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Friday, 23 June 2017 09:53

A message of hope for Knysna

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When Plascon’s Corporate and Digital Communication Specialist Zurita Moore approached Knysna Tourism vice chairperson Ypie Kigma about getting involved in rebuilding Knysna after the devastating fires which started on 7 June, she said that Plascon had a message of hope for Knysna. The company wanted to tell residents - especially those who had lost their homes - that it was behind them and that there was hope for a better, brighter future.

Initially, explains Moore, they thought they would get this message across by painting murals to brighten up the town before the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

“However, when we actually got to Knysna we realised that the tourist areas had not been affected by the fires, so we went up to the informal settlement White Location in Ward 4 and were shocked at the devastation there,” says Moore. “We decided to start spreading our message of hope right there and went about getting permission from individual owners of homes that had not been burned down, to paint the exterior of their houses.”

The results are stunning, and the pictures speak for themselves.

“We used bright, primary colours and incorporated Knysna Tourism’s hashtag #KnysnaRises.

The creative Plascon team has also left behind a number of blank canvasses in the form of newly painted walls in George Rex Drive which can be used at a later stage for graffiti messages of hope. Kigma says Knysna Tourism plans to invite local artists and victims of the fire to paint their messages there.

Moore says that in the long-term, once Knysna starts the rebuilding process, Plascon would like to get involved in social projects such as painting schools in the informal housing areas and the Provincial Hospital which was damaged by fire.

Says Kingma: “I am sure that I speak on behalf of all our members when I say that we as Knysna & Partners are extremely grateful for corporate organisations like Plascon. The message of hope for an even more beautiful town is something which I am sure will inspire all our residents because each and every one of them has been affected in some way by the fires. And it’s a message that will no doubt be appreciated by our visitors too.”

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is going ahead despite the recent devastating fires and will celebrate its 30th year with exciting new routes & rides!

Marketing director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he hoped that many cyclists who were previously undecided about participating in the event this year, will make the decision to enter a race and come to Knysna.

“We’ve launched a campaign, #RideForALocal because many of our local cyclists were affected in one way or another by the fires. Every single person who comes to the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will be helping the locals to rebuild their lives and their businesses,” he said.

To encourage participation, normal entries have been extended till 23 June, but late online entries will be accepted until 5 July with no penalties. A late entry fee will be charged for entries at registration. However, late entries will not be seeded.

The two-day event offers a weekend of cycling for the whole family and is for cyclists who enjoy scenic and challenging routes - from beginners to experienced riders.

• MTB Events: Saturday, 8 July: 80 km, 50 km, 30 km, 15 km PLUS a new 30 km e-bike route

• Road Race Events: Sunday, 9 July: 115 km and 50 km

• SPUR Children’s Fun Ride: Sunday, 9 July: 400 m, 1,5 km and 2,5 km

• Forest Family Dam Ride: Sunday, 9 July: 30 km and 20 km

 

EVENT ENQUIRIES: Megan or Linda | Cell: 079 796 7834 | Tel: 044 382 1129 (mornings only)
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ENTER NOW: www.knysnacycle.co.za

Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates about all events.

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Digital Assets for the #KnysnaRises Campaign. A selection of Phoenix logos for social media cover pages and profile pics. We enourage all members to make use of our KnysnaRises branding.

Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 23/06/2017

Official #Knysna Communication: www.visitknysna.co.za

 

   
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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

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14 Days until the #Best10DaysOfWinter

The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals, with huge appeal for sports lovers, families, foodies and those in search of the best 10 days of their winter and it will go ahead this year despite the fires say organisers. In fact it will bring employment and hope to the fire-ravaged town.

Read more here

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A message of hope for Knysna

When Plascon’s Corporate and Digital Communication Specialist Zurita Moore approached Knysna Tourism vice chairperson Ypie Kigma about getting involved in rebuilding Knysna after the devastating fires which started on 7 June, she said that Plascon had a message of hope for Knysna. The company wanted to tell residents - especially those who had lost their homes - that it was behind them and that there was hope for a better, brighter future.

