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Balancing body, mind & Soul
It’s that time of the year again - the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) calls on you to show your support in solidarity with cancer survivors. The annual CANSA Shavathon is approaching fast and CANSA wants you to show you care by being brave – shave or spray your hair, or donate to the cause.
The CANSA Shavathon is taking place at the Mosaic Market, Sedgefield on 27th February 2016 and at shopping malls across the country. Participants pay R50 donation to take part while kids under 12, only pay R25 donation fee. To see a list of venues, visit http://www.shavathon.org.za/participating-shopping-centres/.
Workplaces and companies can also get involved by hosting a Shavathon event. This offers an opportunity for employees and employers to reflect on how they have been touched by cancer and to encourage colleagues as some may currently even be fighting the disease or in remission.
Some Shavathon participants are more than eager to share their experiences (taken from CANSA’s website):
Agatha says: “I’ve have had a lot of family and friends affected by cancer. Two were cleared of breast cancer, but my father still suffers from skin cancer. I believe CANSA Shavathon is a worthy cause. I donated nearly 50cm of my hair, which hopefully could be a made into a wig.”
Eunice says: “I believe that it’s important to show anyone suffering from cancer that they are not alone – that we may not understand how they feel but just to let them know that we are there whenever they need help, to talk or just a shoulder to cry on, we are here for them – no matter what.”
Read more inspirational stories of why people do Shavathon here: http://www.shavathon.org.za/why-we-do-shavathon/.
Funds raised at Shavathon events help CANSA continue its care and support programmes to those affected by cancer, help provide educational materials with information on how to reduce the cancer risk as well as help provide access to early detection and cancer via cancer screening programmes. CANSA has more than 30 CANSA Care Centres, who offer support in many forms to cancer patients, their families and anyone affected by the disease. Visit the www.cansa.org.za for more information of our Care Centres.
(For more information, please contact Babie Lewitton at Cell 082 55 33 961 or 044 874 4824
Greg Vogt, Knysna & Partners CEO is excited about future plans for mountain biking in the Great Knysna. He foresees Knysna & Partner incorporating the astronomical changes happening at Barrington's Garden Route Trail Park, bringing all disciplines of mountain biking into close proximity of one another.
The Garden Route Trail Park nestled at the very foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, midway between George and Knysna already offers several of these disciplines. Besides the latest addition of dirt jumps (step-ups) the park offers a pump track for juniors, as well as designed routes to provide riders of all levels with an over-supply of adrenalin, excitement, scenery and amazing views.
It is not unknown for mountain biking enthusiasts to hang up their bicycle in the garage while they raise their young family. Vogt has a vision of incorporating neighbouring land into the bigger picture that includes having mountain biking disciplines such as downhill and free riding, dirt jumpers and cycle routes within close proximity to each other.
“We have just seen the world’s best dirt jumpers in action at the Garden Route Trail Park. At the entrance of the park were young children having the same amount of fun on a cycle pump track as the professional riders were having just a little way away. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could have mountain bikers entertained throughout the day with different mountain biking disciplines,” smiled Greg. His enthusiasm is infectious as he speaks about a possible mountain biking festival during 2017. This festival will attract world-renown mountain bikers that will show off their skills on the massive 20m step-up.” Conditions for these riders need to be perfect, so should the weather not be optimal, the riders could share their knowledge with others. The children could play on the pump tracks while their parents tackle a more difficult cycle route. “There are so many options. At the end of the day musician can set up and take over from where the mountain bikers left off.”
Now that the dirt jumping team has left the park having achieved their goal of constructing the 20m step-up, Garden Route Trail Park owner, Rob Dormehl and Greg can start planning how to incorporate the jumps into the bigger picture.
"These trail builders have expressed their poetic license to create two nuances of jump: a series of jumps that both challenge them in a number of ways as well as providing them with a new approach. It is now up to Knysna & Partners to capitalise on this ‘masterpiece’ and continue creating a world class scenario for our destination,” said Greg.
What is emerging at the trail park is really exciting and pushing Knysna & Partners as destination managers to think beyond stage races, making them think out-of-the-box. This new project at the Garden Route Trail Park is just a beginning. In time the concept of how this fits into the bigger picture of Knysna as South Africa's trail town would become much clearer.
