Fantastic news for the South Coast: Uvongo has been voted in as KwaZulu-Natal’s contender for national honours as the town of South Africa for 2019 in the prestigious and widely watched Multichoice/KykNet programme Kwela. This is a major achievement for our area, following on Margate’s similar success in 2017.
The announcement was made over the weekend, and Uvongo now has to compete in the final vote against nine other contenders.
The overall ‘Dorp van die Jaar’ will be chosen from nine regions: Gauteng and Northwest combined, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia. Stilbaai has already been announced as the winner for the Western Cape, which means that seven more regional winners are to be announced. When all nine finalists have been determined, the public will be able to vote for their choice as South Africa’s ‘Dorp van die Jaar’ from 18h00 on 26 May to 12h00 on 31 May. The name of the winner will be announced on 16 June on Kwela.
The winner will receive marketing publicity to the value of R1-million from KykNet. Homebrew Films will produce a 45 second ad on the winning town, which will be broadcast during KykNet’s prime advertising time. In addition, a Kia festival/jol wil be held at the winning town with music, food, good vibes and fun which will be captured on video by Kwela to be aired later in the year. Kwela is broadcast at 18h00 on Multichoice/KykNet on channel 144 on Sundays, and has been one of KykNet/Multichoice’s top and hugely popular programmes for more than 20 years.
Uvongo Cllr. George Henderson told eHowzit the main reason why Uvongo won the KZN leg of the competition was because its residents simply outvoted the others en masse. Thirty votes per cellphone were allowed, and voters in favour of Uvongo had the most ‘full-house’ votes, which proved the determination of Uvongo fans to support the town. The other KZN semi finalists were Newcastle and Cathkin Park. Cllr Henderson appealed to residents and fans of Uvongo, countrywide, to do the same during the voting period for the national ‘Dorp van die Jaar’, and thanked those for making the Uvongo regional victory possible. He stressed that this achievement had already catapulted the South Coast, and in particular Uvongo, back to where it belonged as a prime holiday destination because of the audience range of Kwela. “Imagine what it could do for the South Coast if Uvongo becomes the Kwela South African ‘Dorp van die Jaar”. “Please, watch the programme, and when the time comes, simply outvote the others.”
Kwela video of Uvongo’s victory below: