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The Francois Ferreira Academy has recently been accredited with the Chartered Institute of Tourism and Hospitality and can now offer a 1 year Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management, which is appropriate for those owners or managers of a hospitality establishment, who drifted into their jobs, without any qualifications. It is ideal as it allows you to continue working and studying at the same time!!

Having a qualification in South Africa today is very important to set you apart from the rest. This course is beneficial for Hospitality and Tourism business owners to stay ahead of their competitors, and improve their businesses, that will lead to an increase in profitability and customer satisfaction. A Diploma will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to adapt to the ever changing industry. With this course, students will combine practical as well as theoretical learning to keep up with international service delivery standards

The course will cover the following:
• The Tourism and Hospitality Industry
• The Essentials of Tourism and Hospitality Operations
• Essentials of Human Resources and Business Computing
• Essentials of Marketing and Customer Relationships

Qualification: Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Tourism and Hospitality and it is an internationally recognised qualification.

Course Duration is 10 months, and there will be:
40 Contact days, where students will be required to attend formal classes at the Academy in George 2 days a fortnight. However, if there are enough students (minimum 10) in Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Plett or Mossel Bay, then a facilitator can hold lectures in the town.
Then there are 960 Industry hours that will be spent in your place of work, where you will be required to fill in logbooks and work sheets.
The course will start in June 2019 and run until May 2020. There will be no lectures in December and January, due to the busy season
COURSE FEE is R50 000
This course will make you look at your current business through new eyes, and will enable you to make improvements!
Don’t miss this opportunity to finally get that qualification you always wanted!

For more information please contact Donia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 044 884 0765

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:24

Paddle Cruiser refloated

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Contractors working on the salvage of Knysna’s Paddle Cruiser successfully refloated the stricken vessel at around 11:00 a.m. today.

The boat, which is owned and operated by the Featherbed Co., was found partially capsized at its moorings early on Friday morning, 12 April, with its port (left) hull underwater and resting on the floor of the Estuary. No one was on board at the time of the accident.

The salvage operation began almost immediately, with steps to prevent pollution of the Estuary being the first priority.
The salvors righted the boat using massive inflatable air bags.

Paddle Cruiser will now lie under observation at its moorings for 24 hours. It will then be dry-docked for a full investigation into the cause of the sinking before clean-up and restoration can begin.

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There are endless ways to get to and from and around Knysna. Whether you want an Airport transfer, visit our attractions and activities or just want to have dinner, call for one of our registered shuttle or taxi operators. These operators have multiple vehicles with different capacities and service individuals, couples, families and bigger groups.

The popular SPUR Children’s Tour takes place on the Knysna High School Sports Field in a safe environment where parents can keep a close eye on their offspring. It’s a fun event, and each child gets a goodie bag at registration and a medal if they finish.

The routes and distances are as follows:
o 2-4 years – 400 m: On the field.
o 5-7 years – 1,5 km: From the field – Hedge Street – Waterfront Drive – old railway line – past station – turn at turntable – back to Hedge Street – onto field – finish
o 8-10 years – 2,5 km: As per the 1,5 km race, but riders will continue on railway track to Long Street, turn into Waterfront, back to field.
o Cost: R100 for the first rider and R 50 per child for additional family members.

Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Start&Finish: Knysna High School Sports Field
Time: 09h00

  • Starting date Sun 23 June 2019
  • Ending date Sun 23 June 2019
  • Entry Fee R100
  • Venue Knysna High Sportsfield
  • Contact Person Knysna Rotary
  • Contact Number 079 796 7834
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Knysna Plett concert series presents the ‘VIOLIN DIALOGUE’ Zanta Hofmeyr; Violin, Mirosalav Charkaryan; Violin, Olive Sandilands; Piano.

The well known South African and Bulgarian violinists, Zanta Hofmeyr and Miro Chakaryan perform an exciting programme of virtuoso violin duos. They share their love for the violin by engaging in a musical dialogue performing works by Wieniawski, Sarasate, Leclair, Shostakovich and Mozkowski.

Miro Chakaryan is the concertmaster of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Zanta Hofmeyr is well known as a concert violinist and chamber musician.
Zanta and Miro will be accompanied by Mossel Bay pianist, Olive Sandilands. Olive studied at UCT and is in great demand as an accomplished piano accompanist.

Audiences can expect a concert full of musical fireworks, bursting with intensity, enthusiasm andpassion.

