Entrepreneur and actress Fundi Zwane attends launch of KZN South Coast Rickshaw Ride experience

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Attention
01 December 2021


Entrepreneur and actress Fundi Zwane attends launch of KZN South Coast Rickshaw Ride experience

 

Visitors to the KZN South Coast can now enjoy a unique beachside experience in the form of the Rickshaw Ride, launched at Margate Beach on 26 November. This innovative initiative by Nethezeka Tourist Transport and Projects, welcomed renowned entrepreneur and actress, Fundi Zwane as the first Rickshaw Ride passenger.

“Home is the environment that shapes you and I am proud and blessed to come from a subtropical town that birthed the best in me,” said Zwane who originates from Port Shepstone. “I have been raised by the various communities of ‘Sheppy’ and, as a local, I’m truly so proud of the warmth and hospitality that is always shown to those who visit our wonderful part of the world.”

USCT continues to encourage tourism entrepreneurs to develop innovative ideas that will make the destination attractive and create job opportunities. Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality (RNM) granted permission for the launch of the pilot phase of the Rickshaw Ride which will run throughout the summer holiday season. The initiative has received significant support from Margate Business Association (MBA), Margate Area Committee and Singatha Incubation Centre.

Another development initiative being launched is the Tourism Monitors Programme to enhance visitor safety and experience. Organised by the National Department of Tourism (NDT) in partnership with AGB Group, the monitors are being trained to patrol beaches, report crimes and provide tourists with useful information. They will be deployed to Margate Beach, St Michael’s Beach, Hibberdene Beach and Scottburgh Beach throughout the festive season.

“These are some of our many development programme initiatives that seeks to expand the tourism benefits to all sectors of society,” explained said Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT). “We encourage visitors to take advantage of the incredible Rickshaw Ride experience, and extend our thanks to Fundi Zwane for making the time to visit the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.”

Fundi’s trip to the KZN South Coast formed part of ongoing Media Fam Trips. These provide key media personalities with an immersive tourism experience while showcasing the area to a wider audience. Some of the visits included a meal at The Grove Restaurant; horse riding at Selsdon Park Estate; hiking to KwaXolo Caves Adventures to view centuries-old Khoi San paintings; ziplining at Lake Eland Game Reserve in Oribi Gorge; and taking in views of the Umzimkulu River at Leopard Rock.

To discover more about the KZN South Coast – including its exciting Summer Holiday Programme – download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, or visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za. Alternatively, check out ‘South Coast Tourism’ on Facebook or YouTube, @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram, or ‘Info Ugu South Coast Tourism’ on LinkedIn. Follow the hashtags #KZNsouthcoast #summervibes #gosouth #summerishere #familyadventure #kidfriendly #adventuretravel #extendyourstay.

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Phelisa Mangcu (CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Fundi Zwane
(renowned entrepreneur and actress) and Sphamandla Shude (owner of Nethezeka
South Coast Rickshaw) enjoying a Rickshaw Ride at Margate Beach.

Phelisa Mangcu (CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Fundi Zwane (renowned
entrepreneur and actress) and Sphamandla Shude (owner of Nethezeka South Coast
Rickshaw) enjoying a Rickshaw Ride at Margate Beach.

Renowned entrepreneur and actress, Fundi Zwane was the
first KZN South Coast Rickshaw Ride passenger.

Sphamandla Shude, the owner of Nethezeka South Coast Rickshaw.

Sekelo Shude and Sphamandla Shude (Owner of Nethezeka South Coast Rickshaw).

Renowned entrepreneur and actress, Fundi Zwane.

Maxwell Mhlongo, Manager: Tourism Development of USCT.

Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT).

Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) welcoming
stakeholders to the Rickshaw Launch.

The owner of Nethezeka South Coast Rickshaw, Sphamandla Shude,
introducing his business to guests.

 Tourism Monitors jump for joy.

Mdumiseni Cele from Singatha Business Incubation Centre congratulating the owner
of Nethezeka South Coast Rickshaw, Sphamandla Shude.

Mdumseni Cele from Singatha Business Incubation Centre, Johnny De Wet from Margate
Tourism Area Committee and Fundi Zwane giving support to Sphamandla Shude
on his new venture.

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.

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Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT)

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