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Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival Programme


This year’s Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival is bound to turn tranquil Greater Knysna into a flurry of colour and excitement with its five days of shows, entertainment, pageants and over-the-top festivities. Spoken of as the global highlight for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa, this festival is set to appeal to anyone who wants to celebrate diversity and acceptance.

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If the revving engines of classic and performance cars and beautifully tuned motorcycles , sets your heart racing and the glint of a Rolls Royce or veteran and vintage cars catches your eye, then the Knysna motor show is the place to be. 

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Blood, Sweat and Gears are coming to Knysna


Members of the public are invited to welcome a team of injured British combat veterans and their English and South African support riders when they cycle into Knysna from Cape Town this weekend.

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Autumn Trails - Kranshoek Coastal Trail


Looking to take a walk on the wild side. Look no further than the Kranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail. Engaging all the senses, this challenging 9km route provides not only the ultimate workout, but also the sweet serenity that comes from being in the great outdoors.

Read more here





Battle Royale for Classic Car Friday


For fans of the pre-war era there is a spectacular mix of cars including Rod Green in his Bugatti Type 37B, Roy Jones (Riley Sprite) and the Austin Sevens of the father and son team of Rod and Greig Smith.

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Avian Wonders of the Rondevlei Bird Hide


Part of the Wilderness Lakes System, Rondevlei is a very special natural asset, and one of three interconnected lakes linked to the Indian Ocean. All of the three lakes support such an amazing variety of bird species, that the system was designated a Ramsar site in 1991; meaning that it has been acknowledged as a wetland of international importance and thus worthy of special protection.

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Catch The Sequence Band live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 29 April from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday 24 April, Shaza will perform from 1 - 4pm.


For more information contact: 044 384 0493


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Knysna's streets will be painted pink again from Wednesday 27 April - Sunday 1 May 2016 for this years' Pink Loerie Mardi Gras.


Click here for more information or contact: 044 382 5510

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If you are a car or motorsport enthusiast, the Knysna Motor Show on 1 May is the best place to kick of the #KnysnaSpeedWeek with the biggest variety of Classics, Super Cars and Motorcycles.

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Race or tour through some of the most beautiful countryside of the Garden Route from 30 April to 1 May2016.


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Loeriehof bring you a BAZAAR with homemade cakes, biscuits, pancakes and lots more on 30 April 9am - 12pm.


For more information contact: 044 382 2721



Gordi Brown's Big Time Blues Harmonica will be performing Live at Belvidere Manor on 17 May 2016. Tickets are R100.00, available from FAMSA Knysna - 

For more information contact: 044 382 5129



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 information contact: 044 382 5316



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.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939



Don't miss out on a 3 course SUNDAY LUNCH at Leeuwensbosch Farm Stall at only R95 pp.

For more information call: Gerhard/Jane on 044 386 0116


Caroline's Bistro & The Bell Tavern at Belvidere Manor brings you good food all year round.

For more information contact: 044 387 1055


Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun by Georgio. For more information call: 044 389 0092

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Spoil yourself with a 45 min Chocolate infused back exfoliation including a back, neck & shoulder massage at the Amani Spa @ Turbine for only R399 pp.

For more information contact: 044 302 5746


The Heritage Restaurant/Cafe where heritage, good food and great company comes together.

For more information contact: 044 382 1888


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


THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) For more information contact: 0443827331


Join Blackwaters River Lodge & Mashie Golf Course - A great relaxation place for young & old. 
For more information & bookings contact: 044 383 0105


This weekend, why not visit 34 South by boat and make use of our repurposed jetty. First boat to arrive and park at out jetty will receive a complimentary 34 South breakfast for four people. Click here for more info /call 044 302 5750





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Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:04

Battle Royale for Classic Car Friday

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South Africa’s premier motorsport event, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, promises to be jam-packed with non-stop action and excitement, kicking off with Classic Car Friday on 6 May.

• Reigning champion Charles Arton to defend his title in March 79B
• Franco Scribante returns with 2014-winning Chevron B19
• Superb range of high-profile cars and drivers across all 8 classes

Both winners from the past two events will be back for the seventh edition this year, with the aim of becoming the first-ever double winners at the Hillclimb.