Date: Monday, 6 May 2019
Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time; 7.30pm
Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm, Adults R150; Scholars R50
For more information contact Penny Rathbone on 083 600 0229

Passion. That will be the over-riding energy in the classic motorcycle section at the 2019 Knysna Motor Show on Sunday, April 28. Over 60 motorcycles ranging from the early 1900s to the classic superbike era of the 1970s and 1980s will be on display, and all of them will be presented with a degree of love and devotion that borders on the obsessive. 

  • Over 60 classic motorcycles and over 300 classic cars will on show at the Knysna High Sports Grounds on Sunday, April 28, from 9 am to 4 pm
  • This is the eighth running of the Knysna Motors Show, organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, and brought to you once again by Sanlam Private Wealth

“I love the boundless passion of the motorcycle builders that display their bikes on our show,” says chief organiser, Peter Pretorius. “There is a common thread amongst all these motorcyclists, and that is their attention to detail on the bikes that they build or restore, and their incredible mechanical knowledge, which they are only too keen to share with all the show-goers.”

The biker’s display this year will once again cover a broad sweep of age periods and genres in the classic motorcycle field, and once again the bikes on the lawns at Knysna will by invitation only, as will the 300-plus vintage and classic cars at the event.

“Every year I am knocked out at the high standards of the machinery that enters for the show,” says Pretorius. “What is wonderful about the motorcycles is that so much of their mechanical detail is readily on display, down to the last nut and bolt.”

Classic Ducatis.

Neville Fisher is a Ducati fanatic that hails from East London, and he will be showing two special examples of the smaller Ducatis that created such a stir in this country in the early 1980s, the Pantah series. The 500 cc and 600 cc Ducati  Pantahs claimed Superbike race track glory here in the 1980s, notably in the hands of the famous Petersen brothers, and today the small V-twin machines are hugely prized collector’s items.

Fisher, who runs a motorcycle specialist customising company in East London called FRP, will be showing a pristine original-specification blue Ducati Pantah 500 SL from 1980 and a modified 1979 Ducati 500/600 FRP TT Special in silver, with a red frame. Neville has modified the frame to later TT2 geometry, which includes reducing the steering head angle from 30 to 24 degrees, giving it a much sharper appearance and handling. It now runs 17-inch wheels instead of the original 18-inch wheels, and a mono seat.

Neville will also be entering his track racer-cum- café racer 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120. Bonnevilles are very dear to Neville’s heart as he made his race track debut on a Bonneville at the old Roy Hesketh circuit in Pietermaritzburg in 1981, and stunned the locals with a performance that saw him competitive on the old 1969 machine alongside all manner of much more modern Japanese superbikes!

Triumph specials

Gavin Venter is a Knysna-based motorcycle specialist builder who has a national reputation for the amazing machines he creates. This year his display will include six motorcycles, and heading up the list is a bike known as War Bird!

“This is the first so-called “art-bike” that I have built, as it was especially commissioned by a lady customer who wanted to display it in her living room as an art object,” says Gavin. “It is based on a 1957 Triumph Thunderbird 650 cc machine and includes all sorts of interesting items such as early-period girder front forks. The War Bird name is a play on the Thunderbird name.

“Another really interesting and whacky motorcycle will be another customer commission, built for an antiques dealer. It has a military theme, based on a small 300 cc Sherco trials bike, and features an artillery gun shell for the exhaust, while the headlamp is a converted World War Two gas mask!”

Venter’s business, known as Phoenix Customs, will also display his own long time favourite, a 1971 Triumph Tiger 650 done in the classic Bobber style with massive front wheel and no mudguards, while his wife Alta’s considerably modified Yamaha XT500 will also be attracting lots of attention. Two more Triumphs will include a 1964 model-year 650 and a customised rare 350 Twin, in café racer style. Brian Davidson’s original-spec 1968 Triumph Tiger 650, re-built by Phoenix, will provide a valuable reference point to the custom-bike fantasies indulged in by Venter and his crew.

The oldest bikes

The honour of displaying the oldest motorcycle this year goes to Brian Wallace, with his 1911 singe-cylinder FN. This motorcycle was built by the same Belgian company that produced the famous FN rifle, used here by our military. FN (standing for Fabrique Nationale) was famous for developing the use of shaft drive for motorcycles from 1903, and the Wallace machine has a shaft drive, as well as pedal operation to get the motorcycle mobile before starting the engine. This machine has a two-speed gearbox and a clutch. FN actually built motorcycles right up until 1967.

