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54th Art in the Park Application Letter 2016

Lihle Dlamini- SANBI Director of Marketing & Communications, Siphu Nqqasa- KZN Botanical Garden Marketing Officer, Francoise Cheyne-2015 Top Artist, Dumisani Mhlongo-Director- Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism

Lihle Dlamini- SANBI Director of Marketing & Communications, Siphu Nqqasa- KZN Botanical Garden Marketing Officer,
Francoise Cheyne-2015 Top Artist, Dumisani Mhlongo-Director- Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism

Announcing the 53rd Art in the Park sales and Winners of AntiXenophobia School Art Competition.

The 53rd Art in the Park took place on 3-7 June 2015 at Alexander Park.

We are happy to announce sales of R1,100.191  for this year. We had targeted more however on Thursday, 04 June 2015 at the height of the exhibition, we were advised by Disaster management to suspend the show. This suspension was construed with the cancellation although we attempted to communicate the fact that the show would finish on Sunday, 07 June 2015, as planned.

Winners of AntiXenophobia School Art Competition are:

  •     Gateway Christian School
  •     St John DSG
  •     Maritzburg Christian school

Pupils who won will have automatic participation in the 54th Art in the Park and the art theme will be announced then.

We wish to thank our supporters as follows:

  •     Msunduzi Municipality,
  •     KZN Dept of Arts & Culture
  •     Orange Grove Dairies
  •     Sunday Tribune
  •     Maritzburg Sun

For more information contact:
Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association
Tel. 033 345 1348/9

School Competition participants
School Competition participants  School Competition participants

L-R Lusanda Ndaba ( Maritzburg Christian School), Casandra Adeosun (Gateway Christian School) &
Emmi Wood (St John's DSG)

Top three Artists

Art in the park competition winners
l-R Lynn Hoyle, Simon Addy & Francoise Cheyne (Leon & Ingrid Fouche are missing from pic)

Press Release


Should you have an event / activity taking place in Pietermaritzburg in 2015, please contact us on 033 3451348 or email events@pmbtourism.co.za

KZN Letter to Members


To celebrate the Nelson Mandela birthday, Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA) had a breakthrough of its kind, by hosting a delegation from Tourism KwaZulu - Natal and Durban Tourism with the aim of showcasing to them Liberation Heritage Route which has strong Mandela footprints in Pietermaritzburg. The delegation comprise of people who market KZN as the destination of choice and its attractions to international markets such as USA, China, UK, France.

“It is such a significant moment because UMgungundlovu is often overlooked when tracing the liberation footprints in South Africa. To host such a delegation that will market the Liberation Heritage Route internationally is a huge achievement, through this hosting we are opening doors to have Mandela celebrated daily by international tourists in our area” said Dumisani Mhlongo, Director of Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA)

The trip started at the Pietermaritzburg Station, to the Pietermaritzburg Old Prison, the Heroes Acre, and the Peace Monument then to Manaye Hall at Imbali and followed the Nelson Mandela Marathon route up to the Mandela Capture Site in Howick.

Another significant achievement on this Mandela Day were two identified opportunities that were identified by the delegation and will be deliberated after this hosting. The first one concerns the visual link between Moses Mabhida Stadium which is in Durban and Moses Mabhida’s grave in Heroes Acre at Imbali. Secondly, would be a focused increase in showcasing the Mandela Footprints in Pietermaritzburg as part of the KZN Mandela Footprints in South Africa.

In the picture: Delegates from Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Tourism led by Boni Mchunu GM Marketing (in a brown leather jacket) from Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Melusi Khumalo Marketing Region Manager from Durban Tourism (in a pink shirt)
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Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association (MPTA) is the authority that markets tourism in the City of Choice, Pietermaritzburg

For more information contact :Dumisani Mhlongo, MPTA: 033 345 1348, director@pmburgtourism.co.za




The regulation of immigration matters is the constitutional responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs. However, the National Department of Tourism has received representations from tourism stakeholders on the possible unintended consequences of some of the new provisions. Industry role players have highlighted two specific provisions, namely the new requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for minors, as well as the provision for in-person collection of biometric data in tourism source markets. Industry stakeholders argue that these measures may impact on the competitiveness of our destination in an era where countries are attempting to ease visa requirements to promote tourism.

Any matter that could have a detrimental impact on international tourist arrivals to South Africa is a concern. The intentions behind the gazetted immigration regulations reflect South Africa's commitment to contributing to global efforts to combat child trafficking.  The prospect, however, of unforeseen and unintended negative consequences must be taken seriously. Like many other destinations, we have a dual imperative: We have to combat child trafficking by aligning our approach to global efforts, while limiting damage to our competitiveness as a tourism destination.

Accordingly, the National Department of Tourism and industry stakeholders are currently studying, from a tourism vantage point, global best practice for responding to these broader policy challenges and the practicalities of implementing such measures.

Officials from the National Department of Tourism are also engaging in urgent discussions with their counterparts in the Department of Home Affairs to clarify any misperceptions and to find appropriate solutions where required. I will also be meeting with my counterpart, Minister Gigaba, to follow-up on these discussions if required.

I want to assure our trade partners and other industry stakeholders that, as government, we understand the value of travel and tourism, which has grown so impressively over the last few years. We will carefully consider any negative impacts of well-intentioned measures on international tourist arrivals and the attractiveness of our destination.


Ministry of Tourism

Natasha Rockman

Cell: 076 429 2264

Art in the Park 30 May 2014

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