Get your votes in to nominate Port Edward as the Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar on kykNET

Get your votes in to nominate Port Edward as the Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar on kykNET

The stunning KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) seaside town, Port Edward, featured as the provincial finalist in the Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar competition on kykNET. Viewers are encouraged to vote for this popular coastal destination in order for Port Edward to take the main title and win R1 million worth of free advertising on kykNET. To support, voters simply SMS the ‘Port Edward’ to 33157 during the final voting period from Sunday, 9 August 2020 at 6pm until Friday, 14 August midday.

“It is so wonderful to see one of the KZN South Coast’s towns receiving such deserved recognition,” said CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu. “From the ocean through to the hinterland, there are so many exemplary cultural, natural and recreational offerings that have seen Port Edward grow in popularity as a tourism destination over the years. As a finalist in the 2020 Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar on kykNET, we are excited that so many people will have the opportunity to learn more about this coastal gem, and hopefully get the opportunity to visit when restrictions allow.”

The Port Edward feature on Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar, gave viewers an insight into some of the town’s incredible tourism options. These include, among many others:

  • Recreational fishing at the Marlin-Ski Boat Club and Splash Rock.
  • The historical site of Tragedy Hill where several settlers and members of the local Langeni tribe were killed by Zulu warriors in 1831. Artefacts indicated that three centuries earlier, shipwrecked Portugese sailors from the famous ‘Sao Joao’ were believed to have camped on the hill.
  • The iconic Port Edward Lighthouse and various beaches suited to swimming, snorkelling, diving and even beachside horse riding.
  • The Port Edward Golf Course, one of the ‘Golf Coast’s’ many quality courses.
  • Non-stop entertainment at the Wild Waves Water Park based at the Wild Coast Sun.
  • The Petrified Forest, a series of marine fossil beds, and the Mzamba fossils dating back 80 million years.
  • The Umtamvuna Bridge, connecting KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, is the largest steel suspension bridge in South Africa, traversing the beautiful Umtamvuna River.
  • Endemic flora and fauna abound in the lush Umtamvuna Nature Reserve.
  • The rich agri-tourism offerings the region can be found at the nut and banana plantations of Port Edward.
  • The Red Desert, the world’s smallest desert stretching just 200 metres in diameter

The Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar competition on kykNET, which has been running since 2010, showcases South Africa’s many stunning towns, giving them a valuable platform while encouraging local tourism. Any town can be nominated via SMS, with the top three towns per competition district selected in February. These 3 semi-finalists featured on Kwêla, and viewers voted for the top town per district.

This year’s Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar on kykNET finalists include:

• Port Edward (KwaZulu-Natal)

• Swellendam (Western Cape)

• Gariep Dam (Free State)

• Tzaneen (Limpopo)

• Skukuza (Mpumalanga)

• Williston (Northern Cape)

• Heidelberg (Gauteng/North West)

• Kareedouw (Eastern Cape)

Kwêla viewers will get a chance to check out the eight finalists during the recap episode on Sunday, 9 August at 6pm on kykNET DSTV channel 144. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their preferred town, with voting lines open from 9 to 14 August midday. Voters are allowed to submit 30 SMS’s per number. Simply SMS ‘Port Edward’ to 33157. SMS’s cost R1.50 per SMS. The winning town will be announced on Kwêla on Sunday, 30 August 2020.

As an added incentive for Port Edward voters, the Port Edward Banners Rest Ratepayers’ Association (PEBRRPA) is running a competition where Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar voters stand a chance to win R5 000. Every 10 votes for Port Edward counts as one entry to the PEBRRPA competition – so one cellphone number qualifies for three entries. Simply click on the link to submit proof of your 10 SMS votes.

For more information about USCT, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores or visit USCT is also on social media – follow the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page, or @infosouthcoast on Twitter.


High resolution images are available upon request.

(Images: Supplied by USCT)

The Umtamvuna Bridge, is the largest steel suspension bridge in South Africa.

Port Edward Waterfall.

Port Edward Beach.

Splash Rock.

The Wild Waves Water Park based at the Wild Coast Sun.

The Port Edward Golf Course, one of the ‘Golf Coast’s’ many quality courses.

The Red Desert, the world’s smallest desert stretching just 200 metres in diameter.

The iconic Port Edward Lighthouse.

Portuguese Monument.

About Ugu South Coast Tourism
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.

About KZN South Coast
Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts a number of permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

Issued on behalf of:

Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT)

Disseminated by:
Olivia Jones Communications

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