As the reigning champion, with the title of Classic Conqueror for 2015, Charles Arton returns with his impressive ex-Derek Daly 1979 March 79B Formula Atlantic single-seater race car.

Despite relying on a mere 1.6-litre four-cylinder Ford BDA engine, having had very little time in the car before last year’s event and struggling throughout the weekend with clutch trouble, he set the winning time of 45.894 sec.

Heading into the 2016 event, Arton hasn’t had much more seat time in the March, but hopes to be able to go a fair bit quicker. “I’ve had the gearbox out for a couple of months as the crown wheel and pinion were damaged, so we’ve had to get new parts from England. As a result, I’ve only driven the car once since the Hillclimb last year, but I know it can definitely go quicker.

“There’s some heavier artillery coming and Franco is bringing his Chevron B19, so while I will be there to defend the title, it will be a tough one to hold on to.”

According to Arton, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb isn’t a particularly difficult or technical course, and it’s quite short at just 1.9 km – but that makes the launch absolutely critical as there’s no real opportunity to make up time.

“With the gearbox and clutch sorted I should be able to get off the line better, but the March only has about 212 hp and weighs 650 kg, so it’s light but not particularly powerful. This car is all about handling and finesse, and there aren’t too many twisty bits on the course for it to really show what it’s capable of,” Arton adds.

Aside from the March 79B, his team is bringing a total of six cars to the Hillclimb this year, three of which will be tackling the Simola Hill on Friday. This includes a rare Datsun 240Z that will be driven by rally ace Enzo Kuun, as well as a 1972 Ford Capri Perana that will be driven by Rob Coucher, classic car enthusiast and editor of Octane magazine in the UK.

“The reason we’re coming with such a big line-up, is because it’s such a fun event. Of all the events we do every year, this one’s the most fun,” Arton enthuses. “We’re not really out there to win anything or break any records, but we are there to win the party!”

Along with Arton’s 79B, a second March will be joining the fray, in the form of Ian Schofield’s 77B from 1977.

They will be going up against Franco Scribante who will be competing in the UK-built 1970 Chevron B19 in which he dominated both events at the 2014 Hillclimb, recording an overall fastest time of 41.159 sec.

After a regulation change in 2015 that prevented drivers using the same car in Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill, he used a Porsche 911 RSR for the Friday race and was second fastest, losing out to Arton by a mere 0.157 sec.

A consecutive victory looked like it was on the cards for the highly competitive Scribante, but in the final Top 10 shootout it didn’t go his way. “I could have won this event, but as I came off the line for the last run I missed second gear and lost a lot of time,” Scribante says.

“I will be back behind the wheel of the B19 that I ran in King of the Hill last year. This car is in a different league to the Porsche. With the engine management system now sorted, I’m expecting it to be a hot contender on Classic Car Friday.”

Aside from these top contenders, a total of 62 cars of all shapes, sizes and eras will be taking to the start line. Some of the other exciting cars to watch include Brian Bruce’s thundering 4.9-litre Ford GT40 Tribute, Anthony Ashley’s Opel Superboss-powered Lotus 7, Graeme Nathan’s 1972 BMW 3.0 CSI and, as always, the beautiful Jaguar E-Types entered by Ron Hollis and Alexander Krahe.

Peter Lindenberg’s team will also be a key feature of the race. He will be driving the Bob Olthoff replica 1968 Ford Fairlane V8, with daughter Paige in a Cortina Perana from the same year, and Djurk Venter in the stunning 1972 5.0-litre V8 Capri Perana.

For fans of the pre-war era there is a spectacular mix of cars including Rod Green in his Bugatti Type 37B, Roy Jones (Riley Sprite) and the Austin Sevens of the father and son team of Rod and Greig Smith.

Children receive free entry to the event and the pits on Friday.

For more information on the event visit: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.co.za #JaguarSHC

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:58

Avian Wonders of the Rondevlei Bird Hide

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It was a cool pre-dawn Autumn morning. There was not a breath of wind. I was sitting in the dim light of the Rondevlei Bird Hide, flanked by two avid birders both armed with professional camera equipment (leaving me with a serious case of lens envy). Suddenly the gentleman on my left focused his 600mm lens towards a juvenile Fish Eagle, panning slowly as it swooped down towards the water's glassy surface, talons outstretched, on a mission to get some breakfast. Unluckily for the young raptor, it was the fish that got away, but the series of images taken of its attempt were amazing.

