A series of events were held during the month of September as part of celebrating and embracing South African Heritage and Tourism Month. As part of the South African community, Umzimvubu Local Municipality has, and still observes this month and showcases its rich Cultural and Economic Tourism. For the 6th time this year, thence it is referred to as the 6th Annual Tourism Celebration.

This event continues to grow year-to-year with an expansion through partnerships with other municipalities such as Alfred Nzo District Municipality which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the District Municipality in addition to other municipalities such as Ingquza Hill, Amathole and Nyandeni.

With a three legged approach, the activities took off with an elegant and classy Gala Dinner held in Mount Frere Town Hall on Thursday the 25th of September 2014. Staff from the municipalities, community members and civil society were seen making way into the Mount Frere Town Hall in glitz and glamourous outfits, dressed perfectly for the day.

The event kicked off with a sound of motor bikes ranting the N2 making way to the venue where the MEC for Finance in the Eastern Cape Sakhumzi Somyo was to convey words as the guest speaker. Motivational words were also conveyed by the experienced television actor Menzi Ngubane who is popularly known as Sibusiso Dlomo of Generations soapie on SABC 1.

A fashion parade by local Fashion Designers was exhibited. The aim of such an activity is to promote local talent and encourage a culture of fashion tourism, which in turn cultivates or brings about a conducive economy result within Umzimvubu. Deputy Executive Mayor of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Councillor Sixolile Mehlomakhulu attended the event and was seen signing the MOU with the Mayor of Umzimvubu Local Municipality, Councillor Khulukazi Phangwa.

The second leg took off with a vibrant Tourism Brochure and Map Launch that took place at Xesibe Tourism Centre, Mnqwane Village in Mount Ayliff on the Friday, 26 September 2014. Local Fashion Designers were also exhibiting at this event as well.

It ended off with a Cultural Festival held on Saturday.