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The annual Free State Powerboat Festival will be hosted in Parys Golf and Country Estate on the 1st of December 2019. The event sees future F1 participants show off their abilities to race at great speeds in the water. The programme that is the initiative of the Ngwathe local municipality in partnership with the Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority aims to develop local youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds into professional water sport pilots.
The Phakisa Powerboat has been running since 2009. It was spearheaded by the Free State Premier Ace Magashule, Ngwathe local Municipoality, driven by Sowetan newspaper, municipalities under Fezile Dabi district, Phakisa and Free State Tourism Authority, and is currently known as the annual Powerboat Festival hosted by Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority, and Ngwathe Municipality.
The Mayor of Ngwathe Me. Joey Mochela declared the programme as one of the events highly prioritized by the municipality because it doesn’t only help develop the youth but boost the Parys tourism and empowers small business from the area by allowing them to sell at the event.
One of the pilots who is making great strides in the water sport is Fikile Sephiri who started racing in 2009 and has since grown to become the only black to participate in the F1 and is the reigning champion. He describes himself as someone that has always loved speed and things out of the ordinary. That is why the sport has become his greatest passion and attributes his success to his mentors Chris and Wynand de jager.
The municipality provides the participants with uniform for the sport and since the children are from disadvantaged families the Mayor also said that on Wednesday they will taking groceries to their families.
There are five catergories in the completion namely; F1, F30, Powerboat, hardbottoms and jetskies, and since the inception 3 participants are on their way to partake in the F1.
The CEO of Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority Mr Kenny Dichabe says the programme affords black children the opportunity to also learn how to swim as most drowning’s take place in land. And the importance of the event is to market Parys in terms of sport tourism, as a designated destination for water sport.
The Flower Forum is an initiative by the FS Provincial Government to encourage local farmers to consider flower farming and to inform them about the great opportunities available in the sector.
Flower Farming is a saturated market but with the right business strategy farmers have a lot to gain. The forum aims to equip farmers with the knowledge to help them succeed and to inform them of opportunities available in flower farming such as exporting indigenous flowers to countries such as Europe, Far East and USA, including partnering with big retailers.