And if birding is your thing, or even if it is not - I’m new to it myself - amazing is exactly the word I would use to describe this humble hide.
In the stillness of that early morning, as we sat quietly observing the many different species of birds doing what birds do, the sun rose, spilling its golden light across the broad sweep of the lake. The distinctive chatter of the Cape Bulbuls rang out from the thick reed-bed which surrounds the hide. A number of Black-winged Stilts - resident waders with long stick-like legs - stood feeding in the still, shallow water. White-breasted Cormorants perched, some with their wings open, warming up after fishing, on the various dead tree stumps with broken branches placed in front of the hide.

Five Pied Kingfishers were very busy catching fish. Two of them got into a squabble, and the birder next to me said he had never seen such a ferocious altercation between two Pied Kingfishers in all the years he had been birding. The Pied Kingfishers were joined by the much smaller but brilliantly-coloured, Malachite Kingfisher.
A bird lover’s haven; the scene which unfolded before me was both tranquil and uplifting.

Part of the Wilderness Lakes System, Rondevlei is a very special natural asset, and one of three interconnected lakes linked to the Indian Ocean. All of the three lakes support such an amazing variety of bird species, that the system was designated a Ramsar site in 1991; meaning that it has been acknowledged as a wetland of international importance and thus worthy of special protection.
The reed-fringed lakes surrounded by indigenous bush and Fynbos are connected to the ocean. They are one of only a few warm temperate coastal lake systems in Southern Africa. The Ramsar site incorporates a lagoon and the flood plain of the Touws River - linked by a natural channel called the Serpentine- to the three lakes: Island Lake, Langvlei and Rondevlei, and the nearby Swartvlei Lake.

Wetlands boast an interconnected web of life and are among the world's most productive of habitats. They are cradles of immense biodiversity, supporting high concentrations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrate species. They play an important ecological role, such as providing nursery areas for fish, and feeding and staging areas for significant populations of resident and migratory birds.

The day I visited this hide, I also was blessed with sightings of Yellow Wagtails, Greater-crested Grebes, Red-knobbed Coots (which apparently can number here in their thousands) - Purple Herons, Blacksmith Plovers, Purple Swamphens, and in the far-off distance there was even a small flock of Greater Flamingos feeding on the southern shore.

Other birds seen here include the seasonal roosting of the African Spoonbill, and the Malachite Kingfisher, (this bird is a resident which is very often seen at the hide as it fishes from the dead stump). Other highlight of this small pan includes both the Black-eared and Great Crested Grebes, (the former is relatively rare, the latter nest on this pan and may be seen in fishing flocks of up 50, where they drive shoals of fish into the shallow water for capture.)

Bird hides are places of quiet reflection and observation, and those that venture there must be mindful of this fact. Spending time here will also instil a greater appreciation of our incredibly beautiful natural world.

The bird hide is located about 5km from Sedgefield and is accessed via Wilderness National Park Research Laboratory at Rondevlei.
(I was assisted with certain facts for this article by Peter Ginn, (helped grammatically by his wife Irene) author of the “The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa, which takes bird books as we know them to a whole new level with his incredible insight, specialist bird knowledge and exceptional photography.” Generously, through “The Unlimited Child, 100% of the profits from this book will be used to get educational toys into underprivileged crèches throughout South Africa. Specially designed to give children the stimulation they need to achieve their potential in life, you will be helping us to develop the leaders of tomorrow.”) For more information visit http://www.birdbook.co.za/

For more information on the hide call Sedgefield Tourism: 044 343 2658

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:53

Autumn Trails - Kranshoek Coastal Trail

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Looking to take a walk on the wild side. Look no further than the Kranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail. Engaging all the senses, this challenging 9km route provides not only the ultimate workout, but also the sweet serenity that comes from being in the great outdoors.

