Algoa Bay’s waters will be a hive of activity this Easter when hundreds of swimmers take to the waves for the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Mile.

This event forms part of the 19th annual MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival, which takes place from April 10 to 13 at Hobie Beach.

According to Michael Zoetmulder of Zports, the festival’s watersport coordinator, this watersport family festival will once again be packed with exciting watersport items and other entertainment.

“The development mile is undoubtedly one of the watersport highlights. Participants will swim from Hobie to Humewood Beach and back.”

Zoetmulder says about a hundred children from Motherwell and KwaZakhele will also take part on Easter Sunday. “This item offers a wonderful opportunity for young swimmers to gain experience in open water swimming.”

According to him, people will compete in age groups ranging from U/13 to over 50. “Although swimmers will battle it out in their respective categories, participants will take to the water in a mass start at 11am.”

The first 30 men and women to finish the mile will qualify for the King/Queen of Nelson Mandela Bay Swim Challenge. This knock-out contest starts at 12.30pm and will, according to Zoetmulder, last about an hour.

“This event is extremely popular among spectators and will therefore start and finish at Shark Rock Pier.”

Anyone can enter the development mile. Participation is free and people can register from 9am.

Apart from beach and watersports, there will also be activities for kids, live entertainment and more than a hundred stalls, according to programme coordinator David Limbert of Magnetic Storm.

“Big names in the music industry like Mafikizolo, DJ Ossewa and Flash Republic featuring Tamara Déy will perform live,” says Limbert, “and youngsters can join in the fun every morning when favourites like Little Gerry and Rocket Man will have them in stitches.”

For more information on the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival, visit or phone the festival office on 041 393 4800.

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