Vote for Umtentweni to be the Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar!

Vote for Umtentweni to be the Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar!

The KZN South Coast has, once again, made the cut in the highly-anticipated Kwêla Dorp van die Jaar competition, with Umtentweni announced as one of this year’s semi-finalists in the 2021 edition. The announcement was made at 6pm on Sunday (2 May) on kykNET Dstv Channel 144, with three finalists selected per province. Now in its 11th year, this kykNET competition provides a valuable platform for South Africa’s beautiful towns, with viewers getting the chance to vote for the winning contestant, with the title prize a 45-second tourism advert by Homebrewfilms played for a year on the kykNET, with marketing worth R1million. The annual KIA Makietie / Festival will also be hosted in the winning town and Kwêla will cover the festival which will be broadcast on the show. “With Port Edward making the finals last year, it’s exciting to see that the incredible towns found within the KZN South Coast are gaining some well-deserved recognition,” said Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) CEO, Phelisa Mangcu. “We’re encouraging all proud locals to support our stunning town of Umtentweni by voting on the SMS platform as often as possible!” To vote, simply SMS ‘UMTENTWENI’ to 33157 between 2 and 7 May 2021. There are 30 SMS’s allowed per number for this round, at a cost of R1.50 per SMS. From 16 May, one finalist will be announced and featured weekly on Kwêla (Sundays at 6pm on kykNET Dstv Channel 144), with the final voting staged following thereafter. Support #TheParadiseoftheZuluKingdom and vote UMTENTWENI today!

High resolution images of Umtenweni on the KZN South Coast are available upon request.

(Image credit: Justin Klusener)


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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