The Mossel Bay Municipality is eager to renew the contract with the Nomads Motorcycle Club for staging the annual Buffalo Rally in Mossel Bay for another three years.
In its reaction to a newspaper report the past weekend that this year’s Buffalo Rally might be the last in Mossel Bay, the Municipality says that it has already agreed in principle with the organisers on the terms for the renewal of the contract until 2017.
However, in terms of municipal procedure the Town Council has to give approval for the renewal of the contract. The matter is scheduled to be tabled at the General Council meeting on 24 April 2014.
“Although I cannot pre-empt the Council meeting, it is a fact that the Buffalo Rally has been a welcome economic injection for Mossel Bay over the past number of years. The Municipality benefits directly from the event as the Santos and De Bakke facilities are rented from the Municipality at a time of the year where they would otherwise have stood empty.
“The organisers make an annual donation to the Mayoral Fund, from which deserving causes are supported, while businesses from accommodation establishments to filling stations, restaurants and other food outlets and convenience stores benefit,” said the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira.
She said it was the ninth year since 2005 that the Buffalo Rally had been held in Mossel Bay and a good working relationship has been developed with the organisers to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The 2014 rally went smoothly and no problems were experienced.
The event also serves to market the town and many of the bikers from other parts of the country return to visit Mossel Bay with their families, said the Mayor.
• Harry Hill