Sabie is the town of the year
13 August 2012 | Christine Rossouw
SABIE - It’s official! Sabie is the Town of the Year. After spending a week in suspense, after the Wednesday announce-ment on Kwêla was postponed due to the Olympics, townsfolk will tell you they barely slept a wink on Saturday night, as they nervously awaited the announcement in Rapport on Sunday morning.
But their jubilation couldn’t be contained, when they awoke on August 12 to the news that their town had been crowned the Kwêla and Rapport 2012 Town of the Year.
The news and joy spread through the forestry town like wildfire, and by midday
a large and exuberant portion of the community had gathered at Merry Pebbles to celebrate the town’s stunning success.
The bubbly was flowing and the restaurant resounded with cheering and clapping as a Kwêla and Rapport team joined town folk in their revelry.
This year saw more than double the number of votes stream in, with 338 031 valid votes tallied for just the final round.
And it was the Lowveld’s little jewel of Sabie that with a total of 71 902 votes, that beat the other eight finalists to nab the title.
"Thank you to everyone who donated, supported, voted and worked so hard to achieve the goal we set out for.
This title is ours forever!
God bless Sabie and all who abide in her," said Sabie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s Ms Debbie Möller.
Past Phil Robson believes the victory can bring about a season of prosperity for the forestry town.
"Big things are going to happen in our town now," said resident Adri Goss.
Ms Elaine Kruger said it was a most deserved win.
"We love our town," she said.
August 25 will see one of the biggest parties of the year take place in Sabie, when Kwêla throws a celebration in the winning town’s honour.
The venue and artists are yet to be announced so watch this space.
Yesterday the provincial DA wholeheartedly congratulated the town and its residents on being voted the 2012 Rapport and Kwêla Town of the Year.
Leader Mr Anthony Benadie said they hoped this would trigger a tourism boom for the entire Panorama tourist route.
"Sabie has for many years been one of the cornerstones of Mpumalanga's tourism industry, and we wish the town and its residents many more fruitful years," said Benadie.
Be sure to tune into Kwêla on Wednesday night at 19:00, when the show hosts a special on South Africa’s Town of the Year.
Sabie: 71 902
Lady Grey: 64 677
Prins Albert: 62 759
Clarens: 49 184
Walvisbaai: 47 643