The second-oldest motorcycle on display was also restored by Brian Wallace, but is now owned by Adrian Denness. This is a 1912 Bat. It was named after the founder of the British company, Samuel Robert Batson. Extremely rare, this single-cylinder machine uses a belt drive with a gigantic rear pulley, and is a single-speed machine. Being a 500 cc model, it has tremendous low-speed torque.

The third machine in the Wallace line-up is a 1914 Douglas, a two-speed model but with no clutch. This is a horizontally-opposed twin-cylinder machine, and Douglas was the first to produce this configuration of engine, long before BMW started with “boxer” twins in the 1920s. Starting and pulling away is a complicated affair as there is no clutch, and the technique is to pull in a cylinder decompressor, paddle the bike forward in first gear using your legs, and then releasing the decompressor, which starts the engine, and away you go!

All these very old bikes feature “total loss” lubrication systems, which means that there is a separate oil tank, but no sump, and the oil that is fed to the engine either burns away or drops earthwards, once it has done its lube job. So if there are oil droplets beneath them, rest assured that that is the way they are supposed to be!

British Thumper

A motorcycle familiar to many who did their military training here in the 1950s and 1960s is the AJS 500 single-cylinder model. This AJ, as it was commonly known, was built up from spare parts by Lofty Pretorius. The parts were obtained from the famous Rubes Motorcycles shop in Main Street, Johannesburg, which specialised in all manner of British bikes, long after the so-called Japanese invasion of the 1960s and 1970s.

Lofty has ridden the AJS for over 40 years, and he has competed on trials with the bike as well as in countless bike rallies. He has also raced it in classic bike events at Kyalami and Zwartkops.

“The fun and memories that this classic motorcycle represents over the 40 odd years brings a smile on my face every time I ride the machine. It has proven to be one of the most reliable classic bikes that I have owned, despite all the abuse handed out to it over all these years,” says Lofty.

And a Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Lofty has also entered a Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk II from the early 1980s, which he rebuilt from a box of bits as a café racer. Being a Ducati lover, he fashioned the fairing after the famous “Duke 900 SS” of that period, and the bike also features special exhausts, made just a stone’s throw away from the sports fields that today host the Knysna Show! The exhausts, manufactured in the 1980s, were called Rex pipes, after George Rex Drive in Knysna.

And much, much more

Apart from the 70-plus classic motorcycles on display, there will be over 300 invitation-only classic and vintage cars including over 20 Bentleys from the early 1920s onwards, 11 Mercedes 190SL and 300 SL models from the late 1950s, supercars from the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Pagani, a special electric vehicle display featuring the latest BMW electric cars and tributes to many classics.

Of these tributes, Morgan sports cars will celebrate its 110th birthday at the show, Mini celebrates its 60th birthday this year, and Bentley, with a huge display of massive old sports machines, will be commemorating 100 years of top-flight British motoring history in 2019. To celebrate this, Bentley will also show modern Bentleys at the Knysna Motor Show, such as the Continental GT and the Bentayga SUV.

Special Hotel Deals for Motor Show Weekend

In co-operation with the Knysna Motor Show, special accommodation deals are in place for visitors to the show. The Pezula Hotel is one of these, and you can contact them by clicking on the following link: https://pezulahotel.com/specials/knysna-motor-show/ .

The Protea Knysna Quays Hotel is also offering special motor show deals. Call reservations on 044 382 5005 and mention “Knysna Motor Show Special.”

The 2019 Knysna Motor Show is a one day event that runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds. Admission prices are R50 for adults, children 12-18 will be charged R10, and children under-12 get free admission.

Contact details are: Peter Pretorius, email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by cell phone on 082 321 4724. For more information, go to the Garden Route Motor Club’s website on www.grmc.co.za

There are many motoring enthusiasts who are convinced that the Knysna Motor Show can now claim to be the premier car show in South Africa. A perfect setting within a stone’s throw of the Knysna lagoon, brilliant organisation by the Garden Route Motor Club, and a turn-out of the country’s premier classic machinery have contributed to this widely-held view.

And this year’s show on Sunday April 28, 2019, promises to be the best yet in the event’s eight-year history.

A look down the list of entries for this year’s show is mouth-watering for anyone who has even a passing interest in motoring. All the great names will be present on the lawns of the Knysna High School Sports Grounds. And what’s more, there will be cars and motorcycles of every era and genre that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. This year’s Knysna Motor Show is history in the making!