We recommend that you set aside a whole day for this trail, it is certainly not one to be rushed. You can take a dip along the way in untainted forest streams, or perhaps in one of the rock pools along the shoreline. There are so many spots en route which are ideal for picnicking - places to linger and digest the awesomeness of our region's diverse habitats.

The trail leads to the beach, where for some distance the crashing waves will be your guiding companion. But first, you will rove through an old coastal forest, and wind your way down from the plateau into a gorge through which a gentle river flows. You will walk among a variety of indigenous trees, which rise up in unison from the leaf-littered forest floor; you will walk past giant ferns and minute multi-coloured fungi; you will hop across tannin-tinted streams. The roar of the ocean can be heard while you are still deep in the forest, but eventually, from its cool shade the trail opens up onto the pebble strewn beach.

A little way down this beach is the turn off for the shorter 4km alternative route, which is recommended for those who are not quite as fit. It does nonetheless still require a good dose of stamina as there is a fair amount of climbing involved. Throughout the hike, you will come across interpretation boards covering various aspects of the ecology, such as the geological formations and the flora and fauna likely to be encountered here. It is interesting to learn just how these landscapes have formed over millions of years.

The trail weaves its way along the coastline, passing rocky outcrops that form buttresses to the invading sea. It is a kaleidoscope of colour around every corner: boulders draped with vivid orange and stark-white lichen; the emerald green of the forest and the sea’s shifting shades of blue. Make sure to look out for the rare Indo-Pacific humpback and inshore bottlenose dolphins. They often feed in the many rocky reefs close to the shore. Also from early winter and well into early summer one can see humpback and southern right whales skirting our Southern African coastline on their epic annual migration They can often be seen breaching from the shore - a totally mesmerizing sight.

The trail often veers off the beach, moving back into thickets of forest. Parts of the hike are very strenuous as one has to clamber over boulders in the pathway and there are lots of ascents and descents throughout the route. Eventually the trail makes a turn back into the forest for the final 200m ascent towards the plateau. When you finally reach the top, you will be afforded fantastic views of the coastline, this bird's eye view giving you an even greater appreciation for the trail you just walked. The vegetation along this part of the trail is very different, consisting of a variety of Fynbos species such as protea’s and erica’s. This final stretch of about 2km is fairly easy and flat and you will eventually find your way back to the Kranshoek picnic site from where you set off.

Entry is only R22 and is payable at the kiosk at the main gate.
For more information visit www.sanparks.co.za or call: (044) 302 5606

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 07:52

Blood, Sweat and Gears are coming to Knysna

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Members of the public are invited to welcome a team of injured British combat veterans and their English and South African support riders when they cycle into Knysna from Cape Town this weekend.

The ‘Blood, Sweat and Gears’ tour, which got underway in Franschhoek on Monday, 25 April, is planning to raise £250,000 to support the psychological wellbeing programmes provided at Phoenix House, the Help For Heroes Recovery Centre at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire in England.

Help for Heroes provides “direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel, Veterans (‘the blokes’) and their loved ones” through grants to individuals and specialist charities, and through the services it delivers at its H4H Recovery Centres.

The tour was suggested by Mark Stephenson, CEO of PWS Distributors (a kitchen component supplier), and is supported by South African Tourism, South African Airways, Chris Willemse Cycles, and various British and international businesses.

The team of 21 riders includes four veterans: John Knott, a recumbent cyclist who served in the RAF but was discharged when he developed Multiple Sclerosis; Stuart Redmond, who served in Kosovo, Iraq and Kuwait, and was discharged after losing sight in one eye in a workshop accident; Stephen Docherty, a veteran of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Belize and Afghanistan who was shot through both legs in 2008, and who has now developed epilepsy; and Sean Donlan, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq who suffered severe brain injury following an explosion caused by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Their supporters include people like England rugby great Will Greenwood (who retired from an 11-year career with 55 international caps) and other ‘ordinary’ riders who’ve taken time out from their careers (or retirement!) to train for and ride the tour.

Three South Africans are also riding with them: Morné du Plessis - arguably Springbok Rugby’s most successful captain - Cape Town Architect Rick Brown, and Knysna-based communication strategist Deon Coetzee.