Read more here

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THE TRAIL PHOENIX RISES!

It is on. Festival Trail Run goes ahead. Despite the challenges posed by the worst natural disaster in the history of the Garden Route, organisers of the Featherbed Trail Run have announced that, thanks to the timely intervention of new headline sponsors, Bayport Financial Services, the Featherbed Trail Run of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will go ahead as scheduled. “We’re calling it the Bayport Phoenix Edition,” says event director Mark Collins, “and it will be simply unforgettable.”

Read more here

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Knysna's Tourism Industry will triumph

SA Tourism joins all citizens, stakeholders, businesses and the country at large in support of the communities affected by the fires in Knysna and surrounding areas as they rebuild their homes, town and tourist facilities, said the organisation on Wednesday, June 14.

Read more here

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Knysna will Rise stronger than before - Knysna Executive Mayor

Last week, council resolved that the Knysna Disaster Relief Fund will focus on providing humanitarian assistance that will benefit all the communities of Greater Knysna affected by the fire. Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies said, "Today we put structures in place to ensure the Knysna Disaster Fund is managed against clear objectives, with transparency and strict accountability."

Read more here

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#RideForALocal says Knysna Cycle Tour!

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is going ahead despite the recent devastating fires and will celebrate its 30th year with exciting new routes & rides! Marketing director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he hoped that many cyclists who were previously undecided about participating in the event this year, will make the decision to enter a race and come to Knysna.

Read more here

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Mind, Body & Soul Connection Week in Knysna

For the first time ever there will be a Body, Mind and Spirit week of workshops included in the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017. These will be amazing workshops presented by world class facilitators covering all aspects of holistic wellness. Never before has Knysna been able to experience such an exciting array of top class workshops and a limited number of private sessions all in one week!

Read more here

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PLEASE HELP KNYSNA FIRE VICTIMS

The fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape, and effected thousands of residents. OFFICIAL Bank accounts below can be used for danoations: 

 

NEDBANK
Acc. Name: Emergency Fund
Acc. NR: 1147 920 699
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: NEDSZAJJ

 

STANDARD BANK
Acc. Name: Eden District Municipality
Acc. NR: 401 719 790
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: SBZAZAJJ
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EVENTS & MARKETS

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Join Pezula Golf Club for a Pub & Curry evening with music entertainment on 30 June 2017 from 18:30 @ R85 pp.

 

 For more information contact: 044 302 5317

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WINTER LONG TABLE

The Long Table at Kilzers Kitchen will re-open next week on Friday, 30 June 2017. Bring your own alcohol. No Reservation neccessary.

For more information contact: 044 382 0135

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Shaza live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 23 June from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday, 25 June, Deja Vu will entertain you from 1pm - 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

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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. THIS MARKET IS CLOSED FOR WINTER.  

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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

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

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

SPECIALS

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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

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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.
Call: 044 343 1844 to make your booking.

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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

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Mother's Day off @ Turbine Botique Hotel & Spa. Champaign breakfast & Brunch - R185pp. 60-Minute-Soul-to-Sole pampering @ R600pp. Happy hour, Wed - Fri - 5pm - 6pm

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

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Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches and most of all LUNCH SPECIALS. everyday we have something different. Click here for more information

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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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Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:32

15 Days until the Best 10 Days of Winter

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The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals, with huge appeal for sports lovers, families, foodies and those in search of the best 10 days of their winter and it will go ahead this year despite the fires say organisers.

In fact it will bring employment and hope to the fire-ravaged town.

Sporting events
The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour (Saturday, July 8 for the MTB and Sunday, July 9 for road race events and the Forest Family Dam Ride) and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon (Saturday, July 15) are always big drawcards for sporting enthusiasts, and this year will be no different.

The Big5 Challenge (July 8 to 15) will be switching things up this year with a new MTB X race added to the list, which is sure to have spectators on the edge of their seats as the elite and amateur athletes fight it out over the five courses.

