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Mountain bike enthusiasts looking for the ultimate physical test, but who still want to enjoy their creature comforts all while racing through one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa, better get their entries in for the new “kid on the block” in local mountain bike stage racing, the TransCape MTB Cycle Race.

The seven-day event, set to be held for the first time from February 8 to 14, 2015, will see the field tested to their limits on a classic route that will take them from the start, in the quaint coastal town of Knysna, to the finish line in the Stellenbosch, Franschoek region in the heart of the Cape winelands.

Covering a distance of about 750km the race, which has CSA approval, will showcase the best South African mountain biking has to offer. While it will provide a stern but fair challenge for pro riders, dedicated amateur mountain bikers will also find it achievable with every finisher sure to leave with a true sense of accomplishment.

The direction of the race will alternate each year  and has been put together by a dedicated and experienced team of sports enthusiasts.

Open to individual riders and teams of two cyclists (men’s/women’s/mixed) and disabled competitors the entry fees are R28 000 per team and R16 000 per solo entrant. There will also be a TREAD Buffalo category (at no additional fee) for teams with a combined rider weight of at least 180kg and individual division for cyclists weighing more than 90kg. 

Race owner, Lenore Collett says this event is for the discerning mountain biker. “It is an exclusive event which offers a challenging seven-stage on-the-bike race coupled with a first-class off-the-bike experience, with each competitor being treated like a VIP.”

Accommodation (included in the entry fee) will be provided at guest houses and not in tented camps like many other events of this nature while the culinary expertise of renowned chef, Nic van Wyk, has been brought on board to oversee the cyclists’ dietary requirements.

“While we aim to provide riders a healthy dining experience on the trip we still want our competitors to get a taste and feel of the Cape. So after a long day in the saddle hungry and tired bodies will be revitalised with a tantalising culinary experience that will showcase local cuisine,” says Collett.

With this in mind Van Wyk, who is also an avid mountain biker, will incorporate his brand of healthy regionally inspired dishes into the competitors’ daily meals, adding a gourmet element to the TransCape MTB Cycle Race experience.

The race will also have a strong social responsibility focus. “As this event will have a fixed route it makes it possible to invest and make a sustainable difference in the communities that the race passes through every year,” comments Collett.

And true to their word the organisers have already teamed up with Rotary as its official charity partner which will facilitate the support of various worthy projects on the TransCape route, ensuring sustainability. 

To maximise the experience and make each rider feel like a star the field for the first event will be kept relatively small so interested mountain bikers are urged to get their entries in now - by visiting www.transcapemtb.co.za - to avoid disappointment. Closing date is September 30.

To earn a true badge of honour, do the TransCape MTB event next year and experience the best cycling seven days of your life!”

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For the mountain bike experience of a lifetime enter the new TransCape MTB Cycle Race which will be held from February 8 to 14, 2015 and will take a route of about 750km’s through the scenic Cape from  Knysna, to the finish line in the Stellenbosch, Franschoek region in the heart of the Cape winelands. (Photograph by Jacques Marais)

 

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Issued on behalf of TransCape MTB by Yolanda van der Stoep. For further details contact Corné Grobler on 082 568 0301.

New look Leisure Isle Festival will have something for everyone
New branding, a new logo and a partnership between Knysna Tourism and the 2014 Leisure Isle Festival committee will result in a much bigger, improved festival this year on 1 and 2 November, says marketing manager of Knysna Tourism, Johan van Schalkwyk.
Van Schalkwyk and colleague Glendyr Fick have been working with the festival  committee to find ways to grow the festival and create opportunities for local crafts people and businesses.
“We are certain that this year our joint efforts will attract new, unique, quality crafters to the festival so that locals and visitors alike will be able to do their Christmas shopping there,” said van Schalkwyk.
Lorr Scalen, Leisure Isle Festival committee chairperson confirmed this. “The arts component in particular is being revived and there will be improved crafts, better food, a proper beer garden, delicious teas, good music, and lots of kiddies activities, all of which will create a whole new ambience for the festival,” she explained.  “It’s the festival we all love, but just so much better.”
One exciting development is that the Knysna Embroidery Guild which in the past has only participated every second year, will now join the Festival annually in Cearn Hall and feature hands-on demonstrations of the different styles of embroidering in addition to their popular exhibition of finished pieces. Members of the public will have the opportunity to try out different styles of embroidery in the interactive area, from cross-stitch and gold work to string work. Items on sale will include felt, sachets, pin-cushions, key holders and Christmas décor.  A framed, embroidered Knysna Loerie will be raffled over the two days of the festival to raise funds for the Ighali Embroidery Festival in 2016.
Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt emphasised the importance of the festival for Knysna: “Save for the Oyster Festival the Leisure Isle Festival raises more for local charities than any other festival staged in the Knysna calendar. Last year it raised R153 000 for five selected charities.”
The newest charity is Loeriehof Old Age Home which will benefit from a combined Fun Run & Walk, sponsored by Feedem Pitseng and the Knysna Marathon Club , which will be staged as part of the Leisure Isle Festival on Saturday 1 November. Both events will start simultaneously at 9:30 am and young and old are welcome to participate. The Walk is a distance of 1,2 km and the Run is 4 km. There will be watering points along the way and fun prizes at the prize giving.
The entry fee is R20 and tickets are already on sale at Sotheby’s in Woodmill Lane, Leisure Isle and Thesen’s Island.
Loeriehof will also run a boerie stall and raffle at the festival grounds and Metelerkamp’s has already donated a “Rolls-Royce” coffee machine with a retail value of R6 500 as the raffle’s first prize.
If you would like to book a stall at the festival you can apply online at www.leisureislefestival.co.za or collect an application form from the Sotheby’s offices on Leisure Island.
Follow us on Twitter: @KnysnaTourism or like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VisitKnysna
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Knysna Tourism is the City of Knysna’s official regional tourism organisation, responsible for destination marketing, visitor and industry services for Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds. For information, contact our Visitor Information Centre on 044 382 5510.

In support of the hospitality suppliers’ industry in the Garden Route, Lake Pleasant Living will host a Suppliers Expo on Friday, October 17.

For the first time various suppliers, from food and beverage, kitchen appliance, furniture industries, to name but a few, will exhibit their wares at beautiful Lake Pleasant Living.

“We decided to offer the opportunity to our suppliers to showcase their products that are so vital to the hospitality industry on the Garden Route,” explained John Knight, General Manager, at Lake Pleasant Living.

Lake Pleasant Living sits nestled on the edge of Groenvlei, one of the few natural freshwater lakes in the southern hemisphere, within the picturesque Goukamma Nature & Marine Reserve. Interestingly, Lake Pleasant Living was first known as Hunters Home as it was built on an estate known as Dixon’s Green as a base for hunting and fishing.me in the early 1900.

Percy Bredall bought the property in 1945 and divided the land into 5-10 ha plots to become known as Lake Pleasant Estates. Hunters Home was subsequently upgraded to become Lake Pleasant Hotel. Bredall sold the hotel to Stanley and Bobby Vadas in 1962 who upgraded it to a 2-star establishment that was well known the length of the Garden Route.

In September 1992, Lake Pleasant Hotel was sold by the Vadas family to a Rhodesian family, the Clintons. Paul Clinton introduced a conference facility in an attempt to up-grade the 17 roomed hotel to 3-star status. At the turn of the century (2000), Adrian Gardener, of Mantis Collection, bought the hotel from the Clintons, and upgraded the Hotel to its current status.

“As the hotel is steeped in local history, we feel it is important to continue supporting industry where ever we can. With this expo we are opening our doors to all suppliers and industry providers, giving them the opportunity to meet and network with one another as well as others within the hospitality industry. Guest Houses, Hotels Lodges will have the opportunity to interact with well-known suppliers such as Anstro, Margot Swiss, Vinimark (to name but a few) under one roof. We hope that this Expo will become a regular event in support of industry in the area," concluded Knight.

PICK N PAY KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL RAISES R2, 1-MILLION FOR CHARITY

For the first time in the 31-year old festival’s history, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has announced it breached the R2-million mark in money raised for charity in a single year. This brings the total amount raised by the festival for charity since 2007 to more than R11-million.

Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt says that since every official event is required to contribute a portion of proceeds to charity, the festival has a long history of benefiting the local community.

“The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is dynamic in its economic model of distributing financial benefit throughout the town. One such avenue of benefit is through the contribution each event makes to its charity of choice.”

Mark Willemse, Fundraising Coordinator of Knysna Epilepsy, one of the local charities who benefited with a donation of R100 000, says the organisation will use the money towards much needed upgrades to its service and care facility, including the establishment of a frail care facility.

“The wonderful donation comes at a very critical time. Epilepsy in Knysna has 52 permanent residents with varying degrees of disability. Some of the residents are of an advanced age and have been at the centre for more than 28 years. These patients have been receiving special care and it would be detrimental to their health and wellbeing should they be placed elsewhere. There are no other facilities that are available to care for the disabled aged. Hence the establishment of a frail care facility has become a priority to which this extremely generous donation will certainly help make possible.”

The festival’s largest events were key contributors, with the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon (R823 000 cash raised + R400 000 worth of blankets), the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour (R500 000 cash raised), and the Tabasco Knysna Classic Golf Day collectively raising R1,4-million which will benefit Knysna and surrounds for years to come.

Greg Vogt explains, “This year’s 21% increase in charity contribution from 2013 excludes the many other ways charities have benefited from the festival and festival sponsors. This year, for example, Momentum and Sesli donated R400 000 worth of quality blankets to Families South Africa (FAMSA), which marathon runners used to keep warm before the race. It was a wonderful gesture and a unique way of making a difference.”

Festival Manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt says the festival has the community at its heart. “The 2014 festival not only benefited the local economy with a local expenditure of R5,4-million by events, plus a R91,8-million total economic impact, but its charitable contributions bring invaluable support to local non-profit organisations. Most importantly, the festival offers a platform to bring people together to celebrate the best ten days of winter while giving back to those who need it most.”

Note to Editors: For more information about the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, phone the Festival Manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt on 083 299 7777, or email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Working with Wood Festival resounding success

Around 2 000 wood enthusiasts made their way through the doors of the inaugural Working with Wood Festival from Thursday, October 9 till Saturday, October 11, and according to participants, they enjoyed experiencing the timber industry at its finest.

"Not a single person I have spoken to or heard talking about the event had a negative word to say," said festival visitor, Roeleen Schofield.

With the generous sponsorship from Vermont Sales, this inaugural festival gave more than thirty local wood / timber related industries and Vermont Sales the opportunity to exhibit their wares to the many visitors and their children.

"As an exhibitor the Working with Wood Festival was an exceptional experience. To be able to network with people in a related industry was eye-opening on so many levels,” said Cecily Pohl, Print Studio exhibitor. "The skill and passion that was shared between other exhibitors and guests was inspirational. I feel nurtured by a very special wood working community that is unique to Knysna! Something that we should treasure, "Pohl exclaimed.

When the Festival closed on Saturday, festival spokesperson and Timber Village owner, Jock McConnachie shared his "very upbeat" feelings about the inaugural Working with Wood Festival saying that it was "a resounding success".

"I have heard nothing but positive feedback and believe that it provided the ideal kick-start for the revival of Knysna's timber and furniture industry." He added: "Not only have the sponsors, Vermont Sales, expressed their delight with the festival, but the exhibitors too have unanimously expressed their appreciation of the positive spirit and benefit of networking with one another and how well we complement one another."

Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO agreed with McConnachie and said: "The Working with Wood Festival epitomizes everything that Knysna is known for; its rich timber history and the camaraderie amongst those who work within the industry. Key for us is the foundation that has been created for future economic development within this sector. Our mandate is to create an enabling environment for our economy to gain further traction and this event is the first step towards our efforts within the timber sector of our economy”

Mindi Hunt, who, together with her husband Roland own Vermont Sales echoed McConnachie’s sentiment. "Overall, Vermont Sales and team are delighted with the feedback we have had and received during the festival.

"The response from the exhibitors was so enthusiastic that most wanted to sign up for next year's festival immediately! The universal opinion was that the festival was very professionally put together - a huge improvement on previous festivals. All exhibitors seemed pretty pleased with the exposure they received. Our overseas suppliers all immensely enjoyed being part of the festival and already have many new ideas for a bigger, improved festival for next year."

