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Online Municipality Services link and Beach Survey link The services include everything from potholes to streetlights to reporting illegal dumping….and a whole lot in-between! Go to for Water Sanitation & Public Health Go to for all other municipal services Go to Here all (especially any visitors you have or know of) are encouraged to fill in a beach survey and win a holiday for your efforts! This will enable us to find and highlight both complaints and compliments and act on them swiftly to ensure that our area is kept in tip top condition. RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL 2019 Save the date! 8 – 11 August 2019 The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival is growing in leaps and bounds. A passionate and hardworking team are already gathering with fresh ideas, themes and wonderful community ideas for 2019. Anyone wanting to get involved with helping, organizing and sponsoring of this event is welcome to contact Stephen Goodhead. This is a community driven festival and we would love as many people on board as possible. The core team are delighted that Stephen (from Fairhills Caravan Park) will be taking over the reins for the next Festival and he can be contacted on 072 273 8812 or email him on A Transkei Ramble of note! Father and Daughter team Jacques and Jessica Van Der Hoven (from Rocky Ridge) are passionate about the beauty of the Transkei. They are organizing an incredible Wild Coast Hiking Trail of approximately 68 kilometers. Scenic, wild and extraordinary – a must on your bucket list! The hike will include the following – and variations thereof: Day 1: Port St Johns – Umgazana, 15km Day 2: Umgazana – Hluleka, 25km Day 3: Hluleka – Mdumbi, 18km Day 4: Mdumbi- Coffee Bay, 10km Please contact Jessica... read more

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RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL – a Raging Success A hearty and resounding BRAVO! to the wonderful mottled bunch of organizers and volunteers for putting together this fabulous annual event. The overriding theme for Festival this year was “# Connecting” – and boy was there a great deal of exactly that going on. “The tireless plotting and planning for The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, was worth every drop of blood sweat and tears!” is the general consensus from everybody who visited, sponsored, spoke at, worked and volunteered at the Festival. The action took place along the main road of Ramsgate village itself. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, car parks and our beautiful Whale Deck overlooking the ocean were all ‘venues’ where amazing talks, shows and events unfolded.             The date has been set for 2019 so diarize now! Thursday 9th August – Sunday the 11th August 2019 The core group of the Festival would like to say the following: THANK YOU RAMSGATE!!!!Well, the dust has settled, the organizing team has had a break and the post festival analysis is complete. What a fantastic success! 1553 Visitors 23 Authors giving us their personal stories 15 Artists sharing their works 30 Poets enthralling us with their poems Opening of the New Eco Centre, Poetry by candlelight, Children’s Programme, Recycled Workshop, Supper Theatres, Pub Quiz, Win Walk, Street Market and an awesome Wine Down at Rocky Ridge. We would like to thank each and every person who was involved directly or supported the festival by visiting which made it the huge success that it was. A special thanks to all the local businesses who got involved. From the feedback we received, the value added through the additional exposure was well worth it! The strength of our community was... read more

Ramsgate Tourism Newsletter

RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL – UPDATE The tireless plotting and planning for The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, is heating up to boiling point! The program is filled to capacity with an exciting and varied array of authors, artists, entertainment and creative workshops. The Festival takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village itself. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, car parks and our beautiful Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all ‘venues’ where events unfold. The overriding theme for Festival this year is “# Connecting” – a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract. The official opening of the Festival takes place on Thursday 2nd August at 6pm at The Artists’ Gallery. All are welcome to attend. The opening of the Festival will be coupled with a prestigious and historical art exhibition, entitled “Boyley’s World” – the centenary celebration of the life and works of South African master painter Errol Boyley. A superb selection of his works will be on sale. Residents on the South Coast who would like to sell their pieces painted by Errol Boyley at this exhibition, are welcome to contact Artists’ Gallery. The Festival planners are delighted to announce that hilarious radio talk show host, journalist, author and television scriptwriter, Ndumiso Ngcobo is one of the top authors confirmed for the Festival. Described as comical, wry and topical – his book entitled ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are White’ became an instant bestseller, peaking at number two in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Following hot on the heels of this bestseller is laser-sharp commentary on the Rainbow Nation, entitled ‘Is it Coz I’m Black?’     Also taking part in the festival is multi-talented author Paul Crilley. Paul has been writing professionally for the past 15 years and... read more

Crime Alert: Ramsgate NGO Scammed

The Chairpersons and Committee of the Ramsgate Conservancy and Ramsgate Tourism wish to let you, the Members, know that we have recently become an unknowing victim of an e-mail scam that has resulted in our paying out funds intended for contractual payments for the refurbishment of the new Ramsgate Eco-Tourism Info Centre, to a third, fraudulent party. These scams have recently been widely broadcast in the media and innocent people are continuing to fall prey to these unscrupulous and malicious fraudsters each and every day. It is a testament to their lack of morals that they target community and charity organizations like ours.  As a result of this scam, an amount of R75 000 has been paid from the project fund to a fraudster.  Please be assured that it is by no means due to any negligence on our part, but we do however apologize unreservedly for the loss that we have incurred.  A case had been opened with the police and the two banks concerned are working to resolve this issue.  Please also be assured that further protocols and stricter measures have now been put in place in an attempt to prevent this from happening again and we ask you all to be alert when making any monetary payments whether in private or business capacity. In the meantime, the show must go on!  As a result of this situation, we are now short of funds to complete the project on time.  Until such times as we know whether the banks will pay back the money, we urgently need to raise funds to continue. Funds can be in the form of a loan or a donation.   A local donor has kindly offered to enter into a ‘Match Funding’ situation with the community.  In other words, for every Rand donated by a community member or... read more

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RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL DATE IS SET! Thursday 2nd August – Sunday 5th August 2018 is the weekend chosen for this year’s Festival. After the resounding success of last year’s Festival, it was decided to bring the date forward slightly so as to hopefully, avoid torrential downpours – which was the only dampener (excuse the pun) that could be said about the 2017 Festival. Already, the core group of this Festival has met with a larger group of volunteers who are keen to get on board to help organize various sections of the Festival, as well as the business owners in Ramsgate. Everyone seems to be in synch on this one: this year will be even bigger and better! For one, the weekend has included one extra day – starting with a bang on the Thursday evening and ending on the Sunday afternoon. This will allow for the Festival to be beefed up by offering more time and opportunities in the way of on-site events, book signings, authors giving talks, art exhibitions, pop-up book shops, workshops, performances, demonstrations, themed meals, specials, crafts, street food, buskers etc. If anyone would like to get involved or do something specific on the Festival programme please get in touch with one of the organizers listed below. All suggestions are welcome and any constructive help is encouraged. No-one knows your business better than yourself so the idea is that each business concentrate on their own space. All are encouraged to use their own initiative to ‘dress’ up your business by offering products or services unique to your industry – in a quirky, eye-catching, manner. This is a community-driven Festival – start brainstorming ideas and share them! Peter Kilian 082 442 5539 Pauline Lee 083 654 4303 Natascha Muller 078 043 8437 Barbie Meyer 082... read more

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