Knysna Municipality and the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival have announced the names of the successful candidates for their joint Event Incubator Initiative, which encourages emerging event coordinators/owners to improve their existing skill set and become successful event coordinators.
Glendyrr Fick, Festival Manager says, ”The festival received criticism for not being inclusive enough. One of the key objectives of the festival is to create economic benefits for Knysna through various events. This inspired the concept of the Knysna Event Incubator Programme.”
Adverts were placed in local media and on social media to make potential participants aware of the opportunity. Eleven applications were received, of which nine were viable. Each candidate was interviewed, and five candidates were selected from the group. The successful candidates are Oliver Mabukane, Vuvu Ralushe, Anel De Bruyn, Theodore Oelf and Bulelani Memani.
Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies, says, “It was exciting to meet this group of future event co-ordinators who will hopefully develop their skills and companies to take the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and many other local events into the future. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of this programme on the 2018 Oyster Festival.”
The programme will include accredited Events Management Training, mentoring support, as well as Marketing and Financial Management training.
Says Glendyrr: “The Knysna Oyster Festival is an ideal platform to launch a programme of this nature. The training component will commence in January 2018, and all the candidates are looking forward to participating in this initiative.”