Breakfast under the trees
The Saturday morning Harvest Time market between Plett and Knysna is well known, and for good reason. You can`t beat sitting under the huge old oak tree eating bundu breakfasts and shooting the breeze with a couple of friends....or can you?
When the Harvest Time fills up it can be become a bit like playing dodgem cars. Time to find a more tranquil environment to enjoy your eggs. About 3 km`s back to Plett is a collection of three tin shacks that sell mostly arty stuff. The middle shack also makes a very impressive, well priced breakfast. There are rustic tables under the trees and loads of room for the kids to romp. Ropes have been tied between the trees to create a `jungle gym` effect with a difference, that can be used by kids and those adults who want to see if they still have what it takes. As sandpit and very quaint carousel complete the scene for the very young
The long awaited report by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) into the affairs of the Bitou Municipality which includes Plettenberg Bay, has finally seen the light of day. The SIU has found that there is strong evidence to suggest that former mayor, Euan Wildeman, and the current municipal manager, George Seitisho, are guilty of serious corruption involving theft and fraud, as well as breaches of a number of codes of conduct of the Municipal Systems Act. The report recommends that criminal charges are brought against them.
It will be interesting to see if our new mayor, Lulama Mvimbi, decides to pursue these findings or not. Suffice to say that this is one that cannot be swept under the carpet.
Water and Electricity don`t mix
Despite recent good rains, the Roodefontein dam which supplies Plett with water is still sitting below 1%. Therefore the pipeline from the Keurbooms river remains our only source for now. What some people don`t realise though, is that electricity is needed to pump and purify water. In fact, a lot of power is needed. With winter looming around the corner, and Eskom warnings that power supply could be a problem, we can only hope that further problems are not looming over the horizon.
Follow that Sardine
The annual Sardine run up the East coast is now well known around the world thanks to some great National Geographic TV coverage. Needless to say our friends from the deep have been feasting on this phenomenon for centuries. And so as the massive school of Sardines passed Plett this year around the Easter holidays, they were closely followed by the predators. An unusual number of Great White sharks were spotted in the bay, some just beyond the breakers, and numerous warnings were issued by the NSRI to keep a watchful eye.
ME (Multi Ehtnic) FM is now into it`s seventh broadcast period. Plett`s local radio station has overcome many obstacles in it`s two year existence, and continues to serve the community by broadcasting quality talk radio in three languages. Listenership has been steadily increasing and management is hopeful that if a full time broadcast licence is made available for the area, they would be first in line to snap it up.
25 - 28 May 2006 - The Pink Loeries fly into Knysna for thier annual Mardi Gras, the only Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian and Trans-Gender mardi gras on the African continent.
30 June - 9 July 2006 - Knysna Oyster Festival which is probably more well known for it`s two sporting events, the run and the cycle, than the oysters.
Until next time
The Accommodation Bureau Team