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Edenbrook represents a passion for the good things in life. The property is located between Knysna and Plettenburg Bay. The Garden Suites offer luxurious accommodation overlooking pristine countryside. The main house is decorated in the romantic regency style and is where all meals are organically prepared. Also available on the property is the self-catering timber house. Perfect for any getaway.
When Matthew Innes stepped out of his black, old-school classic Ford Cortina bakkie, his broad smile and firm handshake were the first things that impressed me, until we started talking about business. Then I was blown away. Owner of STARBOATS, Matthew Innes, certainly knows a thing or two about building boats which is hardly surprising considering his career in boat building spans many decades.
Born and raised in Knysna, Matthew started building boats when he was just a young man in the 70's working for Thesen & Co at the Thesen Boatyard. He helped build the Albatross II and The Voortrekker yachts which made history in the legendary Cape to Rio yacht race. He also spent many years building wooden trawlers.
Matthew later made the transition from wood to fibreglass construction and opened his own business which he has successfully run for almost twenty years. So ingrained is his knowledge of the art of boat building that he doesn't even make use of plans when he makes a mould for one of his various boat designs.
‘STARBOATS’ manufactures and repairs paddle boats, fishing boats, canoes and pontoons - many examples of which can be seen on the waters throughout the Knysna Estuary. All the boats can be easily transported and trailers can be built on request for the larger models. They have several 'popular' ranges which have, over time, proven to be very successful for both their quality and durability.
Together with a team of skilled employees, Matthew works from a small factory space in Knysna's Industrial Area. He insists there is no fibreglass boat they cannot build. He has recently taken on a partner, Gerry Jenneker, who is assisting him with some of the marketing aspects of the business. He hopes to gradually pass on all his knowledge of fibreglass boat building to Gerry, so that he can take more of a back seat leading up towards retirement.
In order to encourage business growth, they have applied for and hope to receive a small loan from The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), whose mission it is to develop, support and promote small enterprises throughout the country, ensuring their growth and sustainability.
Matthew has managed to grow in a competitive and sometimes difficult market. He advocates a strong work ethic and strongly believes that if you put the hours, the effort and the passion into your craft, you can only be successful.
For more information visit: www.starboats.co.za
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An unlikely pair of musicians unearth a heavenly collaboration
South Africa’s iconic trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and MiCasa front-man J’Something, set off on a journey to create a song inspired by each other and the rich heritage of South Africa. This diverse collaboration by two celebrated musical icons from different generations and genres, has resulted in today’s launch of “Heaven In You”.
This week also sees the launch of the video that captures Hugh Masekela and J’Something’s behind-the-scenes magic. Developed by Mercedes-Benz, this is the fifth in a series of short films under a successful SUV campaign “Find Your Best - #EveryTerrain”.
In each episode, an unlikely duo travels to a remote corner of southern Africa in one of the remarkable new Mercedes-Benz SUVs. On varying terrain, and inspired by their experiences, they need to produce a one-of-a-kind creation to “find their best”. Each duo has just 48 hours to complete their specific challenge – expect tensions to run high as the stories unfold.
In episode 5, Hugh and J’Something talk the language of music as they drive along the Garden Route in the new Mercedes-Benz GLS, in search of inspiration. Their task is to record an original song, which resulted in “Heaven In You”. The haunting lyrics tell of Hugh’s love for his homeland despite his exile during the country’s troubled past.
“Spending 48 hours with one of my mentors and someone I look up to in the music industry has been the highlight of my career. Listening to Bra Hugh talk about South Africa as his ‘first love’, witnessing the beauty he sees in everything – the land, the people, the endless opportunities – and then watching him translate this passion into music was awe-inspiring. ‘Heaven In You’ is more than just a great song; I wanted to write a love letter from Hugh Masekela for South Africa that captured his relationship with the country and my respect, love and gratitude I have for this land. I hope this song will inspire people to love and appreciate every curve of this beautiful country,” says J’Something.
2015 was The Year of the SUV for Mercedes-Benz as they introduced new models to their already extensive SUV range. To showcase these vehicles in varying terrains, they undertook a fresh and interactive approach, by infusing a campaign with local content, through film for social platforms.
“These films celebrate our culture and diversity superbly, and also showcase our vehicles’ capabilities,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“Our aim was to create credible, character-driven content that is engaging and compelling to a broad local audience. We’re highlighting the encompassing beauty of our country and bringing home what South Africans love about our lifestyle while we position Mercedes-Benz SUVs as the best on every terrain,” adds Govender.
