The most glamorous period in motoring history will be given pride of place at this year’s Knysna Motor Show, which will be held for the eighth successive year in the heart of some of best driving roads in South Africa.
This year a number of marques are being honoured by special celebrations of their centenaries, and cars from this period on display will include the halcyon era between 1925 and 1940.
Think The Great Gatsby, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and the unspeakably elegant cars that they drove, and you will be on the right track!
However, other important eras and genres in the classic car field will be equally prevalent. The 2018 Knysna Motor Show drew a record number of over 400 vintage and veteran machines, classic cars and motorcycles and modern supercars, and once again the organisers are aiming for a turn-out of this magnitude.
Last year’s event drew a record number of over 8 000 spectators and this year the organisers, the Garden Route Motor Club, are on track to surpass that figure.
“It’s never been just about the numbers,” says Peter Pretorius, Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club and principal organiser of The Knysna Motor Show.
“Primarily the focus is to put on the best classic show possible. And judging by reports from the past two years at least, I think we are working in the right direction.”
Indeed, there are many enthusiasts who believe that already the Knysna Motor Show surpasses anything else on offer in South Africa. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly the cars on show are present by invitation only, which means the quality of exhibited cars is very high. Secondly, by making the show an invitation-only event for owners to display their cars, the organisers can establish a fine mix of exhibits from the various genres of classic, vintage and veteran machinery resident in South Africa.
Another reason that the Knysna Motor Show is so eagerly anticipated is that various new themes within the show are introduced at each succeeding event, ensuring that it is fresh, even for people who have attended many of the preceding seven shows.
This year, for instance, will see the anniversary celebrations of a number of great marques. It is known that there will be an extremely impressive display of Bentleys celebrating the great British marques centenary this year. Another British make that will be similarly honoured is Morgan, which celebrates 110 years of being one world’s most exclusive sports car manufacturers.
The Knysna Motor Show is held in traditional holiday season in the Garden Route, and is also attractive to out of town visitors as it is held the weekend before the Knysna Hill Climb, so many enthusiasts take in the show before staying on for a holiday to enjoy the hill climb the following weekend.
This also applies to owners of vintage machinery from destinations far away from Knysna, and last year the show drew a number of exhibitors from as far afield as Johannesburg, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
A unique part of the show’s huge appeal to enthusiasts and public alike is that it is held in very beautiful surrounds bordering on the Knysna Waterfront, on the sports fields of the Knysna High School. The area is easily able to accommodate around 400 cars and motorcycles, as well as extensive hospitality and food and beverage areas, and also includes specialised displays for companies associated with the classic car fraternity.
For the third year in a row the show will have Sanlam Private Wealth as a headline sponsor.
“The show is organised primarily for the pure and simple pleasure of seeing these wonderful cars and motorcycles on display in such congenial surroundings,” said Peter Pretorius.
“However, our secondary objective has always been to raise money for local charities. We are very proud to announce that over the past years we have raised a total of well over half a million rand for local charities with the Knysna Motor Show, and we aim to add to that figure substantially with proceeds from the 2019 event at the end of April.”
The Garden Route Motor Club has already been organising this year’s show for many months. However, the organisers are pleased to announce that owners of exceptional vintage, veteran and classic cars, as well as classic motorcycles and rare modern supercars, are still able to apply for entry in this year’s show.
However, as far as spectators to the show are concerned, there is no hint of exclusivity! It is a motor show fair for the whole family. The 2019 Knysna Motor Show is a one day event that runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds.
Today, Wesgro signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Visit Knysna, a division of Wesgro, and Knysna Tourism Association.
The signing of the MOU follows the successful signing and implementation of the Service Level Agreement, signed between Wesgro and Knysna Municipality last month.
A non-negotiable condition from Wesgro in responding to the initial request from the municipality to assist with tourism promotion for the Greater Knysna area was that the service be delivered with the support of the tourism industry from the area.
The relationship between Visit Knysna and the industry would be through a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Visit Knysna, Wesgro, Knysna Tourism Association (an industry body formed through the amalgamation of Knysna Tourism NPC and Knysna Accommodation Association) and Knysna Municipality. This relationship would be governed through the MOU.