Pezula hosts the Europcar Knysna Classic (Friday, July 14) golf tournament, which is always a popular event, book your four-ball now to secure your spot.

For the less athletically inclined there is the Oyster Rapid Chess Tournament (July 8) and the Knysna Oyster Festival Motorsport Gymkhana (also July 8).

Food offerings
The popular Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday is back (Wednesday, July 12) Top-notch restaurants will showcase their best seafood dishes, and once the sun starts to sink towards the horizon, the Pick n Pay Sassi Fish Braai, Oyster Shucking and Eating Competitions, and the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna all get under way. Make sure you don’t miss the heated battle for the Best Fish Braaier in Knysna – the competition is hot.

Local establishments have a variety of specials on for the duration of the festival, so come hungry and enjoy the large variety of sumptuous food on offer.

For the kids
If your kid is the active type then why not enter them in the Big5 Junior Challenge (July 8 to 15), the Simola Little Phantom Kids Adventure Run (July 8), or the Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour (July 9).

The Fun Fair is open for the duration of the festival and offers thrills for young and hold. The festival grounds also have several inflatable fun activities and games taking place throughout the period.

The Momentum Health Kiddies Area is a fun, secure play area tailored especially for the littlies. The area is supervised by qualified child minders and offers loads of awesome age-appropriate activities to keep the kids entertained and busy. The fun includes face painting, arts and crafts, jumping castles and loads more. Open to kids from two to 12, there is no charge, but children must be checked in by their parents/guardians.

To let moms and dads enjoy the festival in the evenings, the Kiddies Area will be open until late on some nights: until 21:00 on July 10 and 11, and until 22:00 on July 12 and 13.

Tourist attractions
Take a tour through the Knysna Heads: guided by expert sailors this is an adventure you don’t want to miss, with the swirling waters below you and majestic Knysna Heads around you, it’s a sight to behold.

Knysna also provides great opportunities to explore the area via the beautiful cycling and hiking trails.
For a different experience get down to Thesens Wharf and explore an SA Navy ship, which is open for tours between 10:00 and 17:00 each day.

Featherbed Nature Reserve is situated on the Western Head and offers guided tours and a buffet lunch. The best way to access the reserve is by taking the ferry, making this a wonderful family outing.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:28

THE TRAIL PHOENIX RISES!

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It is on. Festival Trail Run goes ahead. Despite the challenges posed by the worst natural disaster in the history of the Garden Route, organisers of the Featherbed Trail Run have announced that, thanks to the timely intervention of new headline sponsors, Bayport Financial Services, the Featherbed Trail Run of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will go ahead as scheduled. “We’re calling it the Bayport Phoenix Edition,” says event director Mark Collins, “and it will be simply unforgettable.”

With 100% of the well-known Featherbed Trail Run routes affected by the fires, safety and environmental concerns forced the event hosts and organisers, the Featherbed Company and Magnetic South respectively, to abandon the original event course and format. “We always intended to do something really special for the tenth edition of the Featherbed Trail Run,” says Collins. Obviously we could never imagine these circumstances, but this new concept honours the amazing fighting spirit that currently burns stronger than any fire in our town. It is going to be special. Possibly the most incredible event we have ever put on, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world”.

Collins is appealing to trail runners from across South Africa and the world to come and support the Oyster Festival. “Knysna got burned. No one in our town is unaffected by the fires,” he says.

Fortunately, loss is not the only reality. The financial and logistical support for victims has been “nothing short of phenomenal”.
In this same generous spirit, Bayport Financial Services has come forward to ensure that one of the most beloved events of the Oyster Festival goes ahead. Moreover, Bayport’s involvement will ensure that 25% of the entry fees goes to alleviate the suffering of those directly affected by the fires.

