Organisers of the popular About IT Triathlon Summer Series are having emergency meetings this week to consider the feasibility of the future for this popular event to be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay. Having been a cornerstone development series for Triathlon South Africa in the Eastern Cape for more than 15 years, the escalating costs associated with the hosting of events in Nelson Mandela Bay is putting the squeeze on the affordability to manage events like triathlon in the City.
“The About IT Triathlon Summer Series is an annual event which has been hosted in the city for more than 15 years and regularly attracts participants from around the country” said Series organiser Mike Zoetmulder from Zsports Events NPC, a local non-profit sports company responsible for many of the social and affordable fun family events in the City.
“We’ve just been notified that the hire fee for the proposed Triathlon at Pollok Beach has escalated to R2,090 (per half day) despite the fact that the event takes place on an otherwise unused area behind the Summerstrand lifesaving club and receives no municipal support or services other than the use of an estimated R100 worth of electricity which is used for the food vendors that are at the event. Added to this is the increased cost for the compulsory Traffic Services which is now R492.40 per officer per hour.”
“The unnecessary commercial beach hire fee for sporting events is something we’ve brought to the attention of the city