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The Eastern Cape seaside town of Port Alfred will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of its first ever mayor over the weekend of October 24th to October 26th 2014. The celebrations will be tied in with the annual Kowie River Festival and the festivities kick off on Friday evening with a flotilla down the river itself and a seafood festival and Mardi Gras along Wharf Street.

Port Alfred celebrates 125 years

Throughout the weekend events will be taking place that the whole family can take part in. These include water-based fun for the young ones down at Kiddies Beach on the Saturday and Sunday, a fun-fair and entertainment area down at Guido’s on the beachfront, surfing lessons on East Beach, beach volleyball and football on West Beach (by Guido’s) and the infamous ‘Anything that Floats’ Race down the Kowie River on Sunday.

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Mention the Overberg region of South Africa to an international tourist and you could be forgiven for thinking that the only thing you will find there are whales and sharks.  Sadly for too many people the area is overlooked and merely used as a drive-through with perhaps a stop off for a spot of shark-cage diving.

If you were just to stop and take a breath for a minute the Overberg would reward you with a world of stunning natural scenery, glorious beaches, lovely wine routes, scenic coastal roads, the De Hoop Nature Reserve and local markets.

View from De Hoop Nature Reserve

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Young concert-goers around South Africa will be excited to hear that Justin Bieber has announced he will be playing two dates here in 2013 as part of his World Tour. Still only 18 years old Justin Bieber has taken the pop world and social media world by storm. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 3 billion times, he has over 23 million Twitter followers and 44 million Facebook fans.

He shot to fame after appearing in a local talent show at the age of just 12 and then going viral on YouTube. Bizarely he finished second in the talent competition but after both he and his mum started posting videos of his performances on YouTube he became an internet sensation. A chance meeting with Usher a few months later led to him landing a recording contract and the rest as they say is history. He became the first solo-artist to have 4 songs reach the Top 40 before even his debut album was released. READ MORE


Rocking4Rhinos concert at Franklyn ParkROCKING FOR RHINOS FESTIVAL & CONCERT 2012

In January 2012 a small group of individuals formed Rocking for Rhinos in response to the escalating problem of rhino poaching across South Africa. So shocked by the increasing numbers of rhinos that were being killed by poachers and the apparent lack of response by government the group got together to set up Ricking for Rhinos to spread awareness of the problem and to apply pressure at a political level to force change. READ MORE