Newsletter April 2013

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Monday, 1st April 2013

2013_04_01.jpgThe excellent Mountain Bike Trails at the Boschberg Tourism Hub are seeing a lot of use, by locals and by visitors. On 26th April, Mountain Biking co-ordinator Nicky Dilima organised a Schools' Mountain Bike event for local learners, and pupils from most of the local schools were represented. In ideal weather, kids aged from 10 up to over 18 competed, and the enthusiasm and enjoyment were palpable.

The newly filled dam, against vivid green views of the Boschberg make the Events Centre at the Hub a delightful venue for indoor and outdoor events. The road is in the process of being paved, and the Art Gallery run by the local Boschberg Art Club will be 2013_04_02.jpgopening shortly. The quality of the art produced by local members is impressive, and this will add to Somerset East's many Tourism drawcards.

Blue Crane Tourism, our Local Tourism Organisation, headed by Alan Hobson, has almost completed our Tourism Awareness and Education Roadshow, funded by CACADU. Over the last couple of weeks, we have taken a programme consisting of an educational DVD showing exactly what Tourism is, and how it can benefit all members of a community; a theatre piece written by local actor Shaun Klaasen and performed by local learners; a DVD presentation of the many and unique attractions and 2013_04_03.jpgactivities in the Blue Crane Route; and inspirational local entrepreneur Nombuyislo Zinco telling the audiences how she uses Tourism to sell her beautiful beadwork. Nombuyiselo's message, which she puts across very articulately, is that the opportunities are there to be taken, for those not afraid of hard work, and with imagination and flair.

Somerset East is one of three finalists for the Eastern Cape for Kwela's Dorp van die Jaar. We are holding our breath and hoping enough enthusiastic locals will send their sms's to vote for our lovely little town, before 6th May. You can do your bit by sms-ing Somerset Oos to 33157 before 12.00 on Monday 6th May.

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