Umzimvubu local municipality held its 8th annual tourism day event on the 23 of September 2016 at the EmaXesibeni Tourism and arts Centre at ward 4. The event was a success overall with people all the way from KwaBhaca in attendance at the event. There were also high profile dignitaries’ at the event like Cllr. Mdingi who is the Mayor of the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality together with his Head of Communications. The Mayor of Umzimvubu Cllr BP Mabengu was also in attendance.

Cllr Mdingi shared a brief enlightenment of what the day meant to him, as he shared light on the apartheid era when one, couldn’t even own a Passport if you were black. He went on to explain that, this year marks 100 years in the legacy of O.R Tambo who happens to be a son of Mbizana which used to be under the O.R. Tambo District which was named after him. The Ingquza hill local municipality still under O.R. Tambo District will be hosting a festival in commemoration of this political Icon and Reverend who also happens to be the first Black scientist in South Africa. Identifying the key tourism points that the two municipalities share which are the ocean in Ingquza hill and the Aloe plant which is heavily in abundance in the Umzimvubu region, he encouraged Umzimvubu together with the business fraternity (SMMEs) to come up with more creative ideas to produce products and services which could bring more tourism to our region.

SMMEs from as far as Port St Johns came in numbers to showcase and sell their products in a mini flea market. Amongst products that were sold were fresh vegetables, traditional food, and traditional wear to name but the few.

Loads of entertainment acts wowed the vibrant audience. The national gospel sensations mam’ Lusanda and Bethusile sang their popular tunes. There were also trained dogs Tsotsi, Hogan and Punch. These dogs are incredibly trained by their trainer Ncedo, who is the owner of “Ncedo dogs training Centre”. Ncedo urged the community to treat dogs well and to not litter their waste foods near the roads, as the dogs possess a very strong smelling scent and usually go out and get injured or killed in the streets in search of these smells. The dogs demonstrated just how obedient they are to their master by playing soccer games with people, doing hugs and handshakes and even being sent to fetch and look for food and drugs.

The event was an overall success and the Umzimvubu Local Economic Development department expresses its heartfelt gratitude and salutation to everyone contributed and made it to the event.