Stuart Stone, Chief Executive Officer at Bayport, says that the company was both devastated by the tragedy but at the same time inspired by the care and compassion South Africans showed their fellow citizens affected by the fire. “We have witnessed a national relief effort from all sectors of society and in that spirit we at Bayport feel compelled to support the run and ensure that Knysna and surrounding towns benefit from a successful Oyster Festival that no doubt is an important contributor to the local economy.”

Collins says that what the community needs most now is to feel normal again. “That is why we are going ahead with this event. We need to see our restaurants and pubs overflowing with festival goers as they always do. We have taken a huge knock but the rebuilding has already started. As much as we are still in shock there is an undercurrent of excitement as new plans, ideas and beginnings beckon.”
The route will change, the timing will change, the logistics will change; but that unique Knysna-feeling the trail run is famous for, will be stronger than ever.

The exact timings and logistics will be made public in the next few days. For more information and entries go to www.trailtown.net

Last week, council resolved that the Knysna Disaster Relief Fund will focus on providing humanitarian assistance that will benefit all the communities of Greater Knysna affected by the fire. Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies said, "Today we put structures in place to ensure the Knysna Disaster Fund is managed against clear objectives, with transparency and strict accountability."

The remaining set objectives include trauma counselling, clean-up initiatives, alleviating environmental concerns and rehabilitating vegetation, business and economic development support.

Humanitarian assistance
Hundreds of people have been displaced due to the loss of their homes and possessions. Donations of blankets, food, toiletries and clothing have met much of the initial requirements. However, rehousing takes time and there will be a need to provide medical care, shelter, mattresses, household utensils, water and numerous other items for some period of time to enable people to get back on their feet.

Finance
We are extremely thankful for all the donations received from the SA community, and abroad. A ring-fenced account has been established for monetary donations and expenditure against this fund will be independently audited. Donors are urged to be wary of scam accounts.

The official account for Knysna relief is:
Name: Emergency Fund
Nedbank account no. 1147920699
Ref: Knysna Fire
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

Infrastructure
The replacement and upgrading of existing infrastructure will receive priority attention, enabling reliable power, water provision, storage and usage, better waste management, modern communication highways and improved road, rail and water transport.

An asbestos specialist has also been brought on board who will work in conjunction with Eden District health services to advise on the proper disposal of asbestos sheeting.
While some streets in Knysna Heights are still without power, the municipality said that power would be restored in Brenton-on-Sea by June 23, and restored to Brackenhill and Kruisfontein by June 30.

Trauma counselling and support
Expert counselling will be required, in varying degrees, for those directly affected by loss as well as those who witnessed the ravages of the fire. Rebuilding the town as a tourist destination with a thriving community will depend on how well those living in the town overcome their shared experience and trauma. A trauma counselling centre has been set up at the Knysna Library.

Environmental management
Among the reasons that the fire was so devastating was because of the drought, shortage of water, and proliferation of alien vegetation, particularly wattle and eucalyptus. Fires generally result in an increased growth spurt of these invasive species, laying the seeds for an even more devastating fire in the future, and programmes must be put in place to continuously remove and limit the new growth of alien vegetation, and the hillsides and dunes laid bare need to be rehabilitated urgently. Should there be heavy rainfall, mudslides may occur, and consequent silting can damage the Knysna River Estuary and the lagoon with long-term effects.

Business support
Many unique small and medium-sized businesses have been devastated by the fires, particularly timber mills and furniture factories that made a name using indigenous woods. The fund will be utilised to provide support to assist small businesses to restart, or new ventures to come into being, thereby providing the means to regenerate business opportunities and tourism.

Housing
A geotechnical study of the informal settlement area affected by the fire found the site safe for building. It is envisaged that in addition to rebuilding homes on the site, proper services will be established. The municipality is in the process of assessing all homes lost, to establish the full extent of the damage.

Employment
The fund needs to focus on local employment and using, as far as possible, local skills of builders, plumbers, electricians, suppliers, professional skills and expertise. We will seize the opportunity to upgrade local skills and to grow industrial and artisan expertise in our town.

