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The Ramsgate Literary Festival 2016

PRESS RELEASE BY UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM: The second Ramsgate Literary Festival, sponsored by Ugu South Coast Tourism, returns to the Village of Ramsgate on 24th September as part of Heritage Day Celebrations. Set in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Ramsgate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, the Festival will once again celebrate all things unique about Ramsgate including good books, art exhibitions, quirky museums, fine wines and antiques. According to Festival organiser Vicky Wentzel of Wozani Africa Events, “Last year’s inaugural festival was such a success that the Ramsgate Tourism Sub Committee has decided that this Festival should become an annual event and are looking towards growing this into a must-do, annual cultural calendar event each year over the Heritage weekend.” The Festival programme consists of 10 guest speakers who will be presenting talks on a variety of topics at The Whale Deck in Ramsgate, starting at 10h00 and... read more

Ramsgate Literary Festival – 25th September

The second day of the Ramsgate Literary Festival is no less exciting, with a highlight being the Alan Paton Beach picnic at Little Billy Beach Have a look at the itinerary for the 24th September Friday 25th September TIME EVENT/SPEAKER TOPIC VENUE 9h00 – 17h00 Errol Boyley Retrospective Exhibition “Contemporary Realism Mastered” Riverbend Crocodile Farm 10h00 – 16h00 Hazels World of Miniatures Exhibition in miniture of Charles Dickens Street Themes and much loved Enid Blyton famous Children’s Story Scenes Hazel’s World of Miniatures 11h00 Nazim Gani / Alan Paton Beach Picnic Head and Senior Librarian at the Alan Paton Centre, Nazim Gani, will present the story of Allan Paton and his life works Little Billy Beach Grass Park 11h30 – 12h30 String Quartet Beautiful Strings set to the sound of the crashing ocean Little Billy Beach Grass Park 16h30 for 17h00 Gela Tolken Art Jewelry Exhibition Entitled “The Words... read more

Ramsgate Literary Festival – 24th September

A wonderful line up has been scheduled for the first day of the Ramsgate Literary Festival, the 24th September 2015. Along with scheduled events, there will be a number of activities happening throughout the day. Ramsgate Stationers Local Authors & Alan Paton Book Exhibition – Ramsgate Stationers will have a great selection of local authors’ books and Alan Paton books for sale at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Gourmet Cupcakes & Tea Garden – Gourmet “Literary” cupcakes will be on sale at the Ramsgate Whale Deck South Coast Oysters & Caviar – Come Dine With D & enjoy her unique signature foods at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Medieval Wine Tasting – Enjoy the FARRAGUT 1303 Medieval Wine Tasting at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Ramsgate Knit Twits – The Ramsgate Knit Twits will be yarn bombing and knitting in public. Their work and skill will be on display at the Ramsgate Whale Deck Hazel’s... read more

The Ramsgate Literary Festival Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the Ramsgate Literary Festival. For more details of when these events take place, please have a look at the itineraries for Thursday 24th September and Friday 25th September. “KZN Literary Tourism & the South Coast Writers’ Trail” – Prof. Lindy Stiebel The highly acclaimed Prof. Lindy Stiebel will be officially opening the festival with a presentation titled “KZN Literary Tourism and the South Coast Writers.” Lindy Stiebel is Professor Emeritus of English Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is the also the author of a number of books, her latest being, “Thomas Baines: Exploring Tropical Australia.” 2016 will see her further work on Lewis Nkosi entitled “Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Literature.” She also looks forward to the the e-publication of “A Literary Companion to KwaZulu-Natal,” a book which collects over 10 years of the KZN Literary Tourism projects which she leads. In addition to these... read more

Fishing on the KZN South Coast

The KZN, South Coast offers some of the finest angling areas in the world. Here are a few of the famous and not-so-famous spots to try your luck: Famous Fishing Spots – Scottburgh & Pennington Famous Fishing Spots – Umzumbe & Port Shepstone Famous Fishing Spots – Margate Pier & Lee Rock Famous Fishing Spots – Pot Hole & Orange Rocks Famous Fishing Spots – Shirley Avenue, Ramsgate Famous Fishing Spots – Trafalgar Famous Fishing Spots – Palm Beach High Rock, Ladder Rock & Splash Rock, Port Edward The deep water spots can produce large sandsharks and a variety of rays especially during the hot summer months. Casting and fast retrieving of surface ‘poppers’ may attract Kingfish during summer although other species cannot be ruled out. Casting with ‘spinners’ in the early morning or late afternoon during autumn and winter may bag you a King Mackerel, Yellowtail, Kingfish, Garrick or Natal Snoek.... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – High Rock, Ladder Rock & Splash Rock

Fishing is much more than fish.  It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.  ~Herbert Hoover Palm Beach High Rock (S30 59.322 E30 16.500) This is a well known deep water spot to the south of Trafalgar. Whilst it is a productive fishing spot, it is an awkward fishing platform and not for the novice angler. Ladder Rock (S31 01.050 E30 15.177) This is a fishing spot which should only be visited by the novice with the purpose of viewing. Even the most experienced local anglers treat this deep water point with the greatest of respect as many a one has been unexpectedly washed off this point, most often with serious consequences. Be warned! Splash Rock (S31 02.989 E30 13.779) Any angler who has visited Port Edward will know Splash Rock. This presents a good, relatively safe deep water fishing platform... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Trafalgar

Good things come to those who bait.  ~Author Unknown Trafalgar (S30 57.164 E30 18.051) This is a Marine Protected Area although fishing with a rod and line is permitted. There is safe daytime parking at Trafalgar main swimming beach, where the family can relax. Beach fishing is the order of the day and this is prime edible fish water (bream, rockcod etc.) and one should start fishing from the tidal pool and work one’s way south. Expect to find bays and lots of broken reef so take the appropriate tackle. Don’t venture into the fishing area alone as it can become a little isolated as you move... read more

Famous Fishing Spots – Shirley Avenue, Ramsgate

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.  ~Author Unknown Shirley Avenue (S30 54.236 E30 20.404) This is a deep water spot, situate just south of Ramsgate. A good fishing platform, but take care on spring high tide. Bring the family and a picnic basket. There is also opportunity to cool off in the rock pool close by. Relatively safe parking is close... read more

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