Newsletter - August
Margate Air Show
Well attended by many South Coasters and visitors and proved to be a very popular event and well supported. It was very enjoyable to see so many different types of planes flying across our skies.
Ugu Jazz Festival
This year’s Jazz Festival has been reported to be one of the best ever and the farmers in the area said there was a lot improvement in the planning of this event and security was tighter but the noise level and hours was a big concern.
SA Netball Tournament
The South African all ages Netball tournament held at Ugu Sports Centre again was a huge success with over 8 provinces and more than 20 teams participating and was very well attended by locals and visitors. Businesses got the opportunity to be part this years tournament and the food trailers and several stalls at the venue created a pleasant vibe.
This year’s Mallards Mercury which was held in Shelly beach turned out to be a phenomenal success with the big attraction being the Cobra Cat 630 Centre Consol Ski Boat which were won by Simon Colley. A total of 240 anglers took part in this year’s competition.
We hosted all 3 planned Mardi Gras with the 2nd one in very cold weather but did not stop holiday makers doing their shopping in the evening. We would like to say thank you to Traffic, MCPF Reservist and Wolf Security for looking after the safety of our holiday makers. We do appreciate all your hard work.
Meet and greet
Together with Tourism we hosted a meet and greet which was not well supported mainly due to the date on which it was held we did receive positive feedback from those members present. Nicolene Myburgh from Cemair provided us with a wonderful presentation on the future of Cemair and was an valuable insight as to how this company has grown over the short period in Margate.
Portuguese Mariners & Food Festival
This year’s Portuguese Mariners Festival was held at Mac Banana’s and attracted hundreds of visitors. Superb winter weather for the two days, a variety of wines and interesting food stalls as well as traditional music and dancers added to the festival.
Feedback emanating from the business community is that the July school holidays were not as good as expected. Timeshare accommodation reported 95% occupation as to sectional title accommodation only reported a 50% occupation throughout. Business in the CBD also reported a decline in sales as to previous years. Complaints that beach events only happened the 1st 3 days of the holiday on Margate Beach were received. No events were planned in the evenings accept for the Mardi Gras.
The Thunder Tour visits small towns on a specific route to showcase their cars to people who don’t often have the opportunity of seeing muscle cars, hot rods, street and super cars. This is not a car club and is open to everyone with these types of cars. The show will be on 9th August in Panorama Parade Margate from 12h00 to 17h00.
MEET AND GREET: MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER AT MARGATE SANDS.
Join us for a bring and braai at the Margate Sands from 5pm onwards. You need to bring your own meat and drinks, pap and salad will be provided.
The 1st Phase of the Urban Renewal Project is close to completion now and is looking stunning so far. We cannot wait for the end result.
Stairway to Beach
Spectacular Tidal Pool
The new whale deck at the Margate Pier was vandalized with graffiti and the MBA has managed to secure a sponsor for the repainting of the deck and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Servipac Property Management Services for the sponsorship and team. It is a privilege for the MBA to have such members who kindly offer their services without any hesitation in order to keep our facilities looking attractive for both visitors and members.
Our Sponsor from Servipac
Zuanru Coetzee and David Nxumalo
MARGATE FISHING PIER
We have received numerous complaints that many of the aluminium handrails on the Fishing Pier have been broken for a while. After an inspection a decision was taken by the Executive Committee of the MBA to repair these rails and partnered with Margate Engineering to make it safe. Geoff Howard-Tripp offered to clean and polish the balance of the rails, at their own cost, as a donation to the Margate Business Association.
Giving the thumbs up for a job well done are Fisherman Pieter Ruiters, Sakkie Jacobs and Piet Carelse
OTHER PROJECTS AND REPAIRS BY HCM
Stairs at Lucien Beach
Walkway to Fun Fair