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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Happy 2017!  January is the half-way point in our Financial Year and a time to reflect on the work and projects that Makana Tourism has done and been involved with since last July and the Festival.

Did you know that in the last 6 months Grahamstown/Makana has had approximately 251 events including talks, lectures, sporting fixtures, fetes, dinners and musical performances? Please check Tourism’s website daily for the latest events in our area:

Makana Tourism had its AGM in October and we voted in a new board with sub-committees to deal with specific areas of focus such as finance, events and membership. 

A fun membership evening followed in November at the 49’ers Restaurant at Peppergrove Mall where we were royally treated.

Happily, Tourism’s membership is growing and we have a new membership category – Friends of Makana Tourism (for people who do not run a business or accommodation establishment) – at R100 per year. Call our office today for more information.

Makana Tourism sells bus tickets for City-to-City and Translux buses. We offer friendly service and no queues. We can exchange and refund tickets but only if the tickets are bought from our office.

December was a very busy month with 3 projects that Makana Tourism was part of: Day for Life/Day of the Dead, Bonds of Friendship Festival and the New Year’s Cup.

Day for Life/Day of the Dead

Makana Tourism would like to thank the following businesses and people who helped us make the event on 3rd December at the Crown Hall such a wonderful success: Suzie Q for donating face paint, Oscars for 3 meal vouchers, Mad Hatters for a dozen cupcakes, Red Café for a meal voucher, Wallace’s Pharmacy for lollipops, GHT Pharmacy for serviettes, PG Glass for water bottles, Tip Top Butchery for two meat vouchers, and The Candy Shop for the Nik Naks for the children’s gift bags and the vetkoek and mince for the food eating competition and a wonderful mask for Tourism staff member Hluliwe Kutsi who ran the tuck shop at the event.

Entrepreneurs volunteered their time and talent must also receive our heartfelt thanks: Bingo the Clown for the memorable fire show, New Nexus Inc. (Vince and Kim) for fantastic face painting, Maryann Mda Events for assisting with the event and running the games, and The Candy Shop’s Newton Jordaan who was the event designer and Master of Ceremonies.

A big thank you to the Councillor for Ward 4, Mr Brian Fargher, for his positive speech to the 80 plus children and teenagers who joined us for a morning of community building and fun.

We plan to build on the success of this pilot and with the wonderful people of Grahamstown who so readily give their support and dedication to community building, we cannot fail.

Bonds of Friendship Festival

Church tourism is on the rise and the public was invited to bring picnic baskets and participate in an interdenominational event at the Bible Monument on 16th December, the Day of Reconciliation.

Basil and Debbie Mills brought one of their historic wagons to the site in Rautenbach Road and set up a traditional camp for the morning.  An enjoyable time was spent socialising under a big tree and taking rides in the wagon.

New Year’s Cup 2016

Grahamstown played host to possibly the biggest soccer tournament in the area when 32 teams from across South Africa came to our City for the inaugural New Year’s Cup Tournament which ran from the 16th to the 31st of December. Makana Tourism was tasked with finding accommodation providers and caterers for participants and visitors to the event. 

Upcoming project: Tour Guide Training

Makana Tourism will be offering Tour Guide Training. Seats are limited to 10. If you are interested in applying you must have completed Grade 12 with a pass in mathematics, and be fluent in English. For more information, please contact Makana Tourism.

Here's hoping that 2017 will bring more fun projects!


Makana Tourism

63 High Street


Tel: 046 622 3241

Fax: 046 622 3266