“We recognise that there are significant benefits that can be gained through the development of a collaborative approach for tourism promotion for the Greater Knysna area. The aim of the MOU is to achieve improved awareness and attractiveness of the greater Knysna area to both local and international visitors. This contract will in no way affect delivery of our existing long-standing mandate to promote tourism for the Western Cape, and with it every region, town and attraction across the province,” commented Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.
The objective outlined within the MOU include:
“We can only build from here and create increased awareness of our destination and tourism offering. We as both tourism and business people need to work together to make our area a success. It is important that our Municipality invest in our town and surrounding areas, making the greater Knysna area even more desirable as a preferred tourist destination. I want to thank my committee for all their hard work this year and look forward to continuing our efforts to promote the region in 2019,” commented Albert Lombaard, the Chair of Knysna Tourism Association.
Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for tourism added: “Leveraging our network, skills and access to research - we believe the combination of support from the municipality, the strength of the local tourism industry, and the destination marketing experience of Wesgro will make this new arrangement success for the area.”
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, concluded: “All parties to this MOU have the best interests for tourism in the Greater Knysna area, and its signing cements the partnerships that will help to develop and grow tourism in the region. We believe that going forward, it will provide certainty in the industry as well as a forum where issues can be collaboratively worked on, and solved.”
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Visit Knysna will be exhibiting at the annual Vakantiebeurs 2019 in Utrecht in the Netherlands from 9 to 13 January 2019.
Boasting up to a hundred thousand travel enthusiasts in the past, the event supplies exhibitors with a prime opportunity to interact directly with consumers and tour operators looking for a great holiday destination.
Visit Knysna will join a strong contingency from the Garden Route, made up of local tourism offices such as George and Oudtshoorn and local products, who together will showcase the diverse range of experiences one can enjoy while travelling to the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.
South African Tourism traditionally invites Dutch and Belgium travel specialists to specially meet with the exhibitors from South Africa, giving them the opportunity to have an exclusive view of the product offering.
Visit Knysna encourages the tourism industry in the Greater Knysna area to join the team in showcasing the unique travel experiences on offer in the area at the show.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “Data indicates that 104,871 tourists from the Netherlands travelled to Western Cape in 2017, with a 8.3% year on year growth recorded between 2016 and 2017. It will be beneficial for the Greater Knysna area and other participants from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo to partake in this trip to promote the regions diverse offering and boost numbers in the upcoming year.””
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, commented: "The Dutch market was one of the top ten travel source markets for the Western Cape in 2017 and the Vakantiebeurs show is an exciting opportunity to showcase the Greater Knysna area and the Garden Route and Klein Karoo to the consumer market. Last year, the show attracted over 100 000 consumers, and any companies based in the Greater Knysna area exhibiting will therefore be able to appeal and connect with a wide base of potential new customers.”
"It is important for the Greater Knysna area to establish itself in the market by broadening our market base. This platform will aim to achieve just that by showing what makes the Greater Knysna area a unique and must see destination when visiting South Africa. I want to encourage exhibitors from the Greater Knysna area to take this opportunity and utilise this platform which has been created by Wesgro, to show off what makes them so special," concluded Knysna Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse.
Visit Knysna, a division of the Wesgro's Destination Marketing Unit, has been mandated by Knysna Municipality to assist with local tourism promotion and visitor services for the Greater Knysna area. Visit Knysna is based on 40 Main Road, Knysna.
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Yesterday, Executive Mayor Mark Willemse and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, officially opened the annual ‘Knysna Loving Local Collective Pop-Up Shop’.
Infamous as a creative hub along the Garden Route, the Pop-Up has been running for 9 years. Boasting arts, crafts, food and beverages made from locally sourced materials, all products on display are created by disadvantaged and differently abled individuals in the district.
Launched in time to capitalise on the many holiday makers exploring the route for the festive season, Harris commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the ‘Knysna Loving Local Craft Collective’ on this innovative initiative creating opportunities in the district. The annual Pop-Up is one of many ways that the Municipality is bringing locals into the tourism sector, creating a platform for creatives to showcase and sell their wares.”
To ensure the high standards of the market are upheld, the Cape Craft Institute issues an announcement calling on submissions from crafters in the greater Knysna area to take part in the Pop-Up market.
