Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of PE plans to kill two fish with one worm this Saturday by inviting the Nelson Mandela Bay community to participate in its Back-to-School Charity Fishing Day. This event will not only give anglers the opportunity to fish safely from the Charl Malan Quay, but disadvantaged learners will also benefit from it.
Anglers will get admission to the quayside on presentation of a stationery pack with a cash slip to the value of R100 for a ticket. They can exchange the stationery pack for an entrance ticket at various tackle shops in advance too. These tackle shops are Hook, Line and Sinker, Trophy Tackle Den, Commercial Marine and Cross Currents Fishing Tackle.
A maximum of 250 participants will be allowed on a first-come-first-served basis. They are reminded to use Green Street entrance only – participants using other entries will be redirected to Green Street entrance. They are expected to adhere to the admission rules and sign an indemnity form. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited, a valid fishing permit is required and people can enjoy charcoal braais on their own braai stands. Small children are encouraged to remain under adult supervision and to wear life jackets. The event will be hosted by the port from 06:00 until 14:00 and emergency and security services will be present to ensure the utmost safety.
“We invite the Nelson Mandela Bay community to participate in this special event on Saturday, 15 February. Everyone is welcome – young and old. Our aim is to collect stationery which will be distributed to underprivileged learners in and around Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Zinhle Small, TNPA’s Acting Corporate Affairs Manager.
“This gesture is in line with our vision of transforming the Port of PE into a ‘Smart People’s Port.’ We do not only regard this as a corporate social investment initiative, but also as a platform to engage with the people of our city to make a joint contribution to a better life in our metro. We are always grateful for the support from the Bay’s angling community.”
The port hosts charity fishing days on a quarterly basis. Each event has a different theme, creating the opportunity for participants to contribute to different needs in our area. Past events have collected canned food, school shoes, blankets, toys and sanitary towels for the needy. There is a demand among the anglers of the city to enjoy the privilege of fishing from the quayside – some have even expressed the need to host it monthly.
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