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Port Elizabeth is poised for trans formation The popular family resort is to get an exciting new waterfront new hotels and restau rants entertainment facilities and

shopping malls all along the seafront on 40ha of prime land
The new facilities will be built as

soon the manganese ore dumps and petrol tank farm on the seafront have
been removed to the new Ngqura port

The days where Port Elizabeth was considerednothing but a sleepy hollow have come and gone With the new developments in the seaside city PE is set to be a huge tourist attraction
writes Winnie Graham
They say the Prenchies wanted to
colonise the eastern regions of the

live and visit both residentially and from a tourism perspective As the

home province of Madiba it has
assumed considerable importance and the Eastern Cape now knows it

PE tops the list of secondary sites
in SA and will become a megacity if it
carries out the MBDA mandate to

at the Coega industrial zone 30km
away

But it will take time to turn Madiba

Bay

so named after the nation s

It probably started with the Coega development when the powers that be
took a hard look at their city and

revitalise the city centre she said She has just one reservation the highway blocking the coastline from the city should be moved The highway is ugly and moving it will leverage economic growth by

most famous citizen into a megacity In the meantime it has everything

Cape but as things turned out they never got round to coming It was left
to the 1820 settlers to try and tame the

that makes for the perfect break
It s about time PE started preening itself This is the gateway to Mandela land An increasing number of inter
national visitors are us

decided it was ready for a makeover The new Ngqura port at Coega has

opening up tourism and business opportunities that will result from an easy and attractive access to the har
bour and ocean
African cities

she said

Once the

rugged landscape of the Eastern Cape
What of nightlife The days when
PE was little more than a sleepy hol low have come and gone

opened prime land that begs for devel opment and tourism will benefit
Gillian Saunders head of Tourism

transformation has been completed
PE will be in line with other vibey

Hospitably and Leisure at Grant
Thornton says PE has turned the cor
ner in terms of a desirable place to

The developments will take time
but in the meantime it has much to
offer visitors

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Finally don t forget

Pierre Voges chief

go through their paces is a delight
There a snake park too one of the oldest in the country for visitors intrigued by reptiles and even a horse
monument built to commemorate the

with plans to move the ore dumps it has wisely decided to re tain the fishing port and the fruit

thority is going ahead

packing industry as they will add
character to the new developments
The transformation will be com

horses that died during the Anglo
Boer War

pleted by about 2010 or 2011 The time
frame is coincidental It has nothing

Those who enjoy their history should take a look at Fort Frederick

to do with the World Cup soccer

built in 1799 to protect the mouth of the river against French invasion

He says too that construction of the city s new 2010 World Cup stadium
is now well ahead of schedule

Three star Garden Court Kings

weekend fly in package from

room with B B four days Avis Car

PortEteabcth e paCte

Beach Hotel i Tv night ltend h

from R1 640 pp Price includes

R2 690 pps Includes return airfare from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth two nights weekend
accommodation in a standard room

Rental Group P VW Chico or similar including 200km free per day Valid September 1 to April 30 next year
Three Star Zuurburg Mountain Inn Addo Two night weekend fly

return airfare from Johannesburg to PE 2 nights weekend
accommodation in a standard room

on a B B basis three days Avis Car

Rental Group P VW Chico or similar

on a room only basis two days Avis
Car Rental VW Chico or similar

including 200km free per day Valid
Ocotber 1 to September 30 next year

in package from R2 350pps Includes
return airfare from Johannesburg to

including 200km free per day Valid from September 1 to April 5 next yea excluding peak period
Four Star Diaz 15 House on thi

PE two nights weekend in a
Three Star Paxton Hotel PE
standard room on a B B basis plus

Four night Midweek fly in package
from R2 690 pps Includes return airfare from Johannesburg to PE four

1 x 4 hour game drive in Addo
National Park three days Avis Car

Bay Jeffreys Bay Two night

nights accommodation in a standard

Rental Group P VW Chico or similar including 200km free per day


				
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