The 2019 line-up of modern supercars reads like a who’s who in the world of exotic machinery. Show stoppers will be the rarely seen Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini Aventador and Lexus LFA. The list is endless with Ferraris, a McLaren MP4-12C, Aston Martins, a Maserati A6GCS replica, a Zagato AC 378 GT, a pair of Mercedes-AMG SLS and a number of special Porsche 911 models. And there will be a stunning line-up of six Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs from the 1950s, the car that many experts believe gave birth to the modern idea of a supercar! These Teutonic masterpieces will be backed up by no less than 10 of the exceedingly elegant 190 SLs from the same era.

A centenary of Bentleys

The Bentley Driver’s Club will be celebrating the marque’s centenary with a display of over 20 massive vintage and classic Bentleys. The earliest models will be the three-litre examples from 1922, while there will be a massive 4½ Litre on display, as well as numerous models from the 1930s, the 1950s and even the 1990s. In addition Bentley South Africa will be displaying some brand new models as well, including the stunning Bentayga SUV and Continental GT.

60 years of Mini

The Mini will celebrate its 60th birthday this year, and there will be a display of over 20 beautifully-turned out classic Minis. Notable amongst these will be an early Morris Mini-Minor 850 from 1961, a jeep-like Mini Moke, a racing Mini Marcos, and a number of the wonderfully evocative Cooper S models from the 1960s which won glory on the race tracks and in the Monte Carlo Rally between 1964 and 1967.

Morgan turns 110

This year, Britain’s oldest car maker, Morgan, turns 110 years old! That is a remarkable achievement for a company that still hand-builds its classic-looking sports cars. At Knysna on April 28 there will be a turn-out of some 18 of these true-blue sports machines, ranging from a 1918 model to a 2017 model.

Over 60 classic and vintage motorcycles on display

The motorcycle display is always of huge interest at the Knysna show and this year will be no different. Machinery ranging from a 1911 FN to a 1000 cc Honda Repsol MotoGP replica, classic teddy-boy era Triumph Bonnevilles, Harley Davidsons, and Italian Ducatis and Maserati motorcycles will set the two-wheeler pulses racing, And even the odd Vespa scooter will be perched alongside these magnificent machines, all resplendent  on their centre-stands, and waiting for the admiration that is their due.

American fins and flash

Huge American cars from the 1940s and 1950s are always a drawcard. The sheer excess of automotive design in the post-war era leaves one gasping today, marvelling at the spirit of innocence and optimism that spawned these wonderful, chrome-laden machines. Cars on display in this sector will include an achingly beautiful 1958 Pontiac Bonneville, a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and movie star classics such as the late 1960s Plymouth Road Runner (Beep, Beep) and a Hudson Hornet from the 1950s.

Electric Cars – forward to the future!

For the first time at the Knysna Motor Show (but assuredly not the last!) there will be an educational display of electric vehicles. “The glimpse into our motoring future is being organised in association with the National Electric Mobility Programme, with an eye to enable, facilitate and mobilise the new era of electric cars”, says programme director Hiten Parmar. BMW will be showing two of its electrified vehicles at the show, and there will also be special charging units on display. All to educate the public!

Hillclimb racers

Also on display on April 28 will be a number of classic racing machines taking part in the Simola Hillclimb which takes place on the weekend after the Knysna Motor Show. These will include a 1928 supercharged Austin Seven special, a Fiat 131 Racing and a Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR and many more.

And what about the pre-1945 cars and the magnificent display of the Parnell Bruce collection? More great names include Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Avis, Jaguar Triump and MG, and they will all be there!

The above-mentioned are just a few of the 400 cars and motorcycles that will be on display, all turned out in their finest fettle. Last year the show drew some 8 000 spectators and the Garden Route Motor Club, in association with Sanlam Private Wealth, is expecting an even bigger attendance this year.

The Knysna Motor Show caters for everyone

“The wonderful thing about this show is that, as far as possible, it caters for everyone’s motorised tastes. The cars range from the mega-expensive to affordable, as do the motorcycles. From the dawn of the motorised age 100 years ago and more, to the techno marvels of more recent times. But they have all been chosen because there is something about them that gives them a unique place in motoring history,” says chief organiser Peter Pretorius,

“If it’s speed and glamour you are after, or an oddball motoring obscurity, the 2019 Knysna Motor Show is just the place for you. We will have close to 400 machines on display, and we guarantee that you will have your work cut-out to work your way through them all. And of course, if you need a break, we will have a range of wonderful food and drink stations on hand to cater to your every whim.”

And this is not all! ITOO Classics Car Insurance has sponsored a pulse-raising prize for two Knysna Motor Show visitors. It will include hot laps for two in a Pablo Clark racing Ferrari at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami in August, VIP treatment, and return air tickets from any airport in South Africa. To qualify you have to visit the Knysna Motor Show on Sunday, August 28, 2019, to complete your entry to the lucky draw.

