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The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is proud to announce that it will make history by hosting the 10th edition of the Mr Gay World competition in Knysna in May 2018.This will be the third time that South Africa has presented the prestigious event; a world first. It will also be the second time that the contest will be held during the Pink Loerie, Africa’s biggest LGBTIQ+ cultural festival.
Eric Butter, President of Mr Gay World, revealed that three other cities had expressed interest in hosting the next Mr Gay World, but “when the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Knysna 2018 came forward I couldn’t have been more overjoyed.” He explained: “The 10th Mr Gay World marks a milestone and is very important for our organisation. We have worked with the team in South Africa twice and it has always been a great pleasure; they have the very best work ethic and they always deliver a world class event.” Butter added: “We also decided on South Africa because we wanted the international community to support the rebuilding of Knysna after the devastating fires in June by incorporating it with the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Knysna 2018.”
Since the blazes ravaged the region, the Pink Loerie organisers have played an active role in raising funds, sourcing material assistance and bringing awareness about the crisis in order to bolster the local community.This was acknowledged by the Executive Mayor of Knysna, Eleanore Bouw-Spies, who thanked the festival for its efforts. She and the Knysna Municipality also enthusiastically welcomed the town’s hosting of Mr Gay World 2018 as a further boost to its recovery.
“I do not hesitate in throwing my support behind this initiative and categorically state this event carries my full endorsement,” said Bouw-Spies.“With the added benefit of hosting Mr Gay World, the 2018 Pink Loerie will, without a doubt, lure more visitors to our legendary LGBTIQ+ festival and beautiful area.”Bouw-Spies continued: “Greater Knysna will receive much-needed national and international exposure, proving to the world that we are most definitely ‘open for business’ despite the terrible tragedy of the recent fires.”
Knysna Tourism has also added its support to the Pink Loerie Festival and Mr Gay World 2018, expressing its “delight” at the news that the town will once again host a notable international event.“Mr Gay World will undoubtedly be an exciting addition to the Pink Loerie Festival and the Knysna 2018 events calendar and we are looking forward to assisting with promoting it to visitors and residents,” said Jeannine Orzechowski, Knysna Tourism PR Manager.
South Africa has a proud history with Mr Gay World, winning the title twice; in 2010 and in 2011. The country also hosted the contest in 2012 (Johannesburg) and in 2015 (Knysna), with much success.Mr Gay World 2018 will run from Sunday, 20 May to Sunday, 27 May, with the grand finale taking place on Saturday, 26 May, 2018 at Villa Castollini in Knysna. Tickets will go on sale from 1 February, 2018.
The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2018 Knysna will be held from Thursday, 24 May to Sunday, 27 May, 2018.
ABOUT MR GAY WORLD
Mr Gay World is an annual global competition to find a spokesperson who best represents the finest qualities of the gay community and embodies the spirit of his nation. It is also an international platform where gay men from across the world come together to share their stories. The title holder not only carries the inner qualities of confidence, self-assurance, charisma and natural leadership but also takes pride and care in his outward appearance. The 10th edition of Mr Gay World takes place in Knysna, South Africa from 20 to 27 May, 2018. The 2018 contest’s logo was adapted by Samara Reyneke and Tony Ferreira.
ABOUT PINK LOERIE
The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) culture and identity and takes place in the picturesque Western Cape town of Knysna. Now in its 18th year, the festival hosts a series of cultural, entertainment and community fundraising events that celebrate and empower the LGBTIQ+ community and the region. The 2018 event will run from 24 to 27 May.
Issued on behalf of Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Southern Africa Foundation (NPO), Organizers of Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2018 Knysna and hosts of Mr Gay World Knysna, South Africa 2018
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NEWS FROM KNYSNA TOURISM
Friends of the Library presents a Christmas Market with books, stalls, hot beverages, cake raffles and great fun for the whole family on 9 Dec from 8:30 - 12:00 at Cearn Hall, Leisure Island.
Catch Ian Hall live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 01 Dec from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday 03 Dec, Dave Mac will entertain you from 1pm - 4pm
For more information contact: 044 384 0493
Newly renovated Vinyl Bar & Music venue prestents Music through the ages with Resident DJ Eric-M (doors open Tues - Sat from 6pm – cover charge starts at R30)
For more information contact: 044 382 0386
FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET
Don't miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm - 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.
For more info contact: 044 382 5316
WILD OATS MARKET
Don't miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 - 12pm.
For more info contact: 044 883 1177
Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am - 12pm.
