ABOUT PORT ELIZABETH
Port Elizabeth is a fascinating and significantly historical city that has always enjoyed its reputation as a laid-back seaside town. Here are some fascinating facts about “The Bay”:
- Port Elizabeth is known as The Friendly City, The Windy City, Sport Elizabeth, Ibhayi, Nelson Mandela Bay, The 10-minute City (since everything is supposedly within a 10-minute drive) and Algoa Bay.
- PE has a tropical coastal climate, making it relatively consistent throughout the year. The breeze off the sea keeps temperatures down significantly.
- The global Iron Man™ competition is hosted by Port Elizabeth every year (15th April 2018). This draws thousands of sportsmen and women from around the world, as well as spectators.
- PE is one of South Africa’s most important hotspots for the production of motor vehicles and their accessories including Lifesaving SA’s title sponsor, General Tire, a brand of Contintal Tyre South Africa.
- Port Elizabeth is the largest and most densely populated of the three towns comprising Nelson Mandela Bay.
- PE is well known for its stunning beaches, which stretch for some 40 kilometres along the coast. Kings Beach will host the 2018 General Tire Lifesaving South Africa National Championships. Kings Beach has recently been awarded Blue Flag status.
- PE was one of the Host Cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and had to have a stadium built especially for this event.
- Famous sportsmen that were born in PE include Wayne Parnell (South African cricketer), Schalk Burger (Springbok rugby player), Robin Peterson (South African cricketer) and Ashwell Prince (South African cricketer).
- PE folk are known as Port Elizabethans.
- The telephone area code is 041.
- Port Elizabeth is situated approximately halfway between Durban and Cape Town making it the ideal location to host National Champs.