Technical support for the tour has been provided by South Africa’s Chris Willemse and his team from Chris Willemse Cycles.

The tour itinerary has been gruelling: from Franschhoek to the Leipzig Country House Hotel, near Worcester in the Nuy Valley on Day 1 (94 km with 1,276 m of climbing); to Angora Stud Guest Farm in Bonnievale, near Montagu on Day 2 (68 km with 493 m of climbing); to the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale on Day 3 (88.7 km with 1,225 m of climbing); to Oaksrest Vineyards near Ladismith on Day 4 (81 km with 851 m of climbing); to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn on Day 5 (101 km with 1,073m of climbing); and to Knysna, where the route will end at Knysna Fine Art, and riders will stay overnight at the Conrad Pezula Hotel on Day 6 (129 km with 1,878 m of climbing).

“We’re very honoured that the Blood, Sweat and Gears riders have chosen to challenge themselves in our Province,” said Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, whose portfolio includes agriculture, economic development, and tourism.

“This is a great event that (perhaps without the organisers even knowing it) feeds into our 100000in10 program to attract more than 100,000 cycling tourists to the Western Cape every year over the next ten years - to ride events, to ride trails, to ride for fun or, as top-end teams, to use the region for elite training camps.

“Cycling Events are worth more than a billion rand a year to our provincial economy, and new businesses are opening up all the time to support this fast-growing subsector. In addition to this, cycling events are often held in aid of charities, schools, etc., and many cycling tours do great work in creating awareness for important causes.

“Blood Sweat and Gears is doing just that,” he said.

Minister Winde said that Wesgro - the province’s destination marketing and investment organisation - is working with cyclists and local authorities to link Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay (30 km east of Knysna) via the off-road Cross Cape Cycle Path, which is currently in development.

“We’re actively looking to attract all kinds of riders to the Western Cape - mountain bikers, roadies, and recreational riders - so it’s really great when tours like Blood, Sweat and Gears take place here. They’re exactly what we want to see happening throughout the year,” he said.

Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna’s destination and marketing organisation, Knysna & Partners, said that Knysna - which bills itself as #TrailTownSA - shares the Province’s vision for the cycle economy: ‘To be the most cycle-friendly destination in Africa.’

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Blood, Sweat and Gears riders on Saturday - and to thanking them for choosing Knysna,” he said.

• Cyclists and supporters are invited to welcome the riders when the tour ends at Knysna Fine Art (6 Long Street) at some time between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 30 April. Drinks will be served.

More information:
• Blood, Sweat and Gears: www.bloodsweatandgears.cc
• Knysna www.visitknysna.co.za
• Knysna Fine Art: www.finearts.co.za
• Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za
• Western Cape strategy for cycle route development: www.slideshare.net/capecoastalroute/cycling-route-development


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Knysna & Partners
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Western Cape Province, South Africa

Knysna & Partners is the destination management and destination marketing organisation for the entire Knysna area - which includes Sedgefield, Karatara, Rheenendal, Knysna itself, and Noetzie.

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Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:35

Fullturn Clothing - #KnysnaMade

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For the past few months, in a continued effort to support and encourage local business, we have been seeking out and showcasing individual artists and craftsmen for our #KnsynaMade campaign. It has become increasingly evident with each passing week that our region is simply humming with talent. This week we discovered another artist whose work we love!

25 year old Jurgens van der Walt is a self-taught illustrator with an genuine glint in his eyes. When his parents (well- known owners of Dover on Sea) decided to relocate from Gauteng to Sedgefield a couple of years ago, he took the decision to make the move along with them.

He had spent the preceding years dabbling in various trades, including a stint in joinery working for the renowned South African furniture design genius, David Krynauw. He drew a great deal of inspiration from this and other creative landscapes and before long his innate love for illustration and design was cemented. He knew that this was what he wanted to do with his life.

In the mornings he works as a chef for his parents' Dover on Sea Guesthouse and then devotes the rest of his time to developing and nurturing his own very unique illustrating style, which has evolved fluidly over time. Many of his illustrations convey rather powerful messages, and while many depict his own personal reflections, others flirt with various social issues. Then there are some which are just bright, bold and funky.