The park already has over 20km of hand built single-tracks with flowing turns, berms, rollers and river crossings. Incorporating neighbouring land will turn this already great experience into a world renowned experience.
“I can’t wait to see how the Knysna & Partners team will embrace this vision and make it a reality by 2017,” concluded Greg.
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When I first met Bevan van Druten from Exhibit Art, I was immediately captivated by his infectious energy. When he starts waxing lyrical about his passion for his craft, his eyes light up and he becomes delightfully animated. This passion permeates through each and every one of his unique driftwood creations.
Before he even started creating sculptures from driftwood, he had a penchant for collecting it. Then one day he came across the portfolio of a driftwood artist from abroad and in that instant he knew that it was what he wanted to do with his life. He closed the chapter to his vocation as a chef in the hotel industry and has never looked back.
"My passion for nature is what inspires and drives me to create", Bevan says, “and it’s amazing what you can do with nature’s leftovers”. He combines his love of the natural world and art to create unique sculptures from an assorted assemblage of driftwood that has washed up on the beaches of the Garden Route. He breathes new life into these weathered pieces of wood; the miscellaneous remains of countless different trees which have drifted on our ocean’s currents to eventually be deposited by the tides. Big and small, each collected piece finds its perfect niche in one of his sculptures.
He started off his artistic career by creating a variety of birds such as Blue Cranes, pelicans, eagles and herons, for which he became well known. Recently, he was commissioned by Bird Life SA to make an over-sized Flufftail, one of the rarest birds in the world, as part of an awareness campaign to highlight this wetland bird’s threatened status.
He has since progressed to create a diverse range of other African animals he feels drawn to, such as life-sized impala, kudu, rhino and giraffe. He has the talented knack for capturing the true essence of the animals that he creates. One senses an acute awareness of the muscles, tendons, stance and general characteristics of each animal.
Bevan has successfully exhibited his work throughout South Africa and his pieces have been shipped to clients all over South Africa and abroad.
His art can be viewed every Saturday at the Mosaic Market in Sedgefield or with a visit to his studio just outside of Sedgefield by appointment only. 044 882 1017
There is an old saying which declares ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. As clichéd as it may sound, it certainly rings true when you leaf through the recently published book Postcards from Knysna. The images speak volumes about the allure of this vibrant coastal town.
The Postcards from Knysna concept began as a Facebook page created by Fatti Vuarnier-Blake, who moved to Knysna from Switzerland with her husband in 2013. “I love everything here,” she said. “I love the odours of the fynbos in the rain, I love my house, I love all my new friends”. It was this love which motivated the Facebook page, for she realised that it is often difficult to express the love for something, or its beauty, in words alone.
The page proved hugely popular, with people so often sharing stunning images of Knysna that it inspired her to publish a book. “All the wonderful people of Knysna shared their love and passion for this piece of paradise with the Postcards from Knysna Facebook page”, she exclaimed, “I couldn't let it just stay a FB page. Postcards from Knysna needed a body because it already had a soul and I was able to give it that."
Both amateur and professional local photographers were invited to submit their images which best capture the spirit of the town and the images which resonated most with them. The response was overwhelming. The initiative has been so widely applauded by the local community that it was nominated for the Sanlam Proudly Knysna Award for 2015. The book was also made possible by the generous administrative help of Danni Wallace and the design and layout skills of Dominic Morel of 2Heads Advertising.
The purpose of the book was not merely about pretty pictures. From the start it was decided that all the profits generated after covering the costs would be injected back into the community, the benefactor being the Sinethemba Youth Development Centre, a project near to Fatti’s heart. This facility provides basic services aimed at meeting the emotional, physical and social development needs of up to 30 vulnerable local children.
A total of 1000 copies of this hardcover book were printed and 270 copies have been sold since the book’s launch. Fatti hopes for the sale of many more because the Youth Development Centre is in dire need of funds to continue the important work which is being done to help uplift our local children.
The book costs R300 and can be purchased at the tourism office and several other places throughout Knysna.