An #EveryTerrain video will be released each week in the lead-up to Heritage Day.
To view the video, see below:
Beautiful bikes standing in polite lines greet you when you walk into Knysna’s new motorcycle museum - but if you look deeper, you’ll agree: the bikes aren’t the real attraction.
The Motorcycle Room houses Colin Stunden’s private collection of 70+ motor bikes. With a heavy list towards KTMs and the brave little 50s of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the collection includes rare machines like the Yamaha RZ 500, and possibly South Africa’s only Yamaha RD 500 (more of which below).
The displays also include four restoration bays, Colin’s personal trophy cabinet (“But I only raced competitively for three years before an elbow injury sidelined me: now I ride purely for the joy of it”), and a pair of huge, comfy couches in front of a pair of huge screens. (“It was great the other day - a dad came in with his two sons, and they sat and watched a whole race. We have all the races on disk, and you can choose which ones you want to see.”)
Colin said that The Motorcycle Room is first and foremost his happy place. A sign at the entrance tells us that:
“Although I have modern and new bikes here, the main aim of this room is to take old and forgotten bikes that would have been headed for the dump, and save them. Some are restored and some are left just the way they are. Remember that 50 you rode to school on in the wind and the rain? It may be here too. There are many people who collect rare priceless bikes that you and I have never ridden and never will. This is not that place. This place is about memories and old friends that we wish we had never sold. I hope those memories come back to you while you are here. This is a living collection. These bikes get ridden. So if one or two are dirty, it's because I haven't had time to wash them yet. If it's in very bad condition, it's waiting to be restored. This collection grows by the day. I am forever hunting for the next barn find! So if your old friend is not here, keep coming back, who knows I may just find it. Until then... please enjoy my collection.”
It's this authenticity that sets The Motorcycle Room apart.
It’s the nostalgia that’s the real attraction.
“Everyone who comes in here has a memory of one of these bikes from their youth,” said Colin.
Classic car economy
Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna & Partners - the town’s destination management and destination marketing organisation - said that The Motorcycle Room is expected to make a significant contribution to the local economy.
“Over the past few years, Knysna has emerged as one of South Africa’s most important centres for classic and vintage vehicles, and we’ve found that there’s now an entire classic car economy here in Knysna that revolves around the major collections that have been established here.
“In a survey we commissioned in April 2006, we identified something like 35 businesses and individuals who restore, store, maintain, trade, export, import, or create parts for old cars.
“But while we have a number of private collections in Knysna, The Motorcycle Room has become the first local museum to open to the public,” he said.
This is significant from a destination management point of view, too, said Greg, because it feeds into the town’s Festival365 strategy, which seeks to ensure that local events (such as the annual Knysna Car Show or the Knysna Speed Festival, with its Jaguar Simola Hill Climb) have an effect throughout the year.
“But it’s also about much more than just another attraction - it’s about an attraction that makes an authentic contribution both to the visitor and to the destination,” he said. (See: Road-tripping: Knysna’s classic and vintage car economy here.)
Regarding that RZ 500
The interesting thing about this collection is that every exhibit has a story that Colin’ll happily tell you.
Here’s the text from his RZ 500/ RD 500 display:
“Inspired by the YZR 500 raced by Kenny Roberts in 1983. The RZ was sold in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the RD500LC in Europe, and the RZ500VR in Japan.
“Less than 3,000 were built worldwide. Although exact figures are not known, it is believed that less than 500 are left worldwide, and less than 20 in South Africa - of which 3 are in Knysna!
“This is a very rare and collectable motorcycle, the pride and joy of our collection.
“This is a 4-cylinder, two-stroke.”
Oh - and the Yamaha RZs were built from 1984 to 1987. Only.
• The Motorcycle Room is situated on the top floor of the parking garage at Thesen Harbour Town.
• Entry fees apply but STO rates are not offered since this museum is suited to small groups only.
• Open daily except Sundays - because that’s when Colin rides.
• All images: Duran de Villiers - Steadidrone
• More information on Facebook: The Motorcycle Room
This article was originally published on thistourismweek.co.za
At our family owned & run guesthouse we aim to stay true to nature and embrace this beautiful town with its forests, mountains and oceans…thus our décor is Mediterranean-themed, which also pays homage to the phenomenal bird-life in our pristine forests, hence the holding company name Pouli (Pooh-lee)-which is a beautiful Greek work for Bird!
