14 February Buffalo City and the Chilli Boys are ready February 14, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metro Executive Mayor Xola Pakati hosted a media briefing on Monday 13 February at the East London City Hall in preparation for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match which will take place on Tuesday 14 February at Sisa Dukashe Stadium. The PSL game will be a one of kind first ever game to be played at the stadium in the evening as well as hosting the tough champions. Addressing the media at the EL City Hall boardroom Pakati said, “As you are all aware that BCMM is in partnership with Chippa United football club and that tomorrow we are hosting the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa is within the context of that partnership. “For tomorrow’s game it is all systems go as we have met our end of the bargain in terms of insuring that the stadium meets the PSL requirements.” Pakati also spoke on how the partnership came about, “We noticed that there were no PSL games being played in Buffalo City for a long time. We then decided to engage in conversations with the club to bring some games to this side of the province. We all agreed and the rest is just history,” he added. The match will help boost the Metro’s economy tremendously especially given the high importance of the game. The games are going to be very economically viable for the City. “Remember that when people will come here they will pour petrol into their cars and some will sleep over in the hotels and beds and breakfast. So it will be a great spin off particularly in the hospitality sector,” added Pakati. COO for Chippa United football club Lukhanyo Mzinzi said, “We have prepared for the game ever since we took the decision together with the City last year. This showed how much we took seriously the partnership we have with the City.” He added the club will also play good quality PSL matches in Mdantsane. “Following this match we will have Golden Arrows followed by the current champions of the MTN League which is Wits,” said Mzinzi. He further added that the City has played a big role in terms of marketing the club as a result the team have seen their support grow bigger in each visit. Mazinzi describes the Metro as their hunting ground as they don’t waste any points when they play in Buffalo City. In culminating the briefing Pakati emphasized on safety security and said that the Metro’s Law Enforcement together with Environmental Services will be working with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to ensure the fans protection as a number one priority. Related Buffalo City to host Proteas and Chippa matches So much so that as a City, we are not only predicting victories for both teams but also a full capacity crowds to live up to our reputation as South Africa’s “capital of fun” and a “sports destination of choice”. The Chilli Boys, as the football side is known, are returning to Buffalo City for the first time this season at their hunting ground the Sisa Dukashe Stadium following their win against Kaizer Chiefs in the Premiers Cup in August. Chippa will be hosting a wounded Cape Town City side who are coming from two defeats. Elsewhere in the City, the high flying Proteas will be hosting Bangladesh at the Buffalo Park Stadium on Sunday at 10 am. The Proteas lead the ODI series by two nil after winning their first game by 10 wickets and the second game by 104 runs. The Buffalo City local organising committee has indicated that the City is ready and it is all systems go for the weekend games. The LOC has been sitting with other safety organs of state planning to deliver incident free events that are of international standard. Our security clusters include our disaster, traffic and law enforcement and these have submitted their plans and necessary certificates which have been approved. For the Chippa, game tickets are still available at Ticketpro for R40 adults and R20 for children. We advise people that do not have tickets not come close to the stadium precinct as security will be on high alert and we warn perpetrators who are dealing with counterfeit tickets that they will face the full might of the law. The Sisa Dukashe Stadium will open at 12h30 and with curtain raiser matches. The Chippa/CT City game will kick-off at 15h30. For the Proteas game, Tickets for the Proteas game are available through Ticketpro and at the Buffalo Park ticket office with cost raging from R80 to R350.Road closure for Proteas and Bangladesh. Road Closures: Proteas Game • Buffalo Park Drive at Commercial Road • Buffalo Park Drive at John Baillie Road • Buffalo Park Drive at the Entrance to the Old Craven park • Buffalo Park Drive at the Main Gate Lane Closure • John Baillie Road will be converted into a one-way Traffic from Buffalo Park Drive towards Link Road. Alternative Parking will be made available at Commercial Road and Buffalo Park Drive (close to Fitzpatrick Road) Chippa game Streets in and around NU 2 Mdantsane and general parking will be available at the Orlando stadium. Chilli Boys to put the Metro on the spotlight Chippa United will host Ajax Cape Town at the Buffalo City Stadium on Sunday 24 January. The City together with the Chippa United management met in December to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a partnership that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) team will have some of their matches played at the Buffalo City Stadium The MoU was signed by the Metro’s Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi and the owner of Chippa United Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi. The planned games are set to boost the economy and the tourism of the City as people will travel to come watch the game after being starved of quality football for so many years. Despite the challenges the Metro faced