One of the techniques he uses, which he dubs “a thousand lines”, he undertook as a way to slow down, be mindful and to be in the ’moment’. “For me it was a great lesson in patience, as these detailed illustrations took so much time to complete” exclaimed Jurgen. This specific style weaves through a lot of his work. He also has a collection of drawings called Garden Kritters, which is an unusual, contemporary representation of some of our iconic Garden Route animals, such as the Knysna seahorse and elephant.

He recently launched 'Fullturn Clothing', a clothing label which will most certainly provide him with the perfect platform from which to get his designs out to the world. The designs are hand silk-screened in his workshop and which he hopes will eventually be sold in outlets across the region. When he builds up enough stock, he plans to trade at the popular Mosaic Market in Sedgefield. He is also very keen to delve into storybook and other mediums of illustration.

Whatever the future brings, one thing is for certain, it’s going to be bright for this talented young artist.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.fullturn.co.za / 082 928 8757

“Bigger and better” may be an over-used marketing catchphrase, but it’s a perfectly apt description of the adrenaline-charged, heart-racing scene that is set to unfold when the King of the Hill explodes into action at the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb on 7 and 8 May.

  • At least four previous winners returning as formidable contenders
  • Des Gutzeit aiming for consecutive title in 1 500 hp Nissan GT-R
  • First Hillclimb outing for Franco Scribante’s new Chevron B26
  • 2016 could crown the first double winner, and a sub-40 sec lap record

The line-up for the seventh edition of South Africa’s premier motorsport event, acknowledged as one of Knysna’s top award-winning attractions, is indeed more spectacular and competitive than ever.

Featuring no less than four past winners, along with an astonishing array of cars either purpose-built to take on the daunting 1.9 km Simola Hill or making their highly anticipated debut, there really is nothing better for motoring enthusiasts and competitors alike.

As the reigning King of the Hill, Des Gutzeit has no intention of having the title wrestled out of his hands, and could indeed become the very first double-winner at this year’s event. He boldly announced from the top step of the podium last year that he would coming back to break the 40 sec barrier in his highly modified 1993 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R – and the wise money will be on him doing exactly that.

“My GT-R is going to be stronger than last year, as we’ve done some work to lighten it and make it handle a bit better,” Gutzeit says in his typically casual manner. “We ran about 1 400 hp last year, and hopefully the engine will produce a bit more now, but horsepower isn’t everything for the Hillclimb. You need a car that handles properly and it has to be driven well.”

Having established a new lap record of 40.148 sec on his final run for the King of the Hill Top 10 Shootout in 2015, Gutzeit certainly knows what it takes to win. From a standing start, he charged through the course at an average speed of over 170 km/h, and reached a top speed on the main uphill straight of 250 km/h – eye-watering numbers indeed!

Yet he is more confident than ever of establishing a new lap record. “Going under 40 sec is definitely possible, and I certainly won’t be the only one aiming to break the current record,” Gutzeit says.

“Franco Scribante will be extremely fast in his new Chevron B26, and he’s a very good driver, but I reckon that there will be at least 10 competitors that could win King of the Hill this year.”

Two of Gutzeit Senior’s rivals may well come from the home front, with sons Jade and Shane potentially among the front runners too. Jade won the event in 2012 and was one of the fastest competitors last year, but suffered mechanical problems with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 that was completed just before the Hillclimb. With the matter of car selection still in the balance, they both could be at the sharp end of the field.

2014 winner Franco Scribante has made his intentions clear. “I’ve entered the Chevron B26 for King of the Hill, and my aim is to win,” he states. “This year we’re definitely going to break the 40 sec barrier. It’s going to be really hot at the top, especially with all these Nissan GT-Rs competing with over 1 400 hp.”

The 1972 Chevron B26 monocoque sports car was produced as a successor to the B19 with which Scribante dominated the 2014 event. This car was completely rebuilt in the UK to Scribante’s specifications for hillclimbs and endurance racing.

In its current form, it is powered by a radical 2.9-litre engine, which is basically two Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle engines mated together to form a V8. “It produces about 450 hp, and the car weighs just 580 kg, so the power-to-weight ratio is very impressive,” Scribante adds.