Blues is arguably the most important form of the modern art alive today. It gave birth to Rock n Roll, Country & Western, Pop, Funk and even R&B (to name but a few). It is the most natural foundation of music and those wanting to learn an instrument are most often steered towards classic Blues. It is truly multi-cultural and multi-generational, and the ideal match for both the Knysna environment and its mix of cultures.
Situated alongside the Knysna Lagoon, Mitchells Knysna Brewery is a fantastic venue, no matter the weather. With a dedicated stage area, seating for up to 200 and a fully-serviced kitchen delivering great meals the day is sure to be enjoyed by all. Of course the brewery’s fine craft beer will be available too!
With Southern Comfort as a partner we're bringing you fantastic value. The outdoor (under cover) mobile bar will be serving up some true-Blues cocktails as well as Southern Comfort 'ready to drink' options like the popular Southern Comfort, Lime & Soda (incedentally, only available in South Africa!).
Date: Saturday 17 December 2016
Venue: Mitchell’s Knysna Brewery, New Street, Knysna
Time: Gates open at 12h00. Bands will play from 13h00 - 10h00
Partners & Supporters
They say that the 'Blues' is about feeling. It has a Soul, and so too do these fine businesses and individuals who have offered their support for the inaugural event:
Naming Partner: Southern Comfort #WhateversComfortable
Business & Tourism Partner: Knysna & Partners | www.visitknysna.co.za | #Knys1
Hosting Partner: Mitchell's Knysna Brewery | www.mitchellsbrewing.co.za
Supporting Business (in no specific order): Blue Planet Power, Knysna FM, Island Vibe, 2Heads Advertising, Wayside Inn, Postcards from Knysna, The Mens Club, Knysna Press, Local Live Knysna, Action Ads, The KGG Facebook Group
Individuals: Cecily Pohl, Patrick Willis, Julisa Petersen, Loren Sampson, Chris Gilson and the many people who've shared our news, posts and comments on social media.
The Southern Comfort Knysna Blues Festival is the brainchild of locals, Jackie Barham (an avid supporter of South African music) and Dominic Morel (a proudly-Knysna brand and advertising professional). Their aim is to create a sustainable, repeatable event and grow it into one of the hottest 'must-do's' on the South African Music Calendar. Their passion also goes beyond the glamour of a quality staged performance, and have nominated the Knysna Education Trust as the recipient of the newly-formed "Blues Festival Instrument Drive": a project to help raise funds and donate new or second hand musical instruments to the many disadvantaged learning centres in and around Knysna. The Knysna Blues Instrument drive will be a year-long project, between Festivals.
The Knysna Timber Festival is the creation of the Knysna Timber Initiative, a group of local Knysna businesses who see Knysna as the Woodworking Capital of South Africa – largely due the the deep and rich heritage and history of timber-related activities in the area.
Of course the festival is not limited to local creators and woodworkers... it's is the ideal plaform for National and International brands to expose their quality products and services to a growing, diverse and influential industry, not to mention the many hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts and visitors who will be attending the show.
This Festival, facilitated by the Leisure Isle Residents Association, is a genuine craft market that proudly encourages “Buy Local”Our thanks once again to our faithful and generous sponsor Sotheby's.
The entrance park on Leisure Isle will be alive with activities. Stalls catering for every taste will be offering a mouth-watering array of food and drink and fresh produce, as well as arts and crafts, toys, a huge array of books, indigenous and other plants and many other delights.
In addition to activities such as the ever-popular barrel train and jumping castle for children and the doggie walk around the island for all ages, this year Knysna’s elderly folk will be specially catered for with a wheelchair walk along a selected route and the Knysna Embroiders Guild will be back with another exciting exhibition of their latest embroidery works of art.
Take the whole family and relax in idyllic surroundings in the tea and beer gardens or under the trees in the Food section. About 100 stalls will offer old favourites as well as exciting new items.
The objective of the Festival is to support the broader community by providing financial support to selected charities and to develop community spirit among all those who attend the Festival. Whilst financial support is provided to 5 diverse charities it is our policy to only accept other charities and NGO’s as exhibitors provided they meet the criteria of Crafters and Buy Local, and agree to the standard conditions of participation.
Hospice Knysna- Sedgefield
e'Pap Children's feeding Project
Loeriehof home for the aged
Steenbok Nature Reserve
KAWS - Knysna animal welfare
This page is proudly sponsored by Metelerkamps
I was driving out one day
In my swift de Dion Bouton.