She further voiced her concern over the lack of young people entering the trades involved in timber. Gene Kruger, Knysna Timber Initiative, held several enjoyable and educational workshops for children aged around 8 years-of-age. The enthusiastic children nailed together their own treasure boxes. "It was a delight to see the very young kids being introduced and entertained by the prospect of what could be built from wood," said Mindi.

Not only did wood and timber related industries benefit from the festival, but the Lions Club, Sedgefield was given the opportunity to fund raise by selling Bonnievale wine and local craft beers, Red Bridge and Mitchell's.

“What a great opportunity our Sedgefield Lions Club was given when we were offered the opportunity within the very successful Working with Wood Festival," said Debbie Olivier, Lions club Sedgefield President. "As Lions we are always looking at fund raising opportunities to boost our coffers – a necessity in order to assist our community and charities where we can."

The Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs too benefited from the festival as they were given the opportunity to provide the food to hungry festival visitors, crew and exhibitors. "This was a great opportunity for the Chefs. They certainly learned allot from the experience," said Knysna Tourism Development Manager, Glendyrr Fick.

McConnachie reiterated that the festival would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of all the exhibitors, or for the excellent backing received for their sponsor, Vermont Sales as well as the support of Knysna Tourism, Knysna Municipality and Timber Village. "And, of course, a special thank you to our festival coordinator, Fran Kirsten, for her tireless enthusiastic and efficient efforts in bringing it all together."

He concluded "All in all, it was an interesting, informative and fun festival which provided a truly authentic Knysna experience, showcasing the rich heritage of our famous forests and woodworking tradition and highlighting its inherent potential to grow the industry for the benefit of all."

Note to Editor: For further information on the Working with Wood Festival 2014 visit www.workingwithwood.co.za and/or Facebook – Working with Wood Festival.

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Open Gardens of Knysna returns this month after eight years

Open Gardens of Knysna will be back this month after several years of drought and severe water restrictions forced the organisers to put the annual show on hold.

Organiser Esther Townsend, who is chairperson of Knysna’s gardening club, Gardening at Leisure, said that the show will feature 11 stunning gardens, from a large farm garden to small town gardens, all charming with their own unique characteristics.

“Knysna has many glorious gardens, none of which are normally accessible to the public. However, with the kind consent of the owners, anyone can now visit and be inspired by these amazing properties.

“We hope many residents and visitors will take advantage of the opportunity to spend an enjoyable day visiting the gardens and, at the same time, help local charities.”

Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna Tourism highlighted the fact that the Open Gardens initiative is well established in Knysna through the efforts of its founders and the volunteers who serve the cause. “Open Gardens is a Global concept and we encourage businesses hosting visitors both local and international to visit the gardens on show. This community initiative enables us as a marketing agency to link the initiative to the regional Open Gardens project and other Open Gardens platforms, highlight what Knysna has to offer.”

According to Johan van Schalkwyk, marketing manager of Knysna Tourism, this year a wide and varied selection of gardens in Leisure Isle, Thesen’s Island, Belvidere Estate and Estuary Heights will be on show on 25 and 26 October.

Says van Schalkwyk: “This is another great community project that raises funds for local charities which Knysna Tourism is proud to be associated with. We are assisting with the marketing of the event to ensure that it has good support from locals.”

Gardening at Leisure was founded in 2003 by Sheena Maree and Denise Voysey and its mission is to foster the love of gardening, to cultivate gardening interest in its broadest sense, and to promote environmental responsibility. The revenue generated by Open Gardens of Knysna will be donated on a pro-rata basis to the charities nominated by the gardeners: KAWS, Hospice, Vermont Home for the Aged, Knysna

Disaster Fund, Cresset House Gauteng and Knysna Education Trust.

Said Townsend: “We are indebted to the garden owners for sharing their gardens with the public, for their generosity in devoting many hours of back-breaking work to prepare their gardens for show standard, for many rands spent, and for their willingness to be there on the day to interact with visitors.”

Tea and cakes will be available at Belvidere Manor and the Island Coffee Shop on Leisure Isle and the two Belvidere gardens on show will also have an exhibition of ceramics and art.

The gardens are on show on Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 October, from 10am – 4pm. The Thesen’s Island gardens are only open on Sunday 26th. Full details of addresses, as well as maps showing where the gardens are located, are on the tickets which are available from Sotheby’s offices on Leisure Isle, Thesen’s Island and Woodmill Lane.

Follow us on Twitter: @KnysnaTourism or like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VisitKnysna

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Photo caption: One of the gardens being prepared for display this weekend (25 and 26 October 2014) on Thesen Island.

Media enquiries: Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager, Johan van Schalkwyk: 044 382 5510 / 083 441 2826 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 With the holiday season only a few weeks away, Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO says that the water situation in Knysna is not as dire as was reported recently in the media.


"Recently the media reported that Knysna had only three months' supply of water. This was not an accurate interpretation of the town's water supply. Our dams are at capacity and right now, with the recent rains, and the Karatara weirs is capacity."


With reference to the latest warning received from Gerhard Otto, manager Eden Disaster Management of predicted 18 months lower rainfall in the Eden District, Vogt warned against calling this "lower rainfall" a drought, highlighting that our summer rainfall is naturally lower than our winter rainfall. "


"It seems as if Gerhard's warning of predicted lower rainfall over the next 18 months may have been misconstrued by the media. In my opinion the warning was intended to make the public more aware of their water usage and also act as a reminder that our residents have been asked to exercise responsible water consumption. Especially during our summer season that sees an influx of visitors to the area."


In closing Vogt asked the public to educate themselves as to the water restrictions imposed by the Knysna Municipality and adhere to these.


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Following the recent rains that fell in the Greater Knysna District, the Karatara Weir has been reported to be overflowing. Photo: Fran Kirsten
Knysna Tourism is the official regional tourism organisation, responsible for destination marketing, visitor and industry services for Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds. For information, contact the Visitor Information Centre on 044 382 5510.

