Since Lookout beach lost it`s Blue Flag status a few years ago, the race has been on to secure this coveted award for another of Plett`s beaches. Robberg 5 (where the beach joins Robberg peninsula) has been identified as the likely candidate. Rumour has it that a R500,000 loan from the Development Bank of South Africa will be used to upgrade the facilities at this beach. Watch this space! Visit http://www.blueflag.org/ to find out more about this programme.
The MEGA hike
Not doing anything in August? Then why not sign up for the first Mega Hike from Knysna to Addo Elephant park from 11 - 27 August, a distance of approximately 400 km. Although you will need to be fairly fit, you won`t have the hassle of carrying heavy packs or making food at night. All this is taken care of by the organisers.
An invitation for tenders to manage and develop the Plett Airport by the Bitou Municipality has led to 18 bids being received. Apparently the municipality is very happy with the quality of the tenders, and it sounds like some big players have enterred the fray. You will remember that the last time this process was started, the contract with the winning bidder was terminated due to non-delivery. It is estimated that up to 1/3 of all air traffic into the region could come through Plett`s airport if regular flights were scheduled. Residents of Whale Rock (in the flight path) may not be too happy with this probability.
SIU Report on Bitou Municipality
The Special Investigating Unit report to the Bitou Municipality recommended that criminal charges of fraud and theft be investigated against former mayor Wildeman and current municipal manager Seitisho. The Bitou council has been slow to implement any of the SIU recommendation`s, and in fact has said that it has found `serious flaws` in the report. In fact the council has been so slow that criminal charges against Wildeman and Seitisho have been laid with the police by the provincial local government and housing department, after it became annoyed with the pace at which things were happening in Bitou.
However, the dates for the disciplinary hearings have finally been set. They will occur on July 5-7, and Seitisho has been suspended pending the outcome of the hearings.
Lulama (Shekter) Mvimbi
Meanwhile, our new mayor has managed to land himself in hot water with the authorities for very different reasons. The mayor was arrested on Saturday on a charge of reckless or negligent driving, after a protester taking part in a peaceful demonstration was knocked down by him. He was later released with a warning. A full investigation has been launched by the SAPS into the matter.
1 - 8 July - Knysna Oyster Festival
3 - 8 July - Wedge Classic Bodyboarding Competition
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