with the stadium not being ready for the initial proposed match in December, the City worked hard to achieve the green flag so that the January match can be played at the Buffalo City Stadium. The City had challenges to meet the required standards for PSL games including the pitch, ablution facilities and the entrance. Those issues have however been fixed as the City received a confirmation letter from the PSL giving a go ahead for the change of venue from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to Buffalo City stadium to host the game on Sunday. The approval will also see the Metro host three scintillating fixtures of Chippa United in February, March and in May. The Chilli Boys as the Eastern Cape outfit is affectionately known will play Jomo Cosmos on February 6, play against Maritzburg United on March 19 and against the Soweto giants Orlando Pirates on Wednesday May 11. Speaking at a Media Briefing on Monday 18 January at Absa Stadium at 12.30 noon Chippa United COO Lukhanyo Mzinzi said that the soccer team is set to make East London as their second home. “We are looking forward to playing every season for the next 20 years in this field. This is a dream come true for us and we are planning to make East London our second home.” Adding to that Mtsi said, “As a City we are not planning to take away the team from our counterparts in Nelson Mandela Bay but we also want to assure the team that we are capable of giving them a state of the art field and make this partnership something to be proud of.” The City together with the Chill Boys will donate funds to one of the Metro’s disadvantaged organisations. Tickets for the game will be available at Computicket at R40 for adults and R10 for children. Buffalo City Homestay Programme to kickoff in August The homestay concept was adapted from the Metro’s sister city Jinhua, Zhejiang Province in China. Jinhua launched the “Home-stay in Jinhua’s historical Villages” project in 2015. Through this project Jinhua City aimed to tell the story of Jinhua and promote its rural villages by attracting tourists from all over the world who are interested in travelling to historical villages. The Metro saw the need to implement a similar project because of the rich cultural and historical background pertaining to the Xhosa Culture, and the realisation that cultures across the country are slowly being eroded by western influence and therefore need to be preserved. The project will aim to transform Mngqesha into an international center for ecotourism with distinctive local cultural elements, as well as provide an attraction for international visitors to the City. It will also ensure that surrounding rural villages are working centres of economic activity so that villagers do not leave for the cities, but contribute to developing rural villages. 30 international applicants who have a strong interest in South Africa and in particular the Xhosa culture, will be selected for the two week stay in Mngqesha Great Place and will have direct experience of living in a Xhosa Village, its culture, history, folklore, architecture, art, crafts and cuisine. They will also have the opportunity to experience other interesting sites and places of interest in the City. Participants will be required to make suggestions on improving all aspects of the village as a cultural tourist attraction and produce promotional material such as pamphlets, maps and web articles to create an interest in the respective participant countries to visit the project. The two-week exchange will then conclude with the project evaluation as well as the Farewell Ceremony where participants will have the opportunity to show off their talents and skills to the local villagers. For application forms to be part of the Homestay Programme follow the link: http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/slides/HOMESTAY_IN_SOUTHAFRICA_APPLICATION_FORM.pdf Buffalo City celebrates Toursim Month In celebration of Heritage and Tourism Month the Department of Tourism planned various activities such as the Beach and Heritage Clean up, the Product Training Workshop, the Media Hosting Tour and the Cultural and Adventure Tours. The Department also ran a selfie competition which encouraged entrants to take selfies when visiting a Heritage or Cultural site in the City. The tour took place from 16 to 18 September and is part of the Celebrations of Tourism Month. The City hosted a tour which had guided tours to the Steve Biko Centre, a game drive at the Mpongo Private Game Reserve and a quad bike tour at Areena Riverside Resort where the visitors interacted with Abby, the giraffe. “The hosting of tour operators and media houses will give Buffalo City an opportunity to showcase what it has to offer as a destination of choice. Currently, tour operators and media houses are looking for new destinations that they can offer to their clients,” said Miranda Nofeliti Marketing Coordinator from the Local Economic Department. Janine Borthwick from Ballyhoo Media, Justin Williams Online Editor at the Publication Cape Town etc. and Iga Motylska a Freelance Journalist will share their experiences on various Tourism platforms and their social media pages. Speaking to BCMM’s Website Mbulelo Kafi Owner of Sakhisizwe Tours from the Northern Cape said that Tourism and Heritage Month is important as it educates South Africans on where they come from, allowing citizens to protect their historical monuments. “BCMM is rich in history and has an impressive collection of wildlife animals and vegetation.” Nofeliti also added that the Eastern Cape Province is one of the tourism gems of South Africa, “offering visitors unique scenic views and a truly diverse tourism experience.” As part of the Tourism Month activities, the group presented and shared their experiences at the Product Training Workshop which