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Township experience awaits

Mbongeni Mthembu of Monate Outdoor Activities who is behind the township experience said it offers history, culture, and outdoor adventure.

A new adventure on the South Coast, the Gamalakhe Township Experience, was launched recently.

Mbongeni Mthembu of Monate Outdoor Activities who is behind the township experience said it offers history, culture and outdoor adventure.

Mthembu said the Gamalakhe Township Experience includes a visit to Tin Town, the oldest part of the township.
He added that for nature enthusiasts, a local guide takes visitors on a hike from Gamalakhe, crossing the Vungu River and hiking along the Mjika River where sightings of local birdlife and scenery are captivating.

“In Tin Town, Mama Smangele Memela, who was forcibly removed from her home in Port Shepstone town centre in 1968 aged just 12, still resides. She will regale guests on the experience, taking them along her journey into a democratic South Africa. More than just a lesson in the rich history, visitors will enjoy a ‘Kasified Experience’, an authentic township experience within Gamalakhe. This includes visiting local taverns, car spinning shows, outdoor cinema, quad biking, paintball, and more. Visitors enjoy delicious shisanyama and other local favourites at Sbucie’s Kitchen such as township kotas, burgers, and chips,” he said.

The CEO of South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise (SCTIE), Phelisa Mangcu, said Gamalakhe is a township located less than 10km from Margate and Shelly Beach, saying that it is believed to have started in the 1880s when local communities were driven from their land.

However, added Mangcu, it was in the 1950s during the apartheid government’s forced removals that the township grew, as black residents were driven from the coast inland.

“Gamalakhe is a township with a rich history that includes the sad reality of forced removals, but it also tells the story of the people’s tenacity and the wonderful local traditions that have emerged here. It’s important for us to retain this history while expanding our incredible township tourism offerings to benefit our local communities and visitors,” said Mangcu.

She added that Gamalakhe was also being positioned for MICE events such as conferences, sports contests and festivals.

Mangcu said the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre is at the entrance of the township, adding that it consists of conference and function venues as well as sports facilities.

“The TVET College which has a hospitality and tourism unit includes rooms to accommodate outside guests and there are also local guest houses with self-catering options. There is a lot of tourism potential being unlocked here,” she said


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