Collided with some trippers,
Squashed them out as flat as kippers,
Left them ‘aussi mort que mouton.’
What a nuisance trippers are,
I must now repaint my car.
(Anonymous) From an early 20th Century edition of Punch magazine. ‘Aussi mort que mouton’ = as dead as mutton.
Life didn’t always used to be so frenetic. In the days before the invention of the highway and the autobahn - in the days before the invention of electronic everything! - life was somehow more of a breeze (especially if the roof was down), and driving out in your swift de Dion Bouton was an official adventure.
Not so now, though. At least, not in most parts of the world - except in Knysna. Because with wonderful roads and even more wonderful scenery, Knysna is still the driving heaven it’s always been - especially for people who love their classic and vintage de Dions. And their Jaguars, of course. And almost any classic or vintage model car that you can dream of.
He’s far too modest to let you say this, but there’s no doubt that Norman Frost (of Frost Brothers Classic & Vintage Cars) set the trend in Knysna about twenty years ago when he began selling “just a few vintage models on consignment” out of his second-hand dealership in Main Road.
“I found that interest was growing, and eventually I began to specialise - but I wasn’t the only one; the Garden Route Motor Club was already well established by the time I got started, and people like Sheridan Renfield of Sedgefield Classic Cars also came along and helped to establish the area’s reputation as a resource for classic and vintage cars,” he said.
After he was forced to vacate his premises in Main Street, though, Frost Brothers did become the first classic car business in Knysna’s Uil Street - which would later become known as Gasoline Alley when Ron Hollis opened Bodge Engineering across the road from him, and Brian Bruce took over two of the factories in the cul-de-sac for his Parnell Bruce Collection (a private museum of cars and memorabilia).
Somehow, Norman found, large numbers of like-minded people were being attracted to the town, and an entire economy began to grow around classic and vintage cars.
“Engineers like Ron, who specialises in service and restoration mainly of English sports cars of the 60s, and people like Pat Clough, who’s restored many of my own cars, and who represents a dying breed of real artisans,” said Norman.
And they’re joined by many, many others: in fact, a quick desktop survey conducted early in April revealed a list of more than thirty different businesses and enthusiasts who work almost exclusively on old model cars - or who stock parts for them. These include business you might not normally associate with the oldies - like Stander Hydraulics, which stocks Imperial-size nuts, bolts, and hydraulic fittings, and Silverton Radiators, which stocks radiator cores for many of the MGs and other classics that you see so often these days on Knysna’s roads.
People like Ricky Cooper of Classic Car Storage who specialises in garaging old cars. Like Ray Mackey of Classic Dash Automotive Woodwork, who builds ash framing, dashboards, and door caps, and who repairs veneers and re-finishes existing woodwork. Keith Burton who knows everything about spark plugs and carburetors. Gavin Venter of Venter Engineering who specialises in restoring old motor bikes. Adrian Contē, who recreates plastic mouldings and engine mountings out of his workshop at Silverton Radiators.
But it wasn’t only Norman who’d noticed the changes. As Greg Vogt, CEO of the town’s destination management and marketing organisation, Knysna & Partners, said, “We’ve identified the classic car economy as a significant contributor to the entire economy of Knysna and Sedgefield.
“It’s clear that it brings both direct and indirect benefits - with indirect benefits coming through tourism, for example, with more and more enthusiasts visiting individually or as members of special interest groups, and buyers or potential buyers also purchasing real estate in Knysna.”
Three cheers for the Midget!
It’s pressed out of tin,
With a hole at the top
For the oil to go in.
And cracks underneath
For the oil to fall out.
Three cheers for the Midget,
Three cheers and a shout!
If Gryf Ketcherside’s ode to his MG Midget pretty much sums up the joy of keeping old cars on the road (and it is a joy, right?), then the sheer numbers of people who love getting together at events like the Knysna Old Car Show, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, and the regular meetings of Knysna’s MG Club are testament to Knysna’s position as *the* classic and vintage vehicle destination.
“It’s almost incredible that our MG Club, for instance, has more than 100 members and more than 160 old MGs; that people have started visiting us just to see the collections and the workshops; and that it’s often possible to finish a complete restoration without once needing to get any of the work done in any of the big cities,” said Norman.
But is it?
In a town filled with men like him - and women like his wife, Jennie (who knows everything you need to know about importing and exporting classic and vintage vehicles) - and where driving is more than just a daily grind, it was almost inevitable.
Header image: Clem Onojeghuo via unsplash.com