Sacred Khoi ritual at St Francis this weekend

A sacred Khoi ritual will bring the culture of South Africa’s first nation to life at St Francis Bay this weekend.

A public gathering of the Khoi-San !Nau will take place at Granny’s Pool from Friday, 28 February, to Sunday, 1 March.

According to the provincial chairperson of the Links Royal House in the Eastern Cape, Paramount Chief Crawford Fraser (Gaokx’oab Kai Anib), about 100 delegates are expected to attend the historic event.

“Three !nau, which are sacred Khoi rituals, will be observed – the !Habab for young girls transitioning into women, the Doro for young boys becoming men, and the Leadership !nau where men and women become headmen and headwomen, senior headmen and senior headwomen or goakx’oab (chiefs),” he explained.

The event is being organised by the Links Royal House in partnership with the provincial Nama House, under Chief Cora Hennings, and the Oeswana Bushman Royal House, under Chief Jan Bekkies.

“The delegates will assemble at the venue from 10am on Friday,” he said.

“At sunset the !nau delegates will go into seclusion in temporary huts, with the official traditional ceremony set to start at midnight.

“Three temporary huts will be constructed – one for males, one for females and the third where the sacred process will take place.

“Before sunrise on Saturday morning, the delegates will undergo a cleansing ceremony.

“Ritual sacrifices will also take place from just after midnight to sunrise.

“After sunrise, the traditional leadership and delegates will have breakfast, following which the official !nau progamme will start.”

He said the official programme was expected to conclude just after 1pm on the Saturday, after which the public was welcome to join in the celebration, which would last up until Sunday evening.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said it was an honour for Kouga to have been selected to host the sacred event.

“The municipality has had several meetings with the organising committee, under the leadership of the three houses, as it is important for all of us that the event and ritual sacrifices happen in strict accordance with the relevant legislation.

“A health inspector will be visiting the site each day to guide the organisers in this regard.   

“In terms of our agreement only six sheep will be sacrificed at the venue. All other sacrifices will take place off site,” he said.

Hendricks said the municipality was working closely with the organisers to ensure that all safety and fire regulations were met.

“Additional ablution facilities and waste collection services will also be place for the duration of the event.”

Paramount Chief Fraser said the safety of all participants was of great importance to the organisers.

“There will be an ambulance on site. A safety officer has also been appointed and there will be marshalls to help direct traffic and guide participants, as needed,” he said.

JBAY WIND FARM MTB CLASSIC AND TRAIL RUN KEEPS GROWING

(JEFFREYS BAY) Get your taste of the best mountain biking and trail running J-Bay has to offer! Enter now for the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic and Trail Run, taking place at Twin Valley Estate on Saturday 13 June 2020.

The event once again promises to be a great day out for the whole family, featuring something for all skill and fitness levels. Think: An epic race venue; purpose-built singletrack; spectacular views and fast farm roads. And turbines of course, towering 80m tall wind turbine towers, spread more than 500m apart in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

It is these turbines that give the race its unique distinction. But if it is very special experience of riding and running among these turbines and the spectacular trails that lure the riders and runners back each year, it is the sense of ‘community’ that really defines the event.

Now in its eight year, the event – which is proudly supported by the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm – continues to grow and evolve along the underlying ethos of sustainable energy and community growth. With those in mind, there are some exciting changes for 2020:

The organisers have made the call to remove the gruelling 85km ultra marathon from the bill with the aim of putting more into the route design of the shorter routes. In addition, there will now also be a 15km MTB option, to cater for the growing popularity this sport has gained at school level.

The hugely successful trail-running component added in 2019 is here to stay and organisers anticipate entry numbers for this to grow significantly

More details on the MTB and Trail routes will be shared soon, but riders can expect a lot of fast, flowing singletrack in 50km which should make for some exciting racing. The 30m fun ride is ideal for those wanting to experience riding in the wind farm but are not looking to push it too much, while the 15km is aimed a scholar. The 50km and 25km MTB routes as well as the 10km trail run take in the impressive Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, giving the race the distinction of being the only single-day race in the country which traverses a wind farm.

Entries for both the MTB and Trail Running events are now open, head over to https://jbaymtbclassic.co.za/ to enter. 

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and join the conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/jbaywindfarmmtbclassic/

The best South African musicians set to rock Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™

Africa’s biggest motorcycle, music & leisure lifestyle festival – Bike Fest SA™ – will kick off its five-stop 2020 tour of South Africa’s most rocking venues with the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ from 28 February to 1 March 2020. Being so much more than a bike fest, audiences can look forward to a melodious line-up of South Africa’s most talented musicians who will be taking to the Bike Rocker Main Beach Stage throughout this family-friendly festival. The event is not restricted to South Africa’s biking elite, but is open to everyone in the mood for some high-class entertainment!

“For the 2020 Bike Fest SA™ tour, we are not only extending the venues countrywide, but also extending the festival programme so audiences can expect a host of new musical acts, extreme stunts, as well as recreational and retail offerings suited to all interests and tastes,” said event organiser, Vicky Wentzel – owner of Wozani Africa Events and co-founder of Africa Bike Week™ & South Coast Bike Fest™. “We are really excited to announce the incredible Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ musical programme which will keep festival-goers rocking all three days!”