“It’s amazing how advanced the technology was for the time, despite how primitive it looks. The chassis and handling of the B26 are as good as anything you’ll find today, and it feels like a 250 Superkart,” he enthuses. And Scribante knows what he’s talking about, having led the first hour and a half of the Welkom 6-Hour endurance race with this car on its first outing in February.

Another serious challenger joining the fray this year is 2011 champion, Wilhelm Baard. After missing the 2015 Hilllclimb, the Nissan engineer and former Production Car racer returns with an extensively modified and refined version of the 2014 GT-R he used two years ago.

“The car has been comprehensively reworked and is leaps and bounds better than in 2014 when we had set-up issues,” Baard says. “It is lighter, we have better tyres, improved brakes and suspension, and it produces over 1 000 hp on the hubs. We’ve also had a lot of work done on the aerodynamics of the car. The result is quite radical, but it should make the GT-R competitive.

“This year will be very special with several drivers setting out to break the 40 sec barrier. Along with Des, Darron Gudmanz and Reghardt Roets in really fast GT-Rs, it’s probably Franco Scribante that worries me most, as the Chevron B26 will be seriously fast,” he adds.

The list of winning drivers doesn’t end there, as the 2010 ‘King’, Geoff Mortimer, is back in a hot Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. At the age of 80 he’s still quick, very competitive and hugely experienced. “Our car puts out between 800 and 900 hp, and is similar specification to the Evo that Jade used last year, although possibly not quite as light,” Mortimer says.

As they say in the classics, “that’s not all, folks!” While this epic clash between these mighty men and their remarkable machines unfolds, spectators will also be treated to the spine-tingling sights and sounds of the first-ever Formula One car to compete at the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. The burning question is, could it trounce them all?

Entered and driven by Andre Bezuidenhout, this 1989 Dallara F189 has true F1 pedigree, having finished third at the 1989 Canadian Grand Prix with Andrea de Cesaris behind the wheel, as part of the BMS Scuderia Italia team.

Bezuidenhout has certainly proven its potential on the track, and holds the lap record of 58.839 sec at Zwartkops Raceway, set in March 2008.

“I know the car very well, but I’ve never raced it on the road and I’ve never been to the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, so all of this will be completely new to me,” Bezuidenhout says. “The key will be getting the suspension setup right to cope with the bumpy surface, but I’m really looking forward to the race.”

For more information on the event visit: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.co.za #JaguarSHC


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Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:56

Living Local Green Chefs of Knysna

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Elmari Jonas, one of the finalists of the inaugural “Living Local Green Chefs of Knysna” initiative back in 2012, has recently been appointed as chef of the Green Chef Cafe, situated within the historical hub of the Old Gaol. After nearly 30 years in the food industry, Elmari brings with her both a wealth of knowledge and a passion for her craft.

“Green Chefs of Knysna” was the brainchild of Glendyrr Fick, Trade and Development Manager for Knysna & Partners. Her vision was to encourage and enable aspiring chefs by giving them the necessary platforms from which to acquire both the culinary skills and develop the business acumen needed to work within this competitive industry. Many of the Green Chefs of Knysna have indeed gone on to working in some of the area's best restaurants.

Being involved in the Green Chef competition gave Elmari the opportunity to participate in formal cooking training at the legendary Kilser's Kitchen in Upper Knysna, as well as enrolling in a Business Management course. She also completed a National Diploma in Food and Beverage from the Francois Ferreira Culinary Academy in George .

“I am a very determined person”, exclaimed Elmari, “and when I say I am going to do something, I do it”. With a good dose of confidence and some newly acquired skills from her experience and subsequent training via the Green Chefs of Knysna initiative, Elmari ventured forth and opened a community restaurant called 'L'Tees Cultural Cuisine'. This was a place where her love of food and people came together and where she gained a lot of experience as a chef, eventually taking on both large and small scale catering jobs.

Her recent appointment at the Green Chef Cafe is yet another challenge for her and she is eager to make her mark by slowly introducing some of her own signature dishes to the menu. Soon to be implemented are 'Gourmet Roosterkoeks', with either a soft beef biltong & white cheddar filling, served on a bed of rocket leaves; or chicken curry mayonnaise with baby salad leaves and coriander chutney”. In line with the 'green' ethos, the Cafe sources locally produced and free range ingredients where possible.

