Umuzi Week of Festivals, 10 days, 5 festivals. From 28 September to 7 October, Lake Umuzi Waterfront was transformed into a beehive of festivities. 28 September, Lekke Fees, Oktoberfest, Rainbow Sportfest and AquaZone Springfest kicked off.
Lekke Fees – For 2 days Lake Umuzi Kamp Oase hosted the Lekke Fees where some of South Africa’s most famous artists performed. Ten jumping castles of various heights provided enough entertainment for the young ones while parents could browse through the variety of stalls or relax in the beer tent.
Due to the bad weather on Friday evening The Puma Energy Flying Lions could not do the Harvard’s air show as planned, but on Saturday morning they did not disappoint when putting up an amazing show with loads of flips and turns. Not to mention some heart racing low flying over Lake Umuzi.
An emergency action demonstration was hosted by StratCon Risk, Jelani Security, CPF, ER24, Secunda Fire department and the SAPD. The organisers wish to thank all the volunteers for the excellent demonstrations that were done for the children, as well as all the assistance given to assure that the whole festival was secure and had the necessary personnel in case of an emergency.
Lake Umuzi Oktoberfest – Eish!! South African Kitchen’s deck was jam-packed with music lovers for most of the 10 days. The organisers wish to thank each and every one that attended this festival. Without the great attendance Eish!! would not have been able to host the festival with free entry.
Wyn-Inni-Tyn – 4, 5 and 6 October Boesies venue hosted the 4th Wyn-Inni-Tyn. Thursday, 4 October the wine festival kicked off with Radio Kalahari Orkes performing in the marquee tent. Robertson, Fat Bastard and KVW wines were available for tasting. On Friday from 14:00 Phillipe Abalovi, Petronel Baard and Stef Kruger performed under the weeping willows while wine tasting continued from various Winelands. Bo Plaas, Lourensford, Aan de Doorns, Clarington were amongst the 20 wine estates that presented their wines. Wine lovers had the opportunity to taste the various wines and buy at estate prices. Friday evening, Adam Tas had a sold-out show that ensured that the party continued until early morning hours. Saturday the festivities continued with wine and food lovers enjoying the great weather. Wyn-Inni-Tyn ended with the gifted Jannie Moolman enchanting the audience with his amazing voice. He sang a wide variety of songs including Italian and Afrikaans oldies.
Rainbow Sportfest – All the various sporting clubs in Secunda hosted sporting events during the 10 days. Starting off with the Lake Umuzi National Rally on Thursday, 27 September. After a nail-biting competition local rally driver, AC Potgieter managed to secure the win in this rally. Action Sports Secunda had their grand opening on Friday, 28 September. They invited all sporting enthusiasts to join the sporting leagues for the coming season.
Sasol sport hosted an amateur wrestling competition, cricket 6’s, rugby 7’s, hockey 11’s and soccer 7’s. Without these great organisers, Rainbow Sportfest would not have been able to exist. The organisers of Umuzi Week of Festivals would like to thank all these volunteers for their time and efforts.
Secunda Marathon club hosted the Rainbow race on 29 September. This was a colourful event with family and friends flinging neon coloured powder at each other.
On 6 October Sasol Marathon club hosted a 10km and 21.1km for the more serious runners. The runners followed the famous Kosmos 3-in-1 route but said the route felt easier because it was run earlier than the usual time. Kosmos 3-in-1’s 21.1km usually starts at 13:00 whereas the Rainbow race started at 6:30.
Le-mans 4 hours endurance race also took place on 6 October, teams, and solo riders competed. Stefan Kruger came first in the men’s solo category and Janika Smith in the women’s solo category.
AquaZone Springfest – Young and old enjoyed the summer weather for most of the week at AquaZone Waterpark. A few changes were made to the main waterslide to ensure a thrilling ride for everyone.
Umuzi Week of festivals will be hosted again on 20-29 September 2019. Keep an eye out on Facebook for all the information. – Rolin Booysen