For more info contact: 084 510 9939
THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. For more information contact: 0443827331
Have you heard of Monday massage madness at our Spa? Get the massage you’ve been putting out for a while. 20% off our massages is more than enough reason to treat yourself to a Monday pamper session.
Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.
For more information call: 044 389 0092
Pezula Spa has made Monday's marvelous! Enjoy a deluxe manicure + a free 30 minute foot massage for R285. #happyhandsandfeet #springcolours
For more information contact: 044 302 3335
Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches. Everyday we have something different.
Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night - Buy one get one free & from 6pm - 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.
For more info contact: 044 382 4685
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Don't miss these two great events on Saturday 16 December!
Knysna Blues Festival
This great festival promises a fun-filled and thoroughly entertaining day of Blues and Blues-inspired live music at Mitchell's Waterside Brew Pub, Knysna.
Wowing you this year will be:
* The Black Cat Bones
* Crimson House
* Basson Laubscher & the Violent Free Peace
* Gerald Clark
* 'Lonesome Dave' Ferguson
* Ann Jangle
* Kevin Floyd Project
There'll be delicious Mitchell's Beer on tap (the craft beer that started craft beer!), a great dedicated menu and loads of giveaways. Bands start on the hour, every hour from 14h00.
Tickets available online.
Street Light Market
Don't miss the annual Street Light Market and Festive Lights Switch-on from 3pm till 8pm in Knysna's Main Street.
There will be about 20 stalls selling arts, crafts and street food accompanied by vibrant local music to get you dancing in the street!
Executive Mayor, Cllr Eleanore Bouw-Spies will switch the festive lights.... so bring the whole family!
Knysna Municipality and the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival have announced the names of the successful candidates for their joint Event Incubator Initiative, which encourages emerging event coordinators/owners to improve their existing skill set and become successful event coordinators.
Glendyrr Fick, Festival Manager says, ”The festival received criticism for not being inclusive enough. One of the key objectives of the festival is to create economic benefits for Knysna through various events. This inspired the concept of the Knysna Event Incubator Programme.”
Adverts were placed in local media and on social media to make potential participants aware of the opportunity. Eleven applications were received, of which nine were viable. Each candidate was interviewed, and five candidates were selected from the group. The successful candidates are Oliver Mabukane, Vuvu Ralushe, Anel De Bruyn, Theodore Oelf and Bulelani Memani.
Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies, says, “It was exciting to meet this group of future event co-ordinators who will hopefully develop their skills and companies to take the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and many other local events into the future. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of this programme on the 2018 Oyster Festival.”
The programme will include accredited Events Management Training, mentoring support, as well as Marketing and Financial Management training.
Says Glendyrr: “The Knysna Oyster Festival is an ideal platform to launch a programme of this nature. The training component will commence in January 2018, and all the candidates are looking forward to participating in this initiative.”
The annual Slow Fun Run and Beach Festival will once again be hosted by the Sedgefield branch of Knysna Tourism, Sotheby’s Sedgefield and Misfits Studio. Sedgefield’s fifth Beach Festival will take place on Myoli Beach on 22 December.
This year we welcome Twizza Soft Drink as sponsors to add some colour and fun to the event.
Misfit Studio will be co-ordinating the 5km Slow Fun Run along two of Sedgefield's beaches, Myoli and Swartvlei. The run will be started by WWE professional wrestler Justin Gabriel.
Entry fees are R10 for children and R20 for adults. All proceeds for all the activities of the festival will go to The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) of South Africa.
The Fun Run will be followed by the Sotheby’s Amateur Fun Sand-Sculpting Competition. The theme this year is Santa Workshop. Entries are R100 for up to four people in a team, and will be available at Sedgefield Tourism Office, Cycleworx and Sotheby’s Sedgefield.
This fun competition is a great way for families to get creative and connect," says Belinda Hobson, Sedgefield Tourism Manager.
The Sotheby's Beach Treasure Hunt promises to delight the little ones as usual. "The treasure hunt is always great fun," says Belinda. The entry fee is R10 per child.
The day will end with the popular Egg Toss at an entry fee of R10.
For further information contact Sedgefield Tourism on 044 343 2007.
Having done previous work for Jack Friedman Jewellers, Johan Nel of Knysna Woodworkers was commissioned to design and craft an extraordinary and special presentation box to showcase the National Gift to the Miss Universe 2017 that was auctioned for charity to a discerning international audience.
