Dear Reader

Thinking of escaping the world cup madness and winter blues in the cities? Looking for ways to keep the kids busy and out of mischief during a really long school holiday?
Sunny Plett has lovely weather, beautiful beaches, plenty to do and we are not charging exorbitant World Cup rates. Take a leisurely road trip and enjoy a well-deserved break with your loved ones at one of the many well-appointed and well-located holiday homes in our portfolio. We cater for varied requirements and budgets from simply basic to very exclusive and upmarket.

World Cup takes off
The Fifa World Cup has also been celebrated in a unique way in Plettenberg Bay with the release of 32 species of birds into the Birds of Eden sanctuary to symbolize the 32 countries taking part in the big event. A total of 1000 birds in all were released into the sanctuary which is home to birds either rescued from abusive circumstances in captivity or rehabilitated after being brought in injured. As the birds were released the national anthem of each of the 32 countries participating in the World Cup was sung by children ranging from preschoolers to those in junior and high school.

Plett achieves top accolades
Plettenberg Bay has walked away with two accolades in the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards. Plettenberg Bay was voted the third best Beach and Sun Destination in Africa and also made the top ten list in the Outdoor and Adventure category when it was voted as the eighth most popular wildlife destination in Africa.. Bitou tourism CEO Dianna Martin says,”We have always promoted Plettenberg Bay and surrounds as an all-year destination with unique attractions and offering world-class quality .”

Drought is good for business?
A crippling drought in the southern and eastern Cape could prove a boon for construction companies which are tendering for a raft of new desalination plants. However while local municipalities swoon over desalination, it is not at all clear that this technology – both expensive and energy intensive – is necessarily the best solution.

The cost of desalinated water – produced by removing salt from seawater – could be as high as R8.40/kl according to research done by the Water Resources Commission. By contrast water from conventional sources costs R3.39/kl.

However, the government is committed to a desalination strategy and has made R141,5 million available for drought relief projects and municipalities appear to be taking the opportunity to fund desalination plants. Keyplan, a water treatment specialist company and subsidiary of engineering group Aveng, has tendered on a 2ML-a –day plant in Plettenberg Bay, the likely cost of which will be R20milliion.

The Honeybush success story
Honeybush tea is a growing industry in the Western and Eastern Cape and includes growers in Plettenberg Bay. Honeybush or Cyclopia, is a type of fynbos and has strong cultural and historical roots in South Africa, as it grows naturally on farms, in forestry areas and on nature conservation land. The leaves, flowers and stems have been used widely since the 19 century but it was only in 1993 that the National Botanical Institute of Kirstenbosch started researching the viability of cultivating plants for commercial use. There are currently 230 hectares of honeybush under cultivation and last year growers produced 150 tons worth over R12 million for local and international markets.

Upcoming Events
Knysna Oyster Festival 2 - 11 July 2010

Finally we would like to wish our national side all the best for this fantastic event called the World Cup of Football.
Win or lose it is going to be spectacular.
VIVA BAFANA BAFANA!!!!!

Until next time
The Accommodation Bureau Team

 

 
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