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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Simangaliso Wild Braai Day with ‘Jan Braai’ Conservation fundraiser in South Africa’s first world heritage site

As St Lucia town gears up for the annual iSimangaliso St Lucia Half Marathon and Fun Run on 28th April 2013, the weekend is looking to be even more festive with the addition this year of the first iSimangaliso Wild Braai Day on Saturday 27th April on the banks of the Lake St Lucia Estuary, adjacent to the St Lucia Ski Boat Club.

Well-known TV personality and ambassador of SA’s favourite culinary style, ‘Jan Braai’, will be advising and judging a limited field of competitors cooking their hearts out from noon in the Braai, Shisa nyama or Potjie category, while raising funds for conservation. The emphasis is on good clean fun in stunning surroundings – and all for a great cause.

In addition, the local television channel Kyknet will cover this event on the “Braai vir Erfenis” (Braai for Heritage) TV series, now it its 2nd season, whilst filming iSimangaliso as a destination to be featured in two episodes in the forthcoming season – fantastic exposure for local tourism.

Adhering to the “Wild Braai” theme, cooking categories will include fish and venison braai or potjie, or the traditional beef shisa nyama to celebrate this cross culture cooking style. The esteemed judges will be looking at Presentation, Taste and Team Spirit/Originality … So competitors are urged to dress the part! A nominal team entry fee of R100 is charged. Entries are limited to 40 teams (maximum two per team), so be sure to get yours in early. Pre-entry is essential as no entries will be accepted on the day.

Partnering with the St Lucia Ski Boat Club and other sponsors, this event will become an annual fixture on the calendar and it promises to further boost iSimangaliso’s tourist appeal as the range of events surrounding the weekend festivities expands each year.

iSimangaliso’s Lake St Lucia is the country’s largest and most significant estuarine coastal lake system, hosting approximately 1200 Nile crocodiles, 800 hippos and prolific bird life.

“All funds raised from this Braai Day will go to the iSimangaliso Rare and Endangered Species Fund, exclusively dedicated to the protection, monitoring and introduction of species such as rhino, eland and oribi within iSimangaliso” says Park CEO Andrew Zaloumis. “iSimangaliso events enable environmentally responsible appreciation of the Park world heritage values - superlative natural beauty, eco-systems and biodiversity - through interactive exploration and fun in this versatile Park.”

“Make a family weekend of it, braai on the Saturday and run on Sunday or simply head down to the St Lucia Ski Boat Club and join us in celebrating this beautiful section of iSimangaliso Wetland Park South Africa’s first world heritage site. Bring your bro’s, bru’s, boets, betties, takkies & tongs and join in the fun. Spectators are welcome!” says Lindy Duffield, iSimangaliso Marketing Manager.