The brief was that the box be in the shape of Africa and, if possible, represent the devastating fires of Knysna on 7 June. Howard Fevrier gave Johan certain specifications as to what he wanted, but Johan was also given creative licence to develop it into something totally unique.
"In choosing the wood, there was this one particular piece of Oak that caught my attention, as in how the grain and the cracks in the wood fell into place," says Johan. "The cracks to me represented the fire, and the silver I used in the cracks represents Knysna’s community spirit as it rises from the ashes to rebuild to something even better. It was this piece of a once great tree that was burnt to near coal that I rehabilitated and hand-crafted into the presentation box used to house the National Gift."
“A very sentimental piece of art to me,” was the reaction from Miss Universe, then Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel Peters, a local Garden Route lass from Sedgefield.
What also makes this box so special is that it was from one of the Oak trees planted by Knysna’s school children during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee on 24 May 1887.
National Gift – the Daisies of Africa
The jewellery piece was designed by the Jack Friedman team in collaboration with Demi-Leigh, and contains South African gold and diamonds. It was inspired by the Namaqualand Daisies, one of our country’s natural wonders. This year’s gift represents the best of South African natural resources, including its incredibly talented and creative people.
Such a magnificent piece of jewellery deserved a magnificent presentation box as this.
‘Tata’ is engraved on the solid 18 carat gold surface, which reads “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” A quote by the late Nelson Mandela. This says it all.
Marine ranger for Wilderness, Jonathan Britton has confirmed the rolling out of new signage for walking dogs on Sedgefield Beaches. Earlier this year, the process was piloted at the Wilderness Beaches. ‘Discussions were held with the local conservancies as well as dog walking representatives to finalize the zoning and design of the signage and maps’ says Britton. Dog walkers need not fear, there has been no significant change to the current dog walking areas, this is more a rebranding of the signage to make it simple and more noticeable for dog walkers to comply with the different zones. The maps are also intended to direct visitors to Sedgefield to areas where dog walking is permitted.
The Bitou Municipality and Natures Valley Trust are also currently working together and are testing the same zonation on the Pletternberg Bay and Natures Valley beaches.
‘Swartvlei from Gericke’s Point to the Myoli Beach remains a no-dog walking area. From Myoli to Cola and towards Platbank is still a dog walking beach. A leash only zone was introduced at Myoli Beach.’
The objective of the rezoning is to strike a balance of using various beaches by different users. Beaches also provide habitat for coastal bird species. The red and orange zones are not only about habitat protection for local wildlife and safe zones for coastal birds but also to ensure that beach goers who find dogs a nuisance can also enjoy a day out at the beach. ‘The Code of Conduct outlines some basic guidelines. Dog owners can collectively make this new system work but it will only take a few irresponsible dog owners to spoil a visit to the beach for everyone. Please pick up and bin all dog poo’ adds Britton.
There is a sharp decline in the population of white-fronted plovers nationally. ‘White-fronted Plovers have very inconspicuous nests that are well camouflaged. Most beach visitors don’t even realise they are there. Observational data suggests that White-fronted Plovers recognise danger approaching from about 30m away from their nest at which point they get ready to run or fly away. One of the major threats to these birds is that dogs tend to chase the birds or disturb their eggs once the eggs are left exposed and it takes only about 5 minutes for a plover egg to overheat or to be taken out/trampled by a predator. ‘
Please exercise as much caution while in a National Park during these holidays.
Pic : Rollout of signage for walking dogs in Sedgefield
The season has started in Greater Knysna and it promises to be a bumper one!
Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism offices are ready to assist visitors to the area. The offices offer a one stop shop for information about things to do in Knysna and surrounding areas. Both offices also provide a booking service for activities, restaurants, and accommodation establishments in the area; the staff can assist with timetables for shuttle services and Intercape busses; we provide information about upcoming festivals and events; and visitors can buy local art and crafts on display.
Knysna Tourism is situated at 40 Main Road and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 – 17:00 and on Saturdays from 8:30 – 13h:00. This Festive Season, for the period 16 December to 5 January 2018, the office will have extended hours of operation, as follows:
Public holidays: 16 & 26 December: 9:00 – 14:00
Weekdays: 8:00 – 18:00
Saturdays: 8:30 – 14:00
Sundays: 9:00 – 14:00
Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – Closed
Sedgefield Tourism, situated at 30 Main Street, will be open as follows:
Pubic holidays: 16 & 17 December 9:00 – 13:00
Saturdays: 9:00 – 13:00
Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – Closed
Every festive season, Knysna Tourism’s Sedgefield office invites residents of Sedgefield andKnysna Visitor... Knysna to reach out and make a child smile. The Sedgefield area, which includes Karatara and Fairview, is not always included in local funding initiatives and so, for the fifth year in a row, locals were asked to “adopt” a family and make a pledge to spoil them a little.