"Around 2 500 jobs have been affected and in Knysna's rebuild effort, we want local residents to benefit from the jobs created. In the short term, we need clean-up jobs, and in the long term, we need the full range of artisans including plumbers, electricians, builders and bricklayers.

We are working across all spheres of government on a plan to upskill our people to take up new opportunities.
"Knysna will rise, and we will rise stronger than ever before."

Last week, council resolved that the Knysna Disaster Relief Fund will focus on providing humanitarian assistance that will benefit all the communities of Greater Knysna affected by the fire. Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies said, "Today we put structures in place to ensure the Knysna Disaster Fund is managed against clear objectives, with transparency and strict accountability." The remaining set objectives include trauma counselling, clean-up initiatives, alleviating environmental concerns and rehabilitating vegetation, business and economic development support. Humanitarian assistance Hundreds of people have been displaced due to the loss of their homes and possessions. Donations of blankets, food, toiletries and clothing have met much of the initial requirements. However, rehousing takes time and there will be a need to provide medical care, shelter, mattresses, household utensils, water and numerous other items for some period of time to enable people to get back on their feet. Finance We are extremely thankful for all the donations received from the SA community, and abroad. A ring-fenced account has been established for monetary donations and expenditure against this fund will be independently audited. Donors are urged to be wary of scam accounts. The official account for Knysna relief is: Name: Emergency Fund Nedbank account no. 1147920699 Ref: Knysna Fire Swift code: NEDSZAJJ  InfrastructureThe replacement and upgrading of existing infrastructure will receive priority attention, enabling reliable power, water provision, storage and usage, better waste management, modern communication highways and improved road, rail and water transport. An asbestos specialist has also been brought on board who will work in conjunction with Eden District health services to advise on the proper disposal of asbestos sheeting. While some streets in Knysna Heights are still without power, the municipality said that power would be restored in Brenton-on-Sea by June 23, and restored to Brackenhill and Kruisfontein by June 30. Trauma counselling and support Expert counselling will be required, in varying degrees, for those directly affected by loss as well as those who witnessed the ravages of the fire. Rebuilding the town as a tourist destination with a thriving community will depend on how well those living in the town overcome their shared experience and trauma. A trauma counselling centre has been set up at the Knysna Library. Environmental management Among the reasons that the fire was so devastating was because of the drought, shortage of water, and proliferation of alien vegetation, particularly wattle and eucalyptus. Fires generally result in an increased growth spurt of these invasive species, laying the seeds for an even more devastating fire in the future, and programmes must be put in place to continuously remove and limit the new growth of alien vegetation, and the hillsides and dunes laid bare need to be rehabilitated urgently. Should there be heavy rainfall, mudslides may occur, and consequent silting can damage the Knysna River Estuary and the lagoon with long-term effects. Business support Many unique small and medium-sized businesses have been devastated by the fires, particularly timber mills and furniture factories that made a name using indigenous woods. The fund will be utilised to provide support to assist small businesses to restart, or new ventures to come into being, thereby providing the means to regenerate business opportunities and tourism. Housing A geotechnical study of the informal settlement area affected by the fire found the site safe for building. It is envisaged that in addition to rebuilding homes on the site, proper services will be established. The municipality is in the process of assessing all homes lost, to establish the full extent of the damage. Employment The fund needs to focus on local employment and using, as far as possible, local skills of builders, plumbers, electricians, suppliers, professional skills and expertise. We will seize the opportunity to upgrade local skills and to grow industrial and artisan expertise in our town. "Around 2 500 jobs have been affected and in Knysna's rebuild effort, we want local residents to benefit from the jobs created. In the short term, we need clean-up jobs, and in the long term, we need the full range of artisans including plumbers, electricians, builders and bricklayers. We are working across all spheres of government on a plan to upskill our people to take up new opportunities. "Knysna will rise, and we will rise stronger than ever before."

Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:21

Knysna's Tourism Industry will triumph

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SA Tourism joins all citizens, stakeholders, businesses and the country at large in support of the communities affected by the fires in Knysna and surrounding areas as they rebuild their homes, town and tourist facilities, said the organisation on Wednesday, June 14.

Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa said, “Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones and were affected. Knysna is located along South Africa’s famed Garden Route in the Western Cape province. The town is famous for its Oyster Festival, warm people and the most magnificent views from Leisure Isle to the Knysna Heads. A visit to Knysna is a sublime blend of adventure and relaxation, and this remains true, even after the fires that took place last week," said a statement from her office.

“Many travellers are attracted to the region’s unspoilt terrain, picturesque views and homely, welcoming nature of the people and to this end, we profusely thank the brave firemen, emergency personnel, local residents and government officials, who worked tirelessly to quell the flames and accommodate displaced people. Their actions helped to save the affected areas from further devastation, and put on full show the spirit of ubuntu for which South Africans are known,” she said.

The community of Knysna and the entire Garden Route region, she added, remains dependent on tourism to thrive and survive and now it will require tourism to rebuild.

One of the many attractions and experiences that will go ahead is the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from July 7 to 16, which offers food lovers and sporting enthusiasts a bonanza of fun activities. This festival warms up every winter with food and wine-related events, off-the-wall sports and adventure, and fun activities for the whole family, helping travellers to do tourism and contribute to the restoration of the town, said Xasa.

The organisers, along with Knysna Tourism, have assured festivalgoers and tourists that they will be able to find accommodation and plenty of things to do and see, in around the town.

The CEO of SA Tourism Sisa Ntshona also thanked South African organisations for stepping in to meet the humanitarian needs of the communities affected and offer the necessary support.

In a meeting with Knysna Tourism staff and board members as well as key tourism stakeholders in the town, on Thursday evening, June 15 at The Project on Thesen Island, Ntshona showed his support for Knysna.

Commitments he made included channeling efforts on the part of SA Tourism, which would be geared towards reassuring local tourists that it is back to business for the tourism region.

“Domestic tourism is a key driver of tourism growth in South Africa. We need local travellers to support the region’s tourism products and offerings, allowing them to get back to business because, now more than ever, the town and its surrounds require the income and business.”

During this time, he added, SA Tourism plans on allocating a fair portion of its marketing investment to drive tourism communication and marketing activities to Knysna, focusing on key attractions and also, the lesser known places and offerings. But in keeping with the spirit and campaign of “We Do Tourism”, there are some things South African can and should do to help:

• Don’t cancel your plans. School holidays (inland) are looming and the much-loved town has always been a favourite for families with young children. It is also a favourite for lovers of the outdoor and small coastal town experiences. Do not cancel plans and if you didn’t have plans, put Knysna on your itinerary.

• Play your part: be a tourist, but also be a model citizen. We have read accounts of hotel establishments opening their doors to those in need and of strangers helping others with beds, food and water. The kindness and generosity shown during this time embody how well-equipped South Africans are to "do tourism".

• Share your Knysna stories: now more than ever the global community needs to know that it is back to business for this small town. Documenting and sharing your experiences of a Knysna getting back on its feet will go a long way in attracting others to visit the town.

Tourists needing to change, find or verify accommodation options may contact the 24-hour SATIB number +27-1000-70230, the Sedgefield Tourism offices on +27-44-343-2007 or Knysna Tourism on +27-44-382-5510 for assistance.

Friday, 16 June 2017 11:01

#KnysnaRises

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On Thursday Knysna Tourism launched the #KnysnaRises logo which shows the Knysna loerie/ turaco rising like a phoenix from the “flames” and was inspired by the message that Knysna is rising, it is not destroyed, as many people believe, but is open for business and welcoming visitors.

Dominic Morel of 2Heads Advertising says the inspiration for the logo was all around him. "To see a town pull together like this is amazing, so sitting down to design it was a pleasure. The obvious choice was the traditional 'Phoenix-Rising-From-The-Ashes', but the design had to have a local twist (the Loerie) and fit with Knysna Tourism's CI (corporate identity)".

