South Africa KwaZulu Natal is this year a co-host for the April Carnival of Carnivals that is staged annually in the Seychelles, and as such will be playing a key part in all the main events of that unique event that continues to attract international press to these mid-ocean islands to cover the event that they have themselves dubbed the one and only Carnival of carnivals.
The continued interest for the press in this carnival is because this event in the Seychelles, that is this year being co-hosted by the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands of La Reunion, Madagascar and Mayotte and also South Africa KwaZulu Natal remains the only carnival where all the best and most popular carnivals of the world parade together in an explosion of colour, costume and culture. They are then followed by cultural troupes from the Community of Nations. This carnival is like a tourism trade fair for countries seriously promoting tourism as an economic industry because of the visibility participating delegations get as they fly their flag and as the showcase their country through their culture and people. International Press have said over the last couple of years that countries at this carnival in Seychelles have a much better opportunity to showcase their unique selling points as a tourism destination because it is their people and their culture who are appealing for press attention instead of colourful brochures and a drink at a promotional cocktail.
Minister Michael Mabuyakhulu, the Minister of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa responsible for Tourism and Economic Development among other portfolios moved to get his province visible and more relevant in the world of tourism by being not only present at the carnival with a cultural delegation from KwaZulu Natal, but by becoming a co-host of the event as well. South Africa and the Seychelles enjoy very friendly ties, and Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the South African Minister for Tourism has personally been working side by side with Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture at different world forums and on different tourism bodies. Together they also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for continued cooperation between their two countries. This new cooperation as co-hosts of the annual carnival of carnivals will see more in the development of the concept of ‘Africa working with Africa’ if the great continent of Africa is to be strong.
Last week Seychelles named Michelle Marengo, singer and artist in her own right as the MC for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 edition of the carnival who will be addressing in the island’s Creole Language. The announcement was made as the Seychelles is seeing final touches put together for the official opening ceremony of the carnival that takes place in Victoria, the Capital of the Seychelles on the 25th April.
It was also confirmed that for this 2014 edition of the Carnival International de Victoria, the three main co-hosts (Seychelles, La Reunion and South Africa KwaZulu Natal) will all have an MC on stage who will also ensure that the island’s three official languages (Creole, English and French) are used simultaneously for the official opening ceremony. Michelle Marengo will be the Seychelles personality addressing the event in Creole. South Africa have now named the famous Angelique Gerber as their MC who will be addressing the official opening ceremony in the English language. Angelique Gerber is a well known South African actress and presenter on South-African television and she is also a known Film Star. The Vanilla Island of La Reunion will be proposing someone from their island who will be addressing the opening ceremony in the French language.
“We are a multiethnic country with three official languages. We need to ensure this is reflected in our national events. The different delegations flying to Seychelles will all benefit from the approach of having our official Opening Ceremony managed in the three languages, Creole, English and French” said Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.
Angelique Gerber, the well known South African actress and presenter on South-African television is better known for her role as “Clara” on 7de Laan and as the presenter of Boer soek ‘n Vrou on Kynet. She has worked in theatre productions, short films, music videos, a full length feature film and she has been the Master of Ceremony at many events across the South Africa. Angelique Gerber is currently successfully completing the production of ‘Isidingo’ a South African soap opera which will be aired in February.
Ms Gerber has been nominated:.
Nominated for Tempo award for best series – Boer soek ‘n vrou (2013)
Nominated for most inspirational woman 2011 (Finesse) – 2011
Nominated for Style star of the year Award – G-Sport Magazine 2010
Received Hugenote Award for “Best Speaker in Afrikaans and English”, 1997 – 2001
Honoured to receive the FAK Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role 1996 – 2000
Honoured to receive the Hugenote Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role 1995 – 2000
“Angelique Gerber has kindly accept the invitation to be a Master of Ceremony at the upcoming Carnival of Carnivals to be held in Seychelles from 25th – 27th April. Ms Gerber will also be part of the carnival float on Saturday 26th promoting sports tourism – fitness & nutrition both on the national & international level. Sport Tourism is one of the niche market that the Seychelles Tourism Board South African Office is tapping into this year, as I believe that Seychelles presents an excellent opportunity to place a proper and long term wellness and sports tourism sustainable development program on the national platform for the benefit of Seychelles tourism growth and development which will attract not only the South Africans but the rest of the discerning travellers around the globe” says Marsha Parcou, the Seychelles Tourism Board Regional Manager for Africa
Seychelles will also be privileged during their 2014 carnival week to welcome Mr Jacques Fagan, the well–reputed athlete from South Africa and ambassador for Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN), the leading nutrition brand in South Africa. Mr Fagan who won Mr Tourism in 2011 will be part of the carnival float together with Insane Fitness & Training team. Insane Fitness & Nutrition have said that they are happy to showcase their athletes to the carnival of carnivals in Seychelles.
Mr Fagan would be doing a live talk show on Jacaranda FM of South Africa promoting the coming carnival that South Africa KwaZulu Natal is co-hosting with Seychelles and the other Vanilla Islands of La Reunion, Madagascar and Mayotte. “This will give the event & tourism in the region of the Indian Ocean maximum exposure across South Africa” said Marsha Parcou of the Seychelles Tourism Board South Africa.
It has also been confirmed from South Africa that after the carnival Mr Naidoo, the Life Coaching consultant from Insane Fitness & Training of South Africa will be hosting a workshop in partnership with the Seychelles National Sports Council (NSC) educating the Training Instructors, Body Builders, Athletes & Sportsman on the importance on proper nutrition and training technique. Both Ms Gerber & Mr Fagan will be motivational speakers during the workshop. Mr Naidoo ‘says that he is delighted through the carnival time in Seychelles to have the opportunity to share his experience and knowledge towards holistic living and effective training method’
It is thanks to Insane Fitness & Nutrition Fitness of Mr Kirschlee Naidoo & Mrs Elaine Naidoo that Marsha Parcou of the Seychelles Tourism Board of South Africa successfully established contact with the actress Angelique Gerber.