A Craft Selection Committee - consisting of a representative from Knysna Connect, African All Sorts and Knysna Visitor Information Centre - vet all submissions to ensure good quality and aesthetically pleasing products are showcased for the season. Together, the committee have more than 30 years experience with the production, procurement and merchandising of craft.
“This year we had 17 submissions, all of which met the high standards required to be a part of the Pop-Up,” says Glendyrr Fick who has served on the selection committee for the past 9 years.
Fick added, “Should we receive submissions that don’t meet the requirements, we advise crafters to take part in our Craft Developmental Programme which provides mentorship on how to refine their offering.”
Showcasing his wares at the 2018 Pop-Up is Paarl born Knysna raised Eugene Lewis. Lewis is the owner, artist and maker of Tribal Africa - a small local craft business specialising in the design and manufacturing of unique ceramic figurines. Joining Tribal Africa in 1997 as a young apprentice, three years later in 2010 Lewis brought the business through the assistance of Knysna Municipality’s SMME incubator programme, and with it the exclusive rights to manufacture Tribal Africa’s distinctively styled, design-patented figurines.
“Visit Knysna has played a strong role in helping me take my products to market historically - through displays in the information centre and facilitating participation in other events such as Design Indaba,” commented Lewis.
Relaunching Tribal Africa this year, Lewis added, " The opportunity to have my product on display and for sale in a formal, professional retail environment feels like a real privilege. Typically, most crafters have to rely on local markets and a handful of curio stores in the town to drive sales and it is very difficult to break into either of these as a new supplier. With my display and stock at Loving Local this year I am able to begin to see my dream for Tribal Africa unfold.”
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverly Schafer, commented: “SMMEs have the potential to help us solve the unemployment crisis in our country, and this initiative creates a supportive ecosystem in which these small businesses can display their work to visitors from around the world. I urge all visitors to Knysna this holiday season to buy local and help grow our creative economy and our small businesses.”
"I want to encourage our local community as well as all our much valued visitors to support this wonderful initiative and visit this Pop-Up store in support of our local businesses and entrepreneurs. It is a fantastic way to grow our local talent and support local economic development in Knysna," concluded Mark Willemse, Knysna’s Executive Mayor.
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Today, Wesgro exco members visited Knysna and Sedgefield to review the work done after the first month of the contracted relationship with local government to provide local tourism promotion for Knysna municipality.
The team was satisfied with the progress made in the month since the Service Level Agreement (SLA) was signed including:
• the appointment of an acting General Manager and three fixed term contract staff members running the operations in the Visit Knysna visitor centre;
• setting up of office backend and administration requirements including IT, HR and compliance;
• finalisation of the short list for candidates for the role of the General Manager of Visit Knysna and setting up of interviews;
• the printing of two format maps (fold up and tear off) for local businesses and visitors to use during season;
• meeting with various local tourism partners;
• planning the brand and marketing strategy consultations for week commencing 10 December 2018; and
• structures to join planning around the events for e.g. The Knysna Oyster Festival.
The SLA provides for a brand strategy to be tabled by 1 January 2019, so the next month will involve comprehensive consultation with the industry and stakeholders, starting with excellent previous tourism work tabled by Hunt Lascaris and the municipality.
As discussed with the tourism industry in Knysna and Sedgefield today, the working name for the operation promoting tourism in the town will be "Visit Knysna”.
As per the SLA, this operation will be a division of Wesgro run from Knysna by Marcia Holmes – who has been appointed as the acting General Manager while recruitment for a permanent appointment is under way.
Following today’s meetings with the Knysna Tourism Association and the Sedgefield Ratepayers Association, we are moving towards finalising one or more Memoranda of Understanding with tourism industry bodies to make sure that tourism promotion for the greater Knysna area is delivered in alignment with the tourism industry.
“With only one month since the signing of the SLA, we are pleased to report that the team at Visit Knysna have started to deliver on our commitment of promoting tourism in Knysna and Sedgefield. Our first order of business this past month was to ensure the tourism office at 40 Main Road is open and ready to sell the destination as part of a renewed effort by the tourism industry, the municipality and Wesgro to promote all the destination has to offer,” said Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.
Following the meeting in Sedgefield, Harris - and Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for Tourism - officially launched the "Knysna Loving Local Craft Collective" Pop-Up Shop at the Tourism Office on 40 Main Road.
