Cape St Francis Resort to host Expedition Africa 2017

Expedition Africa 2017 for Cape St Francis

The Cape St Francis Resort once again hit the headlines  as a top lifestyle destination with the announcement of its selection as the preferred host for the hotly contested Expedition Africa, one of nine international extreme adventure races that make up the Adventure Racing World Series for 2017. Touted as Africa’s most challenging adventure race, the event is expected to include over 50 international and local teams who will pit their survival skills against demanding terrain and an unforgiving environment, racing day and night towards the finish line.

Adventure sports enthusiasts, organisers,  media and supporters from around the globe will all converge on Cape St Francis in May next year as  the high profile event kicks off  with an opening ceremony, followed by a press conference and media briefing. All the athletes, organisers and their teams will be accommodated at the Cape St Francis Resort where the race will begin and end, before rounding everything up with a gala dinner and prize giving.

The event  will be highly advantageous for the entire Kouga area as the focus of the international sporting community turns to the region, increasing tourism prospects and awareness of the Eastern Cape.

“We worked hard on our bid and are really very honoured and excited to be hosting this first-class event that will expose not only the Resort but also Cape St Francis and its surrounding areas to fantastic tourism potential and publicity,” says Anita of the Cape St Resort.

Competition co-ordinators, Stephen and Heidi Muller of Kinetic Events Africa, say that all teams will be equipped with a live tracking device allowing spectators to follow the race over streaming media and other social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Live tracking, videos, routes and news can be followed on the Expedition Africa webpage while each team is encouraged to garner their own supporter following through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other social media pages. “ We must take ownership of this event and make the most of this opportunity,” says Esti Stewart, Marketing Director of the KLTO.  The race will be organised with the full support of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), the Kouga Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality

Data from this year’s competition shows that in excess of two million Facebook users followed the race while the Live Event Page shot to well in excess of 300 000 views in a week, representing extensive local and international exposure.

A further benefit  is the social upliftment project that is included in the event. Expedition Africa always keeps the local residents in mind and a community project forms part of the pre-race festivities, aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of the chosen organisation.

The fast-paced race pushes contestants to their limits as mixed teams of four are challenged mentally and physically to find various checkpoints and transitions by using only a compass and map. The tournament is non-stop, continuing through day and night, and includes a multitude of disciplines such as mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rope work and orienteering, with contestants expected to have the ability to operate in harsh, remote environments and in all weather conditions.

“Although the event route is a tightly guarded secret that will only be revealed at the opening ceremony on the day before the race, we do know that it will include the greater St Francis and Baviaans areas and cover approximately 500 kilometres,” says Anita.

The teams are supported logistically by the organisers who transport their equipment from one transition point to the next.

Africa Expedition is one of nine international adventure racing events that will be hosted during 2017 with the winning team receiving free and automatic entry into the Adventure Racing World Championships in the United States of America next year.

Exhibition Africa 2017 at Cape St Francis Resort

Source: Cape St Francis Resort

St Francis of Assisi Festival

Pets Blessing Ceremony as Part of St Francis of Assisi Festival

A Solemn Pets Blessing Ceremony, to be held on Saturday October 1st, will form part of a five day St Francis of Assisi Festival, during which the Kouga Catholic Community will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Humansdorp, as well as the feast of St Francis of Assisi, which occurs on October 4th.

The Solemn Pets Blessing, which is being presented in association with the Humansdorp SPCA, will take place from 2pm on Saturday October 1st in the parking lot of the Church of St Francis of Assisi, which is accessed from 40 Piet Uys Street in Humansdorp. The Blessing Ceremony is open to all members of the community, as well, of course, as their pets!

There is a catch – all pets will be charged an entrance fee:  one item of pet food for the residents of the Humansdorp SPCA!

Pastor of the Kouga Catholic Community, Fr Paul Fahy, said the Festival will primarily focus on a series of Liturgical and Spiritual events within the Catholic community*, but in keeping with the spirit of St Francis, it had been decided to also do something for those less fortunate members of the animal community – those resident at the SPCA.

“This Festival provides us with a wonderful opportunity to draw new insights and inspiration from our beloved Saint Francis, discover  his relevance for our world today, especially in the light of the Pope Francis’ publication of Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environemnt, and appreciate why our Pope takes him as his model for pastoral ministry and inspiration,” said Fr Paul.

The Pets Blessing Ceremony itself will take place at 3pm on the day, and will be preceded by a “Pets’ Parade”. All pets MUST be kept on a leash at all times.

Boerewors rolls, curry bunnies, pancakes and tea and cakes will be on sale at the event, and there will also be a sale of second-hand books. All  proceeds will be split between the SPCA and the Catholic Church.

*The various Liturgical events are not restricted to the Catholic Community and anyone else wishing to attend may do so – details available from office@kouga-catholic-church.co.za

For more information contact; –Frank Nunan – office@kouga-catholic-church.co.za – 0614855491

assisi-festivalSt Francis of Assisi Festival

Seal Point to host Billabong Junior Final

Billabong Junior series final. Seal Point, Cape ST Francis

The Billabong Junior Series 2016 Final, an historically a popular and well-attended event is being surfed at Seal Point from September 30 – October 2 to decide both event champions as well as series winners,

“The Billabong Junior Series Final in Seal Point is a highlight of the year for a host of surfers from up and down the coast, and Surfing South Africa is proud to be partnering with Billabong in their presentation of this popular contest,” said Robin De Kock, General Manager Surfing South Africa.

Billabong Junior Series Final in Seal Point 2015 event highlights video clip

Also being held in Kouga is a second junior event, the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS, which will take place from October 5 – 9 at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay. This event is always one of the most exciting events of the year for our junior surfers, and The Lower Point in JBay, always delivers excellent surf for this period. It has been consistently good over the last five years, with great waves and offshore winds the norm.

Billabong SA Junior Championships -  October 5 – 9 at the Lower Point in JBay

Cape Town Surfriders clinched the coveted Freedom Cup last year at the Champs by accumulating the highest points over the 5-day period in 2015, and will be defending their title this year.

“We are excited to be entering the final leg of junior surfing in the country,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We have the finals of the very popular Billabong Junior Series in Seal Point, and then we go straight into the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS, the most prestigious junior event of the year. It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.”

2015 event highlights video clip


For more details contact Chad D’Arcy – e.chad.darcy@billabong.co.za – t. 079 519 5990
or

Grant Beck – e. grant.beck@billabong.co.za – t. 079 332 9434

For media queries contact Craig Jarvis – e. info@craigjarvis.co.za – t. 082 376 4443