Some of the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ musical highlights

Audiences looking for some rap/hip-hop will find the right mix as award-winning Early B takes to the stage (Friday, 28 February at 9pm). Having worked with prominent industry figures – including Grammy-award-winning producer, Darryl Torr – his dynamic (predominantly) Afrikaans rap style has seen him rising the charts. Another South African taking the hip hop world by storm is Port Elizabeth-born artist, Biggy (Friday, 28 February at 6.15pm), who will give fans a taste of his fusion of hip hop and electronic dance using lyrical storytelling.

For some country/blues with a South African twist, Roan Ash (Saturday, 29 February at 8.15pm) is currently one of the country’s hottest properties. His debut album – which includes the hits ‘Whiskey to My Soul’ and ‘If I Ever Saw Heaven’ – has been very well-received by audiences.

 

The past two decades, the South African pop music scene has been dominated by award-winning band, Mean Mr Mustard (Saturday, 29 February at 5.15pm). From their debut self-titled album in 1996, Mean Mr Mustard has gained a national fanbase through hits including ‘Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Waiting for a Miracle’, ‘Without You’ and ‘Waterfalls’.

 

And, joining them on the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ programme are fellow musical legends, WONDERboom (Saturday, 29 February at 1.15pm), still rocking 23 years after first appearing on the scene. Although considered a rock band, WONDERboom has touched on a range of genres, from funk and punk through to afro-dance. In their two decades of rocking, WONDERboom has released nine albums, been nominated for five ‘Best Rock Album’ awards at the South African Music Awards (SAMA), and won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands, coming second worldwide at the finals in London.

 

Then, for the best of Afrikaans pop, festival-goers should look out for the Anton Botha Band (Saturday, 29 February at 10.15pm), a SAMA- and Ghoema Award-nominated musician. Alongside his superior singing skills, Anton Botha is a gifted songwriter, having penned tunes for Juanita du Plessis, Karen Ferreira, Thys de Bosveldklong, Wynand Strydom, Karlien Husselman and Izak Davel, among others.

 

Continuing this genre is the bearded icon, Jo Black (Sunday, 1 March at 1.45pm), who left a life in construction to build his formidable career in music. A powerful force for positive change and the founder of the, ‘Be That Guy’ movement, Jo will bring his brand of unique ‘pub rock’ to inspire the crowd.

 

And if that’s not enough to get the engines revving, Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ welcomes the guru of Afrikaans rock music, Koos Kombuis on Saturday, 29 February at 7.15pm. This iconic South African musician, singer and songwriter earned his fame alongside a group of fellow anti-establishment maverick Afrikaans musicians, Voëlvry, who toured campuses across South Africa in the 1980s. Old fans can reminisce while new fans will be inspired by the raw sounds of this muso legend.

 

Some other Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ highlights include

  • Biker and beach bars
  • Power Play featuring Wheely Machines, an Arm-Wrestling Power Table, and Virtual Reality Bike Racing
  • Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ Talent Search Competition – Friday, 28 February between 12pm and 7pm at the Bike Rocker Main Beach Stage – with a cash prize of R15 000 (pre-register at hello@bikefestsa.co.za)
  • Experiential Energy Zone with a Burnout Pit, Le Riche Brother Stunt Riders, King Donut
  • Bike Rocker Stage featuring the Bike Fest SA™ Fashion Show & Battle of the Bands
  • Street Vibes featuring Street Dancing, Busker Alley, Marching Brass Bands and Scottish Pipe Bands
  • Custom Bike Show
  • Outrides including the J Bay Explorer Bike Route
  • Benevolent Fund charity initiative raising funds through the Mayoral Mass Parade on Sunday morning

Get ready to rock and ride at this premier biking festival! Check out www.bikefestsa.co.za to book your tickets and accommodation now, or visit the ‘Bike Fest SA’ Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest updates.

Bike Fest SA event sponsors

Bike Fest SA 2020 partners include BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley, Harley-Davidson Durban, Harley-Davidson Gold Rand, Roc Harley-Davidson, Fast KTM, ZA Bikers, Superbike Magazine, Bike SA Magazine, Algo FM and Harley-Davidson Insurance Services.

Bike Fest 2020 Countrywide Schedule

Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest

28 February to 1 March 2020

Jeffery’s Bay, Eastern Cape

 

South Coast Bike Fest, Port Edward

25 to 27 April 2020

Port Edward, Ugu District, KwaZulu-Natal

 

Clarens Bike Fest

24 to 26 July 2020

Clarens, Free State Province

 

North Coast Bike Fest, Ballito

4 to 6 September 2020

Ballito Beachfront, KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal

 

West Coast Bike Fest, Langebaan

23 to 25 October 2020

Langebaan, Western Cape

TALENT SCOUTING AT JBAY BIKE FEST

Talent scouting at Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™

Alongside rocking motorcycle action, stellar music, great food and cool vibes, Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ (28 February to 1 March) will also give the region’s up-and-coming talent a platform to shine with the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ Talent Search Competition. On Friday, 28 February between 12pm and 7pm at the Bike Rocker Main Beach Stage, the best local artists in singing, dancing or rap (individual or groups) will perform in 4-minute time slots. A cash prize of R15 000 will go to the Best Overall Artist, announced at the prizegiving at 7pm.

Judging will be based on a 50% public vote and 50% judging panel. This family-friendly event welcomes any and all skilled artists to compete for the inaugural title. So, if you think you have what it takes, pre-register at hello@bikefestsa.co.za today!

For more information about the five-stop Bike Fest SA™ 2020 tour, check out www.bikefestsa.co.za, or visit the ‘Bike Fest SA’ Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest updates.