The Pop-Up boasts arts, crafts, food and beverages made from locally sourced materials with many products on display created by disadvantaged and differently abled individuals in the district.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the "Knysna Loving Local Craft Collective" on this innovative initiative creating opportunities in the region. The annual Pop-Up is one of many ways that the municipality is bringing locals into the tourism sector, creating a platform for creatives to showcase and sell their wares,” added Harris.
Media Relations Officer, Wesgro
Tel: 021 487 8700
Cell: 083 577 0327
Organisers of the 2019 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Knysna Forest Marathon have confirmed that plans for next year’s events are on track. The Cycle Tour will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, and the Forest Marathon will be on Saturday 29 June. as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
The events are the iconic sporting events of the festival and both have been running for over 30 years as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
Andrew Finn, marketing director for the Cycle Tour, said that the 2019 event will provide a stunning family cycling weekend. The main events, the MTB event, the Road Race and the Children’s fun ride will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour.
Says Finn: We are looking at redesigning our 15km and 30km MTB events to make them more family friendly and adding more single track to our longer MTB courses. We’ll announce these changes in due course.”
Wayne Kidd, President of the Knysna Marathon Club and coordinator of next year’s Forest Marathon, said that online entries for the marathon will open for Loyalty Entrants (all 2018 participants) on 15 February 2019 and general online entries for the full and half marathons will go live on 4 March.
“We’re looking forward to another great event,” said Kidd. "This event is one of the most popular races on the national running calendar and there is nothing that beats the uniqueness of an early winter morning start in the middle of the Knysna forest. There is something very special about this race that keeps runners coming back every year. It’s one of those bucket list events that every runner wants to tick off and then, once they do it, they just want to come back and do it all over again.”
Both events are organised by local volunteers and raise substantial amounts of money for local charities every year.
For more information about the Knysna Cycle Tour, visit www.knysnacycle.co.za and follow their Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow the Knysna Forest Marathon on Facebook for regular updates or visit www.knysnamarathonclub.co.za.
The 4th edition of the Eden Kite Festival takes place over the weekend of 20/21 October. It has expanded to a two-day event. Day 1 will take place on Saturday 20th October next to the Sasol Highway Garage on the N2. Day 2 is in Sedgefield on Sunday 21st October, at the Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market.
The addition of George to the festival was the brainchild of Donald Goldfain of the George Rotary Club, and Rotary has undertaken to organise the extra day. The event also has the full support of George Tourism.
This year sees some favourites return such as the Kite Team Challenge, an aerial battle between teams of 3 using traditional Japanese-style fighting kites. Teams are given training and tips from pro kiters and are given kites to fly. For the past 3 years it’s been the highlight of the festival, with teams of friends and from companies really getting into the heat of the battle!
Challenge your competitors or friends right now while there are still places left! At a cost of R350 per team, you keep a learner in school for a month, and have 2 hours of amazing fun. You can also switch team members between heats so get a group together of 3, 4, 5 or even 10 and get down to the festival!
Any team entering at George on 20th October gets an automatic entry to the competition at the Sedgefield part of the festival on 21st October.
There is also a competition for kites made from upcycled materials. Great prizes are in store for the best creations. They will be judged by international kite-flyers on creativity of design, workmanship, and flying ability. For materials think bin bags or shopping bags, newspapers, dowel sticks, bamboo... your imagination is the limit – but everything must be upcycled, not bought for your kite. For plans go to www.kiteplans.org.
With over 20 stalls in George and 60 in Sedge, plus jumping castles, live music, raffles, competitions and shows, there will be plenty to do and see on these family fun-filled days!
On Saturday evening, 20 October, there is “Come Fly With Me” – a performance by international virtuoso Cat Simoni. It will take place in the Octopus Garden Under the Sea at Scarab Village, N2 Sedgefield. Tickets at Sedgefield Info or at the gate.
The Eden Kite Festival is being sponsored by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty of Sedgefield for the 2nd time. The organisers are very grateful for the support, which enables proceeds to go to Masithandane and not to cover the costs of this big event.
8 October 2018
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Thirteen deserving students from Plettenberg Bay, sponsored by Bitou Municipality, are joining Greenpop’s Eden Festival of Action.
