Three young entrepreneurs from the Knysna Township will present a Colour Splash Party, a Colour Fun Run and a Fashion Extravaganza at this year's Knysna Oyster Festival
The Knysna Municipality’s Economic Development team – under the leadership of Ilse van Schalkwyk, has made a difference in the lives of three event managers from the local Community. After a selection process – Oliver Mabukane, Bulelane Memane and Vuvu Ralushe were chosen to receive a small sponsorship from the Knysna Municipality in order to enable them to host their events in the township and at Club Vinyl on Main Road during this year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The Knysna Municipality has also provided funding for a mentor, who has experience in presenting larger events, to provide some guidance to these young entrepreneurs. The Municipality has subsidized a large aspect of their marketing budget – allowing the events to create professional posters, video clips and other promotional material.
Bulelani - who will be hosting the Colour Splash Party – featuring well known Johannesburg DJ Bongs on Saturday 30 June at Club Nitelife in Dam Se Bos - feels strongly that there is a real need for well organised events that cater for all cultures to take place in the Knysna Township. “The reality at present is that people are traveling to George and Oudtshoorn in order to enjoy a gathering that appeals to them. The Municipal assistance will enable us to have the confidence and knowledge to put on top quality events in our areas for our local people. This will boost the local economy in the future - by providing job opportunities for people in these communities where the lack of employment is a daily reality for many.”
Oliver owns the Knysna Ikasi Experience that is a registered events company that is affiliated to the NPO – the Yona-Yethu Initiative. This initiative’s main focus is on the development of the youth and the local economy. The Ikasi Colour Fun Run – that will be followed by a street bash After Party will take place on Sunday 1 July 2018. The Knysna Marathon Club will kindly be assisting with the registration for this event and the start will be at the Khayalethu Community Hall – with the 4.7km run finishing at the Concordia CDC. This will be the first organized fun run to take place in the township and Oliver hopes that this event will become a highlight on the annual calendar.
Sidwell Vuvu Ralushe – will host the Green Carpet Fashion Extravaganza at Club Vinyl on the Main Street of Knysna on Sunday 8 July – with help from Club co- owner - Charmaine Krijger. Vuvu was born and raised in Knysna and matriculated at Percy Mdala High school in 2003. “My event will showcase local designers and models while township DJs, a break dancer and a fun photo booth option will add to the flavor of the event. We hope to sell tickets to people from all cultures and walks of life with our regular entry, VIP and VVIP options.” Vuvu has hosted a few events in Knysna in the past.
Festival supporters are encouraged to support these three events and they can find out more details at www.oysterfestival.co.za and can purchase tickets at the Knysna Tourism offices.