These lovely ladies were recent visitors to Bela-Bela’s Forever Resorts and touched base with the township’s recent cookout event. Like thousands of other tourists, they were expected to return over the forthcoming ‘Yuletide’. Photo: TK Mashaba

Time to chill


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By the time you read this – if you still read stuff by now – the length and breadth of the Waterberg would be like a riot of colour, with holidaymakers partying the night away.

Towns like Bela-Bela, with its abundance of lodges and other attractions, had over the years been a strategic tourist destination comparable to say, the coastline.

In townships like Modimolle’s Phagameng, locals should be welcoming hundreds of workers from Gauteng and elsewhere, arriving to spend the holidays with loved ones.

Tourists in swimsuits and bare feet, others behind the wheels of land cruisers, are once again a familiar sight, with car-park attendants, among other unemployed individuals, doing roaring business.

The recreation parks dotted around the township, and indeed at Modimolle, Pienaarsrivier, Mookgophong and Vaalwater, are already home to revellers dressed in their bright-coloured summer-wear, and sunglasses of different shades.

Like all Christmases past, this is a time to let one’s hair loose, relax and welcome visitors to this neck of the woods, be they relatives or tourists.

Bela-Bela’s Chesanyama, home to the young and streetwise, was scheduled to host a party on Saturday, 16 December, with deejays drawn from Pretoria and locally.

Chesanyama’s Menzi Ngubane said the party was the curtainraiser for a season of fun, culminating in a nightlong party on 31 December.

At Phagameng township at Modimolle all roads lead to Molalatladi Recreational Park, with families expected to be entertained by means of deejays, also on Saturday, 16 December.

Programmes for forthcoming days would be unveiled in due course. 

Rising stars TRV live band has a line-up of performances, including venues at the township in Bela-Bela.

Bela-Bela’s Motopodi Beer Garden CEO, Lucas “Man Luke” Mogashoa, said the Modimolle-based band would perform at the venue on Saturday, 16 December, from 9pm.

The TRV roadshow was also billed to include Mookgophong on Staurday, 23 December, and also on Wednesday, 

27 December.  

Club Paradise owner, Selby Moima, told The BEAT the venue would host the same music ensemble the next day, Sunday, 17 December.

New kid on the block, Lerato’s liquor restaurant also planned to bring the best of live performances and deejays, according to brand manager Lerato Masemola.

Mabaleng Lounge next door, was also expected to feature holiday games featuring golden oldies and younger sport types.

Spa Park’s Dampie Live tavern owner, Ronnie Raseala, said he was talking to a number of live bands, earmarked to entertain revellers and tourists on the evening of Christmas Eve.

6 months ago       13 December 2017