In order to make the Eden Festival of Action as accessible and inclusive to the local community as possible, Greenpop provided a limited number of scholarships for enthusiastic, young, active citizens in the Garden Route to attend the event free of charge.
Of the spaces available, Bitou Municipality generously donated the funding for 13 successful applicants between the ages of 13 and 17, from Plettenberg Bay.
"I saw how animals and people suffered and felt terrible because there was nothing I could do about it. I want to give back to our world by reconnecting with nature and myself. I want to help where I can and rebuild what we have lost," explains one successful candidate, who will be joining Greenpop at Peace of Eden for their second Youth Week in July 2018.
The Bitou Municipality supports the upskilling of their local scholars especially in a year where the national prerogative is to develop matriculants with more than just a matric certificate. Teaching our young ones about our green heritage and preserving and enhancing the natural resources of our beautiful municipal area is key to grow the economy of Bitou. The partnership with Greeenpop provides the right vehicle to build such foundations. The municipality wants to enter into a multi-year agreement and add more students to this programme in years to come.
The students have received the opportunity to attend the seven-day residential programme which includes full board and lodging at Peace Of Eden, Rheenendal, in addition to the full schedule of activities, workshops, and activations - including tree-planting, natural building, eco-education, and beekeeping.
The Festival is spearheaded by Greenpop, an award-winning social and environmental NPO which have brought their 7th Festival of Action to the Garden Route to regenerate habitats and restore ecosystems, with the goal to create mass environmental impact.
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Phone: +27(0)21 461 9265
The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, taking place this year between Friday, 29 June and Sunday, 8 July, has long been an annual pilgrimage for marathon runners and road cyclists. Over the years the range of sporting events on offer at the Festival has grown significantly to include a swim across the lagoon, paddling, trail running, mountain biking, golf, as well as the Momentum Big5 Challenge and Momentum Big5 Lite for accomplished multisport athletes.
For cyclists particularly, the Festival has a lot to offer, with the long-standing favourites firmly in place to challenge some of the top riders in the country, as well as those seeking fun and a bit of adventure for the family.
The first weekend of the Festival sees the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Events kick off festivities on Saturday, 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The inaugural E-bike race was a great success last year and the event looks forward to a bigger field of entrants this year. The challenging trails of the MTB routes through the Garden Route’s forests and farmlands really cater for riders of all skills levels.
Pro cyclist Matt Beers, who is on top form after recently winning the KAP sani2c with experienced NAD Pro teammate Nico Bell, says the Knysna cycling events are ones he will keep coming back to. He will be competing in the 80km mountain bike and 115km road cycle events.
“I’ve been doing it since I started racing and I have come 3rd twice and 2nd once so I am looking to win it this year, and I will do the road race the next day as well, as that has become the tradition. We have to show the roadies how it’s done, despite the fact that us mountain bikers may be a bit fatigued from the day before, I like the challenge,” he says.
The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race on Sunday, 1 July, features a 115km and a 50km route. In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 115km road race, along with the 80km and 50km mountain bike races will be seeding qualifying events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday, 1 July is not a timed race, but a more relaxed scenic 30km or 20km route for mountain bikers, into the forests above Simola and past some of Knysna’s dams.
Also on Sunday, 1 July, the Spur Rotary Children’s Cycle Tour makes the cycling at the Festival a family affair, and parents of 2-10 year olds can watch their children take part in the 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10 year-old categories at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival grounds at Waterfront Drive.
The Momentum Big5 Challenge and Big5 Lite is for athletes who choose to participate in five of the Festival’s sports events between Friday, 29 June and Saturday, 7 July. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the race winner. The Momentum BIG5 Challenge has become a bucket list item on the international endurance and adventure race calendar, mainly due to the challenging events, but also because of the unbelievable natural beauty experienced at all of the five races.
Enjoying the fun and entertainment on offer throughout the week of the Festival is a great way to relax after you have made your mark on the sports events, so sign up now and get your training on track to enjoy an action-packed holiday.
The full festival line-up, with links to enter all the sporting events, can be found on the website at: http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/
Book your accommodation packages with us at www.oysterfestival.co.za/accommodation
Direct link to the cycling events: www.knysnacycle.co.za
Mountain biking events on Saturday 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July, with a 115km and 50km route.
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