An aerial view of part of the Port of Richards Bay. Picture: Andre Meyer
Durban - The Richards Bay Port Festival, hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of Richards Bay is to be held this weekend.

The popular event, which was last held in 2015, will be celebrated under the theme, Connecting Port and People.

TNPA said the two-day festival will offer local communities a rare chance to see the inner-workings of the Port of Richards Bay through a range of fun, educational landside and waterside activities that showcase technology, machinery and maritime experiences offered by the port.

Richards Bay port manager Thami Sithole said this year’s festival presents the perfect backdrop for people to connect with the port in an interactive and fun way, while also learning about port operations and the various career and business opportunities in the maritime industry.

“We promise to offer unique and exciting port experiences at this year’s festival, with something for everyone.

“We are excited to showcase the port to our communities, particularly the youngsters,” added Sithole.

Planned activities include a careers exhibition, an entertainment area for children, tours of the Ilembe (dredger), tug boats and other TNPA marine crafts, jet ski, National Sea Rescue Institute and SANDF demonstrations, food stalls and vendors. Visitors can also look forward to live entertainment. There is no entry fee. The festival area will be a pedestrian-only zone and shuttles will be available from the designated parking areas.

Gates opn from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

The Mercury