was held at the King David Hotel on 17 September where various members of the tourism sector in the Metro were invited. “The department held the workshop, in an effort to create more awareness to product owners on how to package itineraries for the international market and to encourage them to tap into that market,” said Nofeliti. She also added that there is a need to educate tourism business owners on the importance of using social media as a business tool to expand their businesses. Benny Mutswiri from Heita Ngamla Tours based in Johannesburg said that he discovered that there’s a lot of activities and rich history that the City offers. “I interacted with various Tour Operators and B&B Owners at the Product Training Session gave me an opportunity to network and explore the various ways in which I could promote the City to the people of Johannesburg. The two-hour beach clean-up took place at the Esplanade at the Beachfront and at the Heroes Park with over 50 Tourism students from Walter Sisulu University and the Buffalo City College participating. “Being regularly aware of the need to keep all coastal lines clean and beautiful is a contribution we can make to ensure we improve the state of the beaches, shorelines and duns,” said Nofeliti. City getting ready for the Mayor’s Cup The tourney will be held on Friday 16 June at Buffalo City Stadium in East London at 9am. Over 500 youngsters from 50 Wards in the Buffalo City Metro will be participating in the Buffalo City Metro under 19 Mayor’s Cup Tournament. BCMM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati will address the event at 2pm. The Tournament is a culmination of the trials that kick started in May at various venues in the Metro that include King William’s town, Duncan Village, Mdantsane and East London. BCMM Head of Communications Samkelo Ngwenya described the Mayor’s Cup as a platform that will allow young people to showcase their skills and live a healthy lifestyle. “The symbolism of the inaugural Mayor’s Cup taking place on the day that the youth of South Africa took a stand in 1976 is one of the keen features of the tournament,” he said. “It’s a public holiday of great significance and through sport we hope to inspire the youth so that they can aspire to be positive competitors in all aspects of their lives,” Ngwenya said. Winners will be selected from six sporting games that include Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer and Boxing for SALGA Provincial Games that will take place in November. The sporting codes are in line with SALGA’s guidelines which further indicate that the BCM selected team on the Mayor’s Cups final on the 16th June 2017 will be eligible to participate in the annual SALGA Provincial Games. Champions from each sporting code will get a trophy and all the selected teams will get medals which will be presented by the Executive Mayor. A live concert scheduled for 4pm, will also take place where national and local artists will be performing. The event is part of the build-up activities towards the 2017 State of the Metro Address which will be held on Thursday 22 June. City ready to host Berlin November The race is in its fourth year this year and founder of the race Luthando Bara confirmed at the Media Briefing on Thursday 23 November at Ground X in Westbank that the race will be a spectacular event incorporating various activities ranging from fashion show, Miss Berlin November, horse racing in three phases – Umphalo, Umhambo and Umkhwelo, Craft Corner, Boxing, Children’s Village and entertainment with various national and local artists. Speaking at the briefing Bara said, “As always we have an event with a rich tapestry of VIP lounges, contemporary design couture, solid entertainment and gourmet food. We are offering a best in class experience which is unrivaled in the Eastern Cape and want to invite the private sector to use the facility on the day for their year-end and team building functions.” Adding to that Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that the City is ready and has met up to its promise to provide running water, electricity and other infrastructural services. “The Berlin November brings both joy and excitement in our City with spin offs in both the formal and informal economy and we appreciate that." He also said that the law enforcement agencies are ready and will be in full swing to combat crime and exercise zero tolerance on crime and lawlessness, “this also applies during the whole Summer Season in the Metro.” Entertainment set to rock the stages of this event include Afro-pop singers Amanda Black and Sjava, House DJ Prince Kaybee, Hip hop DJ Ms Pru and Swaziland born Sands leading the pack pf the multi -talented musos amongst others. Also making appearances is Thuli Phongolo of Generations, Motsoaledi Setumo of Generations fame, Lusanda Mbane of Scandal and other television personalities. The organisers have ensured that horse racing prize money increases over time and this year the winner takes all for both traditional and thoroughbreds is R200 000, with the total prize money being R650 000 for the traditional horse racing handicap featuring different races. The Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board also shares the moral responsibility to drive brand awareness and education about responsible gambling through creating a presence on strategic platforms such as this event “in order for us to engage and connect with our target audience in an intriguing and positive way,” adds CEO of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board Mabutho Zwane. Bara added that the organisers have a right of admission to those who don’t stick to this year’s theme which is Casino Royale. “We have a right of admission if spectators don’t stick to the theme or dress appropriately for the event.” Comments are closed.