983 6423 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued by Drakensberg Extravaganza event organiser Sipho Ndaba.