Sedgefield Tourism manager Belinda Hobson, who drives the project, says that each year different children are selected as beneficiaries.
“With the help of Masithandane and the Department of Social Development we pre-selected a number of local families that had a difficult 2017. Then members of the community pledged to buy an age appropriate gift for the children of the family assigned to them and provide a food hamper for the guardians.“
The goods were dropped off at the Sedgefield office for Belinda and her ‘elves’ to deliver, thereby maintaining the anonymity of the families.
“This year we are able to add 17Santa Shoeboxes which were extras, from Dee Roberts and Barbara Stedman. Thanks to the generosity of our community, a total of 37 children were blessed this Christmas.”
The parcels were delivered by Belinda, Nicole Moore (Information and Reservation Officer at Sedgefield Tourism), and caregiver Lucille Nellfrom Masithandane on 11 December. Says Belinda: “I wish that those who pledged had had the pleasure of seeing the smiles on these children’s faces and the joy of those who care for them. Thank you for your generosity and may you all be richly blessed this festive season.”
Visit Knysna is the official tourism body in Knysna and is mandated by the Knysna Municipality to market Greater Knysna as a holiday destination.
The office, together with its satellite office in Sedgefield, can help you plan your getaway to the heart of the Garden Route.
Knysna SPLASH, the annual festival presented by the Rotary Club of Knysna, will be back on 28 December 2017 with three fun-filled events for the whole family. Join us at the Waterfront for a day of water sports and fun!
SPLASH is the Garden Route’s most entertaining family water-based festival:
• Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK
• Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE
• Pit your paddling skills against other teams in the SPLASH CANOE POLO
Have a great time while supporting some of Knysna’s community projects.
Now in its sixth year, Knysna SPLASH is an important fundraiser for Rotary, which donates all proceeds from the entry fees to local charities.
Rotary is looking forward to seeing both locals and visitors participating in the SPLASH festival. It promises to be lots of fun for the whole family, competitors and spectators, and it’s for a great cause!
Ducks for the Quack Attack races can be purchased from 10:00 on the day at the Knysna Yacht Club, where registration for the swim will take place.
Date: Thursday, 28 December 2017
• Lagoon Mile Swim: Under 10 - R150, Over 10 - R200, caps R60
• Quack Attack Duck Race – R25 per duck
Venue: Knysna Waterfront
Contact person: Andrew Finn
Contact number: 044 382 6880
Knysna and Sedgefield, the towns at the heart of the Garden Route, recently played host to Getaway magazine for four days. Journalist Welcome Lishivha and photographer Gareth van Nelson arrived on Saturday 25 November to explore the area for a six-page feature in the April 2018 issue.
The pair enjoyed a packed itinerary coordinated by Knysna Tourism which ensured that they experienced some of the many activities on offer in the area, from a hike down to the rock pools at Drupkelders with Mark Dixon of Garden Route Trail and a Judah Square homestay experience, to an outing with Knysna Segway Tours and a night spent on the lagoon in a houseboat.
Jeannine Orzechowski, PR Manager for Knysna Tourism said that, with a readership of over 500,000, Getaway was the perfect vehicle to promote Knysna to South Africans who love travel and adventure.
"Somewhere about a one hour and 40-minute flight from Johannesburg and a five-hour drive from Cape Town is a place said to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world. A place that makes you feel lucky to be South African or to even just get a taste of this diverse country, its vast landscapes and feel its rich soil beneath your feet,” writes Jessica Tennant for Bizcommunity.com.
Read the full story here: http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/444/170595.html
Knysna Tourism chairperson Elmay Bouwer has been on a nonstop campaign to promote Greater Knysna at various trade and road shows in Europe and the UK for the past few weeks.