Special Hotel Deals for Motor Show Weekend

In co-operation with the Knysna Motor Show, special accommodation deals are in place for visitors to the show. The Pezula Hotel is one of these, and you can contact them by clicking on the following link: https://pezulahotel.com/specials/knysna-motor-show/ .

The Protea Knysna Quays Hotel is also offering special motor show deals. Call reservations on 044 382 5005 and mention “Knysna Motor Show Special.”

The 2019 Knysna Motor Show is a one day event that runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds. Admission prices are R50 for adults, children 12-18 will be charged R10, and children under-12 get free admission.

Contact details are: Peter Pretorius, email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by cell phone on 082 321 4724

It is Easter this weekend and the Garden Route is the perfect place to lace up your trail shoes or hiking boots and get out before winter arrives to explore our beaches,
dunes, forests, high peaks and great walks and trails.

The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival is now in its 5th year and is the not-tomiss annual hiking event for everyone in the family. It is the only walking festival of its kind in the country with walks led by volunteers and professional walking guides.

“Exploring off-the-beaten-track trails and unusual spots, from local townships to the highest peaks in the region is what it is all about”, says festival founder Galeo Saintz.

Favourite walks this year include 3 Beach Clean-Up Walks, a Walking on Water Walk, Tidal Pool Meander and the famous Kids Coastal Pirate Walk on Keurboomstrand.

Walks take place in George, Mossel Bay, Sedgefield, Knysna, PleR and Nature’s Valley.

“When it comes to the fesBval favourites top of the list are the Giraffe Safari Walks, Yoga Walks, Nature Discovery Walks and the Rastafarian Walk to name only a few,” says Saintz. “Remember, the majority of walks are free, while some walks have a guiding or permit fee attached - it is really something for everyone.”

The festival raises funds for conservation projects on the Garden Route. All walks need to be booked online. Early booking advised.

Date: 19 – 22 April 2019
Cost: Free to register
Web: www.walkingfestival.co.za
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 082 888 8181 Contact: Galeo Saintz

Mosaic Market offer a wide variety of Food, Craft, Art, Books, Music as well as a play area for the Kids. There is ample parking and space to relax in the food court and catch up with friends.

Open every Saturday from 8 –Come for Breakfast and stay for lunch.

Thursday, 04 April 2019 08:15

Drive me round the bend!

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As it's our 10th birthday, it is a very special year to be driven up the hill. Enter one or more of our competitions and stand a chance to experience the thrill of being driven up the hill in a high performance Jaguar.

1. Simola Golf Day
The Simola Golf Day will take place on 2 May 2019. It is a Knysna Speed Festival charity fund raising event with all hole sponsorship proceeds being donated to our nominated charities.
Sponsor a hole (tee and green) for R5000 and, in addition to significant branding, on hole fun and mega networking, your company will also stand a chance to win Golden Ticket VIP Rides in high performance Jaguars up the Simola Hill during the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb!
Click for more information.

2. Best dressed on Classic Car Friday
If you arrive for Classic Car Friday (3 May) in your best 40's, 50's or 60's outfit, you could be the lucky winner of a VIP Ride up the hill! The winner and a partner/friend will be selected during the day from those that arrive dressed for the occasion.
Read about this year's competitors challenging for the Classic Conqueror Title.

3. Make a con-TREE-bution
Make a conTREEbution towards the 2019 JSHC Tree Project and stand a chance to win a VIP ride up the hill! We will also be awarding a VIP ride to the person who buys the most trees/contributes the most.
More details here.

4. Win a priceless VIP Experience with Covert
As partners of the event, Covert Distributions are offering a follower the chance to win a VIP Experience which includes:
• 2 full VIP weekend Passes
• Full access to the Piston Club
• VIP parking
• Pit Lane Access
• An exclusive VIP Drive for 2 in a Jaguar up Simola Hill
• Covert cocktails & drinks

Purchase any Covert brand including Arbikie Africa, Richland Rum Africa or Cachaça da Tulha Africa from Norman Goodfellows, Bar Keeper, Woodstock Liquors, Roeland Liquors, Liquor City Claremont or selected TOPS at SPAR up until 20 April , upload a picture and tag Covert Distributions & Knysna Speed Festival to stand a chance to win

*Proof of payment or till slip will be required to redeem prize.
*Transport, Accommodation & activities/meals/drinks outside of the Simola Hillclimb Challenge not included