I suspect that for many local learners, East London and the greater Eastern Cape appear to have little scope. With depressing headlines speaking of rising unemployment levels and a new wave of recessionary fears continuing, the outlook for our youth is bleak.
Since my own return to Buffalo City a mere two years ago, I have witnessed a new metro coming into being. As much as we may scoff at that, it does represent to me the will of the local people to uplift their community and contribute to a stronger and more diverse economy. There is a deep level of personal commitment and determination to make things work, to make it better and to make it a place where our children want to stay. So many people I have encountered are passionate about this little slice of heaven and we need only look around us to see why.
There is a long list of jewels, national treasures that are the lifeblood of East London and that have created a vibrant city rich in art, internationally acclaimed businesses, cultural diversity and natural beauty. I implore you; make this year the year that you discover new things in and around East London.
This week we discovered some hidden gems for you:
Marlene Neumann Centre for Photography and Light
Marlene has shared her love of photography and fine art with many visitors to East London. Her pieces are sought after and her work is recognised internationally. Enrol for a course or visit the studio to experience this rare talent.
Learn more about Marlene Neumann and her exquisite Fine Art Photographs
HRG Rennies Travel
The unassuming and professional team in the Vincent offices are responsible for the national tenders and internal and external communications of the national division of HRG Rennies Travel. The expertise of this team is sought after and respected at director level at Bidvest and internationally.
ISG (INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP) is a 100% subsidiary of Venture Otto SA which is a 100% subsidiary of Venture Global with extensive engineering and manufacturing operations in SA, USA, AUS, China, India, Canada and Russia.
ISG has its Head Office and administration functions located at East London in the Eastern Cape.
ISG is commercially active in the construction and engineering sectors throughout Southern Africa. An extensive structural steel division includes their large wind turbine tower manufacturing operations.
A perfect example of our rising and shining stars. Zahara, now on the lips and ears of any self-respecting South African, released her debut album Loliwe in 2011. The vocalist and guitarist has reportedly sold 350 000 copies of her debut album within the first four months of its release.
East London Golf Course
The venue of the annual Africa Open. The ELGC has retained a position of high recognition as one of the oldest and best Championship courses in South Africa. The Club and course has played host to the SA Open six times.
This year’s winner of the Africa Open Louis Oosthuizen was born in Mossel Bay. He was supported financially by the Ernie Els Foundation and has subsequently initiated his own Junior Golf Foundation.
He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Send us your nomination for East London’s Best on Offer and stand to win a stay at Crawfords Beach Lodge – part of our initiative to get you to experience all EL has to offer.