The campaign kicked off in October with a five-day SA Tourism (SAT) Nordics roadshow to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland with Nicole Tunmer (the Featherbed Co) and Lyle Katzen, (Afrovibe and Afroventures Tours & Safaris). Madison Manor and Knysna Hollow were also represented.-
Says Tunmer: “The Nordics show was groundbreaking for Knysna as a destination. This market has above average disposable income and does long-haul travel twice a year. The fact that Knysna and Sedgefield were both represented definitely put the focus on our region. South Africa as a destination is competing with Thailand, but I believe with all the effort put into these shows and with the SAT Megafam of 100 agents planned for March next year, we will channel interest and buying power to South Africa and ultimately the Garden Route as this market has expressed a need for a new sunny destination.”-
Bouwer then flew to the Netherlands for the SAT Netherlands roadshow where she was joined by Evelyn Pepler from Ocean Odyssey. The show ended on 3 November and the next flight was to London for World Travel Market (WTM) from 6 to 8 November, the leading global event for the travel industry, where they were joined again by Tunmer, Sue Mills (Belvidere Manor), and representatives of Rex hotel (aha group), Lakeside lodge and spa, Protea hotel Knysna Quays, and Conrad Pezula, as well as Knysna Tourism’s newly appointed international representative Robert Schaerer.-
Bouwer and the other Knysna reps have seen literally hundreds of agents and answered dozens of questions about the Garden Route and Greater Knysna area. They have also had the opportunity to meet with local SA embassies, and SAT representatives in these key markets.-
The final part of the campaign was a four-day UK roadshow from 13 to 16 November to visit travel agents in their own cities.
Says Bouwer: “It was very important for Knysna Tourism to do this trip. The Wesgro business index report for 2016 shows that 63% of visitors to Knysna are international. In one month we reached 490 tour operators and travel agents in five different countries. This will ensure business from these markets from 2019 onwards.
“It was the first time in nine years that we’ve attended any international trade or road shows and it was fantastic to hear that Knysna and the Garden Route are bucket list destinations for international travellers.”
Don’t miss the exhibition, Beauty in Destruction, opening at Avopomme creative hub in Knysna on Thursday 7 December and featuring artists Jo Davis, Brett Harvey Baker, Jannie Uitlander, Neale Perring and Ricardo van Lingen. Share a drink and a moment to reflect on the Knysna fires of 7 June, six months ago.It will be an evening of art, music and poetry and Avopomme owners will launch the extension to their art gallery.
Sinethemba Projects, a Knysna NGO running programmes for vulnerable children, has received R90,000 from StreetSmart Knysna to boost community upliftment in the area. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Belvidere Manor Hotel.
The donation is part of over R1 million awarded nationally for the 4th consecutive year by StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children rebuild their lives, through donations from partner establishments in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN.
“StreetSmart is one of the best examples of how a little donation can go a long way. It shows how those who enjoy a meal, can with agreement of those who cook and serve, help people who are less fortunate than themselves, so that they too can become productive citizens of our country,” said Sue Mills, Knysna hotelier and co-ordinator of StreetSmart Knysna. “We are thrilled with the support of our restaurants and diners who have enabled us to provide support to these kids who might not otherwise have a chance to return to school and advance in life,” added Sue.
Sinethemba was established in 2003 and works with children at risk and their families to enhance self-sufficiency and giving hope through well-structured development programmes, in order for them to become active change agents in their community. These funds will be used towards family reconstruction services in 2018.
“Thank you StreetSmart, for providing our children with tools to become the best they can be and helping them to reach their full potential.” says a grateful Michael Smith, Director of Sinethemba.
There are currently four restaurants in Knysna that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children or children at risk of living on the streets. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.
Blend Restaurant, Caroline’s @ Belvidere Manor, Chatters Bistro and The Bell Tavern @ Belvidere Manor offer their guests the opportunity to give responsibly in their restaurants and guest house, rather than giving handouts directly to children, which inevitably keeps them on the streets.
“Through the generosity of our restaurant partners and other supporters we are able to continue to expand our national footprint, in spite of tough economic times. For the fourth time in a row, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally enabling us to support 31 programmes. We are so excited to be able to continue this work not only through responsible giving via StreetSmart restaurants, but also through accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues and cellar doors.” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
StreetSmart partner establishments and their guests contribute generously to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and street children in their local communities. Nationally this partnership has raised R1,120,000.00 during 2017, literally R5 at a time.
StreetSmart SA was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and The Netherlands.
StreetSmart SA is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation as well as a Non-profit Organisation and ensures that every cent donated by guests goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. StreetSmart's goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, donating to StreetSmart where you eat, drink and sleep is the responsible way to help a street child.
Knysna Municipal Manager, Kam Chetty says that despite the drought in the Western Cape will in no way hamper the town’s summer season readiness and Knysna is definitely “open for business”.