For the full list of outlets visit www.facebook.com/groups/postcardsfromknysna/
It is clear that Knysna is bursting at the seams with people who are passionately involved in a host of extraordinary endeavours and the annual Sanlam Knysna Awards seeks to highlight this. Through an online voting process, locals have the opportunity to elect businesses, organisations or individuals that have inspired them with their vision, contributions and achievements, thereby recognising the positive impacts that they have had on our beautiful town.
Event organisers were thrilled at this year’s response. Pieter Cloete says: “The phenomenal growth of the Sanlam Knysna Awards goes to show that local people are willing and ready to recognise and applaud individuals and organisations who continue to make Knysna a wonderful place in which to live, work and visit.”
Hats off to each and every one of the nominees, all of whom should stand tall in the knowledge that Knysna values their positive influence on the local community. After much anticipation, those nominees which received the most votes were announced at a gala dinner held at the Simola Hotel on Thursday 4th February.
Knysna & Partners would like to congratulate the following winners on their outstanding achievements:
Best Tourism Activity Award presented by Knysna & Partners: The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
Best Tourism Establishment Award presented by Knysna & Partners: Lakeside Lodge & Spa
Best Eatery Award presented by Barnies Trading: Caffé Mario
Social Media & Online Marketing Award presented by Sozo Digital Agency: Penny Foyn (Knysna Golden Girls Community)
Local Charity Award: ePap Childrens’ Feeding Project
Best Community Leader Award: Cheryl Britz
Sanlam Small Business Award: Nine on Grey
Sanlam Business Woman of the Year Award: Ingrid Diesel
Sanlam Business Man of the Year Award: Michael Wilbraham
Young Entrepreneur Award: Duran de Villiers
Best Service Award: Allsound Security
Proudly Knysna Award: Magnetic South
For more info visit http://knysnaawards.co.za/
One of the highlights of this year’s Knysna Literary Festival will be a talk by Emma Sadleir entitled “Exploring Social Media Risks.”
Emma Sadleir is a media law consultant and speaker whose areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on defamation, privacy and social media law.
She is an admitted attorney and worked in the media litigation department of Webber Wentzel for five years before going on her own to specialise in social media law in 2013. Her work includes creating social media strategies and policies for corporates and schools, and providing training and workshops on social media law.
She is the co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex… And Other Legal Advice For The Age of Social Media. The book was described by Professor Jonathan Jansen as “the most important textbook” a university student will buy.
Her talk at the Knysna Literary Festival will cover the safety, legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media and how to protect your children in this digital age.
Ling Dobson, founder of the festival, said that Emma will be initiating a vital conversation which all parents should have with their children.
Tickets for the seventh annual Knysna Literary Festival went on sale this week and three events have already sold out – Look ‘n Cook with Pete Goffe-Wood, Delicious Word Journey and Fate of the Nation.
The event takes place from 17 to 20 March and the full programme is available on the Knysna Literary Festival website, www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za and in printed format from Pam Golding Properties Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, and Bargain Books in the Knysna Mall and The Market Square, Plettenberg Bay.
South Africa’s first walking festival, the Garden Route Walking Fest, takes place on the Garden Route over the Easter Weekend in 2016, offering 52 walks between George, Knysna, Plett, Natures Valley, and Storms River, the festival is poised to offer visitors and locals the opportunity to connect with the area and to explore its natural beauty at leisure.
The Cape Garden Route is arguably one of the world's great walking destinations. It is the ideal place to host South Africa's only walking festival, with its beautiful mountains, secret forests, cascading waterfalls, coastal cliffs, incredible beaches and famous trails.
“Walking festivals are a big trend globally, but the Garden Route Walking Fest is a first for South Africa - it’s a massive undertaking that involves the support and involvement of all the local communities. Hi-Tec, a brand which has become synonymous with hiking in South Africa, are sponsors of the event, which enables us to offer a wide range of walks catering to all levels of fitness and adventure, ”comments festival founder Galeo Saintz.
And there really are walks for everyone, from slow saunters along the beach at the end of the day, to brisk walks up some of the regions highest peaks, such as George Peak and Peak Formosa in the Tsitsikamma. The Traditional Walks include the Brown-Hooded Kingfisher Trail or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk, and for the more intrepid, there is a Geo-Caching Walk. A collection of festive walks such as the Fancy Dress Masked Walk at sundown, or the Inner Magic walk for kids, promise great fun with friends and family.
