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Grand Opening of the Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel (BWBSH) - published 23 Mar 2021

The Coega Owned New Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel Officially opened by the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on 23 March 2021

At the official opening of the Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel by the Minister of Tourism, (center) Honourable Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane flanked by (Left to right) the CDC CEO, Mr. Khwezi Tiya, Executive Mayor of the NMBM, Cllr Nqaba Bhanga and MEC of Finance and Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Mlungisi Mvoko.

Gqeberha, 23 March 2021 – The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane officially opened the newly built four-star Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel (BWBSH) on Tuesday, 23 March 2021. The BWBSH brings to the people of Gqeberha (formally known as Port Elizabeth), the greater Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and out of town South Africans & international visitors a diverse experience 10km away from the hustle and bustle of Gqeberha City, said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC’s Head of Marketing, Brand and Communications.

In her address, the honourable Minister Kubayi -Ngubane highlighted that the launch of this hotel contributes immensely to the strengthening of the supply side of the tourism market and congratulated the CDC for the investment they have made in this magnificent hotel.

"The development of this hotel is in close proximity to the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the Deepwater Port of Ngqura. This investment is in line with the tourism recovery plan that the department of Tourism in partnership with the private sector including strategic institutions such as this one (Coega) is implementing," said Kubayi-Ngubane.

"As we celebrate this milestone, we acknowledge that it marks the beginning of a new era for the CDC in the tourism industry. Tourism is one of the key priorities for the Eastern Cape because of its ability to uplift communities that is why the EC government supports this initiative," says the Eastern Cape MEC of Finance and Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mlungisi Mvoko.

This premium boutique is a luxurious hotel that is wholly owned by the Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd. It provides exceptional service, decadent food and opulent facilities combine with the ocean rings to deliver a warm and unique 4-star luxury experience. It has breath taking views of the sea, tranquillity and captivating interior decoration providing a true luxury experience for guests. This first of its kind Boutique Hotel in the upmarket Bluewater Bay boasts 58 tastefully decorated bedrooms complete with a full service restaurant, bar, fitness centre, outdoor pool and conferencing facilities. Bedrooms comprise of Superior rooms fitted with king beds, separate bath and shower and equipped with double vanities for extra space. There are also elevated Premium rooms with a 180-degree view of the sea; on a perfect day you can even view Penguin Island! says, Yashvir Jithoo, General Manager: Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel, Operations.

Furthermore, the hotel boasts 2 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 50 delegates with high speed WIFI and all the necessities for an efficient conferencing. Ample complimentary parking is available to conferencing delegates and In-house guests. All the rooms are fitted with 40-inch flat screen TV’s with over 80 DSTV channels available. The hotel makes use of 24-hour on-site security, with off-site monitored CCTV cameras. We offer free unlimited, high speed WIFI for in-house guests and visitors. Shuttles to and from the Airport can be arranged at an extra cost, as well as visits to various entertainment areas, including the Addo Elephant National Park (one of the country’s 20 national parks) and Shamwari Private Game Reserve (a luxury safari game lodge), to mention but a few, says Jithoo.

Whilst the hotel has been transformed from rubble after being acquired by the CDC (incomplete) into a pristine destination, it has provided business opportunities to local Small Micro Medium Enterprise’s (SMMEs) and Residents of the NMBM in terms of business and job opportunities. With the CDC’s vision to become the leading catalyst for the championing of socio economic development in line with the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) vision 2030, therefore the construction of the hotel served as an important socio-economic enabler for local SMMEs and job seekers, remarked Dr Vilakazi.

To this end, the hotel construction was spearheaded by a total of six (6) local SMMEs who were supervised and supported by the CDC’s internal project managers with years of experience in the field. The procurement spend on SMMEs was R52.1 million, which accounts for 72% SMME target percentage achieved (Total spent on the project was R72 million), well surpassing the 30% SMME target on projects; payments to Black Owned SMMEs was 93% and others was 7%. 50% of these SMMEs were women owned businesses. During the construction of the hotel, 379 construction jobs were created and currently the hotel has employed 30 people on a full-time basis. Therefore, the hotel has created a total of 409 jobs for the local communities, which are much needed, especially now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shocked the economy of the country and the world at large, says Yashvir Jithoo.

The CDC is constantly breaking boundaries by diversifying non-SEZ business into new industries and markets to create alternative sources of revenue for financial sustainability, empower local businesses and job seekers, and to become a successful and truly internationally diverse business.

For more information regarding the Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel, stakeholders can contact Yashvir Jithoo at
[email protected]or visit Coega website: http://www.coega.com/DocumentList.aspx?cmd=browse&objID=80&catID=3065

BEFORE IMAGES: incomplete & dilapidated structure of the Hotel acquired by the CDC.

AFTER IMAGES: Post the completion of construction Video: http://extranet.coega.co.za/media/Bluewater_Bay_Sunrise_Hotel_2021/Bluewater_Bay_Sunrise_Hotel.html

INTERIOR DESIGN: Bedrooms comprises of premium and superior rooms fitted with king beds, separate bath, shower and equipped with double vanities for extra space with luxurious taste and feel.

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