“Thanks to the R3.1 million received from the Western Cape Provincial and forward planning, we have put several measures in place to ensure that we do not run out of water during the drier upcoming summer season. We, therefore, encourage and welcome visitors to Greater Knysna.
The municipal technical team has several short-term interventions in place to assist with the current water scarcity. These include the Charlesford pipeline construction that will once complete, increase the pumping capacity of Knysna’s off-channel Akkerkloof Dam.
Greater Knysna further makes use of alternate water resources such as Knysna’s Reverse Osmosis and Sedgefield’s Desalination Plants, the Bigai Spring and numerous boreholes in both Knysna and Sedgefield.”
The area recently received significant rainfall resulting in both the Gouna and Knysna Rivers flowing once again. This has played a significant role in the balancing Glebe dam being 40 percent and the Akkerkloof storage dam 42 percent full.
Despite the increase in the levels of the storage dams, Greater Knysna remains on Level 3 Water Restrictions.
• The use of hosepipes for gardening, washing of cars and boats and other purposes, and the use of irrigation systems are prohibited;
• Domestic consumption to be limited to 20 kl per household per month. Water restricting/management devices will be installed for transgressors;
• Areas, where households receive a free basic water allocation, will be limited to 6kl per household per month (200 litres per household per day);
• Business consumption to be reduced by 30 percent on previous year’s monthly average consumption, except car washes.
Water restricting/management devices will be installed for transgressors;
• Construction industry, car washes and nurseries to use alternate water source;
Stage 2 drought tariff is applicable:
• Health and correctional facilities to install own tanks that will be filled by Municipal tanker;
• Flow restrictors be installed in all standpipes;
• Penalties will be issued for violations of any of the above.
It must be noted that according to the Council resolution of 11 August, 2017, the Executive Mayor, in consultation with the Portfolio Councillor for Technical Services, the Municipal Manager and the Director: Technical Services, approves the movement between Restriction levels, and have made the decision that Level Three Water Restrictions remain in place.
“As the usual drier summer months are still lying ahead, we were further cautioned by the Western Cape Provincial Government not to relax our water restriction and our conservation management,” said Chetty.
In closing the Municipal manager urges residents and visitors to continue to use water sparingly regardless of the recent rainfall and the proactive measures taken by the municipality. “It is of utmost importance that the residents, business and tourists remain proactive in their endeavours to save and reduce their water consumption. I thank each and every one who is taking this drought seriously and has made water conservation part of their daily lives.
Although we are ready for the festive season our Level 3 Water Restrictions remain in place and we urge everyone to adhere to these.”
Pezula golf club is delighted to announce that it has achieved an honourable mention as part of the platinum clubs of the world, an honour bestowed on only three clubs in South Africa.
This achievement is in the golf and country club category, with Pezula narrowly missing the prestigious top 100 in the world. However, this honourable mention places the club in the top 175 in the world, a noteworthy achievement.
The top 100 together with the 75 honourable mentions comprise the top 1% of all private clubs around the globe.
“We are extremely proud of this achievement, particularly taking into account that the club has, in the past, gone through difficult times," says club chair Albert McLean. "However, one of the criteria of this achievement was the ability to turn the club around and into a healthy profit situation in tough times, and this we have done in a positive manner in the past few years. The club has gone from strength to strength and this is evident in the experience that every golfer has when visiting Pezula golf club.
"We will continue to invest in the club and thereby enhance the golfing experience for all, and hopefully in two years’ time we will rank among the top 100,” McLean adds.
This article first appeared in the Knysna Plett Herald
Knysna is one of 40 dream destinations selected by Coca-Cola for ultimate prize in their Taste Summer in Paradise competition. The destinations are featured on the labels of the company’s Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke bottles.
This is how the competition appears on the Coca-Cola website:
“This Summer, you could get a taste of paradise. Coca-Cola is giving away weekly holidays to the world’s top destinations - from San Francisco to Santorini. All you have to do is buy a Coke, enter the unique code on your pack, and you could swap your desk for Dubai, your swimming pool for the Seychelles, or your backyard for the Bahamas. Turn your dream holiday into a reality and Taste Summer with Coca-Cola.”
Other dream destinations in South Africa include the Garden Route, Plett, Durban Drakensberg, Wild Coast, Umhlanga, Victoria Falls, Margate, Hermanus and Pilanesberg.
The competition commenced on 1 November 2017 and ends on 31 January 2018. To enter, you need to buy a destination-labelled coke, find your unique code, and dial *120*2653#
Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 01/12/2017
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