The extensive programme also includes many unusual walks, such as the Walk with Poetry and the Yoga Walk. For those with an adventurous spirit, the Naked Walk in Nature offers the chance to experience nature au naturel. Adding to the selection is An Evening Walk through the Night Sky, presented by local astronomers, a Connecting Nature trail and a Community Walk, which will be led by a local conservation initiative.
Everyone is welcome –“The Garden Route Walking Fest festival is about building a connection between us as communities and between humanity and nature,” says Saintz.
The walks are all led by local Walk Leaders. If you are a local guide or walking enthusiast and would like to add your walk to the programme or lead an existing walk, please contact us to be included.
“Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate and discover the incredible natural beauty that makes the Garden Route a much loved destination. Join us for fun time out in nature, meet new friends and discover hidden gems off the beaten track. This festival is ideal for families and all lovers of the great outdoors,” concludes Saintz.
The festival benefits local Garden Route environmental charities and conservation initiatives by highlighting their work and facilitating donations by walkers to their causes.
Organiser: Galeo Saintz
Cell: 082 888 8181
Facebook: Garden Route Walking Festival
The Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a 100km off road race from UNIONDALE to KNYSNA via the Prince Alfred's Pass. The route is scenic, challenging and riders are encouraged to train sufficiently for this event in order to maximise the enjoyment of the experience.
In order to maintain the quality of the event AND THE REGISTRATION it has been decided by the Lions Clubs of Uniondale and Knysna that only 4200 entries will be made available in 2016. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
The event allowed riders to make substitutions well after the event SOLD OUT in 2015 – this caused challenges at registration. Riders WILL NOT be allowed to make ANY LATE SUBSTITUTIONS after the 15th August 2016.
The entry fee is R450.00 and includes dinner in Uniondale on Saturday 17th September. The event is owned by the Lions Clubs of Uniondale and Knysna and all proceeds from the event go to Sightfirst, the South African Guide Dog Association and other urgent needs in the community.
Date - Saturday 17th September 2016 in Uniondale from 13:00 – 21:00
For the convenience of riders NOT staying in Uniondale - Late registration - collection of entry packs (NO ENTRIES OR SUBSTITUTIONS) 06:00 – 07:30 Sunday 18th September 2016.
The event will NOT BE sanctioned by CSA in 2016. FUN Riders DO NOT need to purchase a license or possess a CSA Day or Annual license in order to participate in the event, unless you are an ELITE RACING rider. Elite Racing riders will need to produce their licenses in order to be placed in the Elite Racing start group.
Sunday 18th September 2016 at 07.30
The cut off is at the Kom se Pad / Knysna turn off at 14:00 and the Knysna High School at 16:00. There will be seven start groups with approximately five minute intervals in between each group.
The event will be timed by Racetec and if necessary, transponders can be purchased at registration in Uniondale. No transponder, NO RIDE, no result and no prizes.
ALLOCATION OF RACE NUMBER AND SEEDING
Seeding will be done by Racetec after the 10th September 2016 and riders will be sent their race numbers via email after this date. Seeding will be based on The Lions Karoo To Coast rider results in 2014 & 2015 and the PPA seeding index.
There will BE NO LATE entries whatsoever once all entries have closed. For the first time - this year the event will take 4200 entries.
SUBSTITUTIONS The PRE EVENT substitution cut off date is the 15th August 2016. There WILL BE NO MORE SUBS WHATSOEVER after this date.
There are nine points (including the finish point) on the 100km route. This year, for the first time, and in response to the request of riders – there will be more food at points as from the Buffelsnek, which is approximately half way through the event. Please note that it is not guaranteed that all riders will receive food at points as it depends on the consumption by riders passing before them. There will be sufficient water and Powerade at all points for the 4200 riders. It is highly recommended that you also carry your own preferred snacks and liquids on your person on the day.
WHAT TO CARRY
Riders are encouraged to take sufficient energy bars/food for your estimated time in the saddle. Please carry at least two full water bottles with your drink of choice and preferably a full “Camelbak” if you have one. Riders should be able to fix a puncture and may want to carry their cellphones. If you are allergic to any medication etc – please indicate this on your person when riding. There will be 8 waterpoints on the route.