With less than two weeks to go before the first Knysna SPLASH event, the local organisers are gearing themselves up for the festival which is one of Knysna Rotary's annual fundraisers.
Knysna SPLASH launches on Friday 19 December with the popular Mud Run. The following day will see two events, the Quack Attack and the Knysna Lagoon Mile, and the final event - the Dragon Boat Races - is on Sunday 21 December.
Spokesman for Knysna Rotary, Andrew Finn, says that they have had a pleasing number of online entries but expect many more visitors and locals to register on the days of the event.
"Registration for the Mud Run is at 9 am on Friday 19, and the cost is R70 for adults and R30 for kids under 14. It's a fantastic event for the whole family," says Finn. The 2.5 km obstacle course starts and ends at Loerie Park Sports Ground in George Rex Drive.
Registration for the Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim (1600m) and the Junior Swim (450m) will open in the Loft at the Knysna Yacht Club at 10.30 am on Saturday 20 December and the swim will start at 2.30 pm at the Knysna Yacht Club hobie slipway. Entry fee for 10 and under is R70. For 16 & under, open & under 40, and over 40 the entry fee is R125. Caps are compulsory and swimmers who don't have their own can buy one for R60.
To participate in the SPLASH Quack Attack, a fun yellow duck race, on Saturday at 4 pm, you will need to buy a numbered duck for R20 then watch it compete in the heats. There are great prizes - first duck wins R 1,000, there's R 750 for 2nd place, R500 for 3rd place and R 250 for 4th and 5th places.
Ducks will be on sale at the Waterfront on Saturday, 13 December and Wednesday, 17 December, at the Waterfront practice on Friday, 19 December from 3 pm, and from 10 am on Saturday, 20 December.
The Dragon Boat Races on Sunday, 21 December from 10 am will take place in the water canal adjacent to the SANParks offices at Thesen Harbour Town, next to Sirocco and Quay Four restaurants. Registration will start at the race location from 8 am and the minimum age for participants is 11 years. This event requires teams of 10 paddlers, a drummer and a helmsman.
Says Finn: "There's still time to get a team together and decide whether you want to compete in the fun or competitive Dragon Races. If you'd like to participate as an individual, contact Knysna SPLASH on 084 029 9924."
For entry forms, indemnity forms and more information, visit www.knysnaSPLASH.co.za. Follow Knysna SPLASH (https://www.facebook.com/KnysnaSPLASH) on Facebook and Twitter (https://twitter.com/KnysnaSPLASH) for regular updates.

In an effort to create a more friendly Knysna experience for visitors and locals during the 2014 summer holiday period, Knysna Tourism embarked on the launch of a Service Excellence Campaign.

The campaign kicked off with a public address by Knysna Tourism Chairperson, Jo Melville, stating: "One of the major concerns for our tourism industry and its growth is that of the extremely unsatisfactory level of service our visitors experience from many of our service providers." She continued: "I am not tarring every business with the same brush as there are exceptions. Unfortunately the exceptions do not solve the problem of the damage done to your industry and our town. One bad experience is a tourist lost forever, and this is compounded by negative word of mouth to friends and colleagues."

Knysna Tourism CEO, Greg Vogt, echoed the words of Jo Melville by reiterating that: "Knysna Tourism's role is to lead the process of all businesses delivering excellent service to our visitors, customers and consumers. As our Chairperson intimated, the overall perception of the town's excellent service is an average of the best and worst. The idea is that every business in Knysna commits to excellent service and furthermore, we ask our visitors to give us feedback on our service".

Following the address, the tourism team continued to grow the positive sentiment of the campaign start, by advertising their Service Excellence Workshops. The workshops started on Monday 08 December 2014 and saw an array of business sign-up to sharpen their front-line staffs' skills in customer care.

Workshop facilitator, Renette Nel confirmed that the course starts with a discovery of the inner-self: "I am a firm believer that if you are happy with yourself first, you will enjoy waking up and commuting to work and that will then have a positive impact on the way you greet your customers. And that is only the start!"

The courses were conducted at the Knysna Library for the week of 08 December 2014 and each attendee received their proud certificate to prove their commitment to service excellence this season.

Glendyrr Fick confirmed: "It was fantastic to see people attend from a wide spectrum of industry. We had folk from the FeatherBed Co., the Knysna Provincial Hospital, some local SMME's and GreenChef participants. Accommodation establishments ranging from self-catering owners to 5-star hotel staff also joined in at the workshops."

The Consumer Service Vote!

As an add-on to the initial training and workshop phase, the tourism team will now enforce their campaign with a Consumer Service Vote. The public at large are invited to scan the QR codes seen in shop windows to give a simple "thumbs up" or "thumbs down".

Service Excellence VOTING

Marketing Manager, Johan van Schalkwyk states: "It is a really simple process. You either scan the code with your smartphone or go to goo.gl/96XY3B in your web browser and complete the required fields." This process will allow the team to track trends within the town and praise establishments that go the extra mile.

The team at the tourism office is inspired to create a magical festive season to all visitors. Locals are also invited to use the voting system to ensure pressure on establishments in Knysna so that they are good shape; ensuring every tourist leaves with a smile (and a recommendation to visit our town).

The campaign will follow through to the neighbouring town of Sedgefield where the Sedgefield Information Office will monitor trends and encourage visitors and locals to also use the easy Consumer Service Vote.

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The Consumer Service Vote QR code was developed for ease of use. Consumers are invited to scan and give a simple "thumbs up" or "thumbs down". If your smartphone cannot scan, enter goo.gl/96XY3B in your web browser.

Media contact:
Johan van Schalkwyk
Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager
+27 (0)44 382 5510
+27 (0)83 441 2826

Schools are out and the summer holiday is upon us. Noticeable increases in feet at the local malls and the backlog of vehicles during peak times have been an indication of holiday makers making their way to our town.

This follows after a successful season last year, where most of the tourism businesses reported a much better or better business performance than expected during December 2013. Knysna Tourism is confident that this increase in positive business growth will continue in 2014.

The most recent statistics of the Knysna Tourism office confirmed 1713 walk-in clients between 10 and 28 November 2014 of which 1230 were international visitors. This translates into a significant direct spend within our economy via Knysna Tourism referrals.

Knysna Tourism CEO is happy to predict that: "visitors to the Greater Knysna will come back and engage with us as cyclists, paddlers, and runners and that they will enjoy our arts and culture festivals as well as business events that we have on offer throughout the year. There is no doubt that we are in for a bumper season and we assure our members that we will be capturing the demographics of these visitors and targeting them with relevant messages to ensure they return to our town again in the near future."

