Events in the Western Cape – September 2010

Paternoster Heritage Festival: This event is held on the 24th of September 2010 in Paternoster on the West Coast. Paternoster (meaning “Our Father”) is thought to have been given its name by a group of shipwrecked sailors in thanks for the sparing of their lives. Paternoster is closely associated with fishing and the sea but it has now also become a sought after destination for overseas travellers to South Africa. To celebrate the heritage of this gorgeous town, the 3rd annual Paternoster Heritage Festival is being held this year. The festival starts at 9 AM and continues until late afternoon. The festival will be held in and around the Paternoster fishmarket. This is more than just a celebration. It is a celebration for a good cause. The volunteer committee is aiming to raise enough money to enable the Grade 7 learners of St Augustine Primary School to attend educational trips and excursions. Various competitions will be held at the Paternoster Heritage festival. This includes a “skattejag” (or treasure hunt) and the Paternoster Popstars. Great prizes can be won. The NSRI and SANCOB will be in attendance and the SAPS will hold a live demonstration of how their trained dogs perform their duties. Delicious food and arts and crafts will also be on sale. Child-friendly activities include beach games and horse riding. For more info phone the Paternoster Tourism office on 022 7522323.

Bainskloof Ultra & Half Marathon: This event is held on the 24th of September 2010. The SAD SAFARI Half marathon started here 21 years ago and it has grown to one of the most popular top races in the country. There is surely no more fitting way to commemorate this than to place another big event on the calendar for our athletes! The race promises to be unique and our national asset, Bainskloof Pass (now 155 years old) will ensure that no one will be disappointed!  Bainskloof is part of the Limietberg Nature Reserve, which in turn is part of the Boland Mountain Complex which is one of the 8 areas of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site. There will be a 6 km fun run, a 21,1 km half marathon and a 63,3 km ultra marathon.

Henno Kruger

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