The museum at the Old Gaol houses the rich angling and maritime history of Knysna and is also home to the Knysna Art Gallery, which exhibits the work of some of Knysna's best known artists. The Green Chef Cafe menu will centre around dishes with a subtle traditional twist, so that the Old Goal can take strides to live up to its potential as “a place where history, culture and food coincide”.

For more information: Glendyrr Ficks 044 382 5510


The Greater Knysna area is blessed with some of the most beautiful signature 18-hole golf courses to be found anywhere in the world. It is also home to the Sedgefield Links Golf Course - a little gem of a par 3, 9-hole course situated in the beautiful coastal town of Sedgefield.

In a number of traditional sports we are finding that original playing structures are having to compete with shorter formats of the game. This has happened to rugby as well as cricket, for example, where the Sevens and T20 tournaments are raking in the spectators and profits as well. There are a number of reasons for this, but intensity and time are key factors.

The game of golf has not been immune to this migration. Both the time spent playing an average 18-hole course, coupled with the high green fees, has meant that shorter courses are fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. This may not appeal to the golf purist out there, but to those players who only have limited time and money, but still want to knock a little white ball around, there is certainly a lot of merit in the short game.

The rolling fairways and testing greens of the Sedgefield Links Golf Course boast a most sublime natural setting: the vast liquid landscape of the Swartvlei Lake edged by the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. This alone gives it massive appeal.

It has also recently undergone a change of management, and is now overseen by Owen O'Reilly and his team from Pine Lake Marina's Recreational Activities Department. “We have been working hard over the past few months to improve not only the greens but also the clubhouse”, explained O'Reilly, “we want the Sedgefield Links to be something our members can be proud of”.

Under the guidance of consultants from Nanturf they have considerably improved the overall condition of the greens. They have also received a lot of direction from the Isle of Man pro golfer, Jonny Evans, and the course is gradually taking on an aspect that will most certainly satisfy both our local members and visiting golfers alike. This short course also provides an ideal training ground for beginners and young players seeking to improve their game.

The clubhouse has been tastefully redecorated by Alma Vermeulen, the upstairs section of which is now being hired out as a venue for functions.
Golfers will soon be able to order wood-fired pizza to complement their post game beverages and the kiddies play area makes this destination ideal for the whole family.

Membership: R795 per year/ R45 green fee
Junior Membership: Free / R35 green fee.
Non Members: R90 green fee
For more information contact: 044 349 2200

Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:42

The Rainbow Flag

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With the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival revellers arriving for the festival from April 27 to May 1, residents of greater Knysna will witness the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex) rainbow flag flying high.

The first rainbow flag was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. Baker created the eight-stripe flag in response to a local activist's call for the need for a community symbol. He dyed and sewed the material himself for the first flag.

The flag first appeared in the same year at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade after Baker and 30 volunteers hand-stitched and hand-dyed two huge prototype flags for this parade. The original flags had eight stripes, each colour representing a component of the community.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Baker said making it in the colours of the rainbow was the obvious choice. “We needed something that expressed us. The rainbow really fits that, in terms of: we’re all the colours, and all the genders and all the races," he said. "It’s a natural flag; the rainbow is in the sky and it’s beautiful. It’s a magical part of nature."

The two original flags' colours were hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo and violet descending from the top. Baker conceived meanings for each colour from top to bottom - hot pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for serenity with nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit.

Parade-goers continued to fly the flag in the San Francisco gay pride parade each year, and it soon became the symbol for the event. As supporters hung and draped the flags across the city and created a demand, the design lost the hot pink and turquoise colours for practical production reasons and the flag today only has the remaining six colours.

The rainbow flag has since been introduced in the rest of the world. Here in Knysna and Sedgefield the flag can be seen throughout the year outside several establishments who welcome members of the LGBTI community. The Sedgefield Village Antiques & Art Gallery has flown their flag for the past 30 years.

A large version of the flag was passed overhead during the annual Pienk Loerie Mardi Gras street parade while many draped the flag across their floats, coloured their posters in the colours and displayed the flags in the businesses.