Knysna Tourism Walk In Office

The tourism office is therefore geared and ready to assist the influx of visitors to Knysna and the Garden Route with longer trading hours during peak times. Ebrahim Windwaai, Knysna Tourism Information Manager confirms: "Our front office will trade weekdays from 08h00 to 18h00 and weekends from 08h00 to 14h00 – including Sundays. These trading hours will be valid from 17 December 2014 to 09 January 2015."

Marketing Manager, Johan van Schalkwyk, adds that "all the tourism platforms will be ready to assist with any information requests. Visitors are invited to tweet or comment on any of our platforms and interact with us. We want to see their fun #Knysna pictures and share in their memories of our town."

And as Knysna prepares for a busy season, safety is being geared up on all fronts by the Knysna Municipality, industry partners, local law enforcement and the South African Police Service. Says Vogt, "Knysna continues to grab the imagination of domestic and international travelers and we are ready to showcase the natural beauty of our town. Safety and access to information will be our key areas of focus as we look forward to welcoming our guests during the festive season."

For up to date information, please visit www.visitknysna.co.za. Follow on @knysnatourism or like facebook.com/visitknysna.

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Knysna Tourism walk-in office on 40 Main Road is ready to assist the expected influx of visitors to Knysna during the 2014 summer holiday. From left to right: David Payle, Janine Arendse, Gloria Rozani and Ebrahim Windwaai.

Media contact:
Johan van Schalkwyk
Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager
+27 (0)44 382 5510
+27 (0)83 441 2826

Knysna, the jewel of the Garden Route has once again been recognised as a golfing mecca with The World Golf Awards awarding Conrad Pezula and Platinum Golf Tours as two of the best of the best.

The World Golf Awards, coordinated globally by leading golf tourism professionals cast their votes in recognition of service excellence offered to golfers worldwide. “I believe that Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa winning the Best Golf Hotel in South Africa and Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation walking away as the Best Golf Tour Operator in Africa is testimony of the high quality Knysna has to offer in the greater tourism context, and that Knysna, as a destination competes with the best in the world,” said Gert Venter, general manager, Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa.

Ypie Kingma, co-owner of Platinum Golf Tours & Accommodation recognised the importance of the award. “It is such an honour to be recognised by fellow operators and individual golf tourists recognising us for our excellence in service and commitment,” said Kingma.

Her husband and co-owner Erik Ekkelkamp adds: “We specifically moved to this area because of its outstanding golf courses and hospitality facilities, and the mere fact that two of the World Golf Awards were awarded to Knysna based establishments is a feather in the cap of Knysna as a golfing destination.  The Garden Route – of which Knysna is the centre - has on two previous occasions been recognized as ‘Golfing Destination of the Year – Africa and the Gulf States’ by international golf tour operators alone.  Because of establishments like Conrad Pezula that complement the services of Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation - we are spoilt for choice in different brackets of the market, but the fact that both these companies are based in Knysna only adds to Knysna’s position on the map as an exquisite golfing destination.

Golfers visiting Knysna are most definitely spoilt for choice with the three beautiful and challenging golf courses all within a 10km radius of one another. Especially as two of these, Pezula and Simola Golf courses have received prestigious national and international awards since their inception.

Pezula Championship Course is situated right at the epicentre of Knysna, a town well-known for its enchanting natural beauty.  The course offers dynamic views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna estuary and the Outeniqua Mountain Range.

The course was designed by Ron Fream and David Dale. These designers sculpted the course into one of eyebrow bunkers, rolling fairways, indulgent greens and rich indigenous fynbos. The five different tee options cater to all golfing levels.

Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa recently hosted the finals of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung. This award is truly testament to our Championship golf course and world class hospitality facilities. This being the first accolade from the World Golf Awards, we are further encouraged to ensure a best in class experience through our resort,” said Venter.

As with Pezula, Knysna’s Simola Golf Course offers golfers a superb golfing experience in the midst of indigenous beauty. This Jack Nicklaus signature course too boasts with overwhelming views.

The outstanding views of the Knysna River on the one side and breath-taking vistas of the Knysna Heads on the other, makes it difficult to focus on the game at hand. Do not be mistaken, the course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst all the spectacular scenery.

 

The century-old 18 hole Knysna Golf Course, situated on the shores of the pristine Knysna Estuary meanders through tidal pools with magnificent indigenous trees lining its fairways. This course is the only golf course in Africa that is situated below sea level.
 “Erik and I have lived in beautiful Knysna for many years now and have been fortunate to play the wonderful golf courses right here on our doorstep. It just made logical sense to share the beauty of our area with others, and while showing off the landscape, we may as well play a round or two of golf with the guests as well,” said Africa’s greatest Golf Tour Operator in Africa, Kingma.

On winning the Best Golf Tour Operator award Kingma said: “Being the small operation that we are, I personally believe the personal touch and attention to detail is what gave us the advantage needed to win this prestigious award. I think, as a whole, the golf industry is continuously growing and with Conrad Pezula, us and South Africa winning our respective categories, the golf sector of the tourism industry will only attract more visitors to our beautiful town, Knysna and South Africa.

Knysna Tourism CEO, Greg Vogt lauded the golfing industry of Knysna and said: “These awards are testimony to the dynamic product and operators we have in Greater Knysna. We believe that these accolades go hand in hand with the Sedgefield Links Golf Club recently hosting the first South African PGA Par 3 Invitational Tournament that attracted names like John Bland and Titch Moore.”

In closing Vogt added: “It is also interesting to note that international professional golfers entering into golf tourism have invested in property in Knysna thus growing our potential reach into the golf market in Europe, the Nordic areas and the United States”

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Ypie Kingma, co-owner of Platinum Golf Tours & Accommodation and Africa’s Best Golfing tour Operator 2014 showing off her prestigious award on the award winning Conrad Pezula Estate & Spa.
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Please visit both Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa and Platinum Golf Tours & Accommodation websites for further information.

http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/south-africa/conrad-pezula-GRJPRCI/index.html

http://platinumgolf.co.za/

 

ANNUAL KNYSNA LITERARY FESTIVAL INSPIRES LOCAL TALENT, 18-22 MARCH 2015

KNYSNA (February 10, 2015) – The 6th annual Knysna Literary Festival, presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna from 18-22 March, has a full line-up of events intended to showcase and inspire local talent, whether they are established authors or young learners with an interest in the written word.