Morel says that the work on the #KnysnaRises campaign creative was also done free of charge: "Tourism, like so many thousands of individuals, was an incidental victim of the fire. We have all volunteered to help during, and after the disaster, and assisting Knysna to get this message out is no different. I love this town... it's that simple.”

"I'm blown away by the positive feedback on social media... people 'get it', and I feel honoured to be a part of it," adds Morel.

Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 16/06/2017

Official #Knysna Communication: www.visitknysna.co.za

 

   
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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

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#KnysnaRises

On Thursday Knysna Tourism launched the #KnysnaRises logo which shows the Knysna loerie/ turaco rising like a phoenix from the “flames” and was inspired by the message that Knysna is rising, it is not destroyed, as many people believe, but is open for business and welcoming visitors.

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#KnysnaRises, #VisitKnysna, we are Open For Business!

With the fire disaster hitting Knysna on the 7th of June there has been a lot of concern about the future of tourism and its impact on the economy and in particular job losses because of accommodation establishments and other businesses which have gone up in flames.

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Qhubeka and the #KnysnaFires

There was much excitement earlier in the week when 50 Qhubeka bicycles as well as handmade blankets, scarves and beanies arrived in Knysna to assist with relief efforts following the devastating fires.

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PLEASE HELP KNYSNA FIRE VICTIMS

The fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape, and effected thousands of residents. OFFICIAL Bank accounts below can be used for danoations: 

 

NEDBANK
Acc. Name: Emergency Fund
Acc. NR: 1147 920 699
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: NEDSZAJJ

 

STANDARD BANK
Acc. Name: Eden District Municipality
Acc. NR: 401 719 790
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: SBZAZAJJ
Official FB Page:
Knysna Fire - 7 June 2017

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Sedgefielders pull together in Crisis

It has always been known that Sedgefielders pull together in a crisis - but in the last week the community more than outdid themselves, with hundreds of local volunteers building up a phenomenal effort to support fire crews, house evacuees and provide for those who have lost homes and possessions.

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Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday - Celebrating the best of seafood!

The highly-anticipated Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 7 to 16 July 2017. The variety of events makes it a fabulous holiday for sports fans, families and anyone looking for the best 10 days of their winter. As part of the Festival, The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. From fresh seafood to wine and beer tastings, fish braais and music, there will be something for the whole family.

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Ride with a Local in #TrailTownSA

There is a local group of riders in Knysna, who have been blazing trails for the past 30 years. These pioneers of our cycling world inspired routes in our area, like the red route and other routes in Harkerville. Robbie Powell and Dr Evil himself, Leon Evans, broke the cycling yolk and inspired these routes with SANParks.

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Mind, Body & Soul Connection Week in Knysna

For the first time ever there will be a Body, Mind and Spirit week of workshops included in the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017. These will be amazing workshops presented by world class facilitators covering all aspects of holistic wellness. Never before has Knysna been able to experience such an exciting array of top class workshops and a limited number of private sessions all in one week!

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EVENTS & MARKETS

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Join Pezula Golf Club for a Pub & Curry evening with music entertainment on 30 June 2017 from 18:30 @ R85 pp.

 

 For more information contact: 044 302 5317

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YOUTH DAY #LocalTalent SHOW

Knysna Municipality invites you to the Youth Day Entertainment Show on Friday, 16 June 2017 from 14:00 at Loerie Park. Official Ceremony: 16:00.

Special Guest: Mafa Bavuma

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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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.  

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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

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

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

SPECIALS

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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

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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.
Call: 044 343 1844 to make your booking.

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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

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Mother's Day off @ Turbine Botique Hotel & Spa. Champaign breakfast & Brunch - R185pp. 60-Minute-Soul-to-Sole pampering @ R600pp. Happy hour, Wed - Fri - 5pm - 6pm

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

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Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches and most of all LUNCH SPECIALS. everyday we have something different. Click here for more information

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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

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

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