Economic and Tourism Department in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have launched a Mandela International Film Festival in Port Elizabeth in a bid to grow the Eastern Cape Metros.
The initiative is expected to run for ten days and attracts international film stars to the metro. Economic and Tourism MEC Mcebisi Jonas says a date has not been set but talks are at an advanced stage with international investors.
Jonas says they chose the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro because of its central position. “We adopted a joint investment promotion strategy with the metro. It looks at the whole range from infrastructure to manufacturing, [and then] to tourism and even agriculture.”
“The core of it now is about repositioning the metro globally. And one of the things we adopted is to say let’s go for a global film festival to be held at Nelson Mandela Bay. But part of it is to ensure we attract big names in the industry,” adds Jonas.
Meanwhile the Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism have provided the funding for a feasibility study for the Apple Express that has been commissioned by the Mandela Bay Development Agency.
The feasibility study will look at the viability of the narrow gauge railway line that runs between Port Elizabeth and the Langkloof in terms of its potential for tourism, freight and passengers.