Festival founder Ling Dobson says the festival is focused on developing Knysna's literary future with programme highlights like the Children's Theatre, the Young Writer's Awards, motivational creative writing workshops, panel discussions and creative presentations hosted by local authors. Over the years, local authors like Ivo Vegter, Lynn Le Roux, James Fouche, Duncan De Waal, Steve Reeder, Pixie Emslie, Tanyan Snyman and more have all been involved in the festival. This year, well-known Knysna local Santie Pretorius - author of "Fat Genes to Skinny Jeans" - will be the at the book lounge, where her book will also be available for purchase and signing.

Dobson explains, "Every year the programme changes. This is our unique dynamic, which allows us to work with many established authors, especially local authors and others who are topical and 'trending' in the public's mind. In everything that we do, we focus on inspiring learners of all ages - from the youngest, to matric, those in college and beyond. We work with local non-profits and schools to arrange transportation to the Children's Theatre, which every year is packed to capacity. Our Young Writers' Competition for children aged 6 to matric, has grown from 15 entries to over 200 entries from Knysna learners, including Sedgefield and Karatara and Plettenberg Bay. The look in their eyes as they experience the joy of the literature makes it all worthwhile."

Dobson says the creative writing workshops and small-group author mingles are perhaps some of the most exciting opportunities for developing talent to benefit directly from the festival.

"These are a great example of how the Knysna Literary Festival can influence developing talent. Becoming more and more popular and even selling out, this year we have doubled the offering."

Two Creative Writing Workshops will be hosted by motivational speaker and creative guru Graeme Butchart on 20 March. The workshop will focus on how to harness creative energy, and the tools that aspiring writers can learn to help them hone their skills. There is also a small-group mingle with award-winning novelist Jo-Anne Richards on 21 March.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.webtickets.co.za, in-person at the Pam Golding Properties Knysna office located at 5 Gray Street in Knysna, or via EFT. Prices vary by event. For more information call 044
382 5574, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za.

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Sedgefield historic hotel introduced new menu
Lake Pleasant Living, a hotel belonging to the Mantis Collection, sits nestled on the banks of the pristine Groenvlei, one of the few natural freshwater lakes in the southern hemisphere, situated within the picturesque Goukamma Nature & Marine Reserve.
Besides announcing that Lake Pleasant Living's Bistro on the Lake is offering a new menu, Lake Pleasant Living's general manager,
John Knight said that they would be offering a 10 per cent discount on its food from Monday, February 23 to 15 March 2015, as part of the introduction of the New Menu.
Knight further said that he
and his team plan to change the hotel's menu with each change of season. "We would like
our new menu to reflect our local flavours and fare." He added that the hotel's kitchen would be looking to purchase as many of their fresh produce locally. "In today's economy it is important to support the people within our community."
Even though the menu would change seasonally Knight reassured guests at a closed tasting on Monday, February 9 that the most popular items on the current menu will be offered throughout the year as "specials".

History
Lake Pleasant Living was first known as Hunters Home as it was built on an estate known as Dixon’s Green that was used as a base for hunting and fishing in the early 1900.
According to history, Percy Bredall bought the property in 1945 and divided the land into 5-10 ha plots to become known as Lake Pleasant Estates. Hunters Home was subsequently upgraded to become Lake Pleasant Hotel.
Bredall sold the hotel to Stanley and Bobby Vadas in 1962 who then upgraded it to a 2-star establishment that became well-known along the length of the Garden Route and beyond.
In September 1992, Lake Pleasant Hotel was sold by the Vadas family to a Rhodesian family, the Clintons. Paul Clinton introduced a conference facility in an attempt to up-grade the 17 roomed hotel to 3-star status. At the turn of the century (2000), Adrian Gardener, of Mantis Collection, bought the hotel from the Clintons, and upgraded the Hotel to its current status.

New Menu
"I am happy to say that during the tasting of the items to be served on the new menu it was clear the John [Knight] and his team took our suggestions and criticism seriously and gave us the undertaking that they will endeavour to serve as much fresh produce as possible," said one of the tasters, Stephan Kriek.
"I cook myself and know how important it is to use fresh ingredients were possible. Honestly, I loved the vibrant colours on the plates and can see that the chef is taking and new and exciting approach to this new menu," he concluded.

  • 1.9 km of pure adrenalin with top speeds in excess of 200 km/h
  • Series of tricky S-bends and fast corners with 160 m elevation change
  • 2014 winner Franco Scribante averaged over 160 km/h

KNYSNA, South Africa, 24 April 2015 – To the casual observer who makes a pilgrimage to play 18 holes on one of the world’s finest and most picturesque golf courses, the scenic drive to the Simola Golf Estate may seem a rather casual and relaxed affair.

However, for the annual Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, taking place in Knysna from 15 to 17 May this year, this seemingly innocuous stretch of tarmac is transformed into a competitive racing driver’s paradise.
Its short 1.9 km course will be tackled by more than 130 road and race cars – modern as well as from the past century – as competitors push themselves and their machines to the absolute limit in order to set the fastest possible time during both the Classic Car Friday and the ensuing King of the Hill battle on the Saturday and Sunday.

What is a relaxed drive at the legal speed limit of 60 km/h is transformed into a challenging part-time race track specially closed to the public for the event, producing an extreme test of pure driving skill that requires both pinpoint precision and no-holds-barred bravery – especially with speeds exceeding 200 km/h!

Unlike a race circuit that can boast a wide track surface with good visibility, lots of run-off areas and sand traps with energy-absorbing crash barriers to slow or stop an errant car, a hillclimb has no such ‘luxuries’. Instead this ordinary two-lane road features high banking on the left and sheer drop-offs to the right just metres from the edge of the road.
The edge of the tarmac isn’t lined with the traditional white and red kerbing found on a track, often used by drivers to cut the turn and increase their cornering speeds. Instead the surface changes instantly from grippy tarmac to slippery gravel, forcing the drivers to keep their cars firmly on the black stuff.

There’s no compromise in terms of safety, though, with restricted access areas limited to the team of officials and emergency personnel, along with strategically placed safety barriers on the outside of the turns plus tyres on the inside lines to prevent drivers from short-cutting the route.

