See another side of Durban at this year's Port Festival with a range of activities on offer.

The countdown to the Durban Port Festival has commenced, and judging from the line up it's one not to be missed. The festival will showcase to the public all its maritime activities and port's operations.

Taking place on September 9 and 10, the two day festival is part of Transnet National Port Authority's efforts to bring engagement to communities living close to the port.

The harbour cruise showcased some of the spots to look out for at the festival. Picture: Zanele Zulu.

The Durban Port manager, Moshe Motlohi, said this year's event will continue from the success of last year with more activities for the children and family.

"We are hoping that people will come and show their support and make a fun day of it. This is a rare opportunity for people to learn and engage with port staff and understand the number of opportunities available in this sector.

"The festival will also showcase the smart technology initiatives Durban's port will be implementing in the near future. It is ideal for businesses and those set their heart on a maritime career," he said.

The team of Transnet National Port Authority are excited for another Port Festival. Picture: Zanele Zulu.

Nasty C and Amanda Black are among the headliners this year. Other acts include DJ Nivaadh, Handsome DJ and Band and DJ Thukzin. Among the activities on offer include the festival island incorporating a kids corner, fun fair with three rides, food, craft and beer stalls.

The stunning views while on board the Isiponono. Picture: Zanele Zulu.

Motlohi said they wanted to continue with the theme of celebrating South African culture with Zulu and Indian dancers opening the show.


Durban media was treated to a 30 minute cruise where media were shown the points of interests for the festival through the use of a tour narrator.  The sights of Durban were remarkable, despite the cold weather.

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