But it’s the inherent challenge of man and machine against the clock on an intense and exhilarating road course that makes hillclimb racing so appealing and exciting – for competitors and spectators alike.
Especially unique to the Jaguar Simola fans is that they themselves are able to get close to the action for the whole weekend, watching from numerous viewpoints that are easily accessible via the Simola Golf Estate and the newly-opened parking areas on the other side of the road.

Speak to some of the leading competitors who challenge the 1.9km course each year, and you start to build a perception of the vital skills needed to take part:
“The Hillclimb route is very short which makes it easy to learn, but the corners are very tricky and if you get it wrong you’re tickets,” says 2014 King of the Hill winner Franco Scribante in his 1970 Chevron B19. “If it’s wet the all-wheel drive cars will have a major advantage, but in the dry the lightweight racing sports cars should be unbeatable.”

According to last year’s King of the Hill runner-up Des Gutzeit, in a highly modified Nissan GT-R, you have to give it your all from the start. “With such a competitive field, it’s essential to be fast and precise in every run through the whole weekend. There’s simply no margin for error on this road, and one mistake could damage the car or kick you out of the finals.”

THE HILL IN DETAIL
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb starts off at an elevation of just 60 m above sea level, with a short and sharp blast from the start arch through a gentle right-left S-bend that sets the cars up for the first turn.
Already within this initial 200 m sprint the quick cars will be reaching over 140 km/h before hitting the brakes and sweeping into the long, progressively opening right-hander that leads into the crucial 800 m straight where top speeds of over 200 km/h are reached.

This section gives the powerful, big-engined cars such as the mighty 1 000 hp-plus GT-Rs a chance to claw back time against the lighter entries that may be slower in a straight line but are able maintain higher average cornering speeds.

The correct line and speed is crucial for the ensuing left bend under the bridge, as turning in too early will compromise exit speed, while carrying too much momentum threatens to send you veering off course into the barriers.

Then it’s a fast right-hander and a short 200 m straight, followed by a series of two difficult right-left S-bends that start below Jaguar’s VIP clubhouse. Entry speeds into this section exceed 140 km/h, with well over 1.0 G of lateral force experienced by the fastest competitors in the first of the left-handers.

Several drivers have been caught out by this complex series of bends over the years in an attempt maintain a decent average speed, so it’s a precarious balancing act as you sweep through this deceptively difficult stretch of asphalt.

“It’s crucial to get the lines right for this sequence of corners, effectively straight-lining them in order to give you maximum speed for the short final blast over the finish line,” says Geoff Goddard, Sporting Director for the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb and himself a former South African production car racing champion.

Assuming you’ve managed to keep it clean, the 1.9 km course, ending at an elevation of 220m, will be dispatched in a respectable time of under 50 sec for most of the entrants.
The top three contenders for last year’s King of the Hill all blitzed the track in under 42 sec, with Scribante topping the timesheets in a new record time of 41.159 sec. That translates into a standing start average speed of 166.185 km/h – an astonishing result for a 34-year-old race car powered by a mere 1.9-litre naturally aspirated engine!

The final results in 2015 will be unpredictable, but one thing that is guaranteed: an action-packed weekend of adrenaline-fuelled thrills – and hopefully not too many spills.

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With just over two weeks to go to the 2015 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, Knysna is gearing up for what promises to be the biggest festival yet.

The best 10 days of winter in Knysna, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is only a few days away. What better time to launch Knysna's hottest marketing campaign, the #Knys1 campaign and the offer of winning R3 000 in doing so.
This newest Knysna Tourism campaign aims to get all residents and businesses of Knysna united in a bid to offer the best tourism, service and business sense in South Africa.

Date: August 6, 2015


Knysna & Partners encourage Service Excellence
Following on from the December 2014 Service Excellence drive initiated by the then Knysna Tourism, Knysna & Partners offered a fully accredited seven day SA Host Service Excellence Training Programme for its members.


“Judging by the number of participants and the fact that everyone completed the training, there is proof that our members recognised the need for this course,” said Glendyrr Fick, Knysna & Partners Trade and Development manager and course facilitator.


She added that this course was created after Knysna & Partners received requested for an accredited service excellence training course during a Meet and Greet held at Lake Pleasant Living, Sedgefield in July.


This course was sponsored by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) as well as the Knysna Municipality who sponsored the venue, Brenton Community Hall.


During this seven day training course was rolled out in a period of three weeks (two days in week 1 and 2 days in week two and three days in week three). “The reason being we are aware that employees being away from their workplaces would be intruding on their operations in the workplace, hence the decision for the three weeks,” explained Du Plessis.


The 24 participants, who are all from the Greater Knysna area, and primarily from the Tourism Industry, thoroughly enjoyed the lectures that, according to them, were presented in a lively manner. “The trainer was experienced and very knowledgeable,” said Karen van der Watt, co-owner of Dover-on-Sea Guest House, Sedgefield.


Any participant who thought doing this course would be a way to get seven days to laze about was in for a surprise. “We really learnt a great deal, but I never thought that the work load would be so much. Even though the course finished on Wednesday, we still have quite a few assignments to finish and post to our Phillip [du Plessis]” said participant, Henwhil Kortje.


“The course was very interesting. We weren’t only taught how to receive visitors to our area, but how to recover from an unfortunate bad service delivery,” he said and added: “It was very interesting to learn how to deal with diversity in the work place. Phillip even dealt with bits of the South African history that helped us understand the mind-set of many people.”


Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt lauded the participants for their attendance and the businesses for recognising the importance of the course.


“I give all participants that complete this Service excellence Course a #Knys1. This course forms part of our #Knys1 initiative, an initiative that still has so much to offer Greater Knysna residents. Watch this space,” he concluded.


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Date: 15 August, 2015
 
The Knysna Timber Festival 2015 was festively launched at the Premier Hotel onThursday, August 13 when several like-minded guests mingled while enjoying sponsored Mitchell’s Brewery beer and tasty snacks.
 
The 2014 Working with Wood Festival has been refreshed with a name and venue change, but definitely promises to offer the same successful format as the first 2014 festival. The festival will be held over the school holidays from October 8 – 10. "The Knysna Timber Festival belongs to Knysna, as it should, and promises to be bigger and better than before.” said Jock McConnachie, of the festival organising committee. 
 
He says the decision to move the festival from Timber Village to the Premier Hotel was for purely practical reasons. “Firstly, we needed more space to grow the festival as it demanded. Secondly, we had to take the general weather expected at the time of year into account.” According to McConnachie, Timber Village had turned into a “quagmire” during the heavy rains last month. 
 
“We also wanted to bring the festival closer to the Industrial Area to offer exposure to some of the working timber factories as well as the Eden Community College which is nearby.” This year’s festival will once again include project based workshop presentations offered by Vermont Sales. There will also be machinery displays, furniture exhibitions and a lot more to admire. “To entertain the ladies, we have involved related industries such as architecture and interior design,” said McConnachie.
 
Retired rear admiral Theo Honiball will be sharing his maritime passion with festival attendees by offering talks about his current project. The project under the leadership of a steering committee is to build a life-size replica of the sailing ship, Knysna. This ship was originally built entirely out of stinkwood by George Rex in 1831 to transport wood from Knysna to Cape Town. Knysna’s expert historian, Margaret Parkes will be sharing her wealth of knowledge. She will be offering talks on the rich history of Knysna’s timber during the festival. 
 
“Knysna & Partners is once again looking forward to celebrating Knysna’s timber heritage with the world through this festival, and will be focusing on using this event to develop a Timber Route, highlighting the timber heritage all year round,” said Knysna & Partners' CEO, Greg Vogt.
 
He added that the festival provides everyone involved in the timber industry an opportunity to showcase their involvement and commitment to re-awaken the wood industry which was once the cornerstone of the town’s economy. 
 
“Most importantly, the occasion enables Knysna to re-embrace its valuable timber heritage. Plus the festival will help to reposition the wood industry's many facets locally, nationally and internationally.” 
 
Owen Lottering, of the festival committee added that the festival will also offer activities for children to stimulate their interest in the craft. “The future of our industry concerns me greatly. It worries me that woodworking is no longer offered as a subject at school. Who is going to carry the craft forward?”
 
Knysna Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans expressed her appreciation of the festival. “Knysna has a long history and relationship with wood and timber. The Knysna Timber Festival is one way in which we can support our local players in this industry,” she said.
 
Of the 47 exhibitor stands available, 60 per cent has already been taken. “We are delighted to report that the Knysna Timber Festival has already been well received and supported by numerous local enterprises. Key players in the timber industry nationally have also come to the party. All of whom are impressed with the forward planning and greater scale of the event,” said Picca de Bruin, festival coordinator.
 
In closing Wolmarans wished the exhibitors great success and urged the public to support the fantastic event. “I thank the sponsors and organisers for their efforts in giving us the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our timber industry. We should always remember that Knysna would have been a very different place if it weren’t for our forests and its beautiful trees. In fact, if it weren’t for our timber, Knysna might not have been here at all.”
 
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Knysna Timber Festival organising committee (from left) Jock McConnachie (Timber Village), Ilse van Schalkwyk (Knysna Municipality Economic Development), Owen Lottering (Woodman's Timber), Dave Simpson (the T&B Group), Morné Smith (Fechters Furniture), Picca De Bruyn (Festival coordinator) and Dominic Morel (Two Heads Marketing). Photo: Fran Kirsten (Festival PR)
 
 
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Date: August 10
 
Board members of Knysna Tourism now known as Knysna & Partners gathered at Lake Pleasant Living Hotel & Spa during July to workshop various strategies and plans that time restraints during their monthly board meetings did not allow for.
 
“The board needed an entire day to focus on the finer details of our Knysna & Partners business plan, Municipal Service Level Agreement (SLA) and the portfolios of our directors. Issues that our usual monthly board meetings cannot cover,” said Kathy White, Knysna & Partners’ chairperson.
 
Board member, Ypie Kingma explained that the changing of the entities name from Knysna Tourism to Knysna & Partners had been adopted during the previous Annual General Meeting (AGM) and has since been officially implemented.
 
“The name change reflects the mandate given by the Knysna Municipality to Knysna & Partners to promote the Greater Knysna municipal area. This area incorporates Buffalo Bay, Brenton-on-Sea/Lake, Rheenendal and Sedgefield – not only as a tourist destination, but also as a place to live, work and invest in,” said Kingma.
 
“In the end we all want to be able to live and work here, and only by integrating all sectors of the economy will the greater Knysna be able to live up to its municipality’s slogan of ‘A place where people and nature prosper’.”
 
She added that although the traditional tourism establishments such as accommodation, restaurants and tourist activities are undeniably an important economic factor within the Greater Knysna Municipality, “Knysna & Partners is extending its scope to promoting other areas of the economy as well, including business development, training and trade relations.”
 
During the workshop the following board members were elected to oversee various portfolios. Stephen de Vries is now responsible for finance and governance. Ypie Kingma – Marketing and communications, Judy Harrison – events and festivals and Eleanor Bouwe-Spies – projects.
 
Grant Easton, board member and Knysna Municipal Manager said that although the SLA between the Municipality and Knysna & Partners had been extended for a further 15 months, the budget had only been approved for 12 months.
 
“The council has received the business plan. Council is conducting an internal review in terms of municipal legislation as to how it wishes the tourism function to be carried out going forward. Once the investigation is completed a decision will be made as to our future working relationship and our future funding relationship. The investigation will take between 6-8 months to complete because of the complexity of the legislation,” he said.
 
Knysna & Partners’ CEO, Greg Vogt said: “It is important for the board to work through various elements in their position as overseers of Knysna & Partners. I am grateful finally be working with a functioning board, knowing that the interests of the entity and its members are of the utmost importance.”
 
In closing White said that the board will workshop a variety of subjects that they and the CEO feels will benefit the greater Knysna area in future.
 
"Spending the day together was not only extremely productive, but we also had time to get to know one another better.  The fact that the directors of the board took a day off from their very busy schedules to attend the workshop shows their dedication and commitment to Knysna & Partners and the well-being of the Greater Knysna." 
 
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Members of the Knysna & Partners’ Executive Board, from left: Grant Easton; Judy Harrison; Steven de Vries, Kathy White (Chairperson) and Greg Vogt (CEO). Front from left: Maggie Zeelie (Maggie Zeelie Company Secretarial Service); Ypie Kingma, Eleanore Bouw-Spies and